A Daisy as Tall as a Tree

It’s not a figment of the imagination. It’s real, and it grows in the Andes in a place where evolution runs faster than the rest of the world. Espeletia uribei This fabulous fact — that evolution can run faster in different parts of the world — makes me want to listen to a happy song…

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You Are on the Supercontinent Rodinia

A little over a billion years ago, some continental crust got smushed together. Note: Continental crust is a lot like pie crust, an ancient frangible confection that inexorably disintegrates! At least, that’s the case in my kitchen. Although I love to bake, the creation of a flaky, delicate pie crust has eluded me, in spite…

chiaroscuro at Brooklyn Yoga School

Be a Swinger

This is a one minute meditation outside the Brooklyn Yoga School (3 bells to start, 1 bell to end) Do you love trees and poems? If so, this post is especially for you! Here is a passage of utter delight, from Robert Frost. You’ll find the title references the poem’s last line. “When I see…

Xylophone for Bach song

Whimsy

Our 8 year old asks ‘Mama, could you please put helium in an air mattress, so I can fly it like a magic carpet?’ Were this possible, here’s the music that should accompany such a quixotic venture: Bach’s “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” from 1716, played on a wooden xylophone in a Japanese forest. (if…

Trees and sky

Trees are Happy

Look at the trees, look at the birds, look at the clouds, look at the stars… and if you have eyes you will be able to see that the whole existence is joyful. Everything is simply happy. Trees are happy for no reason; they are not going to become prime ministers or presidents and they…