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Welcome! This is a place to share how we celebrate & deepen our relationship to Nature. Here you will find stories, images, & ideas about wilderness, human nature, & soulfulness. Drawing from the experiences of everyday living, the topics on this blog include: forays into the natural world, the writing life, community service, meditation, creativity, grief & loss, inspiration, & whatever else emerges from these. I invite you on this exploration of the wild within & outside of us: the inner/outer landscape.



18 October 2017

Image of the Week

"Autumn Reflection"     Oct 2017     Washington



All blog images created & photographed by Jennifer J. Wilhoit unless otherwise noted. Please circulate images with photo credit: "©2017 JenniferJWilhoit/TEALarbor stories. AllRightsReserved."

16 October 2017

Monday Musings CREATIVE PRACTICE: “Mandala”

TEALarbor stories’ Monday Musings are practices and quotations offering simple ways to explore the ecotone of the inner/outer landscape. 


Make a circle (on paper, out of rocks, in the dirt, stitched on fabric, etc). Within that shape create a simple, symmetrical pattern with colors, shapes, found natural items, or whatever. Just as the earth’s elements cycle through destructive or sustaining events, they also remain simply present. Appreciate the simplicity of your beautiful mandala.






All blog images created & photographed by Jennifer J. Wilhoit unless otherwise noted. Please circulate images with photo credit: "©2017 JenniferJWilhoit/TEALarbor stories. AllRightsReserved."

13 October 2017

Autumn Stories

Here is one of several autumn photos that I am posting during this fall season. Please use it as a meditation and reflection on your own experience of autumn: now or in the past autumns of your life. May it offer the beauty you need to wake up each day savoring the grace amidst the tragedy, the solace in the pain, the renewal through the fatigue.





All blog images created & photographed by Jennifer J. Wilhoit unless otherwise noted. Please circulate images with photo credit: "©2017 JenniferJWilhoit/TEALarbor stories. AllRightsReserved."

11 October 2017

Image of the Week

"Autumn Delight"     Oct 2017     Highway 2 in Washington


All blog images created & photographed by Jennifer J. Wilhoit unless otherwise noted. Please circulate images with photo credit: "©2017 JenniferJWilhoit/TEALarbor stories. AllRightsReserved."

09 October 2017

Monday Musings NATURE PRACTICE: “Fire”

TEALarbor stories’ Monday Musings are practices and quotations offering simple ways to explore the ecotone of the inner/outer landscape. 




Find some trees displaying autumn colors and bask in their splendor. (If you live in the southern hemisphere, bask in newly blooming life in red, yellow, or orange hues.) Notice what inside of you feels better when you experience awe in nature.







All blog images created & photographed by Jennifer J. Wilhoit unless otherwise noted. Please circulate images with photo credit: "©2017 JenniferJWilhoit/TEALarbor stories. AllRightsReserved."

06 October 2017

The Things People Say

Over recent weeks I have overheard the following actual statements. Some of them remain mysterious; others were shared with me in the unfolding of entire stories.


"For a second there, I thought I lost my pom-poms."

"What's all this vitrupitive stuff!?"

"The river otters turned on the boat radio."

Male cyclist to female cyclist as they pedaled past me on a dirt road: 
"You're riding in your heels?" 
(I looked and, yes, she had on 'lady shoes' with big heels on them!)

"I'm writing like a normal human being."

"I judged up a storm the other day."

"These french fries are really awful. They're not even hot. But at least they were expensive."

"A deer rang the doorbell." 





All blog images created & photographed by Jennifer J. Wilhoit unless otherwise noted. Please circulate images with photo credit: "©2017 JenniferJWilhoit/TEALarbor stories. AllRightsReserved."