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Sabbath Day – Finally

April 20, 2017

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This was a marvelous day, spent mostly outdoors.

Morning coffee was spent with an absolutely beautiful book, The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate – Discoveries from a Secret World, by Peter Wohlleben. This was a birthday gift from my wife last year which I keep re-reading. Wohlleben writes out of his experience as a forester in the Eiffel Mountains in Germany. His description of friendship, community, and language among trees is so deeply moving that I never get very far into the book before wanting to go walk among trees.

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Which is what I did today.

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Mid-Sixties and sunny, I took an eight mile stroll through White Plains and then along the Bronx River Pathway up to the Kensico Dam and back. I stopped to take photos of trees and flowers, along with ducks, geese, and cranes; woodpeckers and robins; a beautiful red-tailed hawk and a few other surprises I will hold for another post.

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While walking I listened to a three hour podcast by Corey Olsen on the Ainunlindalë and Valaquenta portions of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Silmarillion. I’ve been re-reading Tolkien recently (aloud with August), and working my own way through the twelve volume Histories of Middle Earth. Much to ponder and inspire here.

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After school brought August and I to the nature center and some good talks.

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A day of beauty, myth, life and nature, and family. Happy Sabbath.


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