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Falling and Standing Still (in Autumn)

Joan Winifred things i learned trees wisdom

Leaf Peeping or Heart Peeping?

amazing tree(s)

trunk stands still…the leaves fall

And the wind blows wherever it wants when it wants…

Picking up the leaves and rustling them to and fro

Simultaneous motion…

Deep roots & water source

Modern-day miracle, eh?

From the standpoint of

a little girl (aka me)

LONG LIVE TREES…

The xylem is composed of dead, thick cells that act as pipes for transporting water and nutrients up the tree.  The active portion of the xylem is known as the sapwood.  The sapwood is found near the outside of the tree.  Older xylem is known as heartwood and is found in the middle of the trunk.  The heartwood is often darker in color and is not very active in transport.  The darker color is caused by resins, oils and minerals, which are deposited as the tree grows.  The xylem (sapwood and heartwood) makes up the majority of a tree trunk.

On close inspection of a tree trunk one can see individual xylem cells.  They are arranged longitudinally.  The shape of xylem cells is what gives wood its unique characteristics.  Pine trees and other conifers have long, narrow xylem cells called tracheids.  This shape provides a surface that gives strength to paper products.  This is one reason why pine fiber is so valuable to the forest products industry.

At some time during your life you must have seen annual (growth) rings, and you know that each growth ring represents a year.  What makes these rings?  An annual ring is one year’s worth of xylem growth.  In most trees the xylem cells formed in the spring are larger than those formed later in the summer.  The difference in size results in what appears as a ring.  In some species such as oak and ash the spring xylem is so wide you can actually see them with the naked eye resulting in a very clear ring. [excerpted reading: How a Tree Grows: A Tree and its Trunk.]

Yep!;) this/my post(s)… sappy, but may be? full of heart?!-lol😉 with a ring of Truth.

Peace to You Reader:)

10/3/17 @ 5:05 p.m.

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“Pay Attention to Safety” (Art Imitating Life??/Life Imitating Art??)

An art project my Dad and me worked on/working on…and it’s probably near completion today…his concept, an ancient Asian safety sign…characters resemble ancient Chinese text…meaning “Pay Attention to Safety”…wise guy, huh?? My Dad is an artist (among other things)..this project was in the process way before any inkling about Hurricane Norma…very timely though!:)

so, Daddy made the canvas…and we decided on the red and gold and ancient text…he loved the phrase: “Pay Attention to Safety”…it is hanging at my Parent’s place…(the full painted photo taken today.) He’s happy with it and feels it’s finished…(i could work on it more, though.)

so, we painted the background red…obviously, duh, then he wanted me to paint the characters…and i am no expert Chinese Character writer/drawer/painter!!…by any means!!…a baby/toddler could write Chinese better than me…but this is art..so, he had me chalk outline first…then paint. (Honestly, i wanted Chato to do it for me.  My Dad insisted it would be good for me to try my best and do it myself…glad i did.) Time with Daddy and art work has helped me a lot to cope and get through some stuff dealing with. (He keeps telling me NOT to worry about it being perfect or being a perfectionist!)

Daddy is always very generous with sincere praise and encouragement…and loves the way it turned out, yet i want/would like the opportunity to tidy up the gold/yellow lettering…may be?

I was concerned about spacing…the characters and usage of canvas. I love my Dad…and his timely, wise, loving, life lessons.

Safety: Physically, Mentally, Emotionally, and Spiritually…an important sign of the times:

“PAY ATTENTION TO SAFETY”….(joanie)

Okay, Daddy..Thanks!…we have other works in the works:)

 

9/6/17 @ 1:05 a.m.

 

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Prepare and Don’t Panic!

Breathing-Fragile-Life caregiving compassion conscientious-ness insights Joan Winifred never giving up! parenting patience peace power reality respect stress management wisdom

My thoughts and prayers are with those dealing with/experiencing Category 5 Hurricane Irma at the moment of this writing! And, of course, with all Others in the potential “perhaps” zone of catastrophic path of the unknown impact! And with All those dealing with a disaster of one name/sort or another in one place or another!

My Brother and Sister-in-law are in Haiti…my immediate Family and Friends are here close to my vicinity in FL. I think this whole state is a flood zone. We happen to live in flat land…our place of literal/bodily dwelling doesn’t flood…usually, but surrounding us does…go figure?….of course, with potential of spillage or depending on rainfall, etc. that could change fast.

