Thoughts of Friendship

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Trent and Stacey
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Friends

by John Hansen © 1990


Friends are there to listen

When you need a caring ear.

They calm you when you're frightened,

And cowering with fear.


Friends always come to visit

When you feel alone or sad.

They put a smile upon your face,

And sooth you when you're mad.


Friends never ask for payment

When they save you from a jam.

They do it for the pleasure,

And because they give a damn.


Friends can be relied upon

When everything goes wrong.

They tell you it will be ok,

And help you to be strong.

Friends never make harsh judgements

When you stray from what is right.

They try to get you back on track,

And make you see the light.


Friends deserve our services

When we have a hand to give.

They need us to be humble,

And be a friend, in turn, to them.


Friendship is the greatest gift

Our Lord God can bestow.

The best that we can be in life,

Is a friend to all we know.

Jared, Trent and Friend. The young man on the right in this photo is the same curly haired little boy pushing the rocker I n the photo above.
Jared, Trent and Friend. The young man on the right in this photo is the same curly haired little boy pushing the rocker I n the photo above. | Source

Making Friends With Trees

"It is possible to strike up a lasting friendship with a tree for it is something more than a piece of wood. It gives off an individual emanation that can attract or repel. A loved tree can become responsive to your moods, sentient and intimate. Many are trees that have afforded me comfort and companionship. There was a certain alder in the Darenth valley; there was a lovely pine on a wild bit of hearthland in Dorset; there was a larch on a Shropshire hillside, an oak in a Sussex glade. There was a mulberry tree in the walled garden of a beautiful old house in Winchelsea, and long, long ago when the world was new, there was a twisted little hawthorn in a London park, beloved by a child and never forgotten."

...Patience Strong...


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Friendship Quotes

“Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.”

Albert Camus

"Friendship consists in forgetting what one gives and remembering what one receives."

Alexander Dumas

“A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you.”

― Elbert Hubbard

A friend is one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become, and still, gently allows you to grow.

– William Shakespeare

“If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you.”

―A.A. Milne 'Winnie the Pooh'

"I don’t need a friend who changes when I change and who nods when I nod; my shadow does that much better."

– Plutarch

“When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares.”

―Henri J.M.Nouwen, Out of Solitude: Three Meditations on the Christian Life

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Friendship

by John Hansen © 2014


Find a special person

Reach out with a smile

Initiate conversation

Engage them for awhile

Never judge appearances

Don't be anything you aren't

Show interest in their stories

Handshakes play a part

Identify with who they are

Place them in your heart.

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A River

"A river is the most human and companionable of all inanimate things. It has a life, a character, a voice of its own, and is as full of good fellowship as a sugar-maple is of sap. It can talk in various tones, loud or low, and of many subjects, grave and gay. Under favourable circumstances it will even make a shift to sing, not in a fashion that can be reduced to notes and set down in black and white on a sheet of paper, but in a vague, refreshing manner, and to a wandering air that goes

'Over the hills and far away.'

For real company and friendship, there is nothing outside of the animal kingdom that is comparable to a river."

... Henry Van Dyke...



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Ericdierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Wonderfully done. I liked the combination, for I have a stream, a creek and a river that I call friends. Growing up in arid land, we probably did not consider them inanimate. Rather closer to God's fingers. Loved this hub.


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DDE 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

A friendship is important and should be true from the heart. A beautiful poem here showing such greatness in friendship and the way you planned the image setting is most incredible.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean

Friendship is a very special topic, and both of your poems treat it admirably. I especially like your ending in the first one. I have not seen or heard mention of Patience Strong for a long time. I loved her work. thanks for including her "Making Friends with Trees." Altogether enjoyable!


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

This is simply outstanding in rhyme and heart. What would we do or be without friends? I loved the pictures...


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for being the first to read and comment on this one Eric. Funny how some people just consider trees and rivers etc as inanimate objects, and others like us, treat them as friends. I am glad you enjoyed this hub.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for your compliments Devika. Yes friendship is the most important thing in the world.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Glad you enjoyed these works MsDora. I have read a few works by Patience Strong recently and was blown away with her insights on life and the world around. I am glad to give you a reminder, and thanks for your kind words also.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks Ruby. Yes frends are so important. Glad you enjoyed the pictures. Hae a good day.


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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

We have here an abundance of beautiful thoughts. Bravo, John! Well done!


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

thank you Bill, always great to get a visit and comment from you.


dragonflycolor 2 years ago

Friends keep you sane when your family is driving you crazy. :) Thanks, Jodah!


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shanmarie 2 years ago from Texas

Love this hub! The first poem is so true and the advice from the tree is great! The last quote grabbed my attention. Mind if I add it to my newest hub?


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

I don't mind at all if you add the quote shanmarie. Thanks for reading and your kind comment.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

That is so very true dragonfly. You are welcome.


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

Beautifully written ... the entire hub is lovely. Friendship is indeed a special kind of love. I love both of your poems of course. I also love what you have shared about the tree and the river. I am reminded when I was a child growing up of all the beautiful dogwood trees that filled our backyard, and they were all my friends, especially in the Spring when they were in bloom : )

Great photos too.

