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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.



15 January 2018

Monday Musings NATURE PRACTICE: “Touch”

TEALarbor stories’ Monday Musings are simple practices for exploring the inner/outer landscape. 


Put your fingers on something in nature.






All blog images created & photographed by Jennifer J. Wilhoit unless otherwise noted. Please circulate images with photo credit: "©2018 JenniferJWilhoit/TEALarbor stories. AllRightsReserved."

12 January 2018

When Dreams Come True

I have had a growing number of big dreams coming true in the past several weeks. 

At first, I hardly recognized them as the long-held, burning desires they were. 

But slowly, as each one builds on the last, I am beginning to feel the grounded bliss - pure satisfaction? calm elation? centered knowing? deepened trust in process? - that characterizes the blossoming flower of the once-seed. 

Why didn't I recognize this right away?

I think, because:

big dreams often need time, vast stretches of the turning of calendar pages

dreams are fed by small steps, efforts that - in a moment - do not necessarily feel like the action that will sufficiently water the dream-seed

dreams are held by a community of supporters - cheerers-on, helpers when we stumble, encouragers to keep moving forward - who show up sometimes one at a time, just when we need it - just when the dream needs it

dreams require faith, and faith is a process of showing up, surrendering, brushing off dirtied knees over and over

dreams rely on grace - which is so unspoken, so inexplicable - and yet palpable ... like wind on cheeks

dreams are something in and of themselves ... they dream us to dream them, they love us as we love them

I am filled with the deepest gratitude for the convergence of love in nature, humans, dreams. 

I am fulfilled these days, moment by moment. 



All blog images created & photographed by Jennifer J. Wilhoit unless otherwise noted. Please circulate images with photo credit: "©2018 JenniferJWilhoit/TEALarbor stories. AllRightsReserved."

10 January 2018

Image of the Week

"Winter Solstice Sunrise"     Dec 2017    Winslow Green, Bainbridge Island



All blog images created & photographed by Jennifer J. Wilhoit unless otherwise noted. Please circulate images with photo credit: "©2018 JenniferJWilhoit/TEALarbor stories. AllRightsReserved."

08 January 2018

Monday Musings WRITING PRACTICE: “Nature-Like"

TEALarbor stories’ Monday Musings are simple practices for exploring the inner/outer landscape. 


Choose three words to describe the natural world outside your window and write down the one you most want to be like.







All blog images created & photographed by Jennifer J. Wilhoit unless otherwise noted. Please circulate images with photo credit: "©2018 JenniferJWilhoit/TEALarbor stories. AllRightsReserved."

05 January 2018

Bigleaf Maple

Imagine a bigleaf maple tree in the middle of a pasture. Four seasons of the tree’s life flash through the mind’s eye: buds, full summer bloom, fiery leaves, frost-covered limbs.

Imagine the roots of the tree—of yourself—reaching downward through the soil, tethered to mud and expanding downward like the unseen mirror of the branches above ground. Perfect symmetry.

Imagine the bigleaf maple branches reaching too: wide and far into horizontal spaces, and up a bit into the air overhead.

Imagine that this bigleaf maple does not stand alone. It resides in a community of living beings: grass, soil, heron, coyotes; loved ones; the hungry stranger on the corner, the glint of moonbeam on dog fur; the refugee, saint, cashier, hermit; the rat, osprey, dandelion, moss; the charred remains of landscapes and the sparkling teal seas. Out and out and out this community stretches, encompassing, including, embracing.

Imagine rooting deeper into what nourishes and sustains: gratitude; passion for engaging the deep calling that is work, purpose; compassion for all beings.

Imagine, too, reaching broadly into opportunity, reverie, seasons and cycles, interconnection.

May you live these early days of the new year with every blessing and breath in harmony with your own intentional gifts for the world.





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03 January 2018

Image of the Week

"Winter Alder"     New Year's Eve Eve     


All blog images created & photographed by Jennifer J. Wilhoit unless otherwise noted. Please circulate images with photo credit: "©2018 JenniferJWilhoit/TEALarbor stories. AllRightsReserved."