Tree People

Here we are, just like that in 2012.  I am behind on this blog because of many things (read holidays, getting a cold from hell, family and friends), but there has been a lot “cooking”.  One of my main intentions for this year is to plant trees, conserve trees, learn about trees, talk about trees and to document heritage trees. I got a book I wanted for Christmas: Like A Tree by Jean Shinoda Bolen. Here is a quote from the first page.
“The seed idea for this book began with the observation that there are “tree people”, and that I am one of them. A tree person has positive feelings for individual trees and an appreciation of trees . . . A tree person may have been a child who kept treasures in a tree, or had a sanctuary in one, or climbed up to see the wider worlds, a child for whom trees were places of imaginative play and retreat . . .  A tree person met up with Nature in childhood or as an adult, and like the four-footed ones who retreat to lick their wounds, may still heal emotional hurts by going to where trees are.”
Knowing something is good. Naming it gives it power. I am a tree person. I had so many experiences like the Bolen’s story:
“A huge Monterey pine (once) stood in front of the house that is now my home. . .  It never occurred to me that by a vote of a homeowners association this beautiful tree that was there before any houses went up and was in its prime could be cut down because a neighbor wanted it down and could mobilize the necessary votes. In trying to save my tree, I was in many conversations and meetings, and found that there is a world of difference between tree people and “not tree people.”

“I think that I shall never see a poem as lovely as a tree.” – Joyce Kilmer

“You see one tree, you¹ve seen them all.” – Attributed to Ronald Reagan

“It’s the little things citizens do. That’s what will make the difference. My little thing is planting trees.” Wangari Maathai


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