Love Notes From The Trees



Besides the beautiful architecture, another thing I enjoy about Philadelphia is that there are a lot of green spaces.

Because even though I'm a true city boy, I also need interludes within nature. So anytime I have the opportunity to take a walk through one of our many parks, on my way to the grocery store or on my days off, I will. I even enjoy spending time in our parks during the winter months; hanging out with our adorably fuzzy, city squirrels.

City squirrels are fabulous because they're very people-friendly and ballsy, so they don't run away when you stop to talk to them or take their picture.

In fact, they'll even strike a pose and smile for you...


I'm also fond of hanging out with our park trees because I think trees have a special healing ability.

Whenever I feel out of sorts, either physically or mentally, I will sit under a tree for about an hour and believe it or not, I feel a million times better. I feel more centered, calm, and strong.

And yes, don't laugh, but I've even been known to HUG a tree!

And Mark, you understand, don't you? Because you live in the Tree Hugging State of America.

But all kidding aside, I really do love trees and think they add such amazing beauty and purpose to this earth.

Anyway, Monday afternoon I was walking out of Barnes and Noble Bookstore on 18th Street and Walnut, when I suddenly caught sight of white signs hanging off some of the tree branches in Rittenhouse Square Park, so I crossed the street and began reading them. I discovered that they were called love notes and placed there by the organization, TreePhilly.

When I got home, I went online to further investigate more about this organization and found out that TreePhilly is a new greening initiative led by Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, that directly engages all Philadelphians in improving their communities by planting and maintaining trees and enabling others to do the same.

Now here's the really cool part. TreePhilly gives away trees twice a year for FREE. And they even help you select a tree; learn how to plant and care for your tree; they even supply you with mulch.

How AWESOME is that?

I'll tell you, I was tickled green when I read about this organization so I had to post about it today.


Yay.... TreePhilly!

I would like to conclude this post by sharing some of the love notes I saw hanging off the tree branches on Monday.

These love note speech bubbles are so cleverly cute!

Here, take a look...







So if you have some time this weekend, step outside and hug a tree. 

Like me...
Have a FAB weekend everyone!
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64 comments

  1. I love the Love Notes! What a fantastic idea. They should have kids do that at their schools for Earth Day. Nothing wrong with hugging a tree. I have a picture of myself trying to hug a redwood in California.

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  2. David OliverFebruary 21, 2014

    I live in the woods so you know I love trees. I love 'em more than grass.


    The Philly initiative is just great and the signs are plenty cute. I chuckled a little at the picture of you hugging the tree. Not that I haven't thought of doing the same.

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  3. I love trees, too. After reading your post, Ron, I now know why I feel at peace in my garden, where we are totally surrounded by trees. They not only bring beauty to the planet they also help keep it alive. I dread to think where we would be without our beloved trees.


    Nice one, Ron, as always xx

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  4. I love trees too Ron. The tree love notes are such a great idea and free trees - that's cool!!

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  5. What a great idea, Ron! Too many people take nature for granted, so any program that encourages the love and nurturing of trees sounds fabulous to me!


    I love how you use trees as a way to heal. I need to try that!


    Are you going to get your own tree? You can call it Ronnie Jr. and give us regular updates on its growth. And then you can invite your squirrel friends to come over and hide their nuts!


    Great post, buddy! Have a tree-hugging weekend!

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  6. Oh Ron, those love notes are so adorable and I laughed out loud at the picture of the squirrel. You are hysterical!


    What a wonderful idea from this organization, which is something every state needs to do! Trees are amazing things, and as you said, they have a purpose on this earth so we need to stop cutting them down to build more buildings and treat them with respect.


    Great post, Ron, as usual! Have a wonderful weekend and keep hugging those trees x

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  7. Dianne WilsonFebruary 21, 2014

    that squirrel has some attitude
    you know how much I love trees so this makes me happy
    and the love notes are priceless
    hugs from me and the girls and the kitties

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  8. Hey there Bijoux!

    Yes, isn't this a FANTASTIC idea?? And hey, I like your idea about kids doing this at their schools for EARTH DAY!!!!

