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Kathleen Meyer

     . . . longtime river guide, sea kayaker, draft horse teamster, and author of the international bestselling outdoor guide How to Shit in the Woods: An Environmentally Sound Approach to a Lost Art (with more than 2.5 million copies sold in 8 languages) and the Wild West memoir Barefoot Hearted: A Wild Life Among Wildlife.
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All tastefully-written illuminations, rants, and questions are welcome. (Tasteful, of course, is elastic in this case, but we’ll try to mind most of our manners.

Feel free to address prickly problems, toss out new ideas, comment with candor on products and locations, regale success stories, network with fervor, and—above all—dream up backcountry sanitation that achieves the ultimate in ecological and aesthetic preservation of those precious places in our shrinking wild.


Shooting the Shit
will post in a relaxed fashion, leaving us all time for rivers, mountains, oceans, and that old thing “making a living.” I realize that anything snail-like these days is bucking the trend but the offbeat path, now and again, screams to be followed. How I know it!
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TreeSisters, yes! Meet Founder Clare Dubois
TreeSisters, yes! Meet Founder Clare Dubois
By Kathleen Meyer, August–September 2018
TreeSisters—reforesting the tropics in ten years—is how we rescue the planet. TreeSisters, by employing the only current process for DAC (Direct Air Capture, of CO2), is standing smack between us and burning up. And TreeSisters is one thing we don’t have to fight downright tooth-and-nail for. We have simply to climb on board, fast.
Clare is an amazing—what will I call her?—planet-proactive-woman, speaker, guide, facilitator, dedicated to helping us come to terms with our troubled planet, and, through the process, bringing a battered Mother Earth and our stressed-out selves back into balance. Sound too wooey? It’s not; I run from things New Age-y and from self-proclaimed gurus. I’m asking you to give this a listen! A serious listen. We haven’t time to remain stuck in a state of dither. I knew right off I was joining this woman when I discovered she believes we are the first generation who can end world hunger and the last generation who can do anything about climate change. Yes! Let’s GO!

For this blog post, I started out wanting to share Clare’s most recent video, which records her responses on having just returned from a disturbing trip to the Ecuadorian Andes. Her story struck me as so blazing important . . . it must be shared, and shared. Yet, for anyone first meeting her, it requires a prelude. Thus, I’ve posted a second video, illuminating how her
TreeSisters work came unexpectedly into being. With humility and honesty and grace in every instance front and center, Clare pushes and prods her experiment along, knowing that it also entails pushing herself continually and dramatically forward into a limelight that’s beyond her comfort zones. She steps out, and steps out, determined to fan healing over our Mother, by amassing a global network of proactive sisters—brothers, indeed, welcome—for focusing women’s energy, leadership, wisdom, and femininity on restoring a gentler in-and-out breathing for the Earth.

TreeSisters is a fast-growing sisterhood with a rare, doable vision for reforesting the world’s tropical forests and rescuing the planet. It’s stunning in its simplicity. It only requires that enough people get behind it, rapidly. I signed up; I am now a TreeSister, tithing monthly (and in my case, it’s a pitiful amount—yet together, we emerge strong). Strong in promoting a whole host of worthy endeavors. While, in addition—to the feeling of exhilaration at nurturing a good path forward—members receive give-backs of enlightening, empowering TreeSister gifts.

If you’re thinking these days that it’s a stale wind in your sails, that even with
everything you’re doing it feels like the results are not enough—not valuable enough, meaningful enough, powerful enough—to jib the natural world onto a different tack; if you, like me, feel increasingly overwhelmed and impotent, bouncing between rage and weeping over the rotten state of our country, the myriad injustices staining untold sections of our society, the alarming escalation in species’ extinctions, the devastation and deaths wrought by drastic shifts in weather and the seasons spawned by global warming, and on and on . . . then open your arms to Clare.

Turn up your sound. Step aboard the boat that’s floating. And, pass it on! PASS IT ON!

If you go off the deep end in YouTube, reload the whole page up in the browser.

If you go off the deep end in YouTube,
reload the whole page up in the browser.

