Anatomy of a Favorite Tree

A few months ago I was walking at a local Nature Preserve when I came upon a young boy trying to re-find his favorite tree. I so got having a favorite tree! Although I couldn’t help him reconnect with his, I was able to have a full-out discussion about the importance of having such a tree — finding it each time, seeing it in the different seasons, noticing changes brought about by storms or infestations or life itself. And, I couldn’t help out by sharing my tree, or by mentioning another cool tree that I knew about — it’s a personal thing why a given tree “rings true” for an individual.

At another location, on a nearby greenway, I of course had yet another favorite tree for that stretch of the woods. Having walked nearby greenways in Raleigh, NC for 20+ years it’s more of a full-out tree relationship with the magnitude of “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein, and, similar to the shifts and changes of Portia Nelson’s “Autobiography in Five Short Chapters” — except that my tree had three short chapters — life as a work of art, being marked for take-down (similar to the Scarlett Letter “A”), then leaving behind it’s essence in a heart-shaped stump. So here’s the story of my tree — in three short (photo) chapters:

Chapter 1:

Chapter 2:

Chapter 3:

Just as much as we have relationships in the social world, we have relationships in the natural world – from favorite trees to favorite trails to favorite seasons. And both play out in the circle-of-life.

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Kerry Washington: ‘Abortion Is A Reality’

Kerry Washington is unapologetic about the depiction of abortion on her hit show, “Scandal.”

On the show’s winter finale in November, the actress’s character Olivia Pope is briefly shown undergoing an abortion procedure. The scene, which was all of one-minute, drew some backlash, but many viewers commended producer Shonda Rhimes and the writers of the show for bravely showing something that’s unfortunately still considered taboo by many.  

In an interview with Women’s Wear Daily published on Wednesday, Washington stood by the finale, saying: “[Abortion is] a reality, and more often than not, it’s a really difficult choice to make. The same was true for Olivia.”

For the actress, it’s important that the reality of abortion be reflected on screen.

“By not having those moments represented in media, we add to the idea that there’s something shameful to be talked about,” Washington said.  

“It’s always important that our storytelling reflects the real experiences of human beings, because it allows us to not feel as alone.”

Studies have shown that depictions of abortion on TV are often misleading and don’t fully reflect real-life statistics, with the few women who get abortions on TV being overwhelmingly white and rich. Thankfully, women like Washington and Rhimes are playing a small, but vital, part in shifting perceptions. 

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Vampire Diaries EP Talks Caroline’s Due Date, Damon’s ‘Custom Hell’ and More

Damon’s in for a rude awakening (“You’ve been dead for three months!”) when The Vampire Diaries returns tonight (The CW, 8/7c), which is kind of a recurring theme in the back half of Season 7. “This is Damon’s story of the chicken coming home to roost,” executive producer Caroline Dries says of the elder Salvatore […]

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Photos: Supergirl’s Back on Krypton in ‘For the Man Who Has Everything’ Riff

Supergirl‘s Kara has a most unexpected homecoming — returning to an intact Krypton! — when the CBS series serves up its take on the classic Superman comic “For the Man Who Has Everything.” As seen in the photos below for “For The Girl Who Has Everything” (airing Feb. 8), Kara’s friends must find a way to save her life when […]

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