For those of you who might have been wondering, Mr. Cactus Head says hello. He is doing just fine. His table is newly surrounded by red and white cyclamen for Christmas (not shown here), as well as violas and the usual other stuff, such as the red bougainvillea on the fence in back, and the shamrocks and succulents on his table. Those bare branches in the background belong to an old bonsai ginkgo tree from Palo Alto. Note his purple crown– in a few months it will be sprouting brilliant magenta flowers. He’s happy.