    "Nothing wrong with hugging a tree. I have a picture of myself trying to hug a redwood in California."



    OMG...how AWESOME! My mother's brother used to live in California and sent us photographs of the redwood forest he and his family visited, and I couldn't get over how HUGE those trees are. HUGE!!!!


    Much thanks for stopping by, my friend. Have a fantabulous weekend!
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  9. Hey there David!

    "I live in the woods so you know I love trees."

    Yes, I've seen photographs you've shared on your other blog of where you built your home....GORGEOUS area!!!! Aren't trees AWESOME?

    "The Philly initiative is just great and the signs are plenty cute."

    This is the first year Philadelphia ever did this and I was impressed and happy about it.

    " I chuckled a little at the picture of you hugging the tree. Not that I haven't thought of doing the same."



    And not only do I hug them, but I also talk to them - HA!


    Much thanks for stopping by, buddy. Have an excellent weekend!


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  10. Good morning Valerie!

    ", I now know why I feel at peace in my garden, where we are totally surrounded by trees. They not only bring beauty to the planet they also help keep it alive."

    Exactly! And it saddens me sometimes to watch how they cut trees down (and trees that have been here for such a long time), to make room for more construction.

    " I dread to think where we would be without our beloved trees."



    Amen!


    Much thanks for stopping by, dear lady. Have a lovely weekend!


    X to you and Joe!

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  11. "The tree love notes are such a great idea and free trees - that's cool!!"


    Isn't it a faaaaaabulously cool idea, Pearl? This is the first year Philadelphia has ever done something like this, and I was so impressed and happy!


    (((((((((((((((( Trees )))))))))))))))))


    Have a lovely weekend, m'dear, and thank you for stopping by!


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  12. "Too many people take nature for granted, so any program that encourages the love and nurturing of trees sounds fabulous to me!"

    I so agree, Rob! And especially in a city (and you and I know this because we live in a city).

    "I love how you use trees as a way to heal. I need to try that!"

    Honestly, I receive such tremendous healing from trees. It's amazing how much better I feel when I spend time hanging out in the park, under a tree.

    "Are you going to get your own tree? You can call it Ronnie Jr. and give us regular updates on its growth."



    HA! OMG...I love that....Ronnie Jr. No, unfortunately I won't be getting my own tree because I don't have a place to plant it, being in high-rise apartment building.


    Much thanks for stopping by, buddy. Have a SUPER weekend!


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  13. Hola Denise!

    " I laughed out loud at the picture of the squirrel."

    HA! I just couldn't resist sharing that picture. I took that photograph a few weeks ago, while I was walking through the park in Independence Square. I swear to god, the squirrels here are so ballsy and cute!

    " and as you said, they have a purpose on this earth so we need to stop cutting them down to build more buildings and treat them with respect."



    Amen! And treat them with respect.


    (((((((((( Trees ))))))))))))


    Thanks so much for stopping by, girl. Have a wonderful weekend too!

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  14. "that squirrel has some attitude"

    HAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHA! And spoken like a TRUE city squirrel, right?

    "you know how much I love trees so this makes me happy"

    Yes, I know much you LOVE trees because of all the beautiful photographs you've shared on your blog. Aren't trees the BEST?

    "and the love notes are priceless"



    Aren't they PRICELESS? I walked around the park on Monday, snapping photos of all the various love notes, but these were my favorites.


    Much thanks for stopping by, dear lady. Have a super weekend!


    X to you, Hope, Athena, Siren, and Isadora!


    (((((((((((( HUGS ))))))))))))

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  15. "Okay, take my fuckin' picture and then get outta my face!"


    ROFLMAO! Hilarious!


    I'm a big tree lover myself, so I think what this organization is contributing to our earth, rocks the house! And I love the idea of those love notes.


    Cool post, dude!

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  16. Mark PetruskaFebruary 21, 2014

    Yes, I get it for that exact reason. There may actually be more trees around here than people. And that's a good thing!


    I'm all for greening. Except when it refers to the process of leftovers turning moldy in the fridge. That type I could do without! Good for Philadelphia for their new tree planting movement! I think more big cities could benefit from the addition of a leafy green oasis or three.

