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Orrin Morris

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ORRIN MORRIS: Sweet white violet is named after its pleasant fragrance

Sweet white violet is named after its pleasant fragrance. When we examine the characteristics of a person committed to follow the commandment Jesus repeated several times to "love your neighbor as yourself," we become aware of a very important contrast to the norms of our society.

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ORRIN MORRIS: Ancient magnolia genus has over 100 evergreen, deciduous trees growing in Himalayas

This Sunday is Palm Sunday. It is the celebration of Jesus' royal entry into Jerusalem riding on a colt. People gathered along the roadway and the streets waving palm branches and proclaiming Him as the one to re-establish the reign of King David.

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ORRIN MORRIS: Drought tolerant periwinkle is difficult to contain

The Psalmist spoke of the shelter God provides when he wrote, "He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust" (Psalm 91:4).

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ORRIN MORRIS: Green and gold grows in locations from New York to Florida

The more I look for and study the wildflower kingdom, the more I am inspired by what the Psalmist wrote, "O Lord, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom hast thou made them all; the earth is full of thy riches" (Psalm 104:24).

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ORRIN MORRIS: A creeping vine, yellow jasmine is fragrant but invasive, difficult to control

Yellow jasmine fragrant but invasive, difficult to control. The Lenten season is often a time of starting a new habit as well as giving up something.

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ORRIN MORRIS: Ancient tale says dogwood used to make cross for Jesus' crucifixion

The flowering dogwood, though it is not a wildflower, has been chosen for two reasons. First, the brownish-white buds are beginning to show red. Second, because we are observing the Lenten Season.

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ORRIN MORRIS: Bitter cress provides a horse radish flavor in salads, greens

To most Christians, Lent is a solemn journey of contemplation of God's love ultimately expressed in the culmination of the season.

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ORRIN MORRIS: Extended drought makes rain lily scarce in metro area

As I reflect on more than 60 years of giving advice as a pastor, a supervisor, a father and a friend, I've erred more times than I want to recount (or admit).

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ORRIN MORRIS: Leaves of the 3-inch diamorpha resemble tiny hot water bottles

God did not just create the world and walk away. He is still at work, lovingly watching over His creation.

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ORRIN MORRIS: Versatile bloodroot used in toothpaste, dyes

In Genesis 8:22, God is responding to Noah's offering, "While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease."

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ORRIN MORRIS: Paulownia has its roots in Japan

How serious are we Christians about the quality life for all families? The Martin Luther King Jr. national celebration has global implications, too.

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ORRIN MORRIS: Star-of Bethlehem blooms only in the sunlight

The Hebrew people were under the rule of the Romans at the time of Jesus' birth. There were soldiers everywhere "keeping order" so that Roman rule was preserved.

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ORRIN MORRIS: An evergreen ground cover, iceplant is drought tolerant

The Apostle Paul, writing to the fledgling church in Corinth, taught them about the Godlike love that seeks what is best for others.

ORRIN MORRIS: A favorite Christmas decoration, American Holly blooms in the summer

AMERICAN HOLLY. Ilex opacaAmerican holly blooms in early summer, yet its fall colors have long been associated with Christmas as a traditional decoration.

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ORRIN MORRIS: The plain, weedy sunnybell is a reminder of God's love for us

At a passing glance, our many granite outcrops look like barren waste places. However, as we have discovered in this column, there are many wonders that testify to God's generosity and the diversity of His creation.

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ORRIN MORRIS: Look for marsh-mallow in a marshy habitat

Psalm 46:10a reads, "Be still, and know that I am God." Be still. That is easy to say, but does God realize the noises that surround me every day?

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ORRIN MORRIS: Dog-fennel offers us a field of dancing, glistening sunlight on frosty winter mornings

Psalm 149 begins with an encouragement to sing a new song of praise to the Lord.

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ORRIN MORRIS: Turk's cap blooms in early summer through the first frost

"Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure. The Lord lifts up the downtrodden, he casts the wicked to the ground. Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving..." (Psalms 147:5-7a)

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ORRIN MORRIS: Toxicity in buckeye requires handlers to be on the lookout for rashes

The Book of Proverbs places much focus on acquiring wisdom. In chapter 3:13 we read, "Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding" (KJV).I saw an interesting quote that relates to this.

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ORRIN MORRIS: Use oil from the giant sunflower for a healthy alternative

I believe that Almighty God is to be known by one word above all others.

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ORRIN MORRIS: The sunflower turns its bloom to face the sun

Ever since Van Gogh, every artist feels he or she must paint a sunflower. I did, but had to learn a lot in the process.

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ORRIN MORRIS: The prolific purslane makes it a pest in the garden

"The earth is the Lord's, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it." (Psalm 24:1)

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ORRIN MORRIS: Consult an experienced Southern Cook before preparing polkweed to eat

The U.S. population has passed the 314 million mark, but while that has occurred, the total world population has passed the 7 billion mark.

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ORRIN MORRIS: Indians used strange looking coneflower to make dye, tea

In Genesis 3, Adam and Eve met Satan, who was in the form of a serpent.

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ORRIN MORRIS: Yarrow used to treat stomach, liver problems

Matthew 13 tells of a large crowd that assembled by the Sea of Galilee to hear Jesus speak.

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ORRIN MORRIS: Contrary to its name, Siberian wallflower thrives in hot, dry environments

Ecclesiastes 3:1 reads "To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven."

