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July 06, 2006



SM, this is a stunning post. I too have been feeling vulnerable this week and reading your words remind me that it is indeed time to return to the woods. One of my favorite quotes is from William Stafford: "this earth we are riding keeps trying to tell us something with its continuous scripture of leaves." I think it is time for me to return to this most holy and ancient text. Blessings and more blessings.


What a wonderful sachel of wisdom. And sounds like Sammy is living a full-spectrum life! Here's to you and Sammy!

Story Midwife

Christine, what a beautiful quote by Stafford. Once while visiting an outdoor camp chapel in Butler, PA, I first thought about leaves as aging throughout the season. While the tree is constant and steadfast through the years, leaves live an entire lifetime in just a few seasons. I love thinking about them as scripture. Thank you so much for sharing.

Where are your favorite visiting woods?

Story Midwife

Yes, life with children IS full-spectrum! What makes your little one's heart sing? (In addition to the beads on the lamp, that is...!) :-)

Jeanne Loehnis

I read this wonderful story about Sammy and think about a few things. One is something I need to remind myself of often. That is, that I now try to spend as much time as possible with people and doing things in which I am "the best me I can be". Sounds like Sammy is "the best Sammy he can be" -- in nature. May he get LOTS of time there! The other comes from having watched a friend of mine deal with her young son. She so easily asked questions which pursued the "why" his behavior was what it was. Like: "What were you feeling and thinking when you were at Grandma's" or "What do you most like about the woods?"

Anyway, SM, no child could respond as he did in the woods if he didn't have some pretty awesome modeling from those people he calls Mom and Dad!

As for my last trip to the woods .. there haven't been nearly enough of late. But I do know that I immediately lose (in a great way) my connection to the rest of my busy life. Nature is the most awesome artist -- I am quite fond of tree bark, tree shapes, color, rustling of the leaves, ...


Christine Paintner

The Pacific Northwest is saturated with beautiful forests, so many places to go! I love Seward Park and the Arboretum in city limits. But my two absolute favorites requiring a weekend trip are East Sooke Regional Park on Vancouver Island (40 minutes east of Victoria) and Ruckle Park on Saltspring Island - these both are forest at the edge of the ocean, an adored combination for me. I love straddling the edge between these two wild worlds.

Story Midwife

Hello Jeanne and Christine!

Jeanne, I like your account of nature as the artist. So many glorious textures! I have the image of one of your CD covers with you on a mountain (?) in my head as I think of you right now.

Christine, WOW! Straddling the edge of the two wild worlds! Makes my heart go pitter-patter. Will you give this Midwestern Girl a tour? :-)

Sacred Art of Living

SM, You are more than welcome to come to Seattle for a personal Northwest tour anytime. I think I have found a kindred spirit in blogland. :-)

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