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Newsletter 110: I Talk to the Trees

An essay on the value of trees in our lives – real and metaphorically real

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An essay on the value of trees in our lives – real and metaphorically real

My running mate, fellow elder years ago, mentor and friend has died. A short tribute to Dave appears at the end of the main body of this newsletter.

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You can become blind by seeing each day as a similar one. Each day is a different one, each day brings a miracle of its own. It's just a matter of paying attention to this miracle - author Paulo Coelho

We do not believe in ourselves until someone reveals that something deep inside us is valuable, worth listening to, worthy of our trust, sacred to our touch. Once we believe in ourselves we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit - poet e e cummings

A compassionate heart is the key factor for a meaningful life, and one’s own health - Dalai Lama

“Would you please come see my son? Because he's crying all the time”. And the pediatrician says, "Of course I will come, but I should tell you all my Jewish babies are crying". And so that anecdote told by my mother speaks to the very essence of childhood experience, which is to say that what happens to the parents happens to the child - Dr Gabor Maté talking to Tami Simon of Sounds True (Tuesday Mar 21, 2017) relating a time in Budapest when his mother called their paediatrician a day after the WWII German occupation of Budapest. He was then 2 months old.

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