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Thursday Tree Love: Roots

“A tree’s beauty lies in its branches, but its strength lies in its roots.”
― Matshona Dhliwayo

Roots provide a glimpse into the vast support network in an underground world we are only beginning to understand. I find them fascinating.

Here are a few photos I’ve taken of tree roots:

Do you see a lemur face peeking out on the left?

Roots offer footholds like steps on twisting trails.

Roots make cool hide outs for little animals.

Some roots look like legs that could walk away at any moment.

Thursday tree love is hosted by Parul Thakur on the second and fourth Thursday of each month. For more Tree Love, visit: https://www.happinessandfood.com/thursdaytreelove-92/


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An Interview and Review of From Loneliness to Love

Thank you so much to Jane Sturgeon for this interview and review of From Loneliness to Love! Please click on the link to Jane’s blog:

https://janesturgeon.com/joanne-maccos-latest-book-from-loneliness-to-love-five-steps-for-finding-a-healthy-relationship-review-and-interview/

” It is chock full of loving wisdom which is gentle, practical and relatable and her suggestions are fabulous and do-able. ” Jane Sturgeon


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Good News Tuesday for 7/21/20: New Zealand Success, Honoring Civil Rights Hero John Lewis, Sudan Takes a Stand, a New Statue, and Knighthood

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New Zealand Reports Zero Active Cases of COVID 19

The country of New Zealand has lifted most restrictions reporting zero active cases. This BBC article includes a video of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern who told reporters she did “a little dance” when she heard the news. Great job, New Zealand! And Great job, Prime Minister Ardern!

Honoring the Legacy of a Life Well Lived

“You never become bitter,” Lewis said. “You never become hostile. You never try to demean your opposition.”

In 1965, Congressman John Lewis was almost killed in a peaceful protest crossing a bridge in Alabama. But he lived on, persevering for many years, working for justice. He died on July 17 at the age of 80. In March of this year, he was able to attend the annual re-enactment of the bridge crossing, saying, “I’m not going to give up. I’m not going to give in.”

That bridge is currently named after a confederate general. One way to honor the legacy of Congressman John Lewis will be to rename it the John Lewis Memorial Bridge. You can read more about the legacy of this man of justice in this article from NPR.

Sudan Criminalizes Female Genital Mutilation

A law drafted last year by Sudan’s transitional government was ratified last week banning female genital mutilation with up to three years in prison for anyone who performs the procedure.  Another amendment allows Sudanese mothers to travel with their children outside the country without permission from their spouses. Last fall, authorities overturned laws controlling dress and prohibiting women from drinking alcohol. For background and details on these changes, please read this article from PBS

A New Statue

In Bristol, England, a new monument depicting Black Lives Matter protester Jen Reid has replaced the statue of slave trader Edward Colston. You can read more in this NPR article.

A Knight to Remember

Congratulations to Captain Sir Tom Moore who was knighted on Friday!

Got good news?

Have a go in the comments!


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SoCS: Look Before You Link

These days linking is done mostly through our computers. In bloglandia, we’re used to this type of connection. I find it comforting. Do I add a link to my new book? Not yet. We’ll see.

Some of the book is about linking with the wrong person and how to find the right person – a compatible person who is a good fit. Not someone who has fits. Now, I’m streaming. Those kinds of fits aren’t in the book. But you don’t want to be around someone who has fits, do you? Like hissy fits, or fighting fits, or even being fit to be tied. Not often anyway. Where was I going with this?

I had a list of traits I was looking for in a compatible partner. Some things were non- negotiable, like, “Must Love Dogs.” I got that one. Maybe the one about “not snoring loud” should not have been way at the bottom on the list. I did not get that one. But it’s not a deal breaker. Thank goodness.

Link with someone you trust. But how do you know? People are on their best behavior when you first meet them. It takes time to find out what someone is really like. And then if you link, and find out, oops, this person is crazy and not in a good way, you have to unlink.

If I could go back in time to the rebound from hell and tell myself something, I would tell myself around the second or third date, “GET THE HELL OUT OF HERE!” But I didn’t. Due to my vulnerable state of low self worth, I was linked in there for a year. Which was 365 days too long.

I didn’t mean to write all about that. But it (the rebound from hell) gave me compassion for people who stay too long in unhealthy or abusive relationships. Maybe it can help someone avoid the mistakes I made. That’s the point of my new book. That and manifesting. What a weird word. How about making your dreams come true? That’s better.

