Friday, June 23, 2017

Benefit Music Jam

Not much of a picture but I just want to thank all the musicians who've been performing here.  I'm running a benefit music jam to raise money and send a needy child to Blue Lakes Fine Arts Camp next year.  We have 2 more events here at the Red Spirit (July 18th and August 1st) from 5-10 p.m. We're over half way there with donations, over $600, and we hope you all attend as we have some great musicians in west Michigan. It's always a lot of fun and the food is fine!  Hoping to be outdoors for the next events.

The Black River Tavern is supporting this effort with a fundraiser soon, too.  They have an open mic every 3rd Thursday of the month.  Good times for all!

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Wicker Restoration Workshop group

Jill Wood's wicker workshop included Jone, Janie, Jean and Jessica.  What are the odds of everyone having J names coming to the same workshop?  All but Jessica stayed here for the few days.  The rhubarb was showing off, the figs beside them are taking their time leafing out and it's no wonder.  Michigan has had a chilly spring so far.  We had a fun time getting to know each other and look forward to Jill's next workshop in September.  Jill's hoping to have it here again.  Check her out on FB.

New group of scouts work in the woods.



Once again, Troop 205 from Kalamazoo were here recently to build a twig circle in the woods for me.  They are learning so much about respecting nature, how to use tools and be responsible along with getting to know each other.  Plus, they have lots of It's always a joy to have them here and catch up with the scout leaders.  They are our future.  Encourage every child to be a scout!

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Messages to all!



Zeppi and I were on the beach recently to find some stones for a project.  Here's what we found!  My project will be in the cabin for all to see this summer.  In the meantime, share the love!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Observing nature

Trees can teach us so much.  It's the big trees that get most of the sunlight while the smaller trees must reach one way or another for the sun's benefits.  Not unlike human nature.  The big ones' with the most take the most leaving others to seek out what they can.  Humans have never evolved enough to do otherwise.  At least on a large scale.  May we all learn from nature.

Monday, December 26, 2016

Calling in the directions with bells.

We're about to enter 2017!  Happy New Year!  Winter months are a great time to review the past, plan for the future and enjoy the present. 

We celebrated the winter solstice here with a hearty group of men and women in the Beech House.  Even with the water turned off for the winter, we enjoyed sharing our food dishes.  We all have new purpose for the coming year, new focus and new friendships.  Yea!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Constant grounding

Amazing at how busy I can be throughout the months but I always make time to appreciate the surrounding forest.  It's a constant reminder to learn from the peace and quiet of nature and what it can teach us everyday.  I find trees to be strong yet able to bend, enduring yet vulnerable to what humans can do to destroy them, nurturing us with warmth, nutrition for the earth, oxygen for all and so much more.  The poplar leaves are all now waving goodbye as soon they'll be dropping to the ground.