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Hangin’ out

Photo by Pamela Paulsrud

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Every year I anticipate the bark shedding from my 5 crepe myrtle trees. It’s rich in texture and color and I enjoy looking at it. 


When I picked up the bark, however, I felt sad about the current state in California, where again, the forests have burned, out of control, 3.5 million acres, the worst in the state’s history. 

Even though many trees can regrow, I felt empathy for their forced plight. I photographed the bark pieces and wrote a haiku verse with the 5-7-5 syllables: 


“Bark, once shed with grace

Now destroyed by fire’s blaze.

Rise again, beauties!”

Phawnda Moore Rocklin, CA

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I looked up at a tree on the full moon one night, and just stared at the top of the tree for maybe ten minutes, the branches seemed to wave back and forth and transform, I then felt my stomach expand, and a cord of energy formed from my stomach to the tree and I suddenly felt a massive, but slow pulse beating through my body, I intuitively knew I was feeling the pulse of the trees life force and then a kind of voice boomed through my body and spoke the words love..peace..harmony..in to my mind. It was such a profound spiritual moment that I felt the desire to just fall to my knees and say a prayer of thanks, I just felt completely in awe..I had never experienced connecting with a tree before, and have tried many times since, but unable to do it again!

Written by Clare Brown, Fareham, Hampshire UK

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Artwork by Jeri Hobart, 2015

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Artwork by Tina Lee-Cronkhite, 2015

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It was a delight to celebrate my Uncle Ike’s 90th birthday in Hoisington, Kansas this summer. In his honor this beautiful little spruce tree was planted on the grounds of the Clara Barton Hospital which he has supported in so many ways throughout the years.  Happy Birthday Uncle Ike!

Trees and celebrations!

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Click on the link LYCEECHICAGO.ORG to see the students at work. Thanks Amanda Love for introducing the project, Andrea Peterson for your papermaking instruction, and all the students, teachers and helpers for participating. Great job and beautiful work!

The week of March 16-20, the Lycée hosted acclaimed papermaker Andrea Peterson to make paper with students grades 1-8 and several 10th grade visual art students. The first grade classes collected old jeans and t-shirts to make paper…
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IMG_2872Artwork and paper-making by student of Walter S. Christopher Elementary School, Chicago

 

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Photo by Sean O’Connell

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Photo and artwork by Marianne Nelson 

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IMG_0148Contributed by Amber Schindler, 2013

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Photo by Pamela Paulsrud

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IMG_0229Artwork contributed by Ginny Vander Hey

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Photo by Pamela Paulsrud

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I wanted to share the buzz at The Center in Palos Park, IL both in appreciation—and as inspiration to others, highlighting various ways of embracing the Treewhispers project. The Center has chosen opportunities to present papermaking, storytelling and guided walks. They are “growing their forest” of paper rounds having had instructions for stringing so that in the end it will be included in the upcoming installations and be consistent with the other “trees”. (Please contact me for these instructions and materials should you be interested in doing the same.) And so, with great excitement may I present the letter from Lois!
Hi Pam—We continue to enjoy the ongoing Treewhispers project at The Center. At the Little Art Show on May 25, we let folks make their own little 3″ circles of paper–they were so quick to dry with an iron that they could write and draw right away–and we strung them up—and called it our “sapling!”  Then this last weekend at our Outdoor Women’s Connecting With Nature Retreat we used pre-made handmade paper, but really enjoyed everyone drawing and writing on their disc.  The ladies were really into their memories of trees significant to their lives.  We strung them right on the spot, hung them from a tree branch, and had our closing circle ritual around our tree trunk of memories!  I really like this idea of a progressive forest being made as we progress through the summer.  I think by September, we will have a very impressive looking display to appreciate and then to send off to add to your collection.
Little art show photos attached.   Retreat photos to follow.


Lois Lauer
Program Director at The Center (http://www.thecenterpalos.org/)
12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park, IL 60464 

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It seem appropriate at the solstice, holidays and upcoming new year to share the joy and lively work by Kirsten Horel. May your days be merry and bright!Kirsten Horel treesArtwork by Kirsten Horel

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I had the distinct honor of connecting with Oguzhan Tugrul on Facebook pages and wanted to share his notable mission and project.
He initially wrote, “Our project is converting recycled paper into trees with the help of tree seed papers. The mayor wants to give each student in the municipality a small flower pot with tree seed paper (fifty thousand students !! only me and my wife we are making the seed papers).”
50,000 notable, right?!
Now, I just found out that 100,000 Pine Tree seed papers have been distributed to school children in Municipality of Kağıthane Belediyesi!
 Congratulations!!! This initiative is to be commended—bringing together  and supporting the community while restoring a traditional craft and planting trees. Beautiful.
More from Oguzhan Tugrul below:

We are determined to erase the carbon print of our neighborhood,
with its Sadabad Palace and Hasbahçe gardens Kağıthane is the lung of Istanbul

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Mayor of Kağithane Belediyesi Municipality Mr Fazlı Kılıç,as part of ecological developement project giving school children tree seed paper as an opportunity to erase local carbon print — at Kagithane Belediyesi:).

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Visiting the willow tree was my reason for joining my uncle and cousin on their spring/summer fishing treks to the Washington Park lagoon, three blocks from our house and my grandmother’s flower garden where they dug up the worms for bait while I packed a picnic lunch because they never, ever caught any fish. While they baited their hooks at the edge of the lagoon, I climbed into the welcoming embrace of the sturdy willow branch that extended out over the water. With my back against the trunk and my feet dangling over the branch just inches from the water’s surface, I sang and cloud surfed and danced my whispered dreams. I skipped across the water with dragon flies, floated on the surface with the fallen willow leaves, inhaled spring and exhaled summer into the last autumn sunset.

Contributed by E. Kamuda, Chicago, IL

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IMG_0185Photo by Pamela Paulsrud

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