Up and more, tweeting, pinning and sharing

Blessings for a great Monday and week ahead. I am truly enjoying my Monday as I have the day off today.


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RachaelOhalloran 2 years ago from United States

What a beautiful hub to start my day with. I loved it! You truly have the gift of rhyme. I love the quotes you chose to include, this is simply perfection in construction and photos. Voted up and shared.


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida

Jodah, I think this is my favorite hub of yours so far. I was pleased to see there was more to come after the first poem. Beautifully written and very uplifting!


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Eric Flynn 2 years ago from Providence, Rhode Island

Only a beautiful person gives this type of energy to their words. I bet my money you're a great person with value. My friend down under on another slumber.

EWF


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jhamann 2 years ago from Reno NV

Incredible Jodah, what an enjoyable read about a topic that is very important. Jamie


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM

I love this hub! This is everything that friendship is. I love your poem that you begin with. It is oh so true! I love the end, too, that describes the river as a friend. Last week and cousin of mine and a friend came to my city and we went to a restaurant for dinner that had a beautiful view of the Cuyahoga River (Crooked River) here in NE Ohio. It brought out our friendship and memories of fun times together.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hello Faith, it's always good to see a comment from you waiting my reply. I hope you had a wonderful day off. I am glad you enjoyed this friendship hub, and can relate to having trees as friends as well. Thanks for the tweet, pin and share too...oh and the 'up' as always.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

I'm glad this started your day well Rachael. I hope it just got better and better after that. Thank you for your more than generous comment, vote up and share.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Shauna. The only problem with this being your favourite of mine so far is that now I have to keep trying to better it...haha. Seriously, I am glad you liked it.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Yes Eric, I would have still been in slumber 6 hours ago when you commented. Nope, I'm not a beautiful person. It's all an act..lol. Hmm...value, well being upside down on the other side of the world, there's only a few loose coins falling from my pockets...seriously, I appreciate your kind words. Thanks pal.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

I agree Jamie, you can't get too many more important topics than 'friendship'. Thanks for reading and enjoying.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

You are too kind Suzette. So pleased you loved this hub, the poems and could relate to the river as a friend. Thanks for sharing about your friend and yourself and the Cuyahoga River too.


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vocalcoach 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

Your beautiful poetry reminds me of Julie, my best friend, who is now with the angels. She taught me how to love myself. Her love for me was unconditional. ~ Blessings Jodah ~ Audrey


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

Jodah, this is so wonderfully beautiful and delightful. It is a reminder to all of just how important friends are in life. After reading this hub of yours, I feel my heart opening even more to all the dear friends in my life. A friend is a gift to treasure, just as you are. Thank you for who you are.


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

amazing and wonderfully done Jodah :)


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

I am so pleased that these poems reminded you of your dear friend Julie, Audrey. We all need and deserve unconditional love. Many only get it from their animals. I am glad you had such a wonderful friend. Blessings.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for your kind comment Phyllis. Glad you enjoyed this hub. I greatly appreciate your friendship too :)


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks Frank, I am on a run of inspiration at the moment.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 2 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Absolutely delightful. Love the pictures. Great tribute to friendship. Passing this on.


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Vellur 2 years ago from Dubai

Great poems, beautiful thoughts. Enjoyed reading.


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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

I especially enjoyed your acrostic poem, John! Well done!


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

Friendships are so precious especially when you lose that person, you didn't realise just how amazing they were. I have lost my two best friends, and think about them every day. I also love sitting down the river by the trees, I love trees too and do see them as living creatures if you like, wonderful hub Jodah.


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AudreyHowitt 2 years ago from California

Beautiful hub John! Friendship is indeed a wonderful thing!


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AliciaC 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

This is a lovely tribute to friendship. A true friend is wonderful indeed, as you have expressed so well in this hub, Jodah.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Gypsy, thank you for your kind comment and for passing ths on. Glad you enjoyed the read.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for reading Vellur. Glad you enjoyed these thoughts.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks Flourish, it was a last minute addition to build up the hub.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Nell, it's sad that you lost your two best friends. Often we don't tell people how special they are to us until it's too late. I also feel we can love things in nature like trees and rivers, and feel some relationship with them.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for reading Audrey. Yes it definitely is.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Is their anything more special than friendship Alicia? I think not. Thanks for your kind words.


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Ryem 2 years ago from Maryland

I love these quotes and poems, Jodah. They can really soften a person's heart and make them appreciate their friendships. Thanks for sharing!


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for reading this hub Ryem. I am glad these quotes and poems resonate with you. No matter how tough life seems, if you have friends to support you, or even just to talk to, you can get through and see the better side of life.


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Lady_E 2 years ago from London, UK

Beautiful tribute to friendship.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for reading Lady_E, and for your kind comment. Friendship needs to be celebrated.