This interview, with Trina Hart of Choice Point, was published in 2012. Clare Dakin is now Clare Dubois, having recently married my longtime, dear friend Mark Dubois, whose impressively over-sized feet have long been planted in passionate work for the Earth, as well as sunk deep in the magical waters of rivers.
Returning from Ecuador . . .
Visit Clare and all the TreeSisters on FaceBook. Here, again, is the link to join (click/tap the logo):
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(The work of TreeSisters, displayed in this extensive Website, is inspiring, uplifting, impressive. To begin . . . perhaps visit Tree Strategy in the menu under ABOUT, and in the orange/red navigation bar, visit TREES. Can you tell? I’m taken!)
(The work of TreeSisters, displayed in this extensive Website, is inspiring, uplifting, impressive. To begin . . . perhaps visit Tree Strategy in the menu under ABOUT, and in the orange/red navigation bar, visit TREES. Can you tell? I’m taken!)
For those who miss Mark, here he is . . .
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What a duo! With gratitude to the Great Mystery for gifting us these two sweet souls who never give up. 
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To participate, please send your comment to me by email, and I will hand-post it. The Comment system does not work consistently enough to keep it live.
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To participate, please send your comment to me by email, and I will hand-post it. The Comment system does not work consistently enough to keep it live.

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ARRRRGH, the live comments system comes up for an hour, then goes back down: six days later, I figure it out! SO, if the Live Comments don’t work right away for you, send me your responses by email at Contact the Author and I’ll hand-post them, with those in the box below.
ARRRRGH, the live comments system goes up for an hour, then back down: six days later, I figure it out. SO, if the Live Comments don’t work right away for you, send me your responses by email at Contact the Author and I will hand-post them, with those in the box below.
EMAILED COMMENTS
Liz Cain
Growing up I had the great branch of a backyard apricot tree to which I attached a pretend saddle and bridle and rode him all through elementary-school-bullying, sexual abuse by a babysitter, wartime blackouts of the 1940s, the day someone galloped my real stable horse to death, and the rest of the pangs of childhood. His name was Treehorse, and he was always there for me. In time, he was cut down, leaving me to face the sometimes inexplicable world without him. Sooooo I am a confirmed tree hugger, tree planter, and tree addict (if there is such a thing!). Now you have informed me of a group that feels the same way! I appreciate all the information about Tree Sisters and will become one as soon as possible. This month my husband and I are restoring to their former beauty the Western Larch logs of our home; though not living, they will be cleaned and buffed and stained to a glorious new existence. Then I will start contributing to the life of trees I will never see. Someone mentioned Alexandra Fuller. I love that woman! Does anyone know how to contact her?
Kathleen
OOOOO Liz, I hope your other grand horses over the years continued to wiped away those childhood horrors. Thank you for deep sharing. TreeSisters, you will see, is a healing place for everyone. Especially our Mother.
As for Bo-Bo, you can always reach her through her publisher, Penguin Random House. Here’s a link: Alexandra Fuller. Or apparently, Twitter.
Marina Weatherly
Thank you, Kathleen, for spreading the word so eloquently and urgently about Clare and the amazing efforts of the Tree Sisters. What you continue to do to through your writing is so valuable on many levels. I watched every video of Clare and was so inspired. I shared the link with all the women I know. Am definitely signing up to be a Tree Sister as well as encouraging all women, including myself, to not sit on their laurels, no matter what age and rise up! It is time NOW for women to regain our original true place in the world, as women, leaders, nurturers and healers of this amazing home we live in—with and beside men, not passively in their shadow. The negative times we live in are a positive opportunity for us to stand tall & strong like the trees, feet deeply embedded in the soil and precious waters, and head touching the heavens. Our deep roots will join & feed each other to give us collective strength to act and claim who we are fully meant to be, as women, as sisters. Feel it! Be it! DO IT! We ARE the answer!
Kathleen
Woo-wee, you sent me to the tree-tops!!! I’m ensconced up there, gazing around at the beauty of what CAN be. With huge gratitude for your friendship . . . you dear, divine writer from the sacred Bitterroot sisterhood. 🌺🌾🌸🌻
Deb mtlioness
TreeSisters: How interesting! I’ve been a supporter for about a year. Yep! What a wonderful organization. I found them one day while surfing the net. Goes to show you, once again, that our most magical connection is there. Made me smile. [This message came by snail mail, with Deb having received only a few remarks on paper from me about this blog post. She is deep in the boonies, minus Wi-Fi or cellular connection.]
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Kathleen
Of course! I should have known. It’s the big trees whence you’ve always drawn your strength. Sharing here for all: an astounding photo of you hugging one of your favorites. Ooo love to you through the cosmos, dear one.
Steve
I am now a bee friendly Tree Sister. I sent a small donation. Great concept. I wonder if Ms. Dakin could get Alexandra Fuller onboard? [This message arrived by email from a wonderful longtime friend in Nova Scotia, along with the photo of a bee perched on his finger. He’s highly enamored, as am I, of A.F., the writer known as Bobo.]
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Kathleen
Hi-ho! Great to hear from you! Looks like bee-snuggling to me. And now that you mention it, there are lots of authors who could climb aboard. More networking ahead. TreeSisters and Mama Earth both thank you!
Sandy Z
I am now a tree sister an hope every woman can join us can you imagine what an impact we can all have if we work together a’ho may peace be with us all
Kathleen
Yay, my dear Sister! The impact would be Earth-saving.
Clare O
Hi Kathleen! I so appreciate your passion. Thank you for the introduction to TreeSisters! Now, more than ever, I'm looking for voices that trigger inspiration, hope and action.  Be well.
Kathleen
Glad to hear another voice from the wilderness. Thanks for the heads-up about the broken Comments. Have fun staffing the Lookout!
Mary Lakes
I generally am Not one to post anything, anywhere, but I could not help myself this time. Kathleen, thank you so much for your consistently, for years, ferreting out those people with ideas that will make a difference to Mother Earth for the following generations. Thanks too for sharing your own eloquence while spotlighting another who tells the story so well. I'm now a TreeSister...it's a was no-brainer, why would I not join the effort?
Kathleen
Hurrah, the emailing route is working. And congrats on becoming a TreeSister, my Sister. Our Mother thanks you!
Paady
I'm making a donation to Tree Sisters.  Since I never do financial transactions on internet, I'll be sending them a postal donation when I'm in London this fall.  
Thanks for bringing them to my attention.
love
Kathleen
Hooray!!! Good going!!!
Terra
Such a beautiful and rousing testament to a woman who is changing the world and helping us all heal ourselves. Thank you for such a heartfelt and candid share on Clare and TreeSisters' mission. Yes! Together we can make a difference. The Trees hold the key and we are all needed to give back to our planet by funding their planting. Much appreciation!
Kathleen
Indeed! “Together we can make the difference.” And TreeSisters gives back to us—beyond helping our planet and our lives on it—but with give-back gifts just for joining.
ireneshamma
How gorgeously written, thank you for spreading the word about such a profound collective healing (of inner and outer worlds), paradigm shifting, consciousness raising experiment of our time. Clare is wildly and courageously spreading the seeds of change and our soils are ready. I am a proud Treesister myself in the arms of a global pulsing and sprouting, rooting and blooming sisterhood.
Kathleen
One of the top wonders of this organization is meeting energetic, beautifully driven women! Feeling the power. Greetings!
Gail Storey
Thank you for sharing Clare’s interview and video, Kathleen! You and Clare are so deeply inspiring!
Kathleen
Trail Angel Gail, you are a poem! One of my favorites. The inspiration here comes from ALL that surrounds us. And it’s a to-be-shared thing, blossoming only as it travels, finding purpose and power as others smell the rose. We’re all in this together. Perhaps copy & paste my email invitation, add a little note at the top, and forward it to everyone breathing!

