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In the pines

Andrew W. Griffin / Red Dirt Report
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OKLAHOMA CITY – I had pine on my mind. Pine on the brain, as it were. I always have. Ever since I was a child, I’ve linked pine trees with something – transcendent.

In fact, when someone once asked me what I thought heaven was like, I immediately thought of a crisp blue sky and me standing next to a stream in a pine forest.

Quite coincidentally – or, shall I say “synchromystically” – I am in the middle of (finally) reading Ernest Hemingway’s classic For Whom the Bell Tolls. On the cover of this book, about an American fighting in the International Brigades during the Spanish Civil War, are pine needles and a single pine cone.

In the novel, the American, Robert Jordan, seems to relish hiding with the anti-fascist Spanish Republican forces in the pine forests of Spain.

He lay flat on the brown, pine-needled floor of the forest, his chin on his folded arms, and high overhead the wind blew in the tops of the pine trees.” Writes Hemingway.

That sound – the wind blowing through pine trees – is a sound unlike any other. Years ago, hiking in the Colorado Rockies, I would often stop on the trail to listen to the sound of the wind whistling through the pine trees – those evergreen pine needles. I seemed to find myself in another place, another time. In the film Pan's Labyrinth, many scenes take place in a part of wooded, hilly Spain as featured in Hemingway's classic novel. 

And so, today, I was driving to an assignment, thinking about pine trees, as they related to the Twin Pines Mall (later the Lone Pine Mall) of Marty McFly’s 1985 and the pine-tree farm Marty encounters in 1955, after traveling back in time in Back to the Future. I was thinking about the research of Joe Alexander and that film. I wondered about the Twin Towers and how Back to the Future clearly predicted 9/11 and the rise of the Freedom Tower, which opened this week. Alexander shows us this in numerous ways, as noted in this 42 Minutes interview.

As I drove along, dwelling on this, I had another license plate sync (my third in a week) – it was a personalized Oklahoma plate which simply read: BOAZ.

Boaz? As in the two pillars on the porch of Solomon’s Temple – Boaz and Jachin. Many sync and conspiracy writers have made the connection between the Twin Towers and the pillars of Boaz and Jachin. But what of the pine tree and its connection to the Twin Towers? The Vatican has been in the news quite a bit lately, with Pope Francis's life-affirming statements. A large "pine cone" sits in Vatican City. Is this a way of connecting the pine cone to the pineal gland

And then we return to the pine grove. 

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