Cultivating Connection: The Fairy Circle Model

“The Universe is a communion of subjects, not a collection of objects.” Brian Swimme and Thomas Berry, The Universe Story A fairy circle, or fairy ring, is a scientifically sound structure, but magical, nonetheless.  Just the presence of the colorful caps of mushrooms supported by sturdy stalks scattered across the dark forest floor, creating aContinue reading “Cultivating Connection: The Fairy Circle Model”

Rosemary

“Nostalgia is a file that removes the rough edges from the good old days.” Doug Larson Rosemary is the final plant in the series Pondering the Plants of the Winter Solstice. Rosemary is an easily recognizable, pungent herb often infused into our seasonal savory dishes. Its aromatic aura aids in memory and recall. It rousesContinue reading “Rosemary”

Birch

..”When in that quiet aisle my feet have trod I have found peace among the silver trees,…” Andrew Greeley Although not all birch bark is white, in the winter season we often see the bark from the white or silver birch species wired into wreaths. The bark is perceptible as thin, papery plates of peelingContinue reading “Birch”

Oak

“This oak tree and I , we’re made of the same stuff.” Carl Sagan As part of the Pondering the Plants of the Winter Solstice, I am reposting this essay that I wrote in 2021. It is published here on my blog page and in the Plants and Poetry Journal anthology, Plant People: An AnthologyContinue reading “Oak”

Holly

“Of all the trees that are in the wood, the holly bears the crown.” From The Holly and the Ivy , a song by Andrew Peterson If conifers represent the peace and beauty of the winter season, then holly heralds as the protector.  It is the sanctioned species of plant in the time of lesseningContinue reading “Holly”

Pondering the Plants of the Winter Solstice

The pine stays green in winter…wisdom in hardship. Norman Douglas The time between the Fall Equinox and the Winter Solstice is my favorite time of the year.  The days decrease in their duration of darkness until we celebrate the return of the Sun and the stretching of solar seconds, lengthening our lot of light.  MyContinue reading “Pondering the Plants of the Winter Solstice”

Awaken

“Set your life on fire. Seek those who fan your flames” Rumi Most of my career has been spent in science and outdoor education. As an educational consultant, teacher, curriculum specialist, and program developer, I have had many incredible opportunities to design and execute a multitude of creative, science-based, experiential programs for a range ofContinue reading “Awaken”

Abscission

“When leaves have to let go of the tree, they wear their best colors and they dance all the way to the ground.”   – Karen Kingsbury In the botanical context, abscission is the shedding of various plant parts, the dropping of leaves, fruit, flowers, or seeds.  Senescence means “to grow old” and is theContinue reading “Abscission”

Starting from Seed: Designing Your Own Seed Packet Activity

Seeds are “nature’s suitcase.” They protect and nourish the plant embryo. They are adapted to dispersal by wind, water, animals and many germinate under unique conditions, like exposure to fire. People, like seeds, are unique in their appearance and growing instructions. This activity is one of my favorites I developed for my program.  Any personContinue reading “Starting from Seed: Designing Your Own Seed Packet Activity”

Starting from Seed: Growing Intention from the Heart

“Be mindful of intention. Intention is the seed the creates our future.”                                                                                        Continue reading “Starting from Seed: Growing Intention from the Heart”