LIVE COMMENTS

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TreeSisters, yes! Meet Founder Clare Dubois
By Kathleen Meyer, August-September 2018
TreeSisters—reforesting the tropics in ten years—is how we rescue the planet. TreeSisters, by employing the only current process for DAC (Direct Air Capture, of CO2), is standing smack between us and burning up. And TreeSisters is one thing we don’t have to fight downright tooth-and-nail for. We have simply to climb on board, fast.

Clare
is an amazing—what will I call her?—planet-proactive-woman, speaker, guide, facilitator, dedicated to helping us come to terms with our troubled planet, and, through the process, bringing a battered Mother Earth and our stressed-out selves back into balance. Sound too wooey? It’s not; I run from things New Age-y and from self-proclaimed gurus. I’m asking you to give this a listen! A serious listen. We haven’t time to remain stuck in a state of dither. I knew right off I was joining this woman when I discovered she believes we are the first generation who can end world hunger and the last generation who can do anything about climate change. Yes! Let’s GO!

For this blog post, I started out wanting to share Clare’s most recent video, which records her responses on having just returned from a disturbing trip to the Ecuadorian Andes. Her story struck me as so blazing important . . . it must be shared, and shared. Yet, for anyone first meeting her, it requires a prelude. Thus, I’ve posted a second video, illuminating how her
TreeSisters work came unexpectedly into being. With humility and honesty and grace in every instance front and center, Clare pushes and prods her experiment along, knowing that it also entails pushing herself continually and dramatically forward into a limelight that’s beyond her comfort zones. She steps out, and steps out, determined to fan healing over our Mother, by amassing a global network of proactive sisters—brothers, indeed, welcome—for focusing women’s energy, leadership, wisdom, and femininity on restoring a gentler in-and-out breathing for the Earth.

