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  • Recently, my husband and I went to Bozeman, MT to visit our daughter. We always take the time while there to visit Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks. Because we go in April, the likelihood of not being able to go far into either park is great due to weather. However, we go anyway, rain or shine to revel in nature as we hike. This mass of twisted roots was in Glacier National Park.

    This year, the week of vacation fell during a big Birthday Week. There are three birthdays right in a row: our daughter, our niece, and one of my closest friends. On each of the three days, I took pictures and created an album at the end of each day for that person. Every picture I took generated warm thoughts of that person. It was a fun project that allowed me to truly honor the person whose birthday it was.

    This scene caught my attention because of the patterns created by the intricately entwined roots of this stump. It is grayed and weathered by age. Roots twist and turn, in, around, over, under, between, next to ~ touching each other sometimes, and sometimes more than once. Our lives are intertwined like these roots. Lacing together and weaving a spiderweb-like design on life's canvas.

    I found this on my friend's birthday. It made me reflect on the connections and the twists and turns our relationship has taken over the years. It has weathered the storms life has brought as well as the sunshine and lovely days. Though we remain separate individuals, her influence over the years has changed my life. It has changed the very fabric of who I am. Because of her influence in shaping my being, all whom I touch are connected to her. Like the roots of this upturned stump, we weave in and out of each others' lives and touch others along the way.

    We are all connected. We are all one, each helping to hold the trunk up and all creating the patterns that twist in and out and shape the universe.
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