Category Archives: 31 Notes from Nature

what matters


What Matters What matters is that you do not pretend you do not hear the water’s ancient melody over stones in the river, and you do not turn away from the questions ringing inside you like bells in the

you are nature


Have you ever noticed how: Leaves dance in the wind? Water falls like tears? Raindrops bounce and leap? Trees sway? Rocks skip across a surface? Wolves howl at the moon? Rabbits sit and watch? Vines swing in the breeze?

Can you be this relaxed?


Nature wants me to remind you that your body is an animal. And to remember that animals aren’t meant to be “on guard” 24/7/365. In life, you will have moments of awareness, moments of flight, and many more moments

trees wise counsel (c) Nelson Stegall Photography


My friend Jeni has a special relationship with the trees. She visits them often for companionship and wise counsel. I asked her if I could share a story of her seeking and receiving counsel from the trees and here’s

Gift of a vase from the French Broad River


I believe in magic and miracles. If you haven’t heard me say this before, hear me now. I believe because over and over I have the most interesting things happen to me that feel like odd coincidence or divine

a day of celebration


Today is a day of celebration with my family. We gather, give gifts and thanks, and share meals. When I read this poem (and poems seem to be speaking to me this round of 31 Notes from Nature), it

Broken Open


In Elizabeth Lesser’s book Marrow, she shares the journey of her sister’s bone cancer. This book is full of wisdom, sorrow, joy, and love. Throughout the book, the author’s sister shares her thoughts, too. Many of them center around gardening,

Fish On copyright Ken Voyles 2017


This 23rd Note from Nature comes courtesy of my friend Ken Voyles. He (like my brother) is an avid (read: obsessed) fisherman. Ken also is passionate about fly fishing and spends many hours fishing mountain creeks and streams. Here’s


This note from Nature couldn’t be any clearer! It arrived as I stepped out of the car at Skull Rock in Joshua Tree National Park. Someone had left this mat on the sidewalk. I saw it and just smiled.

patience and the squirrel


One day in Joshua Tree National Park, my hubby and I drove the Geology Road, a sandy, dusty 17 miles of 4×4 only single-lane road through a remote part of the park. As we drove our small 4×4 Chevy