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Thursday Tree Love: Survivors

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Guardians of the playground.

Three separate oaks

Or all from one acorn?

In decades past,

My children played hide and seek

Peeking around their trunks.

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Two years ago

The city marked the middle one,

The one that leaned low.

We neighbors tried to save it,

Talked about a tree sit.

The city said it was diseased.

It could fall on someone’s child.

So we gave in.

And they cut down the middle oak.

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The survivors stand strong,

But surely they miss their friend.

We learn to let go

Remembering the fallen.

 

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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 information, visit:

https://www.happinessandfood.com/thursdaytreelove-74/

 


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Good News Tuesday: Banks on Board, Bus Driver Initiative, Tree Top Barbie, and Brain Implant for Blindness

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Seeking Balance One Tuesday at a Time

130 Banks Commit to Paris Agreement on Climate Change

Banks responsible for one-third of the global banking sector committed to aligning their business with the goals of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and the Sustainable Development Goals. This was part of the “newly-signed Principles for Responsible Banking, which was launched one day ahead of the UN Climate Action Summit in New York.  Here’s the story from the Good News Network.   

 

School Bus Driver Comes Back to Mow the Grass

Jerry Martin drives a school bus in Texas. When he saw students waiting at a bus stop in weeds and tall grass, he took it upon himself to return with a lawn mower.

Thank you, Mr. Martin!

Here’s the the story also from the Good News Network. 

 

Meet the Woman who Started Tree Top Barbie

Nalini Nadkarni has a passion for studying the canopy. In the early 2000s Mattel turned down her idea for a tree top Barbie, so she made it on her own. 15 years later, after telling Nalini she was infringing on their brand, Mattel reportedly started to include tree top Barbie in their explorer series. When I did a search for tree top Barbie, I didn’t see her, except on International Canopy Network which said they are no longer producing the doll. So, I’ve sent a message to Mattel asking how I can find Tree Top Barbie to buy  for my granddaughter. We’ll see if I can find her. In the meantime, please watch this video about Nalini Nadkani. I think you’ll enjoy it.

 

Brain Implant Restores Vision Perception

Jason Esterhuizen lost his sight in a horrible car accident seven years ago. Now, the native of South Africa is the second person to receive a new brain implant developed at UCLA which helps him see light and movement. He is now able to do things like sort laundry and cross the street more safely. This video explains how the implant works.

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Thursday Tree Love: The Persistent Mimosa

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When we were having our new roof put on, one of my beloved mimosas was in the way – growing right next to the corner of the house with its branches draping over the roof.  I was informed that it had to be cut down, apparently trimming it back would not be enough. I pushed my sadness deeper and felt thankful I would not be there to have to witness the cutting which my husband took care of. At least it was in the winter when I imagine deciduous trees sleeping.

This spring, the mimosa grew back with vigor. I’ve seen this happen before. After being cut all the way down, mimosas grow back thicker. Some people call this invasive. I call it prolific. I admire their strength and beauty.

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You can see why they are also called the umbrella tree.

Hurricane Dorian pushed her around a lot, and she’s looking a little ragged. But it’s late summer, so the leaves had already started to drop before the hurricane.  She is still beautiful and strong enough to support this lady bug.

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When fall gets underway and more leaves drop, I’ll be keeping this mimosa trimmed neatly so there will be no competition with future home improvement projects. If we get flowers, it will be like icing on the cake. The photo below is from another mimosa in the backyard in springtime.

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Mimosa flowers smell wonderful!

 

My husband made cross sections of the old mimosa trunk to turn into art. Here’s an angel I painted on one piece.  You can see more of my angel art at Angels, Mermaids, and Woodwork.

I use only leftover wood on my projects rather than buying new wood. I still feel bad that this mimosa had to be cut, but so glad she grew back! Her old trunk won’t go to waste.

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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 information visit:

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SoCS: Coexist

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Welcome to Stream of Consciousness Saturday. Here’s the prompt:

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “co-” Find a word that uses “co” as a prefix and use it in your post. Have fun!

Okay. Here we go!

 

Coexist, dammit!

I’m talking to everyone. If I was yelling, I’d write, COEXIST DAMMIT! Yes. I’m feeling that. This goes out to North and South Korea. And America who needs to stay out of it. Mind your own damn business. We have enough to work on right here in the USA. Plenty to clean up in our own back yard. People with different beliefs, different religions, different races, be friends if you want. It’s possible and enriching. Listen to each other without trying to change someone’s mind. Learn something new, or at least try to understand. But if you don’t want to be friends, then mind your own business and leave each other alone.

I know it might not be that simple, but is it really that hard? I don’t think so.

A few days ago, I saw a lot of people on my neighborhood on-line thing? network? whatever, who were upset about a plan to cut down a group of very old live oak trees to put up another car wash in our county.  I jumped right in there, ready to do a tree sit, or at least bring my guitar and sing,  “They paved paradise, put up a parking lot,” which is really titled “Big Yellow Taxi.” It’s the one song I know by heart and don’t have to look at the chords to play.

