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”

Hidden Life

“Three things cannot long be hidden: the Sun, the Moon, and the Truth” Buddha Since November 2021, I have felt hidden away. My life has unfolded in moments of overwhelming joy, undulating uncertainty, quiet solitude, and a significant shift in the path to fulfilling my purpose. Life has been so busy and my seclusion hasContinue reading “Hidden Life”

Sanctuary

“Allow nature’s peace to flow into you as sunshine flows into trees” John Muir In Latin, the word “solstice” mean “sun stands still.” On this longest night of the year, I pause to ponder the solemnity of the darkness and honor the sacredness of nature’s cycles.  For as long as I can remember, nature has beenContinue reading “Sanctuary”

The White Oak

Grow old along with me! The best is yet to be. Robert Browning In my work, I have an activity in which I ask my students, if you could be a plant, what plant would you be and why?  My students are often hesitant to answer, so I begin – I would be a tree –Continue reading “The White Oak”