“Let me sing to you now, about how people turn into other things,” from The Overstory. People & their Trees is rooted from my childhood of climbing too high in my front yard’s Magnolia then jumping in its leaves in the fall, sitting alongside a backyard fire underneath our old Dogwood’s stretching branches, using the Cedar on the edge of our yard as second base for a game of whiffle ball when all my brothers were still home, and walking deep into the mix of Walnut, Sycamore, and Oak that make up the forest beyond my backyard. I believe that people’s memories and experiences don’t live exclusively in their heads — these memories find home in the places or things they love. Each time I came across an interesting tree alongside concrete or gravel roads in Southwest Ohio, a meaningful story was sprouted from an interesting person.


Please read the full story I wrote which was published in The Athens Post on October 8, 2020. 

Pat, 66, Norah Jane, 9 months, and Becky, 69, Hill of Loveland, Ohio. 

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Phil Ping, 62, and his dog, Bandit, of Loveland, Ohio, with his logs and boards of maple, oak, walnut and pine.

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Iris Wilson, 65, of Hamilton Township, Ohio, with her pin oak tree. 

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Jan Beller, 82, of Loveland, Ohio, with her tulip poplar tree.

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Olivia Nerlinger, 6, of Loveland, Ohio, with her tree swing.

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MaryLu Lageman, 80, of Loveland, Ohio, with her Chinese chestnut tree.

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Ciera Rose and Ayla Story of Mt. Healthy, Ohio, and Rudee and Jessica Demarce and their kids, of Red Oak, Iowa, with “Everybody’s Treehouse” in Mt. Airy.

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