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  17. Good to know there are still Johnny Appleseeds in the world! This sounds like a wonderful organization! Our youngest received a free pine tree when she was 8 years old. We planted it and it's a huge tree in our yard now. It's awesome and our grandkids climb it now! We have lots of squirrels in our yard....they love to terrorize Tanner by running from branch to branch, just out of his reach. :-) Hope you have a wonderfully nature-filled weekend!

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  18. Ron, when my son was little, I remember him, too, hugging trees!

    What a neat initiative -- giving away free trees with instructions on their care and maintenance. I hope you'll stand in line to get one (and maybe plant it in that park?!)

    I know what you mean about trees being so majestic and nurturing. Yes, I agree being around trees offers centering and healing -- now, if Spring will only get here SOON so they can leaf out and we can enjoy their greenness!!

    Happy Friday. . .Happy Weekend!

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  19. Hiya Matt!

    HA! Silly squirrel, hu?

    I can't help it, I just couldn't resist sharing that because the city squirrels here literally have NO fear of people.

    And I ADORE them!!!!!

    ((((((((((( squirrels )))))))))))))

    "I'm a big tree lover myself, so I think what this organization is contributing to our earth, rocks the house!"

    Isn't it AWESOME?!?!?!?

    Much thanks for stopping by, buddy. Have an excellent weekend!
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  20. "Yes, I get it for that exact reason. There may actually be more trees around here than people. And that's a good thing!"

    Yes, I KNEW you would, Mark!!!! OMG...if I lived there, I would HUGGING those trees full-time!

    "I'm all for greening. Except when it refers to the process of leftovers turning moldy in the fridge."

    Bwhahahhahahahaha! Ditto!

    " Good for Philadelphia for their new tree planting movement! I think more big cities could benefit from the addition of a leafy green oasis or three."



    I so agree!


    Thanks a bunch for stopping by, bud! Have a faaaaaaaabulous weekend!


    X to you and Tara!

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  21. Hey there Lisa!

    "Good to know there are still Johnny Appleseeds in the world!"

    Yes, and even City Johnny Appleseed like me. OMG...I LOVE trees!

    "Our youngest received a free pine tree when she was 8 years old. We planted it and it's a huge tree in our yard now. It's awesome and our grandkids climb it now!"

    OH....how AWESOME is that!! That's the thing that's so wonderful about trees, they hold a HISTORY.

    "We have lots of squirrels in our yard....they love to terrorize Tanner by running from branch to branch, just out of his reach. :-)"



    Oh how funny! Lisa, the city squirrels are hysterical because they literally have NO fear of people. They will often just RUN up to me while I'm walking through a park and stand on their hind legs; asking for food, I kid you not. They are sooooooo CUTE!


    Much thanks for stopping by, my friend. Have a beautiful weekend!


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  22. Hey there Debbie!

    "Ron, when my son was little, I remember him, too, hugging trees!"

    Oh...how CUTE! That's what I love about kids because they seem more in tuned with things like trees and nature, and will just run up to a tree and HUG it because they can just feel the energy from a tree.

    "What a neat initiative -- giving away free trees with instructions on their care and maintenance. I hope you'll stand in line to get one (and maybe plant it in that park?!)"

    Isn't it the COOLEST idea? And I think it's REALLY cool that they're GIVING them to people. No, I don't think I'll be getting one myself because I have nowhere to plant it, and I don't think I'd be able to plant it in one of our city parks without permission. But hey, that's a THOUGHT, though. I'll have to look into that.

    "about trees being so majestic and nurturing. Yes, I agree being around trees offers centering and healing --"



    All my life I've been very drawn to trees and they ability to heal. Trees have a very special 'energy.'


    Yesterday it almost felt like Spring here because it was so warm. However, next week it's back to cold temps again.


    Much thanks for stopping by, dear lady. Happy Friday and Happy Weekend to you too!
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  23. BIG SMILES HERE! Yes, nature is healing....and squirrels always brighten my day!

