Archive for March, 2019

8000 banyan trees

Her name is Thimmakka. (Akka means elder sister). She is 107 years old She wanted to die at the age of 40 as she could not conceive. She found a purpose and along with her husband planted 8000 banyan trees and nurtured it by walking 4 km daily after working in the fields to water the plants. Affectionately called Salu Marada Thimmakka. (Saalu = In a line, Mara = Tree).

She and her late husband planted banyan trees for an entire four kilometer stretch in Karnataka, and took care of them like children. Growing banyan trees is not a joke when you have to water them frequently in a relatively dry area.

This woman, who dedicated her life for environment, got a Padma Shri from the President.

When was the last time you saw a Padma awardee receiving an award in barefoot? What an inspiration!

Nita Padamsee shares this incredible story. Many thanks, Nita!



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Photos by Pamela Paulsrud

Driving through the Logan Square neighborhood in Chicago I came across these incredible sculptures—then learned about this citywide project honoring dead and dying trees.

Press Release


CHICAGO—Chicago Sculpture International (CSI), in conjunction with the Chicago Park District (CPD), is proud to announce the “Chicago Tree Project 2018,” an annual citywide effort to transform sick and dying trees into vibrant public art. Using art as a vessel for public engagement, sculptors will transform a variety of trees into fun and whimsical experiences for the greater Chicago community. The collaborative project between CSI artists and CPD and is part of the greater initiative to expand the reach of public art in Chicago.

“The Chicago Park District strives to integrate art and nature in many ways to enhance the experience of public spaces,” said General Superintendent and Chief Executive Officer of the Chicago Park District Michael P. Kelly. “This project builds on the city’s reputation for great public art, and brings the work of local sculptors to a wide array of neighborhoods throughout the city.”

Over the course of the Summer and continuing into the Fall, artists have adopted trees throughout Chicago and will modify them through sculpture. With traditional carving methods, as well as mixed media and other embellishments, each tree will receive a new life as a centerpiece designed to encourage dialogue and enrich the surrounding park. The chosen trees are in geographically diverse areas to give as many residents as possible access to the pieces.

The tree project was originally proposed and organized by Chicago Sculpture International, a group of artists devoted to the understanding and creation of sculpture as a unique and vital contribution to society. The project will be completed by the end of November, and the decorated and carved trees will remain in the parks as long as the trees remain secure.



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These are photos from the Pen Dragon Retreat on August 25, 2018. This was our first gathering to make rounds. This was out at Jack and Marijo Carney’s place. We started with cotton pulp from the Kalamazoo Book Arts. Then we started adding blue jeans, black jeans, hydrangea petals, leaves, recycled papers, etc., etc.. It was a blast and a good time had by all.
Kim D.

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Little gizmo

Some macro shots I took at Lake Louise. Little gizmo I attach to my IPhone. Fun!

Photos by Kim Dixon, Kalamazoo, Michigan

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Talking to the trees

I find it kinda strange now that I don’t have people in any of these photos. I guess that’s because I was the one taking photos when everyone was out talking to trees!
Do notice are ingenious use of all the windows and the fancy paper press I put together ;-) Works like a charm. These are all taken at Lake Louise in October of 2018.

Photos and text by Kim Dixon, Kalamazoo Michigan

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The Lorax by Dr. Seuss

Vulpes Libris

loraxArticle by Michelle Lewis

Like many native English speakers of my generation, I grew up with Dr. Seuss. The Cat in the Hat, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and Green Eggs and Ham were among the many books I knew by heart even before I could read properly. The silly characters, bright artwork and outrageous rhymes captivated my imagination and took me to new worlds. However, one book stood out among many as my all time favorite Dr. Seuss book: The Lorax. From the beginning, I was drawn into the flight of the brown barbaloots, swomee swans, hummingfish and their unlikely guardian, the Lorax himself. In the end, I even found myself pitying the Onceler. It could be argued that this book and the Onceler’s final words in particular, “unless someone like you cares a whole awful lots, nothing is going to get better. It’s not,” helped…

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Wisconsin sunset


Photo by Pamela Paulsrud

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