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Thursday Tree Love: Winter Magnolias and a Poem

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On a  breezy, gray winter day

Leaves rustled overhead.

It must have been magnolias

since their neighbor’s leaves were shed.

The living leaves clicked softly

Chiming in with whispers

Knowing some would soon make room

for lemon scented flowers.

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Some of the older magnolia leaves will drop off in early spring to make room for flowers. The magnolia flowers I see in my neighborhood have big, white petals with a hint of yellow and a lemony scent.

I thought this was an interesting trunk, Do you see a heart?

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 Here’s an older photo of a winter magnolia on a sunny day:

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Thursday Tree Love is a photo feature hosted by Parul Thakur on the second and fourth Thursday of each month. For more Tree Love, visit:

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Good News Tuesday: Rain in Australia, A Heroic Rescue Dog, Environmental Progress, and Double Amputee Completes Ironman Triathlon

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Seeking Balance One Tuesday at a Time

Rain in Australia

The downpours have already helped to extinguish 32 bushfires in New South Wales alone as the number of fires fell from 120 to 88 on Thursday.  __Bored Panda

Even with flooding and other risks, the rain is welcome. But the crisis is not over. Fires are still burning in Australia, though they’re not spreading like they were. Let’s keep praying and sending good energy to help put out the fires.

Here’s more from Bored Panda.

Brave Dog Saves More than 200 Sheep from Bushfire

Patsy the brave border collie saved more than 200 sheep from a bush fire in Australia. Please click the link below for the story from The Good News Network including a sweet video of praise for Patsy.   Thanks to Sparky Jen for finding this news after I lost it in last week’s technical difficulties.

Here’s the link:

https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/dog-saves-220-sheep-from-australian-bushfires/

Environmental Progress

 New Mexico: A Win for Water Quality

In response to a lawsuit filed by clean water advocates …… the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) …. will require new water pollution controls in Los Alamos, New Mexico.  Report from the Western Environmental Law Center

North Carolina:  The LARGEST COAL ASH CLEAN UP IN U.S. HISTORY!

On December 31st, Duke Energy agreed to excavate nearly 80 million tons of coal ash and move it to dry, lined storage facilities away from drinking water supplies. Here’s more from PBS.

China Proposes to Ban Single Use Plastics

A joint proposal from China’s National Development and Reform Commission and the Ministry of Ecology and Environment  seeks to ban single use plastics. The plan includes banning single use bags and straws in major cities by the end of 2020 and all single use plastics across the country by 2025.  Here’s the report from Forbes.

 

First Above the Knee Double Amputee to Complete Ironman Triathlon

Roderick Sewell was homeless as a child. His mother gave up her job so he would be eligible for prosthetic legs. On October 12, Roderick became the first above the knee double amputee to complete the Ironman triathlon world championship.  I bet you’ll enjoy watching this video.

I first found this story in my Good Morning America email.

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Thursday Tree Love: Reaching for Heaven

Tall pine with long arms

You must have a good reason

To reach for heaven

 

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Linville, North Carolina

Trees have as much individuality as human beings. Not even two spruces are alike. There is always some kink or curve or bend of bough to single each one out from its fellows.

— Lucy Maud Montgomery

Thursday Tree Love is a photo feature hosted by Parul Thakur on the second and fourth Thursday of every month. For more Tree love, visit:

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Thursday Tree Love with Haiku: Parking Lot Trees Reveal Sunshine and Secrets

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Big trees provide shade

Letting winter sun shine in

Together we breathe

 

Parking lot trees in December

 

When leaves have fallen

Open space reveals secrets

Enticing a kiss

 

Parking lot trees with mistletoe

The neighbors have mistletoe!

I walked about the first two trees to discover that the neighboring tree wore mistletoe!

There are many stories and legends about mistletoe including the one from Norse Mythology about Baldr the beautiful being killed with a weapon made of mistletoe.  His mother, the goddess Frigg, cried tears which turned into mistletoe berries.

Frigg decreed that, instead of being punished, mistletoe should become a symbol of peace and friendship evermore. (Source below.)

You can read more legends about Misletoe here.

Caution: Mistletoe can be poisonous, especially to dogs and cats.

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Thursday Tree Love is a photo feature hosted by Parul Thakur.

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Thursday Tree Love: Transformation

“Death does not have the last word; God has the last word, and that word is love.”

Forward Day by Day

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We are beginning to understand that trees are connected by an underground network which allows them to communicate with and support each other. Writing about Peter Wohlleben, author of The Hidden Life of Trees, Richard Grant writes this in Smithsonian Magazine:

Once, he came across a gigantic beech stump in this forest, four or five feet across. The tree was felled 400 or 500 years ago, but scraping away the surface with his penknife, Wohlleben found something astonishing: the stump was still green with chlorophyll. There was only one explanation. The surrounding beeches were keeping it alive, by pumping sugar to it through the network.
Read more here.
The communal life of trees suggests a different awareness of life and death as we’ve know it.  In a natural forest, seemingly dead trees provide habitat for all kinds of small animals as well as living moss and lichen. What we perceive as dead and dying trees are very important for the life of a forest. However, this living system is destroyed in Christmas tree “farms” and wherever trees are clear cut.
This new awareness of how trees live in nature reinforces my fascination with a tree I discovered near the Linville River. I did not photograph the top of the tree, because there wasn’t much there from my perspective. The tree appeared to be dead. But the life growing on its trunk was beautiful.
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The tree’s root system is part of the trail and strong enough to walk on. Maybe this tree is not dead as we tend to interpret death. Science teaches us that energy and matter cannot be created or destroyed, but they can be transformed.
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Good News Tuesday: Redirecting Unused Food, Dissection Alternatives, Helping Koalas, and New Zealand’s Legislation for the Planet

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Seeking Balance One Tuesday at a Time

 

Italian Law Directs Wasted Food to the Hungry

Global Citizen reports that Italy has passed a law to send unsold food to charities.  It’s shameful how much food is thrown away when so many people are hungry. The article gives example of how much of the food thrown away is edible:

“….if white rice is mis-labeled basmati rice, it’s food waste. If a vegetable is misshapen it’s food waste. If a cereal box has a tear, food waste. A can with a ripped label also food waste. A bruised fruit, yup, food waste.”

While some countries impose penalties for wasted food, Italy is providing incentives.

You can read more about Italy’s initiative here.

 

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Realistic Replica Can Save Frogs from Dissection

SynDaver—the world’s leading manufacturer of hyper-realistic, synthetic human and animal surgical trainers has created a realistic enough non-living frog model for dissection. Despite the replica being more expensive than a real frog, its synthetic tissues are reusable and free of harmful chemicals like formaldehyde. At least 3 million frogs are killed annually in the name of educational dissection. Isn’t it time we moved toward more humane educational pursuits?

If you’d like to read more about this innovation, click here for the Good News Network article.

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Helping Koalas and Kangaroos in Australia

A group of Dutch quilters making mittens for koalas and pouches for kangaroos suffering from fires in Australia. The mittens and pouches must be made entirely of cotton. Here’s the story from SBS  Dutch.

Other good news within this terrible fire, is that $1,705,390 has been raised to help animals in Australia. Here’s a link to the fundraiserfor the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital.  THANK YOU to all the helpers!

New Zealand Commits to Becoming Carbon Neutral by 2050

“In a historic show of bipartisan agreement” New Zealand passed a new law that will require the nation to reduce carbon emissions to net zero by 2050.  The Good News Network provides details, and Prime Minister, Jacinda Arden, inspires:

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