Category Archives: Gifts from Nature

Falling Back To The Earth

“Who leaves the pine-tree, leaves his friend, unnerves his strength, invites his end.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson  “How beautiful the leaves grow old.  How full of light and color are their last days.”  John Burroughs When a tree is diseased or … Continue reading

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Lichen and Loss – What’s the Connection?

Playing the game Table Topics with friends, we went around the circle answering a select question.   “What would you like to do for a job that might surprise all of your friends?”  One of the men in our group answered, “I’d … Continue reading

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Losing Myself to Adulthood

I am riding in the car with my husband, windows partially down, wind blowing my hair, enjoying the smell of the damp spring air after the rainstorm.  We round the corner, passing a row of pine trees as the memory … Continue reading

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Wiggling Through the Darkness Cut in Two

Last week’s rainstorms put me in a gloomy mood, so I don my raincoat and vinyl boots and walk outside with my dog.  I have often told others to get outdoors, to seek nature as a way to heal, to … Continue reading

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Learning From The Lotus To Grow Through The Muck

I just began reading Becky Aikman’s book entitled, Saturday Night Widows:  The Adventures of Six Friends Remaking Their Lives.  You can learn a little more about the premise of the book by watching the author. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8fMeLlTMygc Looking back when I … Continue reading

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Mother Earth Eases My Grief

I have always loved nature. Our only family vacations took place in a little town in northeastern, Wisconsin where my great-aunt and uncle own a cabin.  I was still in diapers when I started going there in the 60’s. Not much of … Continue reading

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Resurrection Robins

It is cold in the house this morning as I leave the comfort of my warm bed and enter the ceramic shower stall. Despite the chill and the fact that I once again don two layers of clothing on April … Continue reading

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