Things Trees Know

SOMETIMES, IN A TIME OF TRAGEDY OR ANGUISH—personal or familial or national—the most that one can accomplish is to carry on, to persevere, to endure.

Wood’s Lore

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North Woods Trip

ABOUT 1.1 BILLION YEARS AGO NORTH AMERICA TRIED TO SPLIT IN TWO. The split failed but left behind a great rift or chasm of boiling igneous rock, which extruded to the surface.

Groundhog Day

IT IS A FINE AND EXCELLENT MORNING AT THE CHURCH O’ THE PINES. The sun comes up over the edge of the earth as it has every morning for about 4.5 billion years.

Welcoming an Infrequent Church Member

TODAY THE CHURCH O’ THE PINES IS ONCE AGAIN GRAY and overcast. But temperatures are mild and welcoming out in the church aisles among the pines. And the congregation is active.

Snowshoe Hike

A FINE IF BLUSTERY DAY FOR A SNOWSHOE HIKE through the grounds of the Church O’ The Pines. Always something to see or hear or notice for the first time. I made these snowshoes about 40 years ago…

The woodpeckers cackle and pound on the timbers of the Church.

ON A DECEMBER SUNDAY THE LANE INTO THE CHURCH O’ THE PINES is a trail to another world. Things are quiet here. Sounds that do arrive from the Big World are muffled by the blanket of snow. And other, more odious intrusions from the realm of discord and dissension are muffled as well, by the good tidings of trees and

China Trip 2019 Review #5- Sights and Sounds

AS I LOOK BACK OVER MY TRIP TO CHINA, all the extraordinary visions and scenes and experiences, it is the people who stand out most. Mr. Ao, the publisher who is bringing my books, music, and message to China. My wonderful interpreter and guide, Lucia. Young Yun who behind the scenes helped to organize and make everything work. Jade-and-Beauty who

China Trip 2019 Review #4- Church in the Pines – reflections of China Visit

AT THE CHURCH O’ THE PINES THIS MORNING, we defer to my recent trip to China, and to an extraordinary visit to another sort of church—the legendary Shaolin Temple over the Yellow River in the mountains near Zhengzhou. Made famous by Hollywood and the David Carradine Kung Fu series, this home of Chinese Ch’an Buddhism (precursor of Zen) dates back