Tree

 

A tree is a perennial woody plant. It most often has many secondary branches supported clear of the ground on a single main stem or trunk with clear apical dominance.[1] A minimum height specification at maturity is cited by some authors, varying from 3 m[2] to 6 m;[3] some authors set a minimum of 10 cm trunk diameter (30 cm girth).[4] Woody plants that do not meet these definitions by having multiple stems and/or small size are usually called shrubs, although many trees such as Mallee do not meet such definitions. Compared with most other plants, trees are long-lived, some reaching several thousand years old and growing to up to 115 m (379 ft) high.[5]

Trees are an important component of the natural landscape because of their prevention of erosion and the provision of a weather-sheltered ecosystem in and under their foliage. They also play an important role in producing oxygen and reducing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, as well as moderating ground temperatures. They are also elements in landscaping and agriculture, both for their aesthetic appeal and their orchard crops (such as apples). Wood from trees is a building material, as well as a primary energy source in many developing countries. Trees also play a role in many of the world’s mythologies (see trees in mythology).[6]

 

বৃষ্টির ছড়া

বৃষ্টি পড়ে টাপুর টুপুর
বৃষ্টি পড়ে সকাল দুপুর
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pink-briefcase

Okay, so, I love reading recipe blogs and might have started on this whole blogging path because of how much I enjoyed them.  But sometimes, and I’m just being honest here, they are kind of ridiculous.  How many steps and how many pots and pans are really necessary to make oh, I don’t know, a sandwich? No matter how delicious and fantastically wonderful the professional-grade photographs may look, I just don’t have room in my life for those kinds of meals on a regular basis.

Let’s take, for example, this sandwich:  How Sweet’s Grilled Fontina + Blackberry Basil Smash Sandwich.  It looks fantastic, right?  Look again — the cheese is oozing and the blackberries are fresh and the basil is flavorful. . .

But seriously, that’s a lot of work.  You have to (1) go to the store to buy fancy cheese [I mean, unless you keep fancy cheese…

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a glut of stuff

I swear, all the saftey videos I have seen in my Travels, Air NZ still do the best safety videos, they actually make you want to watch them vs. fake watching (as we all have done once or twice) . Their latest video has gone viral and its just a simple hand drawn cartoon…If you have the time you should watch all their archived old safety videos, you will be surprised how entertaining they all are!

Check it out on: http://www.youtube.com/user/airnewzealand/videos

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Monna McDiarmid

She and I enter the elevator.
As always,
in Japan,
we move to the back
and slide like shoji*
into our respective spaces,
giving each other room
while saving the other
the embarrassment
of eye contact
in such a tiny space.
She then slides closer to the handrail
and places her hand over her bag.

I look around
but there is nobody else.
Just her and me
in our little pulley-boat.
Me?
I am the danger?
In my 40’s, a {mostly} sweet Canadian woman.
A Counselor.
A person who cares for others
for a living.
Seriously?

Bing.
The metal doors open.
The woman explodes
out of the elevator.
Not very Japanese, I think.

An epiphany lands lightly.

The problem with foreigners
in Japan
is that there is no way
for the Japanese to know if
(and to what extent) we:
1. know the rules
2. understand them
3. are committed…

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Fay Moore: I Want To Be a Writer

Got an e-mail from Cam saying the posting of segment 4 of The Reunion was being delayed briefly. It was supposed to appear on her site at http://camerondgarriepy.com/2012/06/28/the-story-circle-the-reunion-part-four/ this morning at 6 AM. Check her page later.

Here’s how you find the story: At the very top of her home page (www.camerondgarriepy.com) on the upper right, click on The Story Circle. Select The Reunion, June 2012. There you will find all the parts. Right this minute, there are the first three segments. Sometime later today, my segment, the closing, is to be added.

Please tell me what you think.

P.S. You will enjoy perusing Cam’s site. There is much to tempt writers.

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Virtual School Meanderings

On Monday, in my EDTECH597 – Week 4 entry, I indicated that today I would post a discussion entry to model for my Boise State students. I described a discussion entry as an entry that is ” exactly as it sounds, entries designed to generate discussion. Typically they are self-contained and have a short introduction to give the reader some context and then attempt to pose an open-ended question. Some bloggers will base their discussion question on something they have read or a current event. The main thing to remember about a discussion question entry is that it is designed to generate conversation among the readers of your blog.”

For my entry of this nature last year, I asked “Do Practitioners Care About Research?” – and even though I have thousands of practitioner readers each month, along with 8 or 9 students in the course last year, only a…

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Fay Moore: I Want To Be a Writer

Got an e-mail from Cam saying the posting of segment 4 of The Reunion was being delayed briefly. It was supposed to appear on her site at http://camerondgarriepy.com/2012/06/28/the-story-circle-the-reunion-part-four/ this morning at 6 AM. Check her page later.

Here’s how you find the story: At the very top of her home page (www.camerondgarriepy.com) on the upper right, click on The Story Circle. Select The Reunion, June 2012. There you will find all the parts. Right this minute, there are the first three segments. Sometime later today, my segment, the closing, is to be added.

Please tell me what you think.

P.S. You will enjoy perusing Cam’s site. There is much to tempt writers.

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OccasionalPiece--Quilt!

Do you like to blog?  The previous post discussed audience, and how we find our audience for our quilting and our art through some linky parties.  But this one is more about the blogging–the writing, the putting down of our thoughts and our ideas, the putting down of ourselves for others to see and (hopefully) comment on.

When I sit and read through lots of blog posts, like on a Linky Day, I am overwhelmed by how underwhelming my work is. I feel like I produce nothing, while all of you are out there with Bigger!  Better!  More Colorful! and looking like Jennifer Lopez or Jackie Kennedy (pick your icon) and I’m just sitting at my sewing machine/computer with unwashed hair in my slouchy pajamas.

I believe one place this feeling of inadequacy comes from is the deluge of interesting projects and quilts that I click through in short order. …

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Kate Wood

Welcome to Rudan Thursdays where we talk about…things! Anything from books and movies, to blog posts and authors, to food and drink, and everything in between!

Like most people, I have my moments of self-consciousness.  Though, until the other evening, I thought I had grown up enough that public embarrassment wasn’t too painful anymore.

Remember high school? *shudder*

Anyway, as I was saying, I’d considered myself to be fairly level-headed, mostly composed.

Then, the other evening, my trainer at the gym had me drape myself face-down on the work out ball.

Even now, all I can do is close my eyes and shake my head.

The exercise was simple: work the glutes and thighs by extending the legs out and up while keeping the abs tight and balancing on the ball.

Oh. Sure. No problem.

On the one hand, I was able to do this exercise without injuring…

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