Day 993. With phone-camera in hand, I looked for creative compositions as we drove into the country one late afternoon. Aspen trees are CERTAINLY known for being tall and straight. But as in the ebb and flow of life, anomalies will occur. And thank heavens! Like a total solar eclipse, a 100 year storm, or a brand-new life-changing thought, it can be a good thing to be knocked out of our safe CERTAINTIES. Theories abound for deformities in the grove: contaminated soil, genetic mutation, meteors (always), alien urine (no kidding), or a weakness in the growing shoot. David Brooks, columnist, suggests: "UNCERTAINTY and anxiety throw you off the smug island of CERTAINTY and force you into the free waters of creativity and learning." Voltaire, poet, says: "Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but CERTAINTY is an absurd one." I say...the crooked tree makes all the difference.
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