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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:

https://www.happinessandfood.com/thursdaytreelove-69/

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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.

Got Good News?

Feel free to write your own Good News Tuesday post, use the sunflower badge, and link it back here any day this week. Your good news can be global, local, or personal. Share joy and spread hope!


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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.

Mountain Magnolia roots

Who might take shelter among these roots during winter?

Mountain Magnolia den

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.

LLH trail

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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/

 

 

 


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Leaves in the Stream of Consciousness

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Today’s SoCS prompt is, leaves. We can use it as a noun or verb. Being the crazy tree lady, I think I’ll go with the noun for now.

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Mimosa leaves close up at night. Are they conserving energy? Wrapping up the light they will use for photosynthesis? I still remember the formula from science class. 6CO2 + 6H20 (in the presence of light energy and chlorophyll) yields C6H12O6 (Glucose) + 02. I think that’s the balanced equation. (Too bad I don’t know how to make those little numbers.) Oxygen is just a by-product, but it sure is pretty darn important to us humans. This oxygen production takes place in the leaves where the chloroplasts live.  I guess there’s not as much in the winter when some leaves fall, but then there are the trees who never lose their leaves, the evergreens and the ones who live in warm climates.

My back yard is like a jungle, especially since we were not here for half a year. Lots of photosynthesis going on here. All the leaves make the yard look bigger, because you can’t see the back fence. It could be a forest that goes on forever if you don’t notice the electrical wires and don’t hear the neighbors back there beyond the fence behind the leaves, and if you don’t notice the side neighbors.

The mountain house we just bought (I still am amazed) is close to other houses. We don’t have much yard there like I imagined, but I have plenty of yard to take care of at our primary home which is a small house with a big yard. The mountain house is a modest house with very little yard to take care of. But there are lots of trees which act like curtains and give a feeling of privacy depending on the direction you look. My favorite part of the mountain house so far is the balcony with trees very close by.

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I’ve been so busy moving stuff and organizing stuff to move, not to mention my parents’ stuff that’s here now, that I haven’t taken many pictures of the mountain house. I sure am glad there are lots of trees there, which means lots of birds singing.  Thank God for trees. We gotta take care of them!

I came up with the title to this post just now, and it seems like it needs a poem.

Leaves in the stream of consciousness

Drifting, swirling, dancing

Where will the stream take you?

Let’s go for a ride!

For more rides on SoCS, visit Linda G. Hill at:

https://lindaghill.com/2019/06/21/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-june-22-19/

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: Trunk Shapes

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I’m fascinated by the shapes that tree trunks develop over time. It’s easy to see human-like shapes in this tree trunk. This photo was taken in Connecticut on the Pequot Woods Trail.

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hollow tree with ferns

Tree cavities are like little mysterious little caves. Maybe somebody lives in there. The address is somewhere in the North Carolina mountains.

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tree with a V on path

I took this as a peace sign.

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The following is not my photo, but I have to admire this tree’s message of perseverance.

tree fell but didnt give up

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Thursday Tree love is a photo feature hosted by Parul Thakur on 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month. The next edition will be live on June 27, 2019.  For more information, visit:

https://www.happinessandfood.com/thursdaytreelove-65/

 


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Thursday Tree Love: Redbuds

Redbud tree at Daniel Boone Garden

The deciduous trees were just starting to bud a couple of weeks ago when I visited my son and his family in the Appalachian Mountains. Redbud trees were spring’s early risers decorating rocky hillsides as I drove toward the mountains.  Later, I got to see some Redbuds up close at Daniel Boone Native Gardens. The buds weren’t actually red, but a soft pinkish purple, very pleasing to the eye.

Redbud tree

Rudbud blooms

Redbud sign

Thursday Tree love is a photo feature hosted by  Parul Thakur on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month.

For more on tree love, visit:

https://www.happinessandfood.com/thursdaytreelove-63/