Advice from a Tree


by Ilan Shamir

Dear Friend,

Stand tall and proud.

Sink your roots deeply into the Earth.

Reflect the light of a greater source.

Think long term.

Go out on a limb.

Remember your place among all living beings.

Embrace with joy the changing seasons

for each yields its own abundance.

The energy and birth of Spring.

The growth and contentment of Summer.

The wisdom to let go of leaves in the Fall.

The rest and quiet renewal of Winter.

Feel the wind and the sun

and delight in their presence.

Look up at the moon that shines down upon you

and the mystery of the stars at night.

Seek nourishment from the good things in life.

Simple pleasures

Earth, fresh air, light

Be content with your natural beauty.

Drink plenty of water.

Let your limbs sway and dance in the breezes.

Be flexible.

Remember your roots.

Enjoy the view!

Can You Haiku?

In honor of National Poetry Month, this post is dedicated to an interesting form of poetry called, Haiku. It is a Japanese poetry form where just a few words capture a moment, creating an image in the reader’s mind. Traditionally, haiku is written in three lines, with five syllables in the first line, seven syllables in the second line, and five syllables in the third line. Sometimes there’s a twist!

Try it, it’s fun.

April rain brings worms

Winding their way through wet soil

Our Earth’s purest friend



Carpe Diem

Carpe Diem, “Seize the Day!”

It’s a new year. And today is a new day. A perfect day to see life unfold, feel joy, hear nature, smell fresh air, and taste something new on your palate. Take 10 deep breaths and journal/write your intentions for today. Create your own mindful moment. Right here. Right now. Go!

Writing Tips for Kids

1. Being a good writer means being a good reader. Visit your school library, township library, local book store/s, or borrow books from friends.
2. Read stories and articles in children’s magazines. Read an e-story.
3. Pick a writing topic you’re familiar with or one that gets you so excited you could burst! Decide if it will be fiction or non-fiction. Keep an idea list.
-Write about a sport you love.
-Write a story about your pet.
-Write a mystery.
-Write a biography about someone you admire.
4. Think about what ifs.
What if the main person in my story could hear other people’s thoughts?
What if a werewolf came into my classroom.
What if the clock turned back and my teacher was now my age?
What if I was the Principal of the school?
5. Think up story problems and keep a list.
-Ask yourself how your characters in your story can get into trouble.
-You might need more than one problem.
-Problems make your story more interesting.
-Think about how the problem could get solved and who you want to solve it.
6. Make an outline for your story.
-Make notes about how you want to begin and introduce your characters and setting.
-Make notes about your story problem/s.
-Make notes about how the problem can get solved.
-Make notes about possible endings to the story.
7. Start your story with a couple of terrible sentences.
-The hardest part is getting started. This practice moves your brain right into the story without getting too hung up on the quality of those sentences at first.
-Take your terrible sentences and polish them till they shine. Revise, revise, and revise some more.
-Have other people read your story and get their opinions. Read your story out loud. Do you trip up on any words? Does it make sense to your listener/s?
-Put your story away for awhile and then take it out again. It will look and sound very different.
Remember to:
Add humor
Use all your senses to describe things and draw your reader in.
Use great description. This will also draw your reader in.
Make sure you have a solid beginning, middle, and satisfying ending.


Write on!