Quote of the Month
Friday, November 26, 2021
Saturday, November 20, 2021
When you grow up in a family of collectors, you tend to become a collector. When you grow up in a family embracing nature, you find yourself fairly at ease in the out-of-doors. Combining these two attributes, your wanderings outside make use of all your senses especially when you are seeking a new item to cherish. You find another heart-shaped rock, a large piece of sea glass, or a stone that fits perfectly in your palm. You locate a new leaf to press or a hard-to-find protected flower to photograph or draw. Perhaps you are gathering particular kinds of pine cones and acorns or small pieces of driftwood to fashion into a wreath. You hear the sound or song of a bird you are hoping to see for the first time.
Tuesday, November 16, 2021
Across the street is a large vacant lot. On either side is a row of trees and shrubs. To the west is an occupied home. To the east are two unoccupied houses. Behind them are rows of mature evergreens. It is a forest in a neighborhood. By chance, several days ago, I looked up from working at the kitchen sink out the windows at that vacant lot. Gasping, I watched a fox in the middle of the day running from one side to the other. Now, when out walking with my canine companion, she stops, sits and raises her nose sniffing as soon as we are near that wooded area. She knows.
Thursday, November 11, 2021
The majestic trees lining roads and populating nearby forests are getting ready to rest. It is in times like this gratitude for trees is, or should be, foremost in our minds. With respect to those trees lost this year in wildfires, we must not forget the impact on us and the fauna and flora in those woodlands. Hello, Tree (Little, Brown and Company, September 14, 2021) written by Ana Crespo with illustrations by Dow Phumiruk, inspired by the 2013 Black Forest fire, speaks through the voice of a tree about tragedy and hope.