Hello Nature-led friends! I have several projects I must complete by September 1st. Please enjoy this very cool nature-inspired music video from a fun and energetic band! Have a great day and enjoy the rest of your week!
Her eyes wrenched him from the clutches of reality He was plunged to the very depths of fantasy Their softness Their fragility It lent him strength It woke purpose within desire But alas when you wade too deep for too long, You find things not meant to be found…
In those trenches of beauty there was fear A dread that the outside was superficial And the inside would always be empty A panic that when the petals fell, When the beauty withered, Loneliness would remain
In her nightmare a dream took root Sown by his pledge Warmed by companionship Watered by commitment He would not abandon her to that darkness For he had always known; “From her heart grows a tree” And it blooms through all seasons
“From her heart grows a tree” whose bark has peeled and chipped, now leaving exposed wood growing moss and green creatures fertile with new life to pass. She is solid below the surface, and confident the new chapter will take root.
I remember standing in these aspens two years ago, my heart expanding as I gazed up, up, up at this tree reaching for the blue sky. However, aspens are not only magnificent above ground, but also below, because groups of aspen share a root system. A system one might imagine as an enormous “beating heart” below ground.
“From her heart grows a tree.”
Her heart connecting with mine.
From her heart grows a tree, a family tree, with many branches called generations.
The Family Tree is among the most wonderful images of trees; how people are connected over generations. Certainly not the beginning of my family tree – yet, a long time ago, Barnebus Maney, Captain during the Revolution – father of 12 children was the beginning. I (and you and Joshua and Noah) are related to more people than you can imagine. Like a tree – we grow branches. Like a tree, we grow new branches – each one making us stronger. I love the connections.
Below you will see a visual tree that has been done by a proper computer scientist. Instead of creating a trunk from an obscure phrase using search engine indexing like I did, he took tweets on Twitter using hashtags (#example) and created groups of tweets on specific topics. This is a circular tree, which I think represents any type of social grouping well. We are spheres of knowledge, spheres of associations, Venn diagrams within Venn diagrams.
This diagram along with several others from The Book of Trees: Visualizing Branches of Knowledge by Manuel Lima or several more examples digitally from this 2014 Gizmodo Australia article:
DEADLINE TO PARTICIPATE: AUGUST 2, 2021 Midnight (PST)
“Branches”: A post on your website/blog anything that includes “from her heart grows a tree” (A poem, a short story, a couple of sentences, a picture with the phrase as the title….)
“Roots”: Post your contribution in the comments below. For anyone who wants to participate that doesn’t have a blog or doesn’t feel like posting it on their blog.
Why is there a deadline?
So I can make a visual tree(s) of your contributions. Depending on how much input I have to work with I might make one fancy tree or a few experimental trees. I go with the flow with where ever the inspiration takes me!
I will *try* to have the project done the following week (Aug 9th-13th) for you all, see note below.
Note: I’ve been notified of potential Jury Duty. I should know if I’m selected as a potential Juror on Aug 2nd. If I’m selected I’ll have a civil and legal obligation to participate which could take up to two weeks or longer depending on the court case. If selected, I won’t be able to talk about it. I don’t yet know what the time commitment is like or how it will impact my schedule, but August was already stacking up to be a very busy month. We’ll see how it goes.