Sunday, March 12, 2017

Trees of Reflections: Friendships That Served Me Well

The art of writing is to explain the complications of the human soul with the simplicity that can be universally understood.
— Alan Sillitoe, born on this date in 1928

“The most melancholy of human reflections, perhaps, is that, on the whole, it is a question whether the benevolence of mankind does most good or harm.” Walter Bagehot, Physics and Politics ... read more

Adele wows Sydney but not without a few hiccups at Bondi   

FIVE HOUR travel delays greeted Adele's first concert in Sydney. And it looks like it's going just as swimmingly on Saturday with the British powerhouse proving she can shut down a city when she belts out a song. Tolstoy said that change is slow very slow, but then change changes into a sudden change ...

Adele Grants Elmo's Wish to Meet Up in Australia: See the Pic
Elmo's wish to meet Adele came true Friday (March 10) when the two stars both found themselves in Australia. On Wednesday, Elmo tweeted at the singer and asked if they could arrange a time to say “Hello 

You are never more alive than when you are scanning MEdia Dragon on holy Sunday Mornings ... If everything was perfect we would never learn and we would never grow. Progress means transforming weaknesses into strengths. Perfect blogs that have no imagination have no wings ...

Brain Pickings: “Trees dominate the world’s the oldest living organisms. Since the dawn of our species, they have been our silent companions, permeating our most enduring talesand never ceasing to inspire fantastical cosmogonies. Hermann Hesse called them “the most penetrating of preachers.” A forgotten seventeenth-century English gardener wrote of how they “speak to the mind, and tell us many things, and teach us many good lessons.” But trees might be among our lushest metaphors and sensemaking frameworks for knowledge precisely because the richness of what they say is more than metaphorical — they speak a sophisticated silent language, communicating complex information via smell, taste, and electrical impulses. This fascinating secret world of signals is what German forester Peter Wohlleben explores in The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate (public library).”