According to Botanist and Conservation Advisor, Dr. Kenneth Bridle, we are now in a geological era called the Anthropocene. This signifies a phase in the history of the universe in which everything in nature has been touched by humanity. In fact, humanity has changed the landscape so much that stands in the way of nature […] Continue reading "The Importance of Ecological Conservation"
Dr. Francesco Ferrini Professor of Arboriculture @ the University of Florence, Italy August 18 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm Program Description: The talk highlights the significance of urban trees for human health and well-being, exploring the multifaceted benefits they provide. By examining the latest research, innovative practices, and community engagement strategies, the presentation seeks to promote […] Continue reading "Trees for Health and Well-being"
Green spaces in urban setting serve many important functions. They provide healthy recreational spaces for individuals, families and communities. They enhance the esthetic appeal of neighborhoods. Trees are critical components of climate modulation and they aid with air, water, and sound pollution. They provide food for many different types of creatures. Native trees are particularly […] Continue reading "Green Spaces, Sustainability, and Environmental Health"
Trees, well-deserving the nickname Green Giants, serve many ecological functions and are critically important for life on the planet Earth. Trees are essential components of our ecosystems and major harbors of biodiversity. They are part of the cycle of life, providing food and shelter for many different types of creatures, big and small. Humans depend […] Continue reading "Green Giants Saving Planet Earth"
Siham Muntasser As mental health professionals discussing resilience, we can’t escape from a conversation about the painful aspects of life, which indeed have recently been many. Resilience, after all, is about acknowledging and overcoming hardship. I ran into this tree in the mountains of the Pisgah Forest. It was a large tree that was perhaps […] Continue reading "On Death, Loss, and Mourning"
Siham Muntasser The Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest, part of the Nantahala National Forest, is a very special place in so many different ways. It is dedicated to the memory of Joyce Kilmer, a soldier and a poet, who died in France in 1916 in a combat mission during World War I. He is the author […] Continue reading "Forest Trees, Air, and Whole Health for Life"
Siham Muntasser Fred Bahnson in his book, Soil and Sacrament, emphasizes the need to protect our native ecosystems: our mountains, our water supplies, our natural resources, our flora and fauna. He talks about permaculture, i.e., the development of agricultural ecosystems intended to be sustainable and self-sufficient, as a critical element for the health of our […] Continue reading "Biodiversity, Native Ecosystems and Whole Health"
Siham Muntasser and Nancy Glander It is perhaps fair to say that water is the most magical of the molecules. Without it there would not be life on earth. It cleanses, heals and relaxes. Water is life! Water is magical in its chemical structure and physical properties. It is short of alchemy, or perhaps it […] Continue reading "The Healing Power of Water"
Wild Ones! The Fairies have chosen our home as their residence! Because of our humble nature, commitment to service, and love for friendship, they said they believe we are a suitable location for their mission of peace and kindness. Their motto is live, love, and laugh. It sounds nice! They chose a sunny patch of […] Continue reading "The Fairies Magical Garden"