Category Archives: Homecomings: Your Place on Earth, Your Place in Time

The Heart of Home #3: Introducing the Watershed Wheel

Continued from The Heart of Home #1 and #2: Spatial Scale and Time Scale About twelve years ago, a group of like-minded friends gathered by my fireside to reflect upon what it means to live in this place we call … Continue reading

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The Heart of Home #2: Scales of Time

Continued from The Heart of Home #1: Spatial (Geographic) Scale As I continue to notice my backyard on this day of winter sunshine, I easily find evidence of past and future seasons. Dried stalks of prairie plants push through the … Continue reading

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The Heart of Home #1: Spatial (Geographic) Scale

Today, I find myself sitting in shirtsleeves on my back steps where the rays of a strong noontime sun warm my skin and dance across undulating snowdrifts that cloak my garden. Tomorrow, we expect a blizzard. In this moment, I … Continue reading

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Trees as Temples

I will go out from home on foot today to wander and find a tree that speaks to me of holy ground. What will be difficult is selecting just one. Forests were the first temples of the Divinity, and it … Continue reading

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Trees as Teachers: The Twins

Many thanks to Rebecca Power, my partner for the Trees as Teachers year long study program, for her permission to share this poster with its inspiring message for the New Year. Thanks also to the Twin Oaks for their example … Continue reading

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Winter Twigs #2: Butternut, Juglans cinarea

Of winter’s lifeless world each tree Now seems a perfect part; Yet each one holds summer’s secret Deep down within its heart. ~Charles G. Stater The shape of trees against the winter landscape and winter sky reveals much of their … Continue reading

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Reflecting the Winter Landscape

Breathe deeply and become still; feel deeply and hear the silence; let the space of the winter landscape hold your dreams.           Please visit Rebecca’s gallery at RPower Images

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Winter Twigs as Teachers #1: Witch-hazel or winterbloom

As I prepare to bring you a series of posts on winter twigs, there is some unfinished twig business from the late fall that I feel compelled to cover first. It is all about the witch-hazel, a small tree or … Continue reading

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The Notebook: connecting people and trees

As I follow my passion to connect people and trees, and other living things around their home places, it is a pleasure to find a kindred spirit. Richard Murray is one who combines the science of his profession with the … Continue reading

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Always in Season

This essay is reprinted with the kind permission of Mary Hufford, Center for Folklore and Ethnography, University of Pennsylvania. See more about this amazing project at Tending the Commons. See more examples of seasonal rounds at my gallery. The Seasonal … Continue reading

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