Artwork by Mike Gold and sons



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

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

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




Photo by Pamela Paulsrud

Goguac Lake


I was lucky enough to grow up on a big lake outside Battle Creek Michigan. Our house faced sunset and my dad and I enjoyed watching sunsets and changes in weather together.

One of the most beautiful things about living on Goguac Lake (an old Indian name), was the amazing tree cover. The whole area had beautiful tall, mature trees that had been there for a long, long, time. In the summer there when it was hot and steamy, as we drove up to the house the air temperature was at least ten degrees cooler up by the house, thanks to the trees. We were very aware of what a gift it was to live where we did under those big, beautiful trees.


Text and art by Kathy McCreedy, Michigan