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Harula’s GLADvent Calendar


December 22

The clearest way into the universe is through a forest wilderness. (John Muir)


Well leave it to John Muir to feel that way about forests! And that’s such a good segue from the previous post to this one. It’s all about the trees…

01659fI have always wanted a Star Pine tree. I thought it would be cool to keep it in the TV room downstairs and decorate it come Christmas. I assumed it would give off that heavenly pine scent. But you know how I was talking yesterday about how you can’t judge a person by their clothing? Well, turns out you can’t judge a tree by its looks either! You see a Star Pine tree is NOT a pine tree after all! And in truth, as they grow and get taller they can grow out of that piney look altogether.

Araucaria heterophylla (synonym A. excelsa) is a member of the ancient and now disjointly distributed family Araucariaceae. … It is sometimes called a star pine, triangle tree or living Christmas tree, due to its symmetrical shape as a sapling, although it is not a true pine. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Araucaria_heterophylla

So I guess this is just a reiteration of yesterday’s post. Maybe since the subject came up twice this is THE important lesson I’m supposed to learn this year! I think it’s a BIG lesson given what’s going on in the political situations around the world… Maybe it’s time we ask ourselves what we see when we look at the pictures of immigrants plastered all over the news? Do we see a person or a problem?


Persons or Problems?


Picture Source:
Stocking — Harula
Star Pine — Dave’s Garden
mmigrants — Wall Street Journal