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Thursday, September 1, 2011

IMMORTALITY



If my decomposing carcass helps nourish the roots of a tree or the ways of a vulture


that is immortality enough for me. 


And as much as anyone deserves.


~ ~ Edward Abbey



42 comments:

  1. Hello Barbara:
    What an amazing image and a perfect quotation to complement it.

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  2. I like this Barbara; that's a great outlook on life and death!

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  3. My sentiments are with Ed. Great photo and post as usual.

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  4. Beautiful picture, inspiring thought. The header picture is really fine -- wonderful angle.

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  5. Barbara, a perfect photo/quote combo!

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  6. That's a strange quote with a super shot.

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  7. Once again, Abbey speaks truth in an inimitable way. Thank you.

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  8. We have "green burial" on the island where I live. No embalming. No viewing. I want to be wrapped in a shroud that decomposes and tossed in hole and covered with dirt. My favourite author Emily Carr wrote,

    "Dear Mother Earth! I think I have always specially belonged to you. I have loved from babyhood to roll upon you, to lie with my face pressed right down onto you in my sorrows. I love the look of you and the smell of you and the feel of you. When I die, I should like to be in you, uncoffined, unshrouded, the petals of flowers against my flesh and you covering me up."

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  9. Jane and Lance -- thanks for the gracious comment -- barbara

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  10. Mama-Bug -- Edward Abbey's mind traps the essence -- barbara

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  11. Grampy -- thanks for the thumbs up -- barbara

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  12. Farmchick -- Abbey is succinct -- barbara

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  13. June -- thanks for the nice comments -- also -- on the header photo -- barbara

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  14. NCmountainwoman -- the spiral of life -- barbara

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  15. Sheri -- I thought of Abbey's words when I saw the tree with trunk -- barbara

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  16. Birdman -- thanks -- Abbey hits the nail on the head with his words -- barbara

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  17. A -- truth is in the nature of life -- barbara

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  18. Birdie -- amazing that you have green burials -- appreciated the words of Emily Carr -- barbara

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  19. Oh, how beautiful Barbara. I like Abbey a lot and this is the perfect quote for this photo.

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  20. Absolutely brilliant quote, and I couldn't agree with it more! It's definitely going into my collection - we've got a great quote swap going lately! :-) Thank you for sharing this, it's just perfect with your photo!

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  21. Laloofah -- Yes, we have a swap going. thanks for the good words -- barbara

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  22. Towanda -- Unfortunately he died at 62 -- an environmental advocate and a political anarchist thinker -- barbara l

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  23. Absolutely beautiful, Barbara...thank you.

    Elora

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  24. P.S. I want to thank you again for sharing that fantastic quote, which I just shared with BW (who of course loves it too!)

    And while I love that your blogroll contains random thumbnail photos, its typical choice of images from my posts drives me crazy! I have several sunflower photos on my latest post, but instead it picks the SkyWatch banner graphic that appears at the bottom, which, adding insult to injury, appears hideously distorted as a thumbnail. Don't mean to kvetch so and know you can't do anything about it, but it does this 90% of the time and I just wish Blogger would teach it to tell photos from graphics! *sigh*

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  25. The juxtaposition of that picture and the quote is amazing. Thanks for introducing me to this gentleman.

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  26. Lady Jane -- Thanks for stopping by. Special thanks for the nice words. -- barbara

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  27. Elora -- thanks for the positive comments. I visited Leaky's site and found it most interesting. Thanks Elora for thinking of me by getting the info out to me so soon. Hot here! -- barbara

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  28. Laloofah -- I am sure you have tried everything except standing on your head to fix you photo. But, of course I am going to suggest something -- maybe you have tried it? Move your graphic to another place on your post -- make a comment on someones blog and see if the graphic does or doesn't show. Blogger has a love affair going with your graphic, you just need to outsmart it. -- barbara

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  29. Louise -- being that you are an old hippy (as you state in your profile) you would enjoy Edward Abbey. If you like to read non-fiction I would suggest reading his DESERT SOLITAIRE book -- it's terrific!!! -- barbara

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  30. Trees are wonderful things. No wonder the Germans worshipped them.

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  31. Dianne -- You are so aware of European history. Be great to read a post on your blog about the relationship of the Germans to their trees. Thanks -- barbara

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  32. Very nice juxtaposition of photo and quote!

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  33. This photo and quote are meant to be together - it makes for deep thinking - green futures. Thanks for introducing Edward Abbey's work to me.

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  34. Vicki -- thanks for the nice comment and thanks for stopping by -- barbara

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  35. cuby poet -- Abbey's work is direct and carries strength. I think you will find his work both green and deep thinking -- thanks -- barbara

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  36. perfect shot.
    And the words are true. But isn't that just life? Everything grows out of the remains of everything gone before. The eternal cycle.

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  37. Friko --- Yes, that is life. It is all about connections. Thanks -- barbara

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