Pruning as a Form of Logic

When we got here, our bougainvillea was out of control. I started trimming it very politely but my neighbour kept saying “Cut! cut! cut!” so I did.

I consulted the Royal Horticultural Society’s book on pruning. It’s almost a book of logic with information like: get rid of the old to make room for the new, cut branches growing in one direction to encourage growth in another, the way you cut affects the cut, etc.

So I would cut some then sit down to observe the plant’s “bone structure” before cutting some more. Having to clip with care was a very Zen experience.

Recently I read about neuroplasticity and neural pruning. The density of dendrites (from the Greek “δέντρο” meaning “tree”) grows significantly during infancy but diminishes during adolescence. Experiences will strengthen those neural circuits apparently most relevant whereas others will just fade away. Synaptic pruning aims at eliminating démodé synapses because removing weaker structures will give more resources to those remaining. But sometimes this pruning goes amiss causing neurological disorders such as schizophrenia.

And knowing this, I am pruning with the bougainvillea’s mental health in mind.

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Related: Want To Rewire Your Brain For Meaningful Life Changes? Do These Things Immediately + Core Concept: How synaptic pruning shapes neural wiring during development and, possibly, in disease + Pruning…once again + Pruning a lifestyle

unpruned = scattered energy

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Aesthetics of Appreciation

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Spoon Sweets from a Vine

σταφυλι γλυκο του κουταλιου

A couple of weeks ago I posted about my balcony vineyard. I mentioned how the Greeks make spoon sweets from grapes (stafyli gliko). I decided to try making some myself. Here are the results. Lovely for yogurt. The recipe I used I got HERE.

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Yucca Blossom

από το μπαλκόνι μου

The afternoon sunk forcing me to float alone.

Sometimes I hear myself when I talk. Sometimes I chose not to listen.

I didn’t know that yucca blossoms were edible. But would it have made any difference as I lack the courage to deprive a plant of its beauty.

For those of you who are braver than I, a recipe for Fried Yucca Flowers HERE.

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Parikia Bay, Autumn

Όρμος Παροικιάς

Autumn is changing the landscape’s colors and soon we will be leaving. And for this I feel slightly melancholic. But the beauty is there just waiting to feed my eyes. And my heart.

In a world that has become so aggressive and full of hate, I need nature’s caresses to keep me from becoming cynical and without hope.

“Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair”. Khalil Gibran

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