Putting Down Roots: Life Lessons from the Moso Bamboo

Moso bambooI watched an inspirational video this week about the process of growing a moso bamboo plant and I had to share. Below I’ve included a link to the seven and a half minute video if you’d like the long and set to calming zen music version. If not, I’ll sum it up the best I can. Continue reading

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  • Desolation

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  • The Truth About The Stars

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    “Well now, that’s a big question,” the Grandpa answered slowly. “One of those questions that have more than one answer.”

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    “There’s hardly ever just one right answer to any question in the world.”
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  • Genre Hopping: Do You Dare?

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  • Resolutions

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  • When Winter Comes Too Soon

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  • Reflection- Part 2

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  • Reflection

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  • All the Time in the World

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  • What’s Your Favorite Place?

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  • Titles: How Important Are They?

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  • Chapter 2 of Empyrean

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  • New First Chapter

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  • THE END of The Latest Frontier (Part 8 of 8)

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    Okay, all caught up? Here we go….

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"This is happening to me right now. :) Thanks for this. "

Lara Schiffbauer commenting on Putting Down Roots: Life Lessons from the Moso Bamboo says,
""You cannot predict the day that your dream will shoot from the ground and skyrocket toward the stars" is the best! I love your lesson here, and it's a good one "

Bernadette Phipps-Lincke commenting on Putting Down Roots: Life Lessons from the Moso Bamboo says,
"What V said. And thank you. "

"Cool! That's a great way to look at a writer's journey! "

Vaughn Roycroft commenting on Putting Down Roots: Life Lessons from the Moso Bamboo says,
"It's so appropriate that *you* should be the one to bring me this lesson, Nicole. I *know* that once you burst onto the scene, you will streak into the literary "

Lisa Russell commenting on Take a Pill says,
"Agreed. I believe that the rise of many of these issues, ADHD, autism etc have to do with things we put in food, soda, artificial colors.....the list goes on. A "

ddfalvo commenting on Take a Pill says,
"This is such a difficult subject to weigh in on, Nicole. There is too little education about health, nutrition, and medicine in general. I try hard to walk a li "