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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 2018
TreeSisters—planting trees in the tropics—is how we rescue the planet. TreeSisters, the only current process for DAC (Direct Air Capture, of CO2), is standing smack between us and burning up. Plus, fortuitously, TreeSisters is the one thing we don’t downright have to fight for tooth-and-nail. We simply have 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 that she believes that we’re 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 just meeting her, it requires a prelude. So I’ve posted a second video, illuminating how her
TreeSisters work came unexpectedly into being. With her 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, 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—to focus women’s energy, wisdom, leadership, and femininity on recovering a gentler in-and-out breathing of 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 for me, it’s a pitiful amount—yet together, we emerge strong). Strong in promoting a whole host of worthy endeavors. While, in addition—to feeling exhilarated in 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 society, the alarming escalation of species’ extinctions, the devastation and deaths wrought by drastic shifts in the weather and seasons, spawned by global warming, 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, first type your comment in the box “Join the Discussion”; then enter your name (or a handle, if you prefer) and your email address, which will not be published. There’s no need to join DISQUS. Skip Password and check “I’d rather post as a guest.”
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To participate, first type your comment in the box “Join the Discussion”; then enter your name (or a handle, if you prefer) and your email address, which will not be published. There’s no need to join DISQUS. Skip Password and check “I’d rather post as a guest.”

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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 will hand-post them, with those in the box way on below.
💪🌳🌴🌿 Ahhhh, the Comment system is UP AGAIN—Friday, Aug 3rd, 5:50 p.m. Mountain Time—as indicated by the 3 “Anonymous Coward” posts from different browsers! Thus, try it.

🙀👿😾😡😁 ARRRRGH, down again! August 1o. I’m beginning to think this company is tied to big oil. We test and test; the 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 will hand-post them.
💪🌳🌴🌿 Ahhhh, the Comment system is UP AGAIN—Friday, Aug 3rd, 5:50 p.m. Mountain Time—as indicated by the 3 “Anonymous Coward” posts from different browsers! Thus, try it.

🙀👿😾😡😁 ARRRRGH, down again! August 1o. I’m beginning to think this company is tied to big oil? We test and test; the 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 will hand-post them.
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.

LIVE COMMENTS

Comments
EMAILED COMMENTS
Deb
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 reading your bits about them.
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Kathleen
Yi, of course! I should have known. It’s the big trees whence you’ve always drawn your strength. Sharing for all an astounding photo of you hugging one of your favorites. Ooo love, sweet sister.
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 email arrived from our 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.
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Kathleen Meyer

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TreeSisters, yes! Meet Founder Clare Dubois
By Kathleen Meyer, August 2018
TreeSisters—planting trees in the tropics—is how we rescue the planet. TreeSisters, the only current process for DAC (Direct Air Capture, of CO2) is standing smack between us and burning up. Plus, fortuitously, TreeSisters is the one thing we don’t downright have to fight for tooth-and-nail. We simply have 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 that she believes that we’re 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 just meeting her, it requires a prelude. So I’ve posted a second video, illuminating how her
TreeSisters work came unexpectedly into being. With her 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, 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—to focus women’s energy, wisdom, leadership, and femininity on recovering a gentler in-and-out breathing of 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 for me, it’s a pitiful amount—yet together, we emerge strong). Strong in promoting a whole host of worthy endeavors. While, in addition—to feeling exhilarated in 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 society, the alarming escalation of species’ extinctions, the devastation and deaths wrought by drastic shifts in the weather and seasons, spawned by global warming, 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 . . .

💪🌳🌴🌿 If you email a comment to me at Contact the Author, I’ll hand-post it in the box below!
EMAILED COMMENTS

Deb
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 reading your bits about them.
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Kathleen
Yi, of course! I should have known. It’s the big trees whence you’ve always drawn your strength. Sharing for all an astounding photo of you hugging one of your favorites. Ooo love, sweet sister.
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 email arrived from our 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
© 2011 by Author Kathleen Meyer  •  All Rights Reserved 
Web site design by
RapidRiver.us

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
RapidRiver.us