• Nature

    Happy National Tree Day September 23, 2015 – Celebrating the Cottonwood

    The Forest Fairy Cottonwood Tree

    Happy National Tree Day! Let’s take a moment to celebrate our native trees and the fact that without them we wouldn’t have our beautiful forests. Also happy first day of Autumn! Trees have been an inspiration to me for as long as I can remember. I’ve been trying to think back and figure out when I became so fascinated by trees and I always think of my beloved childhood tree an Eastern Cottonwood. That tree and I grew up together and it was the definition of a grand gentle giant. Towering over every tree in the forest with a massive trunk that split into several limbs perfect for climbing and…

  • Music,  Nature

    Original Song: Take a Walk

    Take a Walk

    To complete my series on lessons I learned from the forest I compiled all of them in order with links to each page. These are all written about personal experiences and fond memories of spending time with my family through the seasons among the trees and nature. I have also included a song I wrote years ago that was the main inspiration for this series of stories. Join me on a walk through the forest and see how many lessons you can hear in my song “Take a Walk.” (I’m hoping to one day record this again so it’s not so rough. But you know when inspiration hits you just have…

  • Nature

    The Sun Sets in the West

    The Sun Sets in the West

    We’ve arrived at the end of the 12 lessons I learned from the forest series. It’s been pretty fun reflecting on all of these special moments I shared with my family on our forest path. It’s really interesting how so many little things can have such an impact on our lives. When you’re young and experiencing everything you don’t really take time to understand that those little lessons will mean something later on. My Mom has been reading these blog posts and says they make her cry every time. That seems to be what I’m good at and people start to get a little emotional when they read my writing…

  • Nature

    Forest Markers

    Forest Markers

    There are people who have great attention to detail and notice things that others most likely would overlook. I’m one of those attention to detail people. It’s a characteristic that I can thank the beautiful forest path for. The forest is always changing but certain things remain the same and those are the details I’d remember. The shape of a tree or a rock formation would remain the same even throughout the changing seasons. I’d use these constant shapes as trail markers. It helped me know how far a long the trail we were and what was coming up next. Walking down the trail there would be one section shortly…