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  24. Geraldine H.February 21, 2014

    Oh Ron, you brought a big smile to my day with this great post, thank you! I love trees too and I've hug quite a few myself, over the years.

    Thanks for sharing these great pics and I'm loving that squirrelly attitude! And you of course for the grand finale.

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  25. Ron, the picture and speech bubble of Mr. Squirrel is hysterical! And I could so envision a city, street smart squirrel saying that! That's why I love squirrels, they have no fear. I know that many people don't care for squirrels because they can be very aggressive with food, but still, they are the cutest things!


    What a wonderful idea this organization came up with for your city. And I think it's something that should be done all over. Not only for trees, but all of nature. Nature gives us so much, so we should give back!


    Loved the last photograph of you hugging the tree! LOL

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  26. "Yes, nature is healing....and squirrels always brighten my day!"

    Yes! Yes! Yes! Couldn't agree with you more, Suzi! I ADORE squirrels!!!!!!

    Thanks so much for stopping by, my friend. Have a beeeeautiful weekend!

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  27. Hey there Geraldine!

    Glad you had a smile, my friend. I did the same thing when I found out about TreePhilly. And not just because of the clever love notes, but also because of how they're GIVING trees to the residences here; showing others how to care for and respect trees!

    "I love trees too and I've hug quite a few myself, over the years."

    Aren't trees the best? There is something so wise and loving about trees. And healing too!

    "and I'm loving that squirrelly attitude!"



    HA! I just couldn't resist that!


    Much thanks for stopping by, Geraldine! Hope all is going well with your new computer and Windows 8.


    Have a lovely weekend!
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  28. Hey ho Robert!

    Last night, right before I published this post, I added the speech bubble to my squirrel photo, depicting that fearless attitude they have. I just couldn't resist - HA!

    " I know that many people don't care for squirrels because they can be very aggressive with food, but still, they are the cutest things!"

    Yes, they can be aggressive with food and quite inquisitive with getting into things they shouldn't, but I agree..they are just sooooooo darn CUTE! And if I could have one as a pet, I would!

    "Nature gives us so much, so we should give back!"



    Amen, Robert! And it's so nice to especially see something like this being done in a city because cities can be very careless about knocking trees down and then erecting buildings.


    Thanks so much for stopping by, buddy. Have a super-duper weekend!


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  29. Hey there Shae!

    "First off I have to say I LOVE those notes."

    Aren't they faaaaaaaaaabulously clever and sweet?

    "I laughed out loud with the "I like big trunks" one."

    Yes! That's the one that made me laugh out loud too!

    "Its so sad to see all of the trees being torn down for new construction an organization like this might be just what we need."



    I couldn't agree with you more! It's SO sad to see trees being torn down all for progress and construction. And you especially see that in so many cities.


    We have a wonderful mayor here in Philly, so I think he had a lot to do with getting this organization started.


    Much thanks for stopping by, girl. Have a super fantastic weekend!


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  30. I often tell people (in my home state of Alabama) that I have never been camping or fishing or hunting or any of the other outdoor activities that people "in my neck of the woods" (as they say in Alabama) take for granted. Killing animals for sport never had any appeal for me, although I was always happy to eat fish or game that someone else had taken (well, depending on how it was cooked, etc. - so I guess I was a bit of a hypocrite. And as for camping: well, there never seemed to be much point, seeing as how my childhood home was literally in the middle of a forest. I could hug a tree as readily as I could hug one of my parents. It wasn't until I moved to "the big city": places like Birmingham and Mobile - when I realized how much I had taken trees for granted. I'm glad to see initiatives like this, because I feel that - just as there are many people like me, "country folk" - who take trees for granted, there are also plenty of "city folk" who don't know what they are missing!

    Keep hugging those trees, Ron!

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  31. Nathaniel, once again buddy, I so enjoy reading your comments because you share so much GREAT stuff!

    LOVED hearing about your home state and childhood!

    " I could hug a tree as readily as I could hug one of my parents."

    OMG...that was priceless!

    "...because I feel that - just as there are many people like mewho take trees for granted, there are also plenty of "city folk" who don't know what they are missing!"

    And you are so right about that!

