There are certain random activities that seem to stimulate creative thinking. Several people have told me that they come up with their best ideas in the shower, or when driving. Walking, particularly in the woods, is one of those activities for me. There is nothing more inspiring -- and nothing that inspires more contemplation -- than being in nature. I've … Continue reading Wandering and Wondering
Music can be a powerful weapon in your arsenal when battling depression. Upbeat music, however you personally define it, can bring relief, even if only momentarily.
Does the idea that trees can communicate sound crazy to you? Think again. Studies have proved that plants "talk" to one another. Maybe, just maybe, they talk to us as well.
Trees have always captured people's imaginations, stimulating the spiritual part of the brain that instinctually seeks a higher power and desires to commune with that power. Why do trees affect and inspire us the way they do?
As beautiful as summer is on the trails, the season of autumn offers us cooler weather, less insects, vibrant colors -- and an invitation to look at nature and life in an entirely different way.
(A version of this article appeared in the August 21, 2018, edition of the Central Wisconsin Resorter.) When I was a kid, my dad would take me and my siblings for hikes at a nearby state park (see blog post). Over the course of a morning or afternoon, we’d scramble up steep bluffs, descend into … Continue reading A Summer of Rediscovering Nature
If you live in Wisconsin (or anywhere in the Midwest, really), you have to learn to adapt. You feel the full brunt of all four seasons, including the extreme heat and humidity of the summer (this summer felt particularly like being in a sauna at times) and the frigid winds and deep snows of the … Continue reading Change of Season
Anyone who loves nature loves flowers. About 15 years ago, in order to get more flowers in my line of sight, I became interested in landscaping and container gardening. While shopping for flowers and investigating what plants worked together best, I discovered that I found plant identification fascinating. For all my creative right-brained-ness, I seem to have … Continue reading Wisconsin Wildflowers 101