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ocfireflies 2 years ago from North Carolina

This hub is so beautiful in so many ways. For me, there is a Dogwood Tree, that know so much of me. How I miss being able to climb up in it and sit and think. For me, there are friends I know that we can go for long periods of time and soon as we see each other, pick back up without missing a rhyme. Then there is HP where I have found friends like you, sweet, supportive and forever true. V+ of course.

A Friend Always,

ocfireflies aka Kim


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Kim my friend, thank you for such a touching and beautiful comment. True friends should be cherished, and I cherish your fiendship. It seems the 'dogwood tree' has a special spot in a lot of people's hearts. I don't think I have ever seen one here in Australa, so I'm missing something. Thank you for the vote up.


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Jo_Goldsmith11 2 years ago

I just so loved this. "Share your blessings more than you share your problems". How so very true this needs to be remembered. You are a blessing to read. And I voted up all the way. Shared this blessing with others even in twitter land. Great imagery and photos are beautiful too!


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you so much Jo, for your kind words, as well as the vote up and share and tweet. Glad you enjoyed reading this hub.


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Harishprasad 2 years ago from India

What a treasure you have brought forth about friends and friendship ! It is heartening that the quotes you have included take the concept of friendship such far as to treat trees and river as friends. I loved reading both of your poems - friends and friendship including the great quotes. I would love to return to this hub more often, it is such a fantastic material. Voted up.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Harishprasad. I am so glad when something I write has that effect on someone. Friendship is so important to us all, and I am pleased that you want to return to this from time to time. Thanks for the vote up.


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ubanichijioke 2 years ago from Lagos

Awesome job, Jodah. Friendship is indeed one of the greatest gifts ever. When you get a true friend, always treasure 'em. Like the picture of the kid and the grown handsome man, true friendship endures the ages. It is a tale of many nourishing memories. Great piece!


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for your kind and insightful comment Thandie. Good friendship is rare and should be treasured as a valuable resource.Yes it endures and is the basis for happy memories.


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mysticblur 2 years ago from Kansas City, Missouri

Very well written prose... I was born a poet and I enjoy your unforced delivery... I am new to hubpages, but am a lifelong poet... I like how you incorporate different media under your theme for your poem, it is an excellent strategy and well put together... I got much incite from your hub and have absorbed much from it...


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for reading and your kind comment mystic our. It is always good to see a new face reading my hubs. Welcome to Hub Pages, I am sure you will enjoy the writing experience and the community here. I love poetry as well so look forward to reading your writing also. I recommend using various types of media to help give your poetry hubs a reasonable score as they don't tend to rate as high as 'how to' articles, 'recipes' and the like. I am glad you enjoyed reading this.


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Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago

Oh... John, the first stanza, brought a scary memory, of my cousin and I huddled together as a man we did not know sat on the side of the bed trying to decide which one of us he wanted.

Then the door opened and the moonlight made an aura around the figure who had to duck to come through the door and silently approached the man sitting on the bed and lifted him by the shirt collar and marching him out the door backwards.

I also love my trees. My husband bought me a Live Oak for my birthday, and I had an orange tree, that when I carressed the leaves, it gave off a fragrence of oranges.

I enjoyed this very much, the pictures are wonderful.

Shyron


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Oh Shyron, sorry about making you relive that scary memory, but I'm glad it ended well for you. Sounds like you had a guardian angel. Glad to hear you have trees as friends too. Thank you for the kind words, glad you enjoyed.t


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stricktlydating 2 years ago from Australia

Here's to friendship! Yay! :)


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Yes Stricktlydating, I agree...thans.


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Raine Law Yuen 2 years ago from Cape Town

Now you put a tear in my eye.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Sorry Raine...thanks for reading anyway, and that you are now following me...just saw that notification pop up.. :)


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RachaelOhalloran 2 years ago from United States

This is a beautiful hub, Jodah. I liked it very much.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for reading Rachael. I appreciate that comment.


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Raine Law Yuen 2 years ago from Cape Town

Thank you for your inspiring words. It touched my heart.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for reading Raine. I am glad you were touched by these words.


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Raine Law Yuen 2 years ago from Cape Town

Keep up the great writing and visuals.


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LadyFiddler 2 years ago from Somewhere in the West

Hi Jodah this was extremely beautiful i love everything about it, your poems, the lessons with the tree and the river. I adore nature so i can see myself making friends with a tree. Just this morning i was admiring the luscious mountains ummm ummm! LOL

Keep up the lovely work my friend

Voted up, beautiful, awesome, interesting and I am sharing this :)


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you so much for such a lovely comment LadyFiddler, as well as the vote up and share. Blessings to you.


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Glenn Stok 23 months ago from Long Island, NY

It's beautiful how you relate friendship with the analogies that you use. The tree in one poem and the river in another are great comparisons to express the meanings of friendship.


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Jodah 23 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Glenn good to see you. Thanks for the great comment.


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AudreyHowitt 16 months ago from California

I have a special affinity for trees. Great to read this today John!


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Jodah 16 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Me too Audrey, where would we be without trees?

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