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Bearing Witness to Local Natural History-- from the wildness of Indiana

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thankful On This Day

This day dawned cloudy, misty and 41 degrees cool. The field is damp and the ponds and lake are empty of pooled water. No bald eagles are present at this moment. As I reflect today on what I am thankful for . . .  many blessings come to mind. Of course my family, friends, home, work, and health are always at the top.

But I am especially grateful for the small "things" at work in our lives which we are often unaware of. This presence usually goes unnoticed. But if we look closely . . . we can deepen our awareness.

Beauty exists in the details. I am grateful always for Nature. Grateful for the beauty of this earth. For the bounty, the connectedness, the unity, and the processes that are always present.

We are all connected. We are all related. It is this Greater Mystery that underlies it All. It has been described as " . . . the ceaseless, restless, creative flow of energy in the universe" by Jack Kegan.

Gratitude fills me. May it fill you too.
What are you grateful for beyond family, friends, and home?

©Joni L. James

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Ponder Thoreau: November 12, 1859

A little Henry David Thoreau to ponder . . . written in his journal on November 12, 1859:
"I do not know how to distinguish between our waking life and a dream. Are we not always living the life that we imagine we are?"

Cloud Reflections or not?                                           ©Joni L. James 

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Tree Roots and Your Life

Tree roots anchor, support, and stabilize trees in the soil. Tree roots absorb water and also take nutrients and chemicals out of the soil and use them to produce what is needed for the tree’s growth, development, and repair. Tree roots have character and can be fascinating in their shapes and designs. There is a beauty in their perseverance and struggle to maintain a healthy hold in the soil for the survival of the tree that continues to grow and change high above.


Beech Tree Roots I                                                     ©Joni L. James

Beech Tree Roots II                                           ©Joni L. James

 Tree roots can be a symbol for our own lives. How do tree roots relate to your roots? How are you anchored, supported, and stabilized? What about the character, beauty, and perseverance of your growth and survival? I invite you to add your comments to these questions. Click the comment button and share your thoughts!