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Bees are very important pollinators and are good at what they do. More than 90 percent of all plants need a pollinator to distribute pollen for fruit, vegetable, seed, and nut production.
Unless habitats for beneficial insects are protected and nurtured, farmers around the world could face futures of drastically lower yields. I am grateful for the hard-working bees.
source: Lompoc Record
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Lan Su Chinese Garden is located in Portland, Oregon.
The garden as a memory of lost paradise is a subject found throughout human history — in religion, poetry, fine arts, and science. The idea of paradise is a projection of wishes and desires that cannot be attained on Earth — a garden becomes its earthy reflection.
– Johann Kraftner
I began to appreciate the ruggedly rising rock landscapes, the narrowness of the path, tiny pond, and courtyards of Chinese garden a little better, after I read the” The Elegant Garden” written by Johann Kraftner.
“Its irregular configuration, which gives the illusion that it cannot be beheld in its entirely, encourages this effect.”
“It is not a route that is the destination, but rather the views seen while traversing; the impressions received on the way.”
“There is no clearly defined path leading around the pond or courtyard; one can always enter adjoining rooms, to emerge in a completely different spot.”
“The visitor quickly loses a prescribed sense of direction and is continually encountering new elements not seen before.”
“After a walking tour, not a single visitor will know which route he or she actually took and where he or she was, which indicates how intentionally confusing and ultimately miraculous is the design of the entire park (garden).”
“A world in which the density increases from one room to the next; a world that trains one’s eye on humble things;
a world in which apparently inconsequential items become protagonists.”
A group of people were practicing Tai Chi in this elegant garden facing the waterlily pond (the young man wearing a pair of black pants with white strips was the instructor). It looks like a paradise to me. :)
Note: All quotes above are from the ” The Elegant Garden” written by Johann Kraftner.
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Take a walk down to the North Yorkshire beautiful coast to Whitby with Jo!
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Azar Nafisi, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of “Reading Lolita in Tehran”(2003), received many awards, including the Nonfiction Book of the Year Award from Booksense, and was a finalist for the 2004 PEN/Martha Albrand Award for Memoir.
A good friend of mine loaned me a copy of an unpublished book (it’s in the final editing process) entitled “The Republic of Imagination” by Azar Nafisi. The idea for this book came to her when a young man, also from Iran, expressed to her about his disdain for Americans and their lack of understanding the importance of books. Thus, in her book, Azar uses Huckleberry Finn, Babbit, and The Heart is a Lonely Hunter to demo American perspective on reading.
In the Introduction of this book, she first talks about her personal transformation when she took a loyalty oath to become an American citizen:
“When you choose to call a place home, you no longer treat it with the episocdic curiosity of a guest or visitor. Its shortcomings are no longer merely topics of conversation. You wonder, why are things this way and not another? You want to improve the place, to change it, to make your complaints known. And I had done enough complaining by then to know it was time I became an American citizen.” (p. 9)
This leads to her view of hope and dream, Azar uses the quote from Vaclav Havel, ” Hope is a state of mind, not of the world. Hope, in this deep and powerful sense, is not the same as joy that things are going well, or willingness to invest in enterprises that are obviously heading for success, but rather an ability to work for something because it is good.” (p.32)
She, then, poses a provocative question, “If you believe your country was founded on the actualization of a dream, then an obvious and essential question arises: how can you dream without imagination?” With that, she “invites us to join her as citizens of her ‘Republic of Imaginations’, a country where the villains are conformity and orthodoxy and the only passport to entry is a free mind and willingness to dream.”
But, why she writes about reading perspectives for “The Republic of Imagination”? Azar explains by using Joseph Brodsky (receive 1987 Nobel Prize in Literature) quote:
“… we are powerless when it comes to its worst violation: that of not reading the books. For that crime, a person pays with his whole life; if the offender is a nation, it pays with its history.” Azar says, “Reading is a private act, but it joins us across continents and time.”
From there, Azar launches into the “America in Three Books”.
I’m not a night owl, but this book kept me awake until and after midnight.
Thanks to Lisa’s 1 day 1 world project. :)
Ed’s Sunday Still: Lookin’ Through Windows, “its anything that you can see thought a window…. and you have to show the window frame. Don’t crop out the frame its part of the challenge.”
Sherry is a fortified wine made from white grapes that are grown near the town of Jerez de la Frontera, Spain.
We took a wine tasting tour at the Bodegas Tradicion where produces fine sherry, aged to 30, 40 years. Our wine tour guide was very knowledgeable; she walked us through the wine process and explained its quality and history.
A 30-year-old sherry is about $59 euro ($78).
Unexpectedly, in a very old cellar, we had an opportunity to admire some major art works by the great masters of Spanish Art, from the 15 to 19th centuries. Below are the two tile drawings by Picasso:
The three great elemental sounds in nature are the sound of rain, the sound of wind in a primeval wood, and the sound of outer ocean on a beach.
– Henry Beston
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I — I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.
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This photo was taken at an Andalusian horse farm nearby Jerez, Spain.
Strongly built, and compact yet elegant, Andalusians have long, thick manes and tails. Their most common coat color is gray, although they can be found in many other colors. They are known for their intelligence, sensitivity and docility. The Andalusian has been recognized as an individual breed since the 15th century, and its conformation has changed very little over the centuries. — Wikipedia
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Colline is starting a new theme named “Sharing Gratitude”. She said that “In an effort to focus on the positive in my life, I have decided to photograph and write about those things which make me grateful.”
I have a long list things to be grateful for, for this week, I chose “travel by plane”.
Though we have to deal with frustrations of the delay and security process when we travel, I’m always amazed by the speed of flight that takes us to somewhere thousands of miles away in just a few hours.
Transporting thousands of people to various places every few minutes must require enormous effort. I am grateful for the hard work of engineers, pilots, security staff, flight attendants, computer programmers, air controllers, luggage carriers, and many more airport workers.
When the pilot comes on PA system and says “Sit back, relax and enjoy the flight.”, I know they’ll take me to my destination. :)
Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul
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