Archive for May, 2018


Stand still. The trees ahead and bushes beside you
Are not lost. Wherever you are is called Here,
And you must treat it as a powerful stranger,
Must ask permission to know it and be known.
The forest breathes. Listen. It answers,
I have made this place around you.
If you leave it, you may come back again, saying Here.
No two trees are the same to Raven.
No two branches are the same to Wren.
If what a tree or a bush does is lost on you,
You are surely lost. Stand still. The forest knows
Where you are. You must let it find you.

— David Wagoner

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Artwork by Mike Gold and sons

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Imagine making something as useful as a tree

as efficient at converting sunlight into food and fuel as huge and tough as a white oak that can live 300 years

then decorating it in spring with pink leaves and pale green tassels of blossoms

Elizabeth H Rooney

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The maple tree

We relocated to Winston-Salem in 2007. We bought a stately 100-year-old house in the historic neighborhood of the west end. Unfortunately, our house is near the end of the block near the main thoroughfare with a car repair shop visible from the front porch—not a particularly pretty site. We went to a local garden shop and purchased a 5-foot spindly maple tree seedling. The tree was planted in the corner of the front yard and watered regularly. Within a few years, our plan worked—at least when it has leaves. The tree is over 20 feet high and fully blocks the view of the repair shop! This wonderful tree is strong enough for our grandsons to climb. There are always bird nests in the spring and birds in the branches.


Story and art by Patty Pape, Winston-Salem, North Carolina

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The Methacton Oak

A spreading giant White Oak marks the N.W. Corner of the cemetery of the Methacton Mennonite Meeting House in Worchester Twp., Pennsylvania. It is estimated to be more than 300 years old. It would have already been quite large when the first burials of the Mennonites and soldiers of the Revolutionary War took place under its branches.

It is considered to be a “Charter Oak” because it was already growing when Wm. Penn asked the King of England, in the early 1700’s, for a charter to establish an American colony to be called Penn’s Sylvania (meaning Forest Land).

This Magnificent tree has lived through the time of the Native American tribe, the Leni-Lenapes, the arrival of the early colonists, the establishment of an agricultural community to today looking out at the many new houses being built on former farmland. It is in good health and should continue on for many years.



Story and art by Joan Landrey, Sarasota, Florida


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