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The Useless Tree by the fourth century BCE Chinese Philosopher Chuang Tzu, now known as Zhuangzi. 

There was once an old man who took his grandson to the top of a hill, where stood a solitary tree. Its trunk was knotted and gnarled, its branches twisted and bent. The boy turned to his grandfather and asked why he had brought him to this tree.
The old man smiled and gestured to the barren land around them.
“Once the earth here was covered with tall trunked, straight limbed trees, but the woodcutters came and cut them all down for their timber.”
“But why didn’t they take this one?” asked the boy.
“Because it is of no use to them,” answered the Grandfather.
And the two sat down in the shade of the useless tree and shared stories.
“what ya doing since you got off facebook for the month and why?” First off in spite of various rumors I did not check out of reality or out of town. I do feel I’ve checked a bit more back into reality. I’m finding instead of facebook, or online media (canceled cable start of the year too) at all, I’m simply more interested in reading really old Japanese or Chinese poetry (above), training with sword and sinew, listening to the snow and rain fall, picking up my guitar or navajo flute, playing with my huskies and a entire life, even while working, closer to the earth and sky, and old trees. 

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  1. Joe, I am happy for you, even envious! So much to do with life and our minds. I should try a “baby step”, and just limit it to a brief time, with minimal interaction. When I live off-grid at my AZ place, I do focus on the simple and real, since I have no electric or Internet there. Hope you continue to revel in being free. Mark Sterkel

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