As much as anyone, I get caught up in news — the latest pronouncement, the newest scandal — but some of the most profound reports are silent. This fallen log, split along its length, is a record of good times and bad times. Times of moisture, times of drought. The slow building up of strength and the stealthy invasion of predators. While the life cycle of the tree played out, smaller scenes in the lives of borers were etched in darkness, revealed only when the tree split to its core. I’m not for tuning out our own life histories shaped each day in the news, but let’s leave some band-width for the silent changes happening all around us.