The Grandmother Turtle

MOSEYING ACROSS THE FOOTBRIDGE AT THE CHURCH O’ THE PINES, I CAME UPON OLD TURTLE—GRANDMOTHER TURTLE—just awakening from a long winter’s nap.

A Small Stonewall

HERE AT THE CHURCH O THE PINES WE HAVE A SMALL STONEWALL. It is our humble attempt to emulate the great cathedrals and stone edifices of worship in Europe, with their ‘flying buttresses’ and soaring bell towers.

Church O’ the Pines Book Update

CHURCH O’ THE PINES BOOK UPDATE: Hi Everybody! If you ordered a new “Church O’ The Pines” book, it is going well and looking beautiful.

Happy Easter

GOOD MORNING FROM THE CHURCH O’ THE PINES. IT IS AN IMPORTANT DAY, perhaps the most important in human history. We even measure our calendars by the events of this day.

Hidden Grove

IN A HIDDEN GROVE, SHINING IN THE LATE AFTERNOON LIGHT, young pines grow beneath old ones at the Church O’ The Pines. In the words of a Navajo ( Dine’) prayer:

The Great Day that Dawns

HERE IS ANOTHER ESSAY FROM MY BOOK ‘DEEP WOODS, WILD WATERS.’ (UNIVERSITY OF MN PRESS). Maybe a good one for this time. It’s entitled:

The Beauty of a Spring Day

IT IS A GLORIOUS DAY AT THE CHURCH O’ THE PINES, AND WE ARE REMINDED THAT, even in a world bruised by worry and anxiety, it is all right to enjoy the sunrise.

Wood’s Lore: Scarlet Cups

WOODS LORE: One of the earliest signs of returning life in the Spring woods—Scarlet Cups, a bright red fungus particular to this time of year, growing out of old sticks in the leaf mould.

A Stream and A Meditation

This little stream is special to me. In fact, I wrote a song about it—Little Stream, in the EarthSongs collection.

Cascade Style or Windswept Form

BONSAI OF THE DAY: Resting before my mother’s picture in the cabin’s Bonsai Corner, this little tree and I have not yet decided what final shape it will take.