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John Cutler  Identity Verified
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The sages say that there are three things a person ought to do before they die: plant a tree, have a child, and write a book… How close are you to fulfilling these 3 objectives?


Marcin Wierzbicki  Identity Verified
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tree, boy, house Apr 19, 2007

In my area it's planting a tree (done), building a house (not yet), and having a son (not yet). Being 23, I guess, I still have some time to do the last twoicon_smile.gif

I just remebered my friend told me, that in his area it's oak for a man and any other tree for a woman... funny, these differencesicon_smile.gif how it's in other places?

[Edited at 2007-04-19 15:43]


Juan Jacob  Identity Verified
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Done! Apr 19, 2007

4 children.
A lot of trees planted, don't know how much.
My university degree (Doest that count?) and a couple of short books for myself. (Won't be published, I'm afraid).
Must I die now or wait?


Agnieszka Zmuda  Identity Verified
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Still very far... Apr 19, 2007

No tree, no child, no book... Obviously, I am supposed to live a hundred more yearsicon_biggrin.gif


Andrzej Lejman  Identity Verified
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Plant a tree, have a child and build a house in Poland... Apr 19, 2007

First two problems fixedicon_wink.gif and building a house takes too much time. The solution is to buy one, so did I.



P.S. Some people say "have a son"...

[Edited at 2007-04-19 15:59]


Jan Willem van Dormolen  Identity Verified
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Done. Apr 19, 2007

There's an apple tree in the backyard, a child about to come home from her school trip, and a book was published. (although the music I published fills me with much more pride than the - rather mediocre - book)


Seadeta Osmani  Identity Verified
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One down, two to go... Apr 19, 2007

Book published; a child and a tree still waiting in line.


Henry Hinds  Identity Verified
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Several trees, 1 child and a house Apr 19, 2007

Or at least a large part of a house, it was almost as much a chore as the child. All appear to be doing well. No book projects so far.


Rui de Carvalho  Identity Verified
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four tasks... to avoid admittance problems in heaven Apr 19, 2007

Around me people also talk about a tree, a son and a book. Yet being acquainted with many languages I knew some people talk about a house instead, so I did the four tasks, just to be sure. But, don't worry, I first studied civil engineering... don't remember what I did studied for the son task (in fact a son and a daughter), it's was a long time ago...


Yolande Haneder (X)  Identity Verified
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Several trees, 3 children, second building on the way Apr 19, 2007

How long do I have still to live?
How many lives did I already have?

If I consider the 50 pages essay I did for my diploma, I may consider I have gone as far as I can to a book. It was so much work that I don't even think doing it again.

[Edited at 2007-04-19 16:35]


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6 - 16 - 26 Apr 19, 2007

I planted a tree at age 6.

I wrote and published my first book at age 16.

Does it mean that I will have my first child now that I'm 26?


Marcela García  Identity Verified
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3 children, 1 book, a garden with a few trees Apr 19, 2007

And so much to learn!



Ritu Bhanot  Identity Verified
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Books Apr 19, 2007

Well, I've planted small plants but no trees (I did some long ago but don't know if these trees are still there). Does that count?

Published Books, so that's done.


Orla Ryan  Identity Verified
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not a hope in hell! :) Apr 19, 2007

John Cutler wrote:

The sages say that there are three things a person ought to do before they die: plant a tree, have a child, and write a book… How close are you to fulfilling these 3 objectives?

I planted watercress seeds when I was in school - does that count?icon_biggrin.gif

Don't really like kids. I can't say I'd care if I never had them, to be perfectly frank.

Write a book? Hmmm.... I translated four childrens' books two years ago for an Australian publisher - how's that?icon_wink.gif
My main creative outlets are taken care of by photography and by writing travel tips on a site called VirtualTourist.

I'd definitely like to travel further afield like South America and Asia before I shuffle off into the Great Unknown.


Vito Smolej
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...making the old wound open again... Apr 19, 2007

I owe the humanity a better tree (the first one is OK, but I thought it would turn out better) and the book is still ... er ... in the works. I already have the title for it (TGEN - i.e-. "The Great European Novel") so do not push - I started on it, did I not...



PS: I have three kids, who are the joy of my life. However they can't offset my dues ..."...but I have promises to keep..."

PPS: rules of the game: kids from Malawi, WWF 4 trees, translations do NOT count. DO IT YOURSELF!

[Edited at 2007-04-19 18:56]

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