First Blush

Reflections and sightings from [almost] daily jogging at dawn

Saturday, March 03, 2007

Sunrise 6:38: Oak against the hill

It may be the greenness of the grass that set off this one particular oak on the Big Dish ridge. The female Dawn Jogger doesn't recall noticing before how it seems to be pulling itself uphill as if it's trying to reach the top. The famous quote from a George Herbert poem - "storms make the oak grow deeper roots" - seems fitting both to this tree's life and the challenging events the DJs faced this past week. Ironically, they happened to read about Herbert on March 1. He was that day's "saint" in Robert Ellsberg's All Saints. Ellsberg writes that Herbert's poetry "seems to reflect the virtures of balance and moderation so prized in Anglican spirituality." Balance and moderation appear to be lost in the current Anglican controversy...

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