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Tree Branches Hold Snow Well

Recent snowy weather has blanketed trees with snow. I used to worry that snow was too heavy for branches to handle. Though every once in a long while very heavy snow has made it challenging for tree branches to hold up the snow without cracking or breaking, that doesn’t happen very often. Normally, trees can

Youth Inspires Us during the Inauguration

On this day, January 20, 2021, we witnessed the inauguration of Joseph R. Biden, Jr. as the 46th president of the United States of America. We also witnessed the youngest inaugural poet read her poem commemorating the day and its place in history. Her name is Amanda Gorman. She is 22 years old and a

Feeling ill at ease? Reach out to trees

Have you ever felt like you couldn’t sleep? Have images come into your mind that made you feel afraid, threatened or ill at ease for a reason you couldn’t grasp? When things like that happen, even though you might not know why you are ill at ease, that is a time to reach out to

A Christmas Gift for Trees

While taking a stroll through your neighborhood, wouldn’t it be fun to give a gift to the trees that grow there? This gift would cost nothing – except for the time it takes to do it. It wouldn’t take any supplies or any physical labor except for the walk itself. What Christmas gift could you

A Gift for Your Community

If you wanted to plant trees that would grow well in your community, how would you know what trees to plant? If you found some trees that would grow well in your community, how would you know which ones would grow best in different places? Which would like being along sidewalks and medians? Which would

Trees Improve Our Health

It’s amazing what trees can do to improve our health. That’s what a study involving 75 children in two Finnish cities found. The study was briefly reported in the Oct. 23, 2020 issue of The Guardian Weekly. In the study, the play areas of children were changed from gravel yards to mini-forests. Within one month,

Learning about Leaves Can Be Fun

Neighborhood leaves gather by a fence This autumn, leaves are falling from trees and blowing all over the place. Some of them are quite beautiful, and many of them have different shapes. Maybe some of them are blowing into your yard. As they fall down and blow near your house, see how many you can

Father Sky/Mother Earth Exercise

When Katie and Francisco, the characters in If I Were a Tree, What Would I Be?, talk about what they have learned from trees, they discover that trees are really good at staying grounded. That means they focus on what is happening right now. Often, we try to stay focused, but we end up rehashing