    It's funny because as much as am a 'city boy', I feel just as comfortable and happy spending time outside the city, in the country. Several years ago, I actually spent a week in the Pocono Mountains on a retreat and had the time of my life.

    I adore nature, so it's very important for me to have time in our city parks. I always feel so much better after spending the afternoon under a tree!

    Much thanks for stopping by, Nathaniel! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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  32. That's so cool! I had no idea there was so much green space within the city itself. We only have minimal patches of grass. If you want to see a park, you have to go to the suburbs.
    Cool organization! You know, I've never hugged a tree but I think I want to now. Hope you're having a great weekend!

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  33. Hiya Chrissy!

    " I had no idea there was so much green space within the city itself. We only have minimal patches of grass. If you want to see a park, you have to go to the suburbs."

    Yes, Philly has A LOT of green spaces, which is something I really enjoy about this city. And also that they're very protective about keeping the city this way - green.

    " You know, I've never hugged a tree but I think I want to now."

    OMG....try it, you'll LOVE it! Trees make the BEST lovers - HA!

    Thanks so much for stopping by, girl Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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  34. "We're lucky to have a lot of beautiful countryside around here and trees are always an important element in giving structure to the landscape."

    Yes, you are Dale :) And after seeing so many beautiful photographs on your blog of the area you live, I can see why!

    "Can't read the words "Parks and Recreation" without thinking of the brilliant tv show of the same name. That's one series that is international in its appeal I think."

    HA! Too funny, because I never thought of that, but you're right. Brilliant TV show!

    Much thanks for stopping by, buddy. Enjoy your Sunday!

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  35. Ron, I thought of this post yesterday afternoon, when my girlfriend and I went walking through a wooded area where she lives. And yes, we hugged a tree!

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  36. HAHAHAHAHAHA! That's AWESOME, Matt!!!!

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  37. Ron, I'm a country gal at heart and I LOVE trees too. I love nature and squirrels!

    When I'm feeling down, I sit in my garden under by Dogwood and yes, "I feel more centered, calm, and strong" too! It's as if nature is healing me...the tree is healing me. As if its branches have come down and hugged the bad feelings right out of me!

    TreePhilly is awesome! What a wonderful way to give back to nature and the community! And the signs are adorable!

    I'm glad we got a small reprieve from the snow this week. It's been a hard winter!

    Have a fantabulous week!

    (((HUGS)))

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  38. Helloooooooooo Pam!!!!!

    "Ron, I'm a country gal at heart and I LOVE trees too. I love nature and squirrels!"

    You GO, girl! And yes, I know how MUCH you love the country and I think that's awesome because we should live where we feel the most JOY.

    "When I'm feeling down, I sit in my garden under by Dogwood and yes, "I feel more centered, calm, and strong" too! It's as if nature is healing me...the tree is healing me. As if its branches have come down and hugged the bad feelings right out of me!"

    OMG....I LOVE that! And I TOTALLY believe it too! Today, I spent the whole afternoon outside enjoying the weather. And yup...I sat in a park and even HUGGED a tree!

    "TreePhilly is awesome! What a wonderful way to give back to nature and the community! And the signs are adorable!"

    Isn't it faaaaabulous? I was so delighted to see the city of Philadelphia doing this :)

    Yes, haven't the past couple of days been wonderful? Today was gorgeous! However, I think Tuesday and Wednesday, we get more snow. But hey, before you know it....SPRING will be here!

    Thanks so much for stopping by, my friend. Great seeing ya! Have a fantabulous week!

    ((((((((( You )))))))

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  39. OMG....how cute and how clever....and how awesome!! The love notes and the organization for handing out trees and more. Seriously, what fun that little idea was. I wanna do a spin off on it already and grab some white card and get it going!! How to use it is yet to be determined. But it's a steal worthy idea.


