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Tree Trunks Speak

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The tree trunks spoke to me, yesterday, while I was walking by the river, with my daughter, son-in-law, and two grandies.

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As I drew closer, I could see the small curves, caves of sorts, within the bark, that harbor tiny creatures, caves harboring secrets from the past, lives lived within the boundaries of the trees, and the lives of the trees themselves, that have seen their own kind stand strong through decades of trauma.

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I walked a bit further, and saw incredible beauty in their trunks, with all of the crags, indentations, wrinkled, mottled, striated bark, whispered of times past, present, and moments to come.  

The world’s mindset hasn’t changed much since their genesis, each generation facing challenges to stay alive, no matter where their location.

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But, strength, courage, connections with other trees, branches holding on to each other, through the struggles of time’s continuum, kept their lifeforms spreading, branched wings reaching upwards, outwards, interconnecting eternally.  Sage sentinels of earth, and life, I am ever grateful for your presence in my life, the past lives of my ancestors, and current and future generations born my lifespan.

My gratitude knew, and knows, no bounds, for the beautiful trees that surround us, protect us, and stand guard, amazing beauties, with knowledge beyond our understanding.

-All photographs and prose are Copyright of Lorri M.

The prose is actually a poem, shown in sections, to coordinate with the photographs.  Thank you for stopping by.

 

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The Earth laughs in flowers.  -Ralph Waldo Emerson

There are always flowers for those who want to see them.  -Henry Matisse

If the rose puzzled its mind over the question how it grew, it would not have been the miracle that it is.  –J. B. Yeats

Photos, Copyright Lorri M.

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Review: Einstein and the Rabbi: Searching for the Soul

I finished reading Einstein and the Rabbi:  Searching for the Soul, by Rabbi Naomi Levy.

We are all an eternal flicker in the candle of time, and each of us is an illumination of the past, present and future. 

This beautifully written book, exemplifies our connections, and enhances the fact humanity is all encompassing, each of us a minute part of the entire.  One life is all of our lives, connected through human strands.  One death leaves a portion of our souls empty, voided.

Reading this book almost brought me to tears with the beautiful, structured prose, illuminating Rabbi Levy’s concept of soul, and her defining such, through her journey searching for the answers to her questions.

I recommend Einstein and the Rabbi:  Searching for the Soul, to everyone, no matter your faith, and no matter whether you practice any religious faith, or whether you are an atheist.  It offers something for everyone.

The photo above was taken several years ago, inside Temple Mickve Israel, in Savannah, GA.  I was astonished that I was permitted to take a photo of the Torahs in the Ark.

The photograph above is of the front entrance to the Skirball Cultural Center.  They are currently closed due to COVID-19, but their online exhibits and resources are invaluable.

All photographs and writings are the copyright of Lorri M.

 

 

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Reflections and Clouds

As water reflects the face, so one’s life reflects the heart.  -Proverb

We cannot see our reflection in running water.  It is only in still water that we can see.  -Zen saying.

If you use your imagination, you can see lots of things in the cloud formations.   -Charles M. Schulz

The air up there in the clouds is very pure and fine, bracing and delicious. And why shouldn’t it be?–it is the same the angels breathe.  – Mark Twain

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