MY THANKS to fellow blogger Ivon whose love for poetry and soul-stirring teaching – and for taking his students seriously – requires that he sustains deep roots. Ivon and I share a sense of connection through the writings of Thomas Merton and Parker J Palmer (who originally circulated this on a Facebook page). Advice from a tree. Worth paying heed to long – and deep – experience. It’s also worth noting that we sometimes arrive at a place of deep rootedness by a circuitous route, if you’ll excuse the pun. Ivon has removed the illustration he posted originally for copyright reasons.