Into the woods and through the trees

Into the woods and through the trees

I love to walk through the woods on any occasion, but especially with my daughter Molly because she knows things. Yesterday, we went foraging -- she for morel mushrooms, garlic mustard and stinging nettles and me for stories. While she came up empty handed, which is good, she said, because garlic mustard and stinging nettles [...]

The Secret Life of Trees

The Secret Life of Trees

I'm know I'm not the first to appreciate the metaphor of the tree, but every season I admire them more. I like their root-to-seed circle of life and the history we trace through the circles in their trunk. I admire their bend-don't-break attitude, their posture, and the dignified way they welcome strangers to nest on [...]

Isn’t it good, Northeastern (WI) wood?

Isn’t it good, Northeastern (WI) wood?

Saturday afternoon, three months after we carefully and unanimously selected her to bring her fresh, festive, pine-scented self into our cabin, we returned our sweet little Christmas tree to the woods from which we'd plucked her. Owing both to her own fortitude and to our cabin's low-set thermostat, she did not drop a single pine [...]