Thursday, November 11, 2010

story of the ginkgo tree

The ginkgo tree is believed to date back to the dinosaur age. Its fan-shaped leaves turn a brilliant gold in autumn, last for quite a while and then seem to drop almost all at once. Since ancient time, extracts from the ginkgo have been thought to lift spirits and enhance memory. I don't know if that's ever been proved, but just looking at the ginkgo tree in our church yard provides a lift. So revered, it's the theme for a collection of devotions written by the clergy that a group of us has been compiling since last summer. We hoped to have a book celebration under the canopy of ginkgo leaves this fall, but now it looks like The Blessing of a Ginkgo Tree won't be delivered until the Christmas Bazaar. We're proofreading the galleys now, though, and it's very exciting to see the project coming to life. It's been a blessing to be part of it.
(photograph by J. M. Schneid)

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