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    And there's this one, too.  It reminds me of my 85 year old father-in-law who still lives on a 200 acre farm and has planted thousands of trees (fruit and other) over the years.  Excerpt from Amazon:

    The Man Who Planted Trees is a touching story of Elzéard Bouffier, who devoted his entire life to reforesting a desolate portion of Provence, in southern France. He single-handedly planted 100 acorns each day before, through, and after two world wars, and transformed a sorrowful place into one full of life and joy. Jean Giono's words offer a tribute to how much good one person can accomplish in a lifetime and advise on how to live life with deep meaning.

    Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. -- Rachel Carson

    by Silent Spring on Sun Jun 21, 2009 at 04:54:25 AM PDT

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    •  That story inspired me (5+ / 0-)

      Yes I do plant trees and nuture the ones that are freely given. Each spring when I clear the flower beds, newly sprouted oaks appear, I remember "The Man Who Planted Trees," and take the time to move them to a better site. The squirrels still don't like me, but they're squirrels so I don't expect much.

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