    I'm a lover of the great outdoors. Just being outside and 'being' is good for me ( and everyone I have contact with...LOL). I love trees. They have stories to tell, things to give and a peacefulness to them that can't be manufactured. A good wander in the woods, a few minutes in the shade, a laydown under their canopy....it's good for my soul.
    I ain't huggin' 'em, but I do give 'em a pat and some kind words. Yeahyeah...I talk to trees. And squirrels, the rude little boogers. I see they're just as cocky in Philly as they are over here. LOL

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  40. "OMG....how cute and how clever....and how awesome!! The love notes and the organization for handing out trees and more"

    Mel, aren't they AWESOME???? I was so tickled to read those love notes, and also very happy and proud that Philly was doing this with this new organization!

    "I love trees. They have stories to tell, things to give and a peacefulness to them that can't be manufactured. A good wander in the woods, a few minutes in the shade, a laydown under their canopy....it's good for my soul."

    Amen!!!! It's sooooooo good for the soul! And especially living in a city because it reconnects you to the EARTH. And that's what I did today, I spent the whole day outdoors within nature.

    "And squirrels, the rude little boogers. I see they're just as cocky in Philly as they are over here. LOL"

    Bwhahahahhaha! Yup...they're just as cocky (if not more) in a city. But OMG...I LOVE them!!!!!!

    (((((((((((((( Squirrels ))))))))))))))

    Thanks so much for stopping by, dear lady. Have a super-duper week!

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  41. I'm a long time tree hugger myself, so I think this completely rocks! The more trees, the better. My dream house is in the woods with trees out every trees out every window,

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  42. Hey Secret Agent Woman!

    "I'm a long time tree hugger myself, so I think this completely rocks!"

    Yes, doesn't it ROCK? I was so happy to see this happening here in Philly :)

    " My dream house is in the woods with trees out every trees out every window...."

    You GO!

    There is something so calming and healing about trees, isn't there?

    Thanks so much for stopping by, girl. Have a super week!
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  43. Herman TurnipFebruary 23, 2014

    Awesome signs! :-)

    And yes, I agree that there's something comforting and healing not only about trees, but in nature itself. I think that might be why I so enjoy the desert and camp out there as often as I can. There's nothing like watching the sky come alive at night with no light pollution around, listening to the distant cries of coyotes, and falling asleep to the uninterrupted sound of a slow desert wind.

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  44. I had a feeling you would enjoy it, Ron!

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  45. Faaaaaabulous!!!!!! Thanks again, bud!

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  46. Hey there Herman!

    I just couldn't resist taking pictures of those signs because I thought they were so damn cute!

    "there's something comforting and healing not only about trees, but in nature itself."

    Exactly! Nature itself is so healing.

    "There's nothing like watching the sky come alive at night with no light pollution around, listening to the distant cries of coyotes, and falling asleep to the uninterrupted sound of a slow desert wind."



    How awesome is that! And yes, I so enjoy when you post about your hikes and camping trips on your blog. And I'm forever in AWE at how beautiful it is where you live. Just beautiful!


    Thanks so much for stopping by, buddy! Hope you're weekend was super. Enjoy your week!


    X to you, Karin, and Mr. Tyler!

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  47. Oh wow! TreePhilly rocks! Totally-super-cool!

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  48. Hey Ron, thanks for the support! We're really glad you like the love notes, and it's nice to hear kind words about the program from a fellow tree hugger! And remember, Philadelphia property owners can sign up for a free tree now at www.treephilly.org!

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  49. What a nice program in Philly! Part of the reason I love Winnipeg & Edmonton is because both cities have wonderful green spaces too! Both cities encourage trees in new neighborhoods, so when viewed from above they look very green! Hope you had a great weekend!

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  50. Hey there TreePhilly!


    You are so welcome! When I saw your love notes in Rittenhouse last week, and then came home and read about TreePhilly online, I knew I wanted to post about this!


    I think it's so awesome that you're doing this!


    Bravo and Cheers!


    And thank YOU!
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  51. Hey Meleah!


    Isn't that the COOLEST idea? I'm very happy and proud that Philly is doing this.


    I love the 'love notes' - they're so darn CUTE!


    Thanks so much for stopping by, girl!


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  52. Hey there Benze!

    I was so happy and proud to see Philly doing this!

    " Part of the reason I love Winnipeg & Edmonton is because both cities have wonderful green spaces too! Both cities encourage trees in new neighborhoods, so when viewed from above they look very green!"


