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What Trees Know

Windy Church in the Pines

It is a wild and woolly Sunday at the Church In The Pines, as the Master Organist plays North Wind hymns in the tops of the tall trees…
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January Church in the Pines

Good Morning, and blessings from The Church In The Pines… It is a warm winter morning at the Church In The Pines. A great white quilt has been thrown over the pews and the aisles and the entire grounds of the Church itself. Diamond showers of snow crystals drift down from the hi
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Dr. Stump on Climate Change

My friend Dr. Woodrow F. Stump is very smart – wise in the ways of the woods, and in psychology. But he doesn’t know a thing about climate change. When I try to explain super- storms, melting glaciers, giant wildfires, droughts, and why it’s RAINING in Minnesota in J
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Dr. Stump Sits in Silence

Doctor Woodrow F. Stump was quiet this morning, as is his wont… In fact the entire woods was quiet – no wind in the pines, no shrieking of jays or caterwauling of crows. Which made all the more lovely the sweet little 2-note songs of the chickadees when they came around. T
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Dr. Stump on Mental Health

Dr. Woodrow F. Stump, the only practicing psychologist I know who keeps 24/7 office hours, was in his office in the woods this morning. As usual. (Yes, he’s a real stump. Yes, “F” stands for Forest.) Doc was quiet, as is his wont… The waiting lobby, however, wa
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Dr. Stump on Self Esteem

Stopped by this morning to visit Dr. Woodrow F. Stump, the only practicing psychologist I know who keeps 24/7 office hours. I could tell he’d had a busy night by the tracks in his waiting room. A couple of neurotic cottontails, a depressed opossum (he gets depressed every winter
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The Disappearance of Dr. Stump

Went to the woods this morning to see the Good Doctor Woodrow Stump. I wanted to talk to him about the exhilaration of traipsing through deep snows; about the beauty of century pines draped in downy shawls; about the showers of white diamonds falling with every breath of breeze; about
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Dr. Stump and the Power of Silence

The Good Doctor Stump was quiet today, as is his wont. It’s an interesting daily commute between the hurly-burly world of modern technology, transport, and communications, and the slow, mossy world of Dr. Woodrow F. Stump. But it always seems worth the trouble. If only to bask i
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Dr. Stump on Nature’s Drama

On today’s walkabout, I stopped to examine a jack pine cone on a low branch. After a minute or so a cottontail took off, dodging and weaving through the woods. They always seem to wait until you stop before they run — nervous that they’ve been discovered. After I wen
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Dr. Stump on Nature vs. Human Nature

Wintry wind at the Point today. Crows sailing on the gusts. Had a short visit with Dr. Stump on the similarities and differences between Nature and Human Nature. Told him I heard somewhere that it’s human nature to go to the bathroom in your pants. Everything else is learned beh
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