My Year of Trees

Since beginning my work atĀ a retreat center in west Michigan, I have found a particular solace in trees. I have always enjoyed trees, their beauty and solidity, their timeless air and seeming unconcern for the matters of humans (even if we force our matters upon them), the way they shed beauty in Autumn and pull…

A Book Review – The Word for World is Forest, by Ursula Le Guin

The title of Ursula LeGuin’s novel about a foreign planet full of humanoid creatures that worship nature and dreamingĀ isn’t fully understood until the point in the novel where one of her characters likens our use of the word “earth” to mean both our planet and that dirt stuff we walk around on, but once that…