Nature Teacher: Adapting

several trees adapting to grow over rooftops

A wise man adapts himself to circumstances, as water shapes itself to the vessel that contains it. -- Chinese Proverb One of the first trees I planted 30 years ago was an Ornamental Pear. Inexperienced at the time, I planted it at woodland's edge thinking the forest would showcase its white blossoms. That pear tree …

Changing Focus – Memories

Sailor and Marine

"Without memory, there is no culture. Without memory, there would be no civilization, no society, no future." - Elie Wiesel Tomorrow, May 31st, is Memorial Day. Traditionally, this holiday is for the United States to honor and mourn its military personnel who died while serving in its Armed Forces. Perhaps this year, more than any …

A garden then and now…

No surprise to me, this inspirational sentiment about a garden's virtues.  What is surprising though, is that it was written by the Persian poet Saadi who lived more than 700 years ago.  Can you imagine the beauty he beheld then, before industry dominated our planet?  If I find a garden breathtaking now, I wonder what …