Some links can be great. Strong. Stable, a good fit. Like when you find the puzzle piece that really does fit, and it makes the picture make sense. And you don’t have to force it. Cause if it don’t fit, don’t force it. A good link makes the whole thing work better. So look before you link. Ask a lot of questions. Or stay home and read a book, or watch TV. Learn stuff. Love yourself. Be well.

We don’t need a link to the book. You can just click on the top right picture of the cover of From Loneliness to Love if you’d like, or scroll down below the post.

But we do need a link to Linda, who gave us this prompt for SoCS. Here it is:

https://lindaghill.com/2020/07/17/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-july-18-2020/

And here are the rules:

1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing (typos can be fixed), and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.

2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.

3. I will post the prompt here on my blog every Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” “Begin with the word ‘The,’” or will simply be a single word to get you started.

4. Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people can come and read your post! For example, in your post you can write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into yours.  Your link will show up in my comments for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top. NOTE: Pingbacks only work from WordPress sites. If you’re self-hosted or are participating from another host, such as Blogger, please leave a link to your post in the comments below.

5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read all of them! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later or go to the previous week by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find below the “Like” button on my post.

6. Copy and paste the rules (if you’d like to) in your post. The more people who join in, the more new bloggers you’ll meet and the bigger your community will get!

7. As a suggestion, tag your post “SoCS” and/or “#SoCS” for more exposure and more views.

8. Have fun!


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One-Liner Wednesday on Relationships

 

“The good news is that we can learn something from every relationship.”

From Loneliness to Love

 

It was nine years ago on July 15, that I had my second first date with my high school sweetheart. We had not seen each other in 39 years. It took us that long to learn the lessons we needed to learn, to become ready to meet again. The challenges of the past prepared us for the road we walk now. The heartbreaks of yesterday deepen the joys of today. 

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Good News Tuesday for July 14, 2020: Food in the Frig, Grizzly Bears, Renewable Energy, and Girl Power X 2!

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Food in the Frig

“Take what you need, leave what you can.” Fully Stocked Refrigerators are Popping Up Around NYC. Read more about it in this article from Good Morning America.

US Court Maintains Protections for Grizzly Bears

Grizzly bears in the US Yellowstone region will remain protected by the federal Endangered Species Act thanks to a July 8th court decision which rejected the current administration’s attempt to remove protection. The court decision maintains protective status and halted planned trophy hunts for grizzly bears in Wyoming. The Western Environmental Law Center provides details in this article. 

100% Renewable Energy for Sydney

Downtown Sydney, Australia is now powered by 100% renewable energy. The energy is coming from two solar farms and a wind farm. Read more about this historic achievement in the Good News Network.

Olivia Helps the Homeless

In Chicago, 7-year-old Olivia Tyler has started a non-profit to help the homeless. She gives out masks to homeless people and has a solid financial plan for her goal to buy a homeless hotel. This link from the Today Show includes an inspiring video with Olivia and her parents.

This 12 Year Old’s Invention Detects Lead Levels in Water

Our closing video comes from Theresa at Culture Shocks who shared the link in last week’s GNT comments. It’s about 12-year-old scientist Gitanjali Rao who invented “Tethys,” a portable device that detects lead in water. Gitanjali started working on her invention after she heard about the toxic water crisis in Flint Michigan.

Got good news?

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Poetry – May be in parallel universe ….

Maybe it’s not too late to learn. Maybe we can have heaven on earth. Maybe when humanity grows up, this is where we will be. Anything is Possible. Sharing this vision from Asthaisha.

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May be in parallel universe , Where everyone is kind , They have heart not blind mind , They do not make anybody feel undermined ,

May be in parallel universe , Peace really exists , And everyone is surrounded by love…protects it , Where humans find true happiness….enjoy it , Where no one can hurt anybody….feels it , 

May be in parallel universe , Where everyone tries to understand others perception , They listen each other’s opinions , Where no war and deception , 

May be in parallel universe , Where forests are full of trees , And not concrete skyscrapers , Where humans don’t destroy nature , 

May be in parallel universe , Mental health of human beings is prioritized , Where humans let themselves fortified , And sit with themselves for a while .. 

Maybe 💙

~Astha♥️

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Old Songs, Natural Highs, and my New Favorite Hiking Trail

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Linda says our Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is a little complicated. Yes, but just a little which makes it interesting.

