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Speaking the Language of Trees

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One strong memory I have from childhood is lying on a sprawling branch of an ancient apple tree on my father’s farm in Pennsylvania. This branch was so wide that I could lie on it without falling off. I used to imagine that some loving entity was watching me there, in the shade, like a guardian angel, or a parent, or the tree itself…

See attached video for the rest of the story.  On June 23, 2020, three storytellers told at Caffe Lena for the pandemic Stay at Home series.

  • Barbara Palumbo tells Nathaniel Hawthorn’s story “The Great Stone Face” and Frank Stockton’s story, “The Lady or the Tiger,” at the beginning.
  • My original story blended with norse creation mythology, “Speaking the Language of Trees,” starts at minute 27:40.
  • Finally, Mary Murphy rounds out the evening with a great “old haunted house story,” starts at minute 58:00.