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All I Really Wanted for Mother’s Day

The moment I woke up this morning, I knew exactly what I wanted for Mother’s Day. It wasn’t breakfast in bed (though who doesn’t love that) or flowers (which are always lovely)—I wanted to go be with the mother trees. A few years ago, during the pandemic, I started a project of mapping the “mother trees” on…

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Your Life can Always Start Again

The other day I saw a miracle. To explain the miracle, though, I need to take you back to last year… One night, late last summer, a humongous windstorm ripped across the spine of our mountain. The next day I was walking my favorite trail to the ridge when I turned the corner and stopped…

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Learning Requires Destruction

Before I had my daughter, I’d daydream about showing her the green world. I couldn’t wait to teach her how to smell snowdrops or touch the lilacs so their petals fell like rain. I wanted to introduce her to the world of wonders that is the moss, the leaves, the earth. So I was excited when…

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Opening your Doors Again

Last week I opened the doors to my house. It was a glorious early spring day, the hillsides were bursting with daffodils and a robin was singing, singing from a nearby tree.  I’d opened the doors in winter, of course, but always in a hurried manner, holding them for a second while I hauled wood in from…

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Are you on the threshold?

I walked up to the stone threshold and just stood there. The old tower was at the top of a green-lit hill, rising clear into the sky like a standing stone. As I approached the entrance, the wind kicked up. It voomed past me and through the open doorway.  I paused. Beyond the doorway, across the dark…

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This One Word Heals Everything

Sometimes life can feel like a slog.  It’s ok, we’ve all been there.  Lately my daughter and I have been sick with a deep, long cold that’s been going around. All projects or adventures were put on hold while we simply got through the day. Wake up, breakfast, play time, lunch, nap, repeat.  I was going…

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The Plants are Holding You

We are in the full tilt of summer here and the trees around my house have filled in the cove surrounding me, turning my stilted home into a kind of bassinet in the grove. In the winds of a thunderstorm my house rocks, ever-so-slightly, and when the wind moves through the leaves it is…

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