The Little Pinecone

It was my fruit that gave her hope. I dropped it for her that summer day on Asbury Avenue, there on the rutted sidewalk between the small houses, the ones with their driveway folding chairs and roadside recycling bins, and the four sets of apartment buildings toward the end of the road. That’s where she…

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Letter from a Holey Tree

“Comfort, comfort my people,”     says your God. “Speak tenderly to Jerusalem. Tell her that her sad days are gone     and her sins are pardoned. Yes, the Lord has punished her twice over     for all her sins.” (Isaiah 40:1-2, NLT) I will bring comfort to your children. They frolic on the land about me and rest in my…

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The Cherry Blossom

The cherry blossom tree sat behind my K-12 school. For two weeks in May, she would bloom light pink and then shed her pretty petals on the sidewalk by the back door. As a girl, I thought I wanted to get married under rows of cherry blossoms. I then realized that their blooming time is…

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The White Oak

First, thanks for caring about the environment and history enough to read this story. Secondly, I hope you love this “stubborn” old fellow! He’s grand, really quite regal and friendly, with a lot to teach us.

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