Tree Of Life

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I’ve been reading Lawrence Weschler’s Everything That Rises: A Book Of Convergences. The title comes from Flannery O’Connor’s collection of short stories, Everything That Rises Must Converge. She took her title from Pierre Teilhard de Chardin’s Omega Point which contains the lines: Remain true to yourself, but move ever upward toward greater consciousness and greater love! At the summit you will find yourselves united with all those who, from every direction, have made the same ascent. For everything that rises must converge.


My favourite chapter of Weschler’s book is called Branching Out Yet Further. It’s a lovely essay on coincidence, illuminating a beautiful vision of the interconnectedness of all things. It seemed appropriate to paraphrase it here. He begins with Mike & Doug Starn.


Santiago Ramón y Cajal


Richard Restak


Thomas Eisner

rodney graham

Rodney Graham


Rodney Graham


Pedanius Dioskorides


Henry Gray


Powell, Ho, Liley

Athanasius Kircher, Geneological Tree, Adam to Abraham, 1633

Athanasius Kircher


Ad Reinhardt


Jackson Pollock


Bill Cheswick & Hal Burch

lee friedlander

Lee Friedlander

ruth asawa

Ruth Asawa


Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

The tree in the forest

Jocke Berglund


Joseph Hutchins Colton

everything that rises

Lawrence Weschler



David Byrne

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3 Responses to Tree Of Life

  1. greg becker says:

    A nice trilogy of tree posts. I especially like your tree of heaven piece. The tree may have been smelly but the story is sweet.

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