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What Trees Teach Us

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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Church In The Pines

It is -19 below zero at the Church In The Pines this morning, and it is a beautiful day. All the congregation is here, and the buffet tables are more popular than ever. The pileated woodpeckers are here, flashing red and white, their big voices booming through the woods. All their woo
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Sabbath in the Woods

It is Sabbath in the woods this morning, and our little Church In The Pines stands as it always does to welcome its congregation. The pines reach for the sky and the oaks and basswoods spread their mighty limbs, arching over the sanctuary. Pinnacled church-steeple firs add a tradition
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Sunday Brunch after Sabbath in the Woods

In spite of the blowing snow, the Sunday Morning Brunch-Social continues, the congregation being particularly hungry this morning (for seeds and suet as well as spiritual fulfillment.) Cardinals, jays, nuthatches, brown creepers, siskins, finches, red and gray squirrels, red-bellied,
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Sabbath in the Woods

A custodial error was again made and someone left the church windows open all night, with the result that the entire sanctuary is filled with drifted snow. Of course the windows are now frozen open and can’t be shut and the wind-driven snow continues to blow in. No one is sure w
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Promise of Snow

The winds whirl about this morning, blowing around rumors of a snowstorm to come. The birds don’t like the damp, chill wind off the river, and have left the feeders for the depths of the woods and shelter among the balsams and thickets. We have lots of seeds out – maybe th
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Sabbath in the Woods

The Church In The Pines is lovely this morning, the Sanctuary well-lit by sunlight streaming through the pine-bough stained glass windows. The white-carpeted church floor is a kaleidoscope of patterns – bright and shadowed – and here and there a shaft of sunlight falls fro
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Sabbath in the Woods

As readers may recall, last Sunday someone left the sanctuary doors open overnight, and the entire Arctic Express came barreling through The Church In The Pines. Today the thermostat is at a more comfortable setting. Not that our hardy church regulars are overly concerned with such th
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Dr. Stump Ambivalent About the Cold

Went out into the deep-freeze woods for a short walk and stopped by to see Dr. Woodrow Stump, the only practicing psychologist I know who keeps 24/7 office hours. I asked how he felt about the cold. “Ambivalent”, was his answer. Not what I expected. “You feel ambival
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Wisdom from Dr. Stump

Stopped by the woods this afternoon to visit my friend Dr. Woodrow Stump, Psychologist. We were conversing quietly about the neighborhood and the habits of some of the neighbors. “How do you feel about woodpeckers, Doc?” I asked. “Oh, they’re OK, I guess,”
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