Planting Trees – Home Decor Online Tips

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This piece originally appeared in the November 2020 issue of Popular Woodworking

As I write this, I’m sitting in my basement (“home office”) in Minneapolis, a few days after my 35th birthday.

It is 2020 and the world is facing the pandemic effects of Covid. It is not going well for the United States.

I think about how I got here at this point in my life. Was he watching the New Yankee Workshop on weekends with my dad? Was it Mr. Bokern who showed me how to thoughtfully write about almost anything during my freshman history class in high school? Was it Randy who hired me part-time when I graduated from journalism school?

Was it my mom who indulged all my wacky creative impulses, including nearly a decade of band performances and loud music to rock? Was it Monica, who gave me my first real benefit job and shot in the publishing world?

Was it Jim who took me to shoot video and shared details of full-time freelance work and encouraged me to pick up a video camera? Was it one of the many other influences I encountered?

The answer, of course, is all of the above (and more). I am the product of everyone who helped me along the way, who inspired me, who cared enough to help me.

I have been thinking a lot about this aphorism lately: “A society grows big when old people plant trees in whose shade they know they will never sit.” Today it sounds loud and clear to me. As carpenters, we directly benefit from the trees planted before we were born. Counting the rings at the end of a board is a great way to reflect on the passage of time.

On a more philosophical orientation, I’m thinking about doing things to make the world a better place long after I’m gone. Creating any kind of lasting change isn’t easy. We can donate money, offer our time and devote ourselves to learning more different cultures. One person can have a huge impact.

Even though personal and social politics have become very divisive, instead of feeling pain or sadness, I feel hope. I am optimistic and I see so many people around the world doing good, building on the progress made by previous generations. While I may not live long enough to see all the wonderful things the future has in store, I still intend to do my best to make sure tomorrow is better than today. Planting trees is a good start.


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