We each begin this way. The pollinated seed must move and find its own welcoming space to grow. Some seeds, plant and animal, have barbs to snag or tails to swim or cases that float or fruit to eat or hair to cling. Maples seeds

Bottom right: the one winged maple seed surfaces. Bottom left: the first leaf blooms from the green seed sack. Top: notice the barbed shaped maple leaf.

have one wing. In the autumn, thousands of one-winged Maple seeds fall to the ground. A few hundred seedlings take root. One or two seedlings may become a Maple tree.

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This evening the television screen is split into two programmes. MSNBC’s The 11th Hour hosted by Brian Williams and Tampa Bay in Seattle playing the Mariners. I like The 11th Hour because Williams understates the news with evident humour. The cable news restates the obvious political partisanship, and in a week, the questions and replies repeat hour after hour. So I watched the Mariners game — and I am a Mariners fan.

Scott Servais, Manager, Seattle Mariners

Baseball has a routine that repeats and does not repeat within each game. The sun comes up, and the sun goes down. Each game and each day is new.

Just now, it’s the bottom of the 9th inning, no outs, and the Mariners are behind one point. The Mariners win 6–5 with Kyle Seager at-bat. Far better than the cable news. The day ends, and the day begins.

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Charles W. Bickenheuser, OFS, EdD

Charles W. Bickenheuser, OFS, EdD

Secular Franciscan; Retired 6–12 English & Adj. Prof; Researcher, myPlains 2030 Visioning Study, Plains, MT. Host podcast “Wild Horse Plains.” Combat Veteran.