I find it easy to lose track of reality lately. So easy to become trapped in the part of our collective human insanity that shows up on the computer screen when just outside my window is the real world. Not that the immense human suffering we’ve created is not painful—it is—but most of it is also not natural.
As the sun dips on our horizon and much of our world shrinks back toward winter, I find it useful to remember that this is all part of the cycle of life.
Note: The leaves of the American Chestnut (top) are miraculous this time of year, in fact, any time of year really because it is a species that has been devastated by blight since the early 1900s. These leaves grace a one of two trees growing in our yard, seeded from a local survivor tree. Perhaps there is a lesson or two there for we humans?
Maybe it is as simple blowing up our TVs as John Prine sang about in his song, “Spanish Pipedream?”