A succinct, exquisite essay of a truly wonderful story for both the young and young at heart. Enjoy.

Bertolt: An Uncommonly Tender Illustrated Story of Love, Loss, and Savoring Solitude Without Suffering Loneliness
Wisdom on mortality and the aliveness of the heart from an ancient tree and the boy who loved it.

Since long before researchers began to illuminate the astonishing science of what trees feel and how they communicate, the human imagination has communed with the arboreal world and found in it a boundless universe of kinship. A seventeenth-century gardener wrote of how trees “speak to the mind, and tell us many things, and teach us many good lessons.” Hermann Hesse called them “the most penetrating of preachers.” They continue to furnish our lushest metaphors for life and death. ~ Maria Popova

Read on: https://www.brainpickings.org/2017/05/12..._eid=d6cd782639

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