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Removing Barriers
March 23, 2020

Welcome to the first full week of Spring.

(Yesterday these two male Downy Woodpeckers doing a kind of dance, I think for territorial rights.)

Time for you to get creative, I would imagine.

Busy times right now.

Some might say uncertain times.

My house knows that God is always in control, nothing uncertain at all.

This past Tuesday, Karen had some corrective surgery on her eyes.

Lids were drooping and rolling under, impairing her vision.

Besides the raccoon look, she is doing well (don't tell her I said that).

We have Yolanda home for who knows how long, and this is a challenge.

So demanding at times, and gets bored so quickly.

When the days get a bit warmer, we will be going for some drives.

The girls had there spring haircut.

While bird activity is more on length of day, but I don't think the warmer weather hurts.Indeed, it has brought in some migrants a bit earlier than normal.

Birds are busy jockeying for territorial rights.

Robin skirmishes are quite common and full of noise (more show than go).

The winner is usually the male bird that has established territorial rights in the first place.

Brief, but entertaining.

Mourning doves are cooing.

In case you didn't know, Cardinals are one of the few species of birds where male and female both sing.

I missed the Arial courting dance of the resident Red-tail hawks this year. This week's letter is archived from several years ago (on the most part).

In these different and challenging times right now (we will get through this).

I think it is something we all need to read again, or for the first time.

Onto today's topic

How Gardening, and Nature Removes Barriers.


Nature and Gardening Cross Boundaries and Removes Many Different Barriers:

"Gardening For Wildlife" Website and Newsletter is formatted for much of North America.

Currently, there are readers from the 48 contiguous states and seven provinces of Canada.

Yes, most of what I write on hopefully is beneficial to you in some way.

Toss in some personal life and a bit of entertainment and that is pretty much it.

Over the years I have been blessed to have a handful of readers from distant lands.

New Zealand, Australia,Great Britain, Nepal, India, and Thailand.

(All have contacted me at least once, some have moved on as well.)

I hear from Nepal every once in a while, my new friend in Thailand corresponds quite regular.

Tum, is a retired school teacher that is so well traveled (most people can only dream of her travels), yet she remains rooted in her homeland.

This is pretty nice I think to myself.

I have learned much on Thai culture and on Tum's values, as well as her gardening.

I look at it this way.

I am teaching her on American gardens, while she is more than teaching me on plants and animals from her distant, native land.

It Finally Occurred To Me:

Then, a couple of weeks ago, I received an e-mail from from a person in North West India.

Her name is, Astrid.

She let me know that she has been reading "Gardening For Wildlife" for more than a year, but finally made the time to write me, when I wrote on 'Slowing Down and Start Living'. around three weeks ago.

Now I am stroking my ego a bit.

This is really something, I say to myself.

But why would people half a world away, be interested in what I have to say.

Clearly there is a big difference in climate, weather conditions, cultures and more.

What could possibly be of value to them?

Then I read Astrid's mail again and looked more into her blog sites.

It was a Eureka moment.

The light bulb finally turned on (not as bright as it once was).

Instantly I was in awe, honored and very humbled all at the same time.

The Love and Enjoyment for Nature and Gardening, Crosses Boundaries and Removes Barriers.

I'm not simply referring to national borders, property lines, or vast oceans.

I'm saying, that love of nature, love of life removes many cultural, language, and other boundaries and barriers.

It is international.

I have yet to meet a true gardener of any type or true lover of nature, who is not willing to share or offer advice.

Gardeners share seeds, plants, and wisdom.

While in nature, people always share spotting scopes, binoculars, and where to look.

It is a way of life for us.

I can go to countless small towns within 20 miles of where I live and the culture is a bit different.

Yet, in many ways we are all the same.

I could ask a local gardener or fan of nature a question and I am sure I will get the best answer possible.

Even if I'm 1,000 miles from home.

Why wouldn't Gardening and Nature also cross international boundaries?

I'm sure it is the same way in any foreign land I may wish to travel.

Find a Gardener or Naturalist, and you are a good step ahead of the game.

What Tum and now Astrid are teaching me is this. ....

Not only are they well educated people, they have shown me that.......

Love, breaks down barriers.

Love educates.

With Gardening and Nature, there is indeed a true love.

Gardening and Nature can breakdown most barriers excepthatred (prejudice is a form of hatred).

A few narcissistic people will also attempt to keep you down as well (I think we all know at least one).

Other than that, With Nature and Gardens, we no longer see race or religion.

Cultures no longer matter, where we live or what we might look like, isn't an issue.

Our political or personal beliefs don't matter.

We all get to talk about gardening, or that last nature walk you took.

Gardeners and Nature lovers are always the first to help out another gardener of nature lover.

Boundaries and barriers are removed.

Now it becomes share time.

It becomes teach and be taught.

Michigan' and 'Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lake Shore', but only dream of paragliding.

I have had others control where I went, Astrid is the captain of her own ship and destiny.

I like that.

What a thrill that must be to soar with the birds.


Now I understand and know why people from a different land, different cultures, and different beliefs would subscribe to and continue reading a newsletter written in Southwest Michigan (after all, I subscribe from other lands myself).

It is all part of the learning I covet.

Gardeners, and lovers of nature are pretty much alike (wherever we live), when it comes to our passions.

I am comfortable with the belief that I could go just about anywhere on this planet and speak the international language of gardening or nature.

I know for sure I can share this love in Nepal, Thailand and India, as well as The United States of America and Canada, and other English speaking lands.

Why not learn or read on what is happening in other parts of theworld.

Especially when so many of our currant house and garden plants come from far away lands.

I have some neighbors that live several doors down, their native land is Bosnia.

Though they have lived in America for several years now, 'Nime' speaks very little English.

Yet, when it comes to gardening, we somehow can communicate quite well (he has a fantastic vegetable garden).

"Love In Any Language" can be gardening and nature.

Well,it is time to fly for now.

Before I go, here is your positive thought for the week.

God Bless.

"Love is always open arms. If you close your arms about love you will find that you are left holding only yourself".

"Find the person who will love you because of your differences and not in spite of them and you have found a lover for life".

Leo Buscaglia

Leo Buscaglia loved life and his many quotes shared his beliefs.

Jesus himself said this......

"A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another".

John 13:34-35

Powerful words to live by.

"Treat the earth well:

It was not given to you by your parents,

It was loaned to you by your children.

We do not inherit the Earth from our

Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children."

Ancient Indian Proverb.

A Blessed week to you .

Your friend indeed,

Ron Patterson

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