The Essential Facts of Life

I went to the woods because I wished
to live deliberately, to front only the
essential facts of life, and see if I
could not learn what it had to teach,
and not, when I came to die, discover
that I had not lived.

source: Henry David Thoreau
image: Eddie’s Garden Photos
Fungus grows at the base of
 a dead grapefruit tree. Summer 2017

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24 thoughts on “The Essential Facts of Life

  1. Ah; bingo! When I read the title, that quote popped into my head…. actually it was more like a whisper, as the essence of his ‘…I went to the woods to live deliberately…’ and of course, that’s what you just sampled – so very important in today’s often-too-hurried world….

    Dead grapefruit tree? I hope that you have more! It’s nice that you allowed nature to continue the cycles…. The ‘free-range’ grapefruit are abundant right now, 10 for a dollar…

    • This ‘pink grapefruit’ was planted many years ago by the original owners of this property. Well passed
      its prime some time back it slowly started dieing. I just did not have the heart to cut it down.
      I too ‘went to the woods to live deliberately’. (on more than one occasion, it I may add)

      • A birder once sent a photo of his home in N.Carolina, and I commented on the large dead tree he had spared…. he was surprised that I noticed and said that a woodpecker family lived there and he – like you – did not have the heart to remove it….

        I recommend that every person go to the woods to live deliberately at least once – and if possible for at least a month of ‘disconnect’ — i think there would be fewer angry people in the world!

        If it weren’t for staying in touch with certain loved ones, I could retreat to this new place and easily disconnect for vast periods of time…

        I head back there tomorrow so will be offline most of the week. poor me! 🙂

  2. The woods have much to teach us, especially this year. About what it means to live in community, to embrace both the moment and the consequences of now, to reach out to others nearby with whom we are naturally entangled, to serve others (both native and outsider) who come seeking shelter and healing… The list is long indeed.

    And that fungus is breathtaking! Magnificent! Beauty arises from tragedy (the death of a tree); a necessary and hopeful reminder.

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