I am fascinated by the forest. The forest is an unbelievable social network. Each member relies on another in ways not seen to the human eye. Trees are not unlike families. Tree “parents” live with their children, communicate with them, and support them as they grow. Trees create networks of support around them. The strong help the weak in times of need. Tree “friends” are careful not to grow overly thick branches in each other's direction to ensure optimal growth for each other. Sometimes they are so connected at the roots they even die together. And in a fierce storm, trees help each other absorb the impact. This to me is a true community. It is no wonder then, when I went through a challenging time in my life, I literally leaned on the trees for support. I walked aimlessly in the forest and I bathed in the healing powers of nature. It was from this place of inspiration, words flowed and I wrote my first book, Awaken the Wildness Within, a beautiful collection of poetry, prose and raw photography that speaks to the wildness in every soul. To pre-order your copy, see the link in my bio or go to Kickstarter.com and search Awaken the Wildness Within.