TreeSisters is a fast-growing sisterhood with a rare, doable vision for reforesting the world’s tropical forests and rescuing the planet. It’s stunning in its simplicity. It only requires that enough people get behind it, rapidly. I signed up; I am now a TreeSister, tithing monthly (and in my case, it’s a pitiful amount—yet together, we emerge strong). Strong in promoting a whole host of worthy endeavors. While, in addition—to the feeling of exhilaration at nurturing a good path forward—members receive give-backs of enlightening, empowering TreeSister gifts.

If you’re thinking these days that it’s a stale wind in your sails, that even with
everything you’re doing it feels like the results are not enough—not valuable enough, meaningful enough, powerful enough—to jib the natural world onto a different tack; if you, like me, feel increasingly overwhelmed and impotent, bouncing between rage and weeping over the rotten state of our country, the myriad injustices staining untold sections of our society, the alarming escalation in species’ extinctions, the devastation and deaths wrought by drastic shifts in weather and the seasons spawned by global warming, and on and on . . . then open your arms to Clare.

Turn up your sound. Step aboard the boat that’s floating. And, pass it on! PASS IT ON!

If you go off the deep end in YouTube, reload the whole page up in the browser.

This interview, with Trina Hart of Choice Point, was published in 2012. Clare Dakin is now Clare Dubois, having recently married my longtime, dear friend Mark Dubois, whose impressively over-sized feet have long been passionately planted in work for the Earth, as well as sunk deep in the magical waters of rivers.
Returning from Ecuador . . .
Visit Clare and all the TreeSisters on FaceBook. Here, again, is the link to join (click/tap the logo):
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(The work of TreeSisters, displayed in this extensive Website, is inspiring, uplifting, impressive. To begin . . . perhaps visit Tree Strategy in the menu under ABOUT, and in the orange/red navigation bar, visit TREES. Can you tell? I’m taken!)
For those who miss Mark, here he is . . .
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What a duo! With gratitude to the Great Mystery for gifting us these two sweet souls who never give up. 
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The Comment system doesn’t work in mobile configuration, and it’s not working so hot on computers right now either! But . . .

πŸ’ͺ🌳🌴🌿 If you email a comment to me at Contact the Author, I’ll hand-post it in the box below!
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To participate, please send your comment to me by email, and I will hand-post it. The live Comment system is not working in mobile.
EMAILED COMMENTS