    That is sooooo AWESOME to hear! Anytime I see photographs of Canada, it always looks so clean, organized, and so BEAUTIFUL! I have GOT to get there one of these days to visit. And really, Canada is not that far from me.


    Thanks a bunch for stopping by, my friend!

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  53. hey ron. treephilly is pretty cool. i love trees and even though i haven't in a long while, look for ones i can climb or sit in. i especially love lone trees in an open field.

    "TreePhilly gives away trees twice a year for FREE. And they even help you select a tree; learn how to plant and care for your tree; they even supply you with mulch."



    a very caring project it is. i like it.

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  54. Hey Val!

    Isn't TreePhilly a great idea? I was so happy and proud that Philly was doing this.

    " i especially love lone trees in an open field."



    Meeee too!


    Thanks a bunch for stopping by, girl. Have a super week!


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  55. Notes on trees... that is awesome!!!!

    I laughed at what the squirrel was saying. It never occurred to me that New York squirrels were really New York squirrels!!! HA HA HA!

    I remember being in Silver Springs in FL and the squirrels were so tame they came and ate out of your hand... it was so cool!

    I LOVE trees... in the winter I go hiking in the forests around here to get out and be around nature... I go stir crazy if I don't!

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  56. Aren't they AWESOME, Katherine! I was dying laughing from cuteness when I read them!

    "I laughed at what the squirrel was saying. It never occurred to me that New York squirrels were really New York squirrels!!! HA HA HA!"

    Yes...they're SOOOOOOO NY! And that's why I LOVE them!

    "I remember being in Silver Springs in FL and the squirrels were so tame they came and ate out of your hand... it was so cool!"

    Yup...they do the same thing here. They will actually JUMP on the bench that I'm sitting on and come real close to me. I've even hand-fed them peanuts!

    Aren't trees the best? And I love that we have so many beautiful parks here in Philly to enjoy them.

    Thanks so much for stopping by, girl. Hope you're feeling better!

    ((((((((((((( You ))))))))))))

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  57. Hey there David!

    "Many years ago when my wife and I divorced the first thing I thought was "I have to find someone, I can't be alone!"

    Yes, I thought the same thing after my breakup with my first partner. Yet, I realized that that's exactly what I needed because I had never formed a relationship with myself. I was very young at that time, so all my attention and love went into him, not myself. I had to learn that I could be single, love myself, and not feel alone.

    "I have been single for 20 years and I never want another live in relationship!"



    It's been about 25 years for me, and I feel the same way.


    Much thanks for stopping by, buddy. Have a super weekend!


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  58. Rob LenihanJune 04, 2014

    Such a beautiful, heartfelt post, Ron! You have to love yourself before you can truly love someone else.


    You're so right about being in a relationship and still feeling alone and unloved. Robin Williams spoke about this very thing: "I used to think the worst thing in life was to end up all alone. It’s not. The worst thing in life is to end up with people who make you feel all alone.”

    I joked to a friend the other day that I had to get Valentine cards for all the women in my life--my aunt, my sister, and my two nieces.


    And you know something? I love them with all my heart and I thank God for bringing them into my life. I am truly blessed to have them.



    So I am going to take your advice and reflect on the love in my life and celebrate it!


    Thanks so much for the great post, buddy! And Happy Love Reflection Day!

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  59. And I found this video clip on You Tube, thought you might enjoy it

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oWpcxdCCcmE

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  60. Matt, THANK YOU! What a fantastic video clip! See, trees DO heal :)

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  61. We're lucky to have a lot of beautiful countryside around here and trees are always an important element in giving structure to the landscape.
    Can't read the words "Parks and Recreation" without thinking of the brilliant tv show of the same name. That's one series that is international in its appeal I think. But it seems the real thing is slightly more efficient. ;~}

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  63. First off I have to say I LOVE those notes. I laughed out loud with the "I like big trunks" one. This is really a great organization I wonder if it is something we could initiate in MA. Its so sad to see all of the trees being torn down for new construction an organization like this might be just what we need.

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