During rainy season, i live in crocs. {i haven’t gotten around to getting rubber boats -ha, i meant to type boots:)…it’s hot to wear boots in high 80’s/90’s, but i think, it’s “probably” time. The super big puddles/rivers and washed out streets…picking kids up from school has had me considering a boots investment for a while now. Rubber boots may be sold out ? IDK and rainy season is almost finished…Hurricane season ends in November.} Boots haven’t been a necessity…for me (till now? in the “perhaps” zone)

My kids are prepping their to-go bags/carry-ons as i type on this laptop…and my 12 year old just announced -lol that IF we leave, (cause of flooding), she is NOT taking her homework binder!!;) This is ironic coming from a kid who always does her homework no matter what and is thoughtful, super-responsible with follow-through! She’s also singing “it’s the end of the world as we know it–AND I FEEL FINE!!” (School officials will inform Wednesday at noon about school cancellations, etc.) My 14 year old is considering what artwork to bring…and to wrap in plastic. And of course, the cats are their priority! i am chuckling cause now–the kids are asking/aka testing me about a particular privilege–i feel they are not old enough for yet…and under usual conditions the answer would be NO! …smartie pants, my answer is still NO!…:) My 12 year old is now stating IF You love me, you will answer this question…and i quickly piped up Yes! (meaning: of course i love you and i’m listening while my head is down typing), and so–now she laughingly informs me: I have to buy her a rat cause i said ‘Yes’…(what she really means is gerbil; that’s what she calls a gerbil and all in rodent family and she knows my yes means yes and my no, no. Plus she knows, i don’t care much for rats!), but she loves all animals in any family type and would be perfectly fine with a real rat (from the pet store). (Not me though, i do not want rats for pets from a store or anywhere, thank you; still working on fully appreciating this fellow-fragile-life/creature; obviously.)

Now the kids are goofing around making up…& singing country songs…”Two tear drops floating down the river…” and talking/chattering non-stop; wonder where/who they get that from?! 😉

This is suppose to be a serious post about preparation(s) and a kid is now tickling my nose/trying to stick a piece of twirled plastic up my nose so, i’ll sneeze…while my eyes are distracted on this screen.  STOP IT! Cut it out! She is relentlessly aggravating me for a laugh…we are having fun and laughing/playing and not panicking while prepping for a potentially very-serious-weather-life-altering-event.

My son quietly informs that: IF our house gets wrecked, his only regret is not painting his room…blue.

okay back to business…little girls have left room..i better type fast to finish this before the unrelenting interruptions start up again…i LOVE my kids!…and especially love their creative teaching techniques…teaching me patience, and other qualities (like staying calm in emergencies and listening completely before replying) i need to work on–or things i need to change…lol;)…especially my snarky sarcasm that surfaces from time-to-time.

“PREPARATION is Your MOST IMPORTANT KEY TO SURVIVAL!” – Awake! No. 5 “When Disaster Strikes–Steps That Can Save Lives”….

No one is immune to disaster. But what does preparation involve?

  • Prepare mentally. Acknowledge the fact that disasters happen and that you and your loved ones are potentially at risk. It is too late to prepare after disaster strikes.

  • Learn about disasters that can happen in your area. Know where shelters are. Consider whether the construction of your home and its location are as safe as possible. Remove fire hazards. Install smoke detectors, and change their batteries at least once a year, if not more often.

  • Prepare emergency supplies. Power, water, phone, and transportation services can fail. If you own a car, try to keep the fuel tank at least half full, and always have food, water, and an emergency kit in your home.​

  • Have access to the phone numbers of friends, both near and far.

  • Make and rehearse an escape plan. Know the nearest exits in your building, as well as the emergency plan of your children’s school. Set up family meeting places​—such as a school or a library—​one nearby and another outside your neighborhood. Authorities recommend that you practice walking with your family to those meeting points.

  • Plan to help others, including the elderly and the infirm.

i’ve been living in the “perhaps” zone concerning various life things/circumstances, etc…for a while now…this training has prepped/disciplined/taught my mind and heart to be prepared..for whatever occurs….{at least, i think/hope anyway.}

Reader:)…are You prepared? Physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually?? (for disaster or whatever?)

Don’t Panic! BE PREPARED! BE SAFE and ACCURATELY INFORMED!:)

PEACE!:)

9/5/17 @ 10:35 p.m.

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Not Ordinary (Part 1)

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These are not ordinary times in which we live/breathe/exist…
to put one’s own whims, agendas, preferences, and “so-called” personal happinesses..comforts
ahead and above everything/everyone else…
is to naively
and blindly
miss out on
seeing/understanding
the big picture! (issues of sovereignty)

some of us…mature ones aka spiritually discerning ones…realize/appreciate…there are make it and/or break it…important times in life/history/reality when one’s own (personal/individual) desires, wants, gratification, immediacy…need and have to be put aside for the much greater good…

how deep is your love?
how deep is your compassion?

extraordinary love & compassion required!:)

(Let True Compassion Reign/Rule You aka True God of Compassion and Agape Love…it’s the only pathway to peace/the only way to survive the pelting/harsh rain/reign of cruelty aka man’s selfish-self-rule…
hurting humanity and the planet!:(

8/19/17 @ 8:03 p.m.

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Wild Life

Breathing-Fragile-Life choice Joan Winifred wisdom

In some places…(and in some circles) it’s against the law to feed “wild life”…

yeah, warn us
us feeders
of the heart, and soul…and tamers of the beasts & the beasts within (and beasts with-out in need of food/restraint)

back away slowly…
that’s the “scientific” recommendation.
(regarding snakes)

yeah, warn us
us charmers, us handlers…
of the snakes and vermin

domesticated cats…refuse to leave me alone…
can i afford?? anymore snaps and bites from the “so-called” crocs/”wild” life???

