Trees of Transition

Planting seeds of hope throughout our world through sharing photography and thoughts on teaching, cooking, and life transitions.


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Happy 2018 ////…//// It Is Going to be Our Best Year Yet!

Happy 2018, my friends!! May this year burst with new life, hope, peace, and amazing surprises. ☺️ Continue reading

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Easy Pie Crust (I mean it!!) Grandma Jane’s Pie Crust

20150712-192256-69776167.jpgCrafting pie crust scares some people, and I can see why: If it fails, you have a crumbly mess on your hands. I’ve only made lard pie crust a couple of times, and the other dozens of times, I’ve used an easy, almost fail-safe recipe from my Grandma Jane.

Grandma Jane would make mincemeat pies and tarts (Bambury tarts) at Christmas time. She taught my Mom how to make this recipe, and my Mom taught me. Someday I hope to teach my future daughter how to make this recipe. For now, I can teach you!

Easy Pie Crust Recipe for a two-crust pie:

2 1/2 cups flour

2/3 cup oil

1/3 cup milk (it can be almond or regular)

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Muir Woods and Beach–Place of Enchanting Light

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We had been deep along the trail side of the mountain–off to the side of the main trial with the traditional groups of redwoods; then we entered back onto the main trail and saw the afternoon sun slanting down through the branches. Muir Woods becomes magical when the sunlight pierces deep into the glade! The photos above are my favorite, but here are a few more: Continue reading


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Celtic Knot: Becoming More Interconnected

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Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! Celtic knots and crosses delight my artistic side because of the slope of the lines and the beautiful interconnectedness that is shown.
The last two St. Patrick’s Days I’ve worked with kids and gotten to teach them about the Celtic knot and teach them how to draw them. Now I teach adults, but I can share a few interesting points about Celtic art. Continue reading


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You Are Wanted — Song Review

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You can hear the confidence in her voice when someone sings what she believes about herself, and in a song I heard recently, the singer does just that. “Wanted” by Dara Maclean reminds you of the truth: You are wanted. Even if you don’t have a Valentine to take you out for Valentine’s Day, or if you feel like people just put up you, there IS someone who wants you.

In this song, Dara sings the words with such confidence and authority that it helps you believe the truth: You are wanted! The music throbs along with her strong, vigorous vocals, and it sticks in your head. It’s a fine song to blast in your car and dance to.

Let the truth soak into you: