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Weekly e-Gram for members and friends of Dublin Community Church

June 17, 2011

LAND WITHIN US

“Land - particularly land that is out on the edge of things, and particularly land that is a rich concentration of the marvels of the natural world – is to be shared.”

That is what the author Adam Nicolson has to say about any land and in particular about his land of a few islands in the Hebrides off the coast of Scotland.

I think that is what three of us were trying to do the other day… share the marvels of the natural world with which each of us was familiar. And those three areas of nature just happened to encompass three large areas of the Northern Continental United States.

The first person has a tie to the Coast of Maine. Salt water and family land. A second person has a tie to the Northern Lower (Michigan) and the small lakes and a half-century of experience there among the golden sands of Lake Michigan and freshwater. The third person has ties to the Northwestern Mountains of Montana and family ties.

I have never been to the former, but would love to see it. Have lived and vacationed in the latter two. As the three of us shared the riches and glories of their own familiar territory, it was clear that we each carried a part of that land within us… even though we are now Dublin urban dwellers (I believe I qualify because of the time spent here; though I pay my property taxes elsewhere).

I prefer my water non-salty. Those from Maine cannot imagine water without it. The Montanan revels in the height of the mountain lakes while I can only glory in the Great Lakes, which, I presume, are at Sea Level (or within a few feet of such; they do empty into the sea).

“Land is to be… shared.”

Peace, Rev. Bob Tussing

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