Paperbark Writer

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The paperbarks (Melaleuca – one of the 300 Myrtaceae family) are shedding a little later this year. Another theme of winter is shedding. Some animals shed a summer coat in order to prepare for winter, many plants shed their blooms and slow down in some part, some of our birds fly elsewhere for the winter though we get visitors from other shores. We, perhaps, can live unaware of our own needs. What do we need to shed in order to prepare? Mind you, the converse is also something that we need to attend to, what do we need to gather in, soak up, put on in order to prepare? Self care and nurture are fundamental to well being, body mind and soul. For me the continuity of writing and meditation are part of that nurture. How about you?

“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.” Albert Camus

Paul,

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32 responses to “Paperbark Writer

  1. I love the paperbarks – except that they hide some very, very big spideys!

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    • O now, they’re only spiders after all, quite harmless 🙂

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      • Huntsmen still hurt when they get you; wolfspiders are scary as [big word] when you see them carrying around their litter of babies, and even the brown trapdoor spiders will go up under the bark when it’s wet.
        Paperbarks – nice to look at; don’t pull the bark off. Spiders have their place, and I have a pet or two in the house, but avoidance is better than running screaming through the bush whilst stripping off clothes in a mad panic.

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      • Yes I’ve been bitten, my youngest son is an amateur entymologist and works with our environmental people, his specialty is spiders, and especially rare trapdoors. So I guess I’m used to spiders. Trying to imagine you running screaming through the bush, I think Lyn would do that 🙂

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      • I’m going to write a story about it one day … maybe (can I call the character Lyn?).

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      • Haha, yes of course, lol. But I was wondering if you’d write about it, sounds like there’s a real sense of it for you.

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      • Writing out your fears, getting used to living with them by experiencing it in a safe way, and the fear slowly fades away … like webs in a wind.

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      • Yes, I tell people that if they don’t like reptiles it’s best to go to the local centre for reptiles and spend some time with them, it works.

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  2. Self care and nurture are fundamental to wellbeing of body mind and soul…… can’t agree more Paul!

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  3. My favourite trees. Our wedding photos were taken in a paperbark grove on the Canning River.
    I’m not surprised at Camus’s comment. He came from Algeria where it is always summer!

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  4. Good writing!
    Self care is not exactly what is on my focus. I know it’s bad.
    I want to achieve many things, too many and allowing me only little rest.
    To look at nature would help.
    Thank you for these words.

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  5. wise advice … love the oz movie Paperback Hero!

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  6. Wise words…and a timely reminder for me to stop and take care of myself!

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  7. A poignant post. In my opinion, as we go through life and experience different aspect of it we also shed our inhibits and fear and learn from our mistakes. Shedding and rejuvenating ourselves is an integral part of human life too. Just a thought.

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  8. In the Adirondacks (mountains in northern New York) there are paper birches, which have a beautiful speckled white bark, and you can peel it off. But I’ve never seen anything like these paperbarks, boy they do shed, they’re like the Labrador dogs of the tree world.
    In the U.S., the sometimes the country folks say “shuck off” for shedding.
    I think of it as a good thing, casting off an old skin that no longer fits, probably because it was an artificial construct or pose, to allow some new growth, and getting rid of bad old habits, like a tree or snake, sloughing off some parasites. So when I try to get rid of a bad habit, I try to think of a good new habit, to put on instead.

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    • I like your thinking/experience Robert,yes, new habits to put on! I like that very much, and also thanks for the US side of paper barks that was unknown to me, appreciate your comments.

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  9. lync56

    Yes I definitely need to find the summer within – I hate winter and yes not keen on spiders either – been know to do the odd spider dance from time to time with sound effects !!!!

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  10. Love the Beatles reference 😂

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