 

I emailed all the county commissioners and left a phone message for the county planning department. I found a lot of comments on the county Facebook page from citizens opposed to cutting down the trees and added my 2 cents.

I’m gonna have to take a picture of them (the trees) for Thursday tree love. Live oaks are the ones whose branches get really low sometimes. They are beautifully reaching out, majestic. Here’s one I took a picture of at Brookgreen Gardens where my husband proposed.

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The trees that were on the chopping block for the car wash aren’t this big, but they’re beautiful and over 200 years old.

So a couple of hours after I left the message, I got a call back from the county planning office. One of the staff members said the director was meeting with the owner of the property and they are trying to find a way to save the trees. I thought that was pretty cool that I got a phone call back so soon. By the next day, there was an article in the paper that the property owner does not plan to cut down any trees. He sounded like he got the message loud and clear that a whole lotta people care about trees around here, and he wants to be a good steward. The lesson here is that a small group of committed people CAN make a difference as Margaret Mead said. And we are not such a small group.

Still, at least half of the county commissioners, how shall I say… lean heavily in favor of “developers,” and don’t really care much about trees. But the tree ordinance is going to be reviewed at the next meeting. Maybe I’ll go and wear green. Yeah, maybe I’m just an old hippie tree hugger, but there are plenty more of us, so watch out!

Getting back to, Is it really so hard to co-exist, the property owner is presenting a revised plan which will save the live oaks and still build the car wash. So, why didn’t he do that in the first place? It didn’t take long to figure out how to coexist with the trees.  Maybe people who want to build stuff will figure out before it’s too late that trees give us oxygen. We depend on them.

Trees keep the air on.

I paraphrased that from this interview with Matthew Sleeth, who wrote a book called, Reforesting Faith. 

I just realized I wasn’t minding my own business when I went to bat for the trees, except that protecting trees is my business.  Protecting.  Coexisting. Okay, it can get complicated. I didn’t say it was easy. But it’s not that hard. We can figure this out.

Well, I got a lot of words here so need to rap this up. Watch out for old hippie ladies with guitars and come sing along.

Stream of Consciousness Saturday is hosted by Linda G. Hill. For more info, visit:

https://lindaghill.com/2019/08/16/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-august-17-19/

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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Thursday Tree Love: Bald Cypress

When David and I got married six years ago, my good friend Caroline (who invited David to the  party where we met in 1971) got us a tree.  She didn’t physically give us the tree, but adopted it in our honor to be planted near the river downtown. In the first couple of years after our wedding, we regularly visited this tree, a Bald Cypress, and then not much after that until recently.  Last week, it was hard to be sure which of two trees was “ours.” I thought they would be taller by now. Maybe the hurricanes slowed their growth or gave them a hard time. But they looked fuller and healthier than before. Hopefully they have deep roots. Regardless, I’m giving my love to these city trees.

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

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Good News Tuesday: Relief for 9/11 Victims, Help for Parkinson’s, Planting Trees, and Help on the Highway

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Seeking Balance One Tuesday at a Time

Long Term Relief for First Responders and Victims of 9/11

On Monday, the US president signed legislation authorizing money for the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund through 2092.  This was the result of a long hard climb by supporters of the bill since the fund was in danger of running out of money and benefits had been cut significantly. I’m thankful that people were able to come together to support the victims and heroes of 9/11. Be sure to watch the MSNBC  interview with John Feal in this article from NBC news.

Gentle Ear Canal Stimulation for Parkinson’s Disease

A recent study showed that gentle stimulation of the ear canal twice a day significantly reduced the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.  Patients continued to take their regular medication during the study. The additional therapy was applied using a portable headset produced for clinical investigations. While this equipment might not be available for the general public yet, it makes me wonder about other non-invasive therapies.  Here’s the article from the Good News Network.

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Ethiopia Plants over 350 Million trees in one Day

Citizens and leaders of Ethiopia set new records by planting over 350 million trees on Monday. The planting led by Prime Minister Ably Amed is part of the Green Legacy to reforest the country and fight climate change. Public offices were shut down so that civil servants could help with the initiative. Wouldn’t it be great if instead of fighting wars, we all competed to see who could plant the most trees in one day? The Guardian tells us more.

 

Help on the Highway

Bystanders rushed to help after this truck flipped over.  The  following short video gave me good goosebumps. Better yet, hop over to Looking for the Light where Melinda shares a more in-depth report for #WATWB.

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Thursday Tree Love: Mountain River Tree

I discovered this tree growing near a river in the Appalachian Mountains. I’m not sure what kind of tree it is. It’s roots drew my attention.

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Who might take shelter among these roots during winter?

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The tree was surrounded by what looked like flowerless rhododendrons or perhaps mountain magnolia. They must be cousins.

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The ethereal treetop was a mystery. I reveled in the lush greenery close to the earth. The trail was calling.

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Thursday Tree Love is a photo feature hosted by Parul Thakur on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month. For more tree love, visit:

https://www.happinessandfood.com/thursdaytreelove-67/