I Am a Tree by Mildred Grant

      “Hello, my name is Belinda. Belinda Birch. These are my two sisters, Beulah and Bertha. We enjoy living in this moss bed. We have so many forest friends who come to visit us that we’re never lonely. Sometimes, especially during the summer, we have humans who come to visit and pick the delicious, beautiful blue berries growing all around the edges of our moss bed.

            “Don’t you agree, girls?” I asked.

            Beulah and Bertha clapped their leafy branches in approval. Continue reading

The Forest by Lori Thatcher

“Close your eyes and think of a place where you feel relaxed and safe. You could be lying on a sandy beach or overlooking the Grand Canyon. Choose a place you can see clearly in your mind.”

I closed my eyes. The counselor was guiding me through a relaxation exercise to help me manage anxiety I was feeling during my freshman year of college. I was a high school dropout who began college as an adult with complications: a job, a marriage and a kindergartener in a parent cooperative school. Continue reading