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Photo by Pamela Paulsrud

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Even the pine tree…

Ania Gilmore & Annie Zeybekoglu from Boston, MA just contacted me to let me know that they collaborated on several rounds which will soon show up in my mailbox. A preview of what’s to come…


Handmade paper made with Abaca, Eucalyptus, Yellow Pages,
cotton thread, pencil, Asian chops.

Contributed by Ania Gilmore & Annie Zeybekoglu
Boston, MA 2011

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Several years ago a hurricane came very far inland in North Carolina and my parents lost many trees they loved very much, including a large black walnut. I made a table top out of one large slab and paper out of some of the bark, curtains for my house and a book for my father. A small mill operator was able to come to the land and mill many of the large trees on site into lumber that is stacked and ready to build with. Someday they hope to build a house with it.

Contributed by Ann Silverman, Columbus OH

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In today’s mail, a sweet envelope, a single paper round with a stitched tree painted with “walnut ink made by Emma and Carol from a 100+ year old tree on our farm.”

Submitted by Carol Thomas, Illinois

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Photo by Pamela Paulsrud

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With my involvement in Treewhispers over the last eleven years I’ve heard thousands of tree stories — only a small fraction of them recorded here. When someone hears of the project I often inquire if they might have a tree story. Most don’t — or at least they don’t think they do — until I simply ask if they’ve ever climbed a tree or planted a tree or had a favorite tree… It’s quite wonderful to watch as they suddenly connect to that memory — truly, their face lights up, their body language changes and the stories spill forth. If someone is standing near, it often sparks a story in them. It’s been a gift for me to hear these stories, to witness the exchange — to see these shifts.

I’ve also been gifted in hearing stories that are prefaced as “out of the ordinary” — the storyteller often remaining anonymous if they’re willing to share it on the site. I wonder sometimes how out of the ordinary these stories really are — if it’s simply a matter of stopping, paying attention — connecting energetically.

Please enjoy this most recent story contribution. My heartfelt thanks for these stories, ordinary and otherwise!

Have to share my experience with you that happened at the Botanical Gardens…I went up to a redwood tree (quite large) and leaned my back against it…almost immediately I felt such immense power in that tree…amazing…from deep in the earth…and felt the heartbeat.

Anonymous

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second year of “root peace sign” at Quartz lake….. love and peace
LynnAnn Nysted Thomas

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