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ORRIN MORRIS: Touch a young sensitive briar and watch the leaves close up

Psalm 43:5 reads "Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why are you so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise Him, my Savior and my God."

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ORRIN MORRIS: Cherokee rose is beautiful to behold but its thorns are torturous

The central theme of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation is God's love.The message is that God loves each of us to the highest degree that we humans can understand; that is, every effort to establish fellowship with us is for our well- being.

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ORRIN MORRIS: Wild everlasting graces our fields for many months

The imagery of angry gods that must be placated by extreme sacrifices has dominated the religious expressions of primitive people around the globe. In some cultures, even the sacrifice of children has been practiced to placate the angry gods.

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ORRIN MORRIS: Black mustard cooked, eaten as greens during Colonial days

I call today's species a roadside wildflower because it thrives in some of the most barren habitats.

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ORRIN MORRIS: Mullein used as remedy for warts, bronchitis, whooping cough

It is especially gratifying to hear readers of these columns express excitement about discovering a new wildflower.

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ORRIN MORRIS: American Indians used loostrife to treat kidney problems

One of the great hymns of faith is titled "My Hope Is Built." The words were penned in 1834 and set to music in 1863.

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ORRIN MORRIS: Bergamot used for treatment of fever, bronchial infection, acne

The prophet Isaiah foretold of the beauty that awaited the Hebrew exiles when they returned from captivity.

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ORRIN MORRIS: Bee balm appeals to large bees, hummingbirds

Psalm 103, written by King David, begins, "Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name" (v.1).

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ORRIN MORRIS: Look for buttercups in fields, on roadsides

The Book of Psalms opens with a description of a man who trusts the wisdom of God as his guide, "... his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night.

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ORRIN MORRIS: California poppy fills highway medians with beauty

Psalm 65:11 is especially fitting for the wildflower we examine today.

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ORRIN MORRIS: Some Christian groups assign bedstraw religious significance

The wildflower bedstraw (Galium tinctorium) we examine today is a bothersome species that grows everywhere you do not want it.

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ORRIN MORRIS: Mock orange citrus fragrance catches your attention

One day, during my meditation time, I happened across a verse in the Book of Proverbs that reminded me of the political arenas into which we are thrust through November.

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ORRIN MORRIS: Experience the aroma of fragrant snowbells before they are gone

An appropriate preparation for Easter is the ancient call of Isaiah found in Chapter 55.

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ORRIN MORRIS: Be careful when taking beauty berry seedlings or cuttings

At the end of the sixth day of creation the writer of Genesis noted, "God saw all that he had made, and it was very good" (1:31).

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ORRIN MORRIS: Rugosa rose reminds us of the crown worn by Jesus

The season of Lent has begun, and the second Sunday of the season is this coming Sunday.

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ORRIN MORRIS: Take a hike in moist, open woods to find Virginia bluebell

The scripture verse, John 3:17, has greatly impacted my life and ministry. It reads, "For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved."

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ORRIN MORRIS: Find blue-eyed grass at Panola Mountain State Park

The warmer weather of this week instills hope in me. Spring is coming and winter's grip of last weekend is lessening.Already, the heleborous is blooming, the crocus and the periwinkle are budding, and very soon the blood root and dandelion will spread forth their leaves.. Yes, spring is coming. May

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ORRIN MORRIS: Self-pollinating hepatica is one the earliest wildflowers to bloom in spring

In the Bible, the word family is much broader than father, mother and children. The biblical usage is what we refer to as the extended family. The family may include several hundred people from great-grandparents to the children and grandchildren of all younger brothers, nieces, nephews, and cousins.. The

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ORRIN MORRIS: The reddbud is also known as the Judas tree

This month will probably start the burst of spring blooms. I have already seen chickweed, dandelion, saucer magnolia, and henbit in bloom. Soon we will see redbud. The redbud (Cercis canadensis) has another name, the Judas tree.

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ORRIN MORRIS: Moss verbena a metaphor for how to find righteousness with God, neighbors

The diversity of the wildflower kingdom is minor compared to the diversity of humanity. Every individual is unique although he or she dwells within a family, a community or a culture.

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ORRIN MORRIS: Chickweed reminds us we 'have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God'

Most of the year my garden plot has been covered with chickweed. We have sprayed some with herbicides but not those close to the cool weather crops. Some chickweed we pulled up by hand.When spring comes, I will till the garden but all I will do is fold under the seeds that were on top and bring up from underground the seeds that were tilled under last fall. Soon these pesky plants will sprout, bloom and produce seeds. The cycle in the fight with chickweed continues.

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ORRIN MORRIS: The unique and exotic pool sprite exists in our own front yard

Charles Darwin's observations have made a profound impact on modern thought. There are at least two issues his theory of evolution did not address: how, when or where life began and how to explain gravity.

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ORRIN MORRIS: Oconee bell reminds us of the diversity of God's world

One of the most frequently repeated verses in the Bible was first recorded by King David when the Ark of the Covenant was finally brought to Jerusalem -- his song of praise in 1 Chronicles 16:7-36. In verse 34, we read "O give thanks unto the Lord; for He is good; for His mercy endureth for ever."This very phrase is repeated five other times in the Psalms (106:1, 107:1, 118:1 and 29; and 136:1).

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ORRIN MORRIS: Fragrant virgin's bower can trigger allergies, cause dermatitis

The concept Jesus taught us when instructing us "to love our neighbor as ourselves" is of divine dimensions. We are to relate generously, putting the well being of those who are the objects of our love above our personal desires and pleasure.