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Dudley Wooten


Outdoors Columnist


The last time, we spoke of imagination and how it pertains to landscaping design. We discussed how you have to dare to be different if you want something unique. This is where we’re allowing ourselves to color outside the lines as we brainstorm ideas on your wants and needs. Budget will usually guide you into determining wants from needs in the final analysis.


If you would, liken your imagination to the turtle – he only makes progress when he sticks his neck out. Our dreams are only an excursion to the limbo of things, a semi-deliverance from the human prison. If you can appreciate that, analyze this – dreams permit us to be safely insane any given night of the week. My thoughts on that are that dreams should include, but not be limited to nocturnal excursion. I’m just sayin’, think of all those who have explored and discovered. If it weren’t for their dreams, the big timber, clean water, and Native Americans would still rule here. Imagine that.


Those who discover have to have a big curious, and they must also have the uncanny ability to see what everyone else sees and think what nobody has thought. Stop right there and ponder that thought. What would it be like to see the same world everyone else sees, but to always have to analyze and dissect everything for the sake of curiosity or discovery? Would this be a blessing or a curse? Speaking of disturbed persons, could this be the underlying current in Mark Twain’s, “Faith is believing what you know ain’t so.”? Faith takes you head long into religion, and that’s what Napoleon said was the only thing that kept the poor from murdering the rich. This is a prime example of vivid imagination. We’ve gone from landscape design to French Revolution, taking the magic carpet ride through the windmills of your mind. Yes, sometimes my mind wanders, but we’re just gonna blame it on imagination.


Sometimes when I’m writing, I have to hit the brakes, because I’m starting to remind myself of Plato or Abe Lincoln. Imagine that. When I say reminding, I only mean that I’m remembering some of their quotes, and that’s a sobering thought. When I’m going at full speed and totally unbridled, I might be speaking before I think. It was Pluto who said, “Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools talk because they have to say something.” Honest Abe said, “Be it far better to be silent and thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt.” At this point, after due consideration of the fabrications and ramifications of this article I’ll quote Yogi Berra and say, “I really didn’t say everything I said.”


Let’s just go full circle and end this journey with a little Jimi Hendrix, “Imagination is the key to my lyrics. The rest is painted with a little science fiction.” Imagine that.


Dudley Wooten can be reached at 740-820-8210 or by visiting wootenslandscaping.com

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