(aka (at times as) those not fully committed/absolutely loyal to and stabilized in compassion and to the True God of Compassion)
wild life is in the business of survival (and may be?? (IDK for sure–what do i know; i am NO expert!) and not in the business of living/loving/respecting beyond immediacy of selfishness)

ignoring … or feeding at a safe distance (“seems” wise)
cause
i
know…(or i think)

you’ll grab my hand
and
not let go

or fatally!! bite my heart
hard

does all wild life bite the hand that feeds?!…(jury still out/field testing)

cautiousness/vigilance needed to
preserve all life Wild and Other!:)

well, when your base line is agape love, compassion…You–your choices reflect that place/space of operation-ing/functioning/motivation(s)…you’re kind/giving/forgiving to all, eh?? or at least you try (at most times) to be “fair”…kind to all kinds of Fragile-Life…:)…{and a modest person knows their limitations in the process of kindness, etc.}

(this is what Jesus (sage of peace/compassion) lived…and what i “try” to live):

No one has love greater than this, that someone should surrender his life*(soul) in behalf of his friends. John 15:13

8/16/17 @ 8:48 a.m.

p.s…(and) You’re a Friend(?)(.)(!)

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Pain where a…

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pill can’t reach…
hope
you’re
not
turning
into
that
kind
of

 

IDK

may be

?

i got

a lesson (or more)

to

learn

from

YOU

two

 

all i

know

FOR SURE

is

the ONLY

approval

 

needed

is

GOD’S

(the TRUE GOD/(CREATOR) OF COMPASSION–YAHWEH/JEHOVAH!)

 

i bow & pray to Him

(as evidenced by my choices)

 

man

didn’t

design

trees

or

the

air

i

need

to

breathe

to live!

trees don’t lie…yeah, ima Believer!:)

(cause living to please people leads to suffocation/misery/death.)

For the Days of My People will be like the days of a tree, and the works of their hands my chosen ones will enjoy to the full. (Isaiah 65:22)

i ain’t afraid of pain (aka You??). (Honestly, i don’t want to disappoint designer of compassion aka “True” God.)

8/1/17 @ 2:15 p.m.

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ID

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Innocent as a Dove (Matthew 10:16)

and “Cautious as a Serpent” = Discretion

Discretion (can) mean(s) being spiritually awake and vigilant(.)! (& at all times…in the light/dark)

“Look out that no one takes you captive by means of the philosophy and empty deception . . . of the world.”​—COL. 2:8.

7/30/17 @ 10:58 a.m.

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Avoiding Pollution

Breathing-Fragile-Life choice education God healing insights Joan Winifred peace respect wisdom

 “You must not pollute the land in which you live, for [the shedding of human] blood pollutes the land.”​—Num. 35:33, 34.

Thank You Reader, Fellow-Fragile-Life, for Choosing Compassion Everyday and treating All-Fellow-Fragile-Life the way You would want to be treated. 🙂 (Jesus, Sage of Peace, taught this Golden Rule of Living Kindness, Compassion, Forgiveness, and Agape Love.)

Don’t You think HIGH respect for life…results in safe-r choices of actions and interactions with all fragile-life on the planet?!

Bible education promotes peace and respecting life and not shedding blood. It promotes compassion and forgiveness and respect and love for life and fellow-life globally!:)

This topic…reminds me of this great illustration read:

“Happy are the peacemakers,” Jesus said. (Matthew 5:9) Jesus practiced what he preached by promoting nonviolence and taking a message of peace to people of diverse religious backgrounds. (Matthew 26:52) Those who responded were drawn into an unbreakable bond of love. (Colossians 3:14) But was Jesus’ objective merely to build bridges among people of various backgrounds so that they could get along in peace? Did he join with others in their religious practices?

The religious leaders of the sects of the Pharisees and the Sadducees viciously opposed Jesus—even sought to kill him. How did he react? Jesus instructed his disciples: “Let them be. Blind guides is what they are.” (Matthew 15:14) Jesus refused to acknowledge spiritual brotherhood with such individuals.

The International Space Station—a technological wonder orbiting the earth—is the result of the united efforts of some 15 nations. Could you imagine this project being accomplished if the participating nations did not agree on what blueprint to use?

That, essentially, is the situation with the modern-day interfaith movement. Although cooperation and respect are touted, there is no agreed-upon blueprint for building faith. As a result, moral and doctrinal issues remain as divisive as ever.

The Bible contains God’s standards, which are like a blueprint. We can build our lives on what the Bible says. Those who have embraced it have overcome racial and religious prejudices and have learned to work together in peace and unity. Foretelling this, God said: “I will change the language of the peoples to a pure language, so that all of them may call on the name of Jehovah, to serve him shoulder to shoulder.” Unity results from the “pure language,” God’s standard of worship.—Zephaniah 3:9; Isaiah 2:2-4. [excerpted reading reference: Interfaith Is it God’s Way? w 3/2014]

Happy Week-end…working together in Peace & Unity!:)

7/29/17 @ 4:40 p.m.

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