Liz Cain
Growing up I had the great branch of a backyard apricot tree to which I attached a pretend saddle and bridle and rode him all through elementary-school-bullying, sexual abuse by a babysitter, wartime blackouts of the 1940s, the day someone galloped my real stable horse to death, and the rest of the pangs of childhood. His name was Treehorse, and he was always there for me. In time, he was cut down, leaving me to face the sometimes inexplicable world without him. Sooooo I am a confirmed tree hugger, tree planter, and tree addict (if there is such a thing!). Now you have informed me of a group that feels the same way! I appreciate all the information about Tree Sisters and will become one as soon as possible. This month my husband and I are restoring to their former beauty the Western Larch logs of our home; though not living, they will be cleaned and buffed and stained to a glorious new existence. Then I will start contributing to the life of trees I will never see. Someone mentioned Alexandra Fuller. I love that woman! Does anyone know how to contact her?
Kathleen
OOOOO Liz, I hope your other grand horses over the years continued to wiped away those childhood horrors. Thank you for deep sharing. TreeSisters, you will see, is a healing place for everyone. Especially our Mother.
As for Bo-Bo, you can always reach her through her publisher, Penguin Random House. Here’s a link: Alexandra Fuller. Or apparently, Twitter.
Marina Weatherly
Thank you, Kathleen, for spreading the word so eloquently and urgently about Clare and the amazing efforts of the Tree Sisters. What you continue to do to through your writing is so valuable on many levels. I watched every video of Clare and was so inspired. I shared the link with all the women I know. Am definitely signing up to be a Tree Sister as well as encouraging all women, including myself, to not sit on their laurels, no matter what age and rise up! It is time NOW for women to regain our original true place in the world, as women, leaders, nurturers and healers of this amazing home we live in—with and beside men, not passively in their shadow. The negative times we live in are a positive opportunity for us to stand tall & strong like the trees, feet deeply embedded in the soil and precious waters, and head touching the heavens. Our deep roots will join & feed each other to give us collective strength to act and claim who we are fully meant to be, as women, as sisters. Feel it! Be it! DO IT! We ARE the answer!
Kathleen
Woo-wee, you sent me to the tree-tops!!! I’m ensconced up there, gazing around at the beauty of what CAN be. With huge gratitude for your friendship . . . you dear, divine writer from the sacred Bitterroot sisterhood. 🌺🌾🌸🌻
Deb mtlioness
TreeSisters: How interesting! I’ve been a supporter for about a year. Yep! What a wonderful organization. I found them one day while surfing the net. Goes to show you, once again, that our most magical connection is there. Made me smile. [This message came by snail mail, with Deb having received only a few remarks on paper from me about this blog post. She is deep in the boonies, minus Wi-Fi or cellular connection.]
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Kathleen
Of course! I should have known. It’s the big trees whence you’ve always drawn your strength. Sharing here for all: an astounding photo of you hugging one of your favorites. Ooo love to you through the cosmos, dear one.
Steve
I am now a bee friendly Tree Sister. I sent a small donation. Great concept. I wonder if Ms. Dakin could get Alexandra Fuller onboard? [This message arrived by email from a wonderful longtime friend in Nova Scotia, along with the photo of a bee perched on his finger. He’s highly enamored, as am I, of A.F., the writer known as Bobo.]
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Kathleen
Hi-ho! Great to hear from you! Looks like bee-snuggling to me. And now that you mention it, there are lots of authors who could climb aboard. More networking ahead. TreeSisters and Mama Earth both thank you!
Sandy Z
I am now a tree sister an hope every woman can join us can you imagine what an impact we can all have if we work together a’ho may peace be with us all
Kathleen
Yay, my dear Sister! The impact would be Earth-saving.
Clare O
Hi Kathleen! I so appreciate your passion. Thank you for the introduction to TreeSisters! Now, more than ever, I'm looking for voices that trigger inspiration, hope and action.  Be well.
Kathleen
Glad to hear another voice from the wilderness. Thanks for the heads-up about the broken Comments. Have fun staffing the Lookout!
Mary Lakes
I generally am Not one to post anything, anywhere, but I could not help myself this time. Kathleen, thank you so much for your consistently, for years, ferreting out those people with ideas that will make a difference to Mother Earth for the following generations. Thanks too for sharing your own eloquence while spotlighting another who tells the story so well. I'm now a TreeSister...it's a was no-brainer, why would I not join the effort?
Kathleen
Hurrah, emailing is working! And congrats on becoming a TreeSister, my sister. Our Mother thanks you!
Paady
I'm making a donation to Tree Sisters.  Since I never do financial transactions on internet, I'll be sending them a postal donation when I'm in London this fall.  
Thanks for bringing them to my attention.
love
Kathleen
Hooray!!! Good going!!!
Terra
Such a beautiful and rousing testament to a woman who is changing the world and helping us all heal ourselves. Thank you for such a heartfelt and candid share on Clare and TreeSisters' mission. Yes! Together we can make a difference. The Trees hold the key and we are all needed to give back to our planet by funding their planting. Much appreciation!
Kathleen
Indeed! “Together we can make the difference.” And TreeSisters gives back to us—beyond helping our planet and our lives on it—but with give-back gifts just for joining.
ireneshamma
How gorgeously written, thank you for spreading the word about such a profound collective healing (of inner and outer worlds), paradigm shifting, consciousness raising experiment of our time. Clare is wildly and courageously spreading the seeds of change and our soils are ready. I am a proud Treesister myself in the arms of a global pulsing and sprouting, rooting and blooming sisterhood.
Kathleen
One of the top wonders of this organization is meeting energetic, beautifully driven women! Feeling the power. Greetings!
Gail Storey
Thank you for sharing Clare’s interview and video, Kathleen! You and Clare are so deeply inspiring!
Kathleen
Trail Angel Gail, you are a poem! One of my favorites. The inspiration here comes from ALL that surrounds us. And it’s a to-be-shared thing, blossoming only as it travels, finding purpose and power as others smell the rose. We’re all in this together. Perhaps copy & paste my email invitation, add a little note at the top, and forward it to everyone breathing!

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Masthead photo: “Sunrise over Sea of Cortez,” by James “Diego” Hatfield
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Masthead photo: “Sunrise over Sea of Cortez,”
by James “Diego” Hatfield
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© 2011 by Author Kathleen Meyer  •  All Rights Reserved 
Web site design by
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