Nicolette Cagle is a Nicholas School lecturer, environmental writer and naturalist. She sees the world through bud scars and leaf shapes. Woody plant species and scientific tree names are her second tongue. She is the tree lady of Durham.
I was curious to determine whether artificial trees were truly the green alternative versus natural Christmas trees.
As an undergraduate senior eager to capitalize on my last few classes, I was drawn into this concept of meditation. Mindfulness took front and center, but it was not in my efforts to tame my wandering mind that I became so cognizant of the present. Rather, it was in my effort to become a “skilled” environmental major that an awareness of the present took hold.