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IN MEMORIUM - from small acorns large oaks grow

Jean Giono was undoubtedly ranked among the most distinguished of French writers. As an artist his INTEGRAL ART comprised of more than thirty novels, as well as many short stories, plays, poetry, essays and film scripts.

The Man Who Planted Trees - the booktrailer
In his wonderful story of Elzeard Bouffier, an imaginary yet wholly believable shepherd, Jean Giono perhaps hoped to inspire a reafforestation programme that would renew the whole earth.

The story - both parable and manual - opposes the tree-planter, the earth-husband, to the makers of war and the concept of why we fight ? .
At the same time it shows us ALL that is best in man's relationship with nature, and with his fellow man.

For Giono, nature is a living force in which HOMO SAPIENS can rediscover the depth and harmony he has lost in urban life.

"The greatest achievement was at first and for a time a dream.
The oak sleeps in the acorn; the bird waits in the egg; and in
the highest vision of the soul a waking angel stirs.

Dreams are the seedlings of realities."

James Allen

Hearing on Youth Leadership on Global Warming: McCormick


The man who planted the trees

give US some TIME • give US some SPACE


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Michael : catalyst-producer

26 minutes later
Michael said

I first read Jean Giona's short story about Elzeard Bouffier, entitled - The Man Who Planted Hope and Grew Happiness - in the 1954 copy of my mother's Vogue magazine published by Condé Nast who also publish Vanity Fair, occasional copies of which she used to treat herself, bearing in mind that she used to design and make all of her own haute couture clothing, utilising hand made patterns that I remember drawing for her and cutting out "to suit", so to speak.

It obviously had a profound sub-conscious effect on me at the time - because all of my father's earth-husbandry has resulted in my long-term involvement in the cultivation of indigenous European species bonsai - particularly sessile oaks - and custodianship of an ancient oak woodland in Wales.

Following much legal wrangling Jean Giono's article - long forgotten by 1989 - was first published - under Chelsea Green Publishing Company's copyright - as The Man Who Planted Trees - a copy of which my soul-mate purchased for me as a complete surprise & which I have treasured ever since.

In my early days of Alta Vista surfing the web - care of the Digital Equipment Corporation I came across an animated version of the book on a North Korean web-site which became a favourite - but in recent years have now obtained a DVD copy of same - which still brings tears of joy to my eyes on every watching.

Michael : catalyst-producer

about 1 year later
Michael said

so we have a common destiny with the tree and as the words of the great spirit

reverberate across the planet, in resonance with the ART of ZEN, so also does the

the truth of quality establish itself in a Tokyo Secret Garden as a “pile of stones

when viewed from above.

Michael : catalyst-producer

about 1 year later
Michael said

FALLING leaves return to their ROOTS

The forest doesn't mourn the death of an individual tree.

The role of a single plant is to serve the group as a whole

How the pieces, bugs, animals and plants work together is the most important aspect of a healthy edible garden, the place in which it is
possible to solve ALL
of the world's problems.

YOUR edible garden is a community - a whole made up of individuals.

Respect the pieces, BUT work toward the betterment of the whole.

over 2 years later
KreaShine! said

give US some


give US some


Exactly what Phillip was asking for in my blog…I hope his dream comes true…

Michael : catalyst-producer

over 2 years later
Michael said

We are saving the equivalent of 15 football pitches of forests every week —
and that’s a minimum
,” says Mr Gifford.

Those are all trees that we’re saving from being chopped down.

“People use the term sustainable forestry but as a nation we are still
chopping down more trees than we are starting to grow.”

over 2 years later
KreaShine! said

Interesting the worlds garden is missing it's seeds in many of the decisions made on this planet. I am convinced things wood change if we wood listen to
the children.

Until then, mother and father will continue with their lessons for those who do not choose to serve the forest as a whole.

Michael : catalyst-producer

over 2 years later
Michael said


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