Symbiosis and Serendipity

We should be spending much more time studying the natural world – not just what we can see above ground but what goes on underground. The miracles that take place as plants and trees relate to each other and support each other have lessons for us all.


I have been reading Robert Macfarlane’s inspiring book Underland. This, like so much of his writing is not just factual and fascinating but beautifully written too. He referred to a book by Robin Wall Kimmerer – Braiding Sweetgrass – not only has the author an unusual name but the book had an intriguing title. I decided to look up more information about both on the web. Then later in the day, I was reading Jan Fortune’s blog and there, just a minute or so into reading it, I came across a quotation from the same book. When this sort of thing happens, it seems that I am getting the message loud and clear ‘This is a book that you should be reading!’As a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, Robin Wall Kimmerer embraces the notion that plants and animals are our oldest teachers.

Serendipity – two references to the same author within hours. I intend to get a copy of her book … there is something more to learn here.