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Like a Tree: How Trees, Women, and Tree People Can Save the Planet Hardcover – April 1, 2011
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"I'll always remember the sadness I felt several years ago when I drove my little girl to her first day of the new school year, and saw that the huge tree that had always welcomed us as we entered the driveway in front of the school was gone. Upon inquiring about what happened, I was told that the tree had been removed to make way for a new sports field. I couldn't believe how sad I was, or how little my sadness seemed to be shared by other people at the school. It was then that I realized what a profound shift in worldview is necessary in order for us to save the planet. I applaud everyone--including the brilliant and glorious Jean Shinoda Bolen--for helping us make the shift. Bravo, Jean. You make us feel it." -Marianne Williamson
"In this book Jean Bolen expresses the essence of our deep connection to and inseparability from trees. Trees have stood by us humans always; it is the least we can do to protect and save and honor them now. Bolen's thoughts and suggestions for moving forward will, as always, help us see and feel how this might be done. This is a conversation with the Tree tribe not to be missed or dismissed." -Alice Walker
"We shouldn't simply be alarmed by what's happening to our forests, and our other fellow creatures. We should feel sick to our soul. And in this, as Jean Bolen says, women are taking the lead and showing, all over the world, that 'ordinary people' can make a difference--and that if they don't, nobody else will. Altogether, an excellent and timely book." -Colin Tudge, biologist and author of The Tree: A Natural History of What Trees Are, How They Live, and Why They Matter
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This book provides not only a basic understanding of the life processes of various species of trees, but also stories that enhance and enrich my understanding of what I've always felt about trees in general, and a special few in particular. I, like many others, had a special tree under which I sought solace as a child. As an adult trees help anchor me to the natural world, as well as the spiritual world. The author illuminates and validates the magnetic bond between trees and humans. And she clearly illustrates the urgency of protecting trees in order to preserve our place on this beautiful planet.
The book was informative and delightfully readable.
I had to take out three very old diseased trees to do my wild scape habitat for the birds, butterflies, insects, etc. and I planted 5 back, two oaks, one maple, one chokecherry, and one pinion pine. The one blue spruce that I was able to leave is in great shape.
I highly recommend this for reading and thinking about how without trees, man cannot survive. We are intertwined together and depend on trees for survival.
Some of my favorite quotes:
“Everything on Earth began with her, grew out of her, and will return to her. This is Mother Earth as a womb and tomb, personified as the Great Mother of ancient and indigenous peoples: Our Mother who art the Earth.”
“As I learned about the evolution of trees and how Earth became a planet on which life was possible through the activity of trees, I realized that without trees, there would be no “Mother Earth”. Earth, air, water, and fire – these basic elements – come through trees. Without trees, Earth would not have a breathable atmosphere, soil for vegetation to grow, or water fit to drink. Sparks would not become fire without oxygen and combustible matter, which trees continue to make. All life has grown out of the body of the Earth; evolution became possible because what is needed is provided. Earth in its abundance ives to us like a tree.”
“Until we become adults psychologically, we see our personal mother (and judge her) in terms of how well she did or didn’t meet our needs and wants. Only when we become mature can we see our mother as separate from our expectations of her, and at that point in our lives, she is aging and more fragile than before. If we are not narcissistice, we can see her as she is, love her, and realize that it is now up to us to take care of whatever she cannot do for herself. This is where humanity is in relationship to Mother Earth.”
“Mother Earth" comes back to life again when we perceive ourselves and all of life as children of Gaia.”
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Loved this book and gave it to three college age gals as a present. Excellent!Published 4 months ago by J. Carson
Learned so much about trees and the fight and need to preserve them.
Will need to revisit this book over time.
this is a wonderful book she explores the giving energy of trees and women in a very interesting ways. a must read for the true tree hugger.Published on March 14, 2013 by Elizabeth J Agren