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Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.
    —     Robert Louis Stevenson
If you are thinking a year ahead, sow a seed.  If you are thinking 10 years ahead, plant a tree.  If you are thinking 100 years ahead, educate the people.
     —     Kuan Tzu
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The trees and stones will teach you what you never learn from the masters.
    —     Bernard of Clairvaux
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What I meant was, some people stand in front of a tree and the first thing they notice is the trunk.  These are the ones who prioritize order, safety, rules, continuity.  Then there are those who pick out the branches before anything else.  They yearn for change, a sense of freedom.  And then there are those who are drawn to the roots, though concealed under the ground.  They have a deep emotional attachment to their heritage, identity, traditions …
    —     Elif Shafak
From:  “The Island of Missing Trees: A Novel
Originally found at a blog / website I follow:   https://davidkanigan.com/
The specific post is at:
https://davidkanigan.com/2021/11/15/monday-morning-wake-up-call-276/
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Acts of creation are ordinarily reserved for gods and poets, but humbler folk may circumvent this restriction if they know how.  To plant a pine, for example, one need be neither god nor poet;  one need only own a shovel.
    ―     Aldo Leopold
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Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow.  The shadow is what we think of it;  the tree is the real thing.
    —    Abraham Lincoln
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Show me your garden and I will tell you what you are like.
    —    Alfred Austin
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A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.
    —    Navarre Scott Momaday
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If you’re planning for one year, grow rice.  If you’re planning for 20 years, grow trees.  If you’re planning for centuries, grow leaders.  If you’re planning for eternity, go to confession.
     —    Australian proverb
[One year ago, I had my heart stopped and re-started.  The procedure is called: “electrical cardioversion”.  Basically, the doctors zap you with electricity to “re-set” your heart rhythm from AFib to normal.  I’m still here a year later and Thanksgiving is coming up.  …One more year to be thankful for.  So far, good to go!  I’m hoping to plant a few trees this year.    —    KMAB]
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The most amazing thing about trees is it doesn’t actually matter how rich you are.  You can never buy a really old, beautiful tree.
     —     Steve Jobs
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He who plants trees benefits another generation.
     —    Caecilius Statius as quoted by Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.
    —    Warren Buffett
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I’ve read the words of men who walk where understanding grows:  who’ve passed beneath the tree of wisdom and had its shadow grant them peace, briefly though it be.
Look in their eyes and you will discover glimpses of eternity.  With them you sense the present is infinite, and events the actors which provide a change of scenery.  In life there are many theories but few explanations.  With time I discovered that we will know more than we can say, and understand beyond our powers of expression.
     —    Peter Wells
From his blog:  countingducks   at:  http://countingducks.wordpress.com/
The specific post is:  Beneath The Tree Of Life  at:  http://countingducks.wordpress.com/2017/06/26/beneath-the-tree-of-life/
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Trees

I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.
A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast;
A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;
A tree that may in Summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;
Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.
Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.
     —     written by:  Joyce Kilmer
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Ents

Not that I want to be a god or a hero.  Just to change into a tree, grow for ages, not hurt anyone.
    —    Czesław Miłosz
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This morning I’ve added two new entries to my Poems page:  Trees and Time Is…
“Trees” is, of course, a wonderful little poem – particularly for re-incarnated “Ents” (like me!).  I believe it was Robert Heinlein who said everyone should plant a tree at some point in their life.  I completely agree.  Planting trees is like having children.  It is a commitment to the future.  It is an expression of hope.  Time passing, seasons turning, growth rings and bark – just like life.
Have you hugged a tree lately?  As ridiculous as hugging trees may seem, it’s my experience that it’s very rare for someone to hug a tree and not leave it without a big smile on their face and usually a laugh (or chuckle) too.
Doesn’t everyone know the best cure for everything wrong with a person is hugs, smiles and laughter?  I think of them as living medicine.
“Time Is…” is actually a quote and not a poem.  But it has always had the “poem” feel to me.  I first read this quote when I was a youngster riding the San Francisco Muni bus to school.  They had a program to bring poetry and quotes to the masses.  I loved looking for the newest entry on each bus and occasionally you’d get on a bus which had multiple poems or all poems (instead of advertising)!  Then you had to move slowly down the length of the bus as you rode along to your destination.  If I ever had the money to do so, that’s one of the ways I’d pay-forward for the joy someone else gave me way back when.
Enjoy!
The Pleasure Of Finding Things Out  —  book review
Yesterday, I completed my fourth book by Richard P. Feynman.  This one is titled:  “The Pleasure Of Finding Things Out” (1999©).  The book is a collection of short “works” (speeches, interviews, and writings) by Dr. Feynman and was edited by Jeffrey Robbins.  Some of the stories I’d already read in Feynman’s other books, but the writing is so clear and the thoughts so beautiful you’re not left feeling like you’ve paid for a new book and only got a re-hash.  Of course, there will be many quotes from this book appearing on this blog from time to time.  After all, I’m still working through the quotes from the other three books.
As usual (for this author), this book is book is both highly thought provoking and highly recommended.  I hate to admit it, but I’m really starting to feel compelled to buy and read some of his serious (non-story) books.  I feel as if I’ve met (and lost again) a long lost friend.  It’s a shame he’s passed away (back in 1988).
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