The prompt is: “song.” First, we find a picture–the closest one to us. Then we write about the “lyrics of the first song that comes to mind when we look at the picture.”    and as always, “Have fun!”

When I read the prompt, I was laying in bed after having driven the six hours from the mountains, though I think the trip took about seven hours because I stopped a lot to stretch the crinkles out of my old bones. The closest picture was a print I bought from Amanda Clark who is my favorite contemporary artist. She paints lots of earthy, whimsical, trees, bunnies, foxes, angels. The print I have made me think of the song, Blue Moon. But I just put that song in a post so I looked to my right and saw the painting I did in high school from a photo in National Geographic.

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I’m pretty sure the photo was taken of the rocky mountains. Though it might be somewhere like the Alps. I added the fairy mist coming over the ridge a few years ago.  In high school I had a dream of going to the Rocky Mountains, so naturally, I thought of John Denver’s “Rocky Mountain High” whenever I look at this painting.

I was kinda obsessed with this song when I was in high school and the whole ecology movement. I thought I was going to be born again when I went to the rocky mountains. I’ve never  been though. I’m not sure if I will ever go, though I hope to go to the Pacific Northwest if this virus ever makes interstate travel safe.

Still, I have a little house in the North Carolina Mountains and a little house near the Carolina Coast. The last song I heard coming back home to the coast on around 6pm on my oldies station was “O-o-h Child.”  This song came out in 1970 and has been a big part of my life, especially during hard times, ever since.  I would sing this song to myself when I was lonely and didn’t know if I’d ever find love again. I sang it to myself when my job was driving me crazy and during my darkest years when I wondered if life was worth living.  I sang it to my daughter during her difficult teenage years.

And you know what? It worked! Things did get easier. Hard times still came and went, and maybe they always will. But today, after many years, things are much better and easier than they were 20 years ago.  Dreams have come true. Maybe not exactly like I thought, but I have a man who loves me and supports me in so many ways. I’m retired, and I get to paint and write and putter in the yard.

I’ve never been to the Rocky Mountains, but on Wednesday I went on the most wonderful hike in the Appalachian Mountains. I got a Blue Ridge Mountain High for sure. There’s a river not far from our mountain house that I am falling in love with. I’ve just got to share some photos with you!

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I love this river!
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Just enough challenge to make it interesting.

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… and worth the effort!

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PS: I impulsively clicked to go to the new block editor while working on this so who knows how it will turn out. It’s like learning WP all over again! :/

I need to learn how to make one of those collages.

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Thursday Tree Love: Coupled

“For most of human history, we had no clue that trees were keeping the air on. Without trees, our life on earth would be impossible.”   Matthew Sleeth, MD, Author of Reforesting Faith,

I rarely share quotes with the word “impossible.” But I’m so thankful to trees for keeping the air on. I can’t imagine life without them.

Yesterday I had a wonderful hike in the gentle mountains of North Carolina. The system of  underground tree roots provided cushioned support as my footsteps seemed to reverberate with forest energy. The abundant oxygen and tree love gave me a natural high.

One tree that caught my attention might be two trees with a common base.

I see a lot of these in nature where humans have not interfered.
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Below is a closer look at the base with a spider web attached to one side. If this started as two trees, the root system must be so intertwined, they are like one tree.

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When trees are this dense, it’s not easy to separate them at the top. I think these sister trees could be maples.
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Here are some other close tree families I discovered on a nature trail at a rest area on the drive to the mountains. I sure needed that walk.

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Some trees live in close families, some stand alone. Either way, they adapt. I suspect the lone trees have long roots and find friends through an underground network. For all we know, they could have something like an organic internet dependent only on sun and rain.

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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:

https://www.happinessandfood.com/thursdaytreelove-91/


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One-Liner Wednesday: When It’s Time for Boundaries

“No, it’s time we set some boundaries.”

 

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I’ve always wanted to rewrite the ending to The Giving Tree, on behalf of the tree and for myself.  It’s okay to give. Sometimes, it’s okay to sacrifice. But allowing others to damage us for the sake of their comfort or convenience is unhealthy.  In a healthy relationship, no one should be expected to give to the point of long term damage. It’s okay to set boundaries and take care of ourselves physically, mentally, and spiritually.

(I have forgotten where I found this cartoon, so feel free to let me know.)

One-Liner Wednesday is brought to us by Linda Hill.

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