While writing my novella, Portal to Your Heart, I came upon many interesting facts about the willow tree.
In Japanese tradition, the willow tree is associated with ghosts. It is supposed that a ghost will appear where a willow grows.
The Willow Tree
Hippocrates has left records of pain relief treatment. Powder from the bark and leaves of the willow tree help relieve headaches, pains and fever. Willow bark contains salicin which traces its way to Aspirin.
Sara Coleridge 1802-1852
The Oak is called the king of trees,
The Aspen quivers in the breeze,
The Poplar grows up straight and tall,
The Peach tree spreads along the wall,
The Sycamore gives pleasant shade,
The Willow droops in watery glade,
The Fir tree useful timbers gives,
The Beech amid the forest lives.
The Weeping Willow Tree
In the morning light I see,
By the gate, a willow tree.
In the wind it swirls like sea,
Cool and green and grey.
In the dark I see it stir
Like a cloud of witches’ hair.
Strange that tree by day so fair,
At nighttime frightens me.
One more interesting fact. Did you know that ice hockey sticks were originally made from maple or willow trees. However, it became more economical to use yellow ash and birch ash.
How often should one post? I believe the answer should be: when there is something earth-shattering to report. Well, nothing earth-shattering, for me, today. I guess that is OK, since it can go both ways: earth-shattering-good and also earth-shattering-bad.
I'm well into my new novel. I've been thinking about having a map inside. Any thoughts? Do you ever look at maps in novels you read? I, personally, look at them fleetingly, and never as a tourist, wanting to find his/her way around. I like to envision the area myself, while reading the book, so the proffered map is sometimes a let-down. I occasionally cast a glance at the maps when I've already finished reading the book.
My novel is nowhere near completion, so I have more than enough time to fight this out with myself. A word of advice would be of help. Do you like/look at maps, or are they simply pictures that brighten up a book? B is also for Book.