The Next Shiny Object

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We have a natural human tendency where we think there is always a bigger and better deal.  The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.  The reason for this is we struggle to be grateful for what we have.  In addition to that we always look for someone or something to save us.  Be our savior.  Im going to show you how see past that halo effect of new things, new situations, new jobs, new people or just new opportunities.  Im not telling you to not go after new opportunities or new things.  Im just going to show you how to think it over and see if the grass is truly greener on the other side of the fence.  

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Sacred Trees in the Americas: Ironwood or Hornbeam (Ostrya virginiana, Carpinus caroliniana)

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Ironwood tree ecoprint from my upcoming Tree Alchemy Oracle!

There are actually two tree species that are known as both “hornbeam” and “Ironwood” along the US East Coast and into the midwest: The American Hop Hornbeam (Ostrya virginiana) and the American Hornbeam (Carpinus caroliniana).  After doing a lot of research and interaction with both of these trees, I see them as interchangeable.  First, they are both in the Beech family (Order: Fagales, Family: Betulaceae). They actually have a very similar growth habit and look to their bark (like muscles), their wood is quite similar, and the hop-looking fruits are similar on both trees.  Thus, if you can find either of these trees, you can apply the information I’m sharing.  I have primarily focused on Ostrya Virginiana (Ironwood/Hop Hornbeam) in my comments here as it is the more dominant tree in my specific ecosystem.

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