Author - Heather

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Bunnies and Chicks? Where?!
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Do a Little Dance!
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Did You Know? Rock Eaters Come Out in the Rain
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Gearing Up!
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What Holiday Do You Celebrate This Time of Year?
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Another Great Company We Have Heard About
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Beautiful and Inspiring Words Given to Us…I Just Had to Share.
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Ready to Unveil the Foundation!
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Western Carolina University’s Final Presentation
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Oh the Anticipation!

Bunnies and Chicks? Where?!

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One of the more widely celebrated holidays around the world is Easter.  I myself didn’t realize how widely spread it really was.

Growing up here in the US, to me it was all about the fancy new frock, handmade by my grandma with love.  I always matched my sisters’ specially made dresses, albeit in different colors.  We would gather with some of our extended family over a huge meal that my grandma, great aunt, aunts, and mother would make.  Then runpatent leather shoes around outside risking my beautiful dress and scuffing my new pats.

To some of my friends, it has always been a more religious occasion, with good reason.  For Christians, Easter is about the resurrection of Christ.  For Jews, this is a time of repentance known as Passover¹.  Some countries, I have read, celebrate anywhere from 1 to 3 weeks.  Even in India, where less than 2 percent of the population is Christian, Easter is celebrated with zeal.

As a young adult I also came to learn that this is also a time when many pagan religions celebrate the return of warmer weather and new life.  Known as Ostara, Eostar, or Eostre is celebrated around the same time².  This is always on the Spring Equinox, when the day and night are the same length of time.  Celebrations still include colored eggs, bunnies, and chicks.  Due to the timing of the day and night, it is also a time of reflection on the balance of things in our lives – life and death in particular.

No matter your belief, this is a truly beautiful time to celebrate new life, new beginnings, another opportunity to start anew with hope and high spirits.  So here is to a new beginning for each and everyone one of us!

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References

¹ http://www.courierpress.com/lifestyle/a-time-to-celebrate-many-religious-holidays-fall

² “Circle Round, Raising Children in Goddess Traditions” by Starhawk, Diane Baker, & Anne Hill

Do a Little Dance!

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It took us longer than we anticipated BUT the tentative schedule for Clarke’s run/bike trip across the USA is done.  Now that we have dates to plan around we can start contacting folks along the route that are excited to share their culture and traditions with us on behalf of their native country.

I have a few ideas for places we would like to visit already.  For example, while researching where to find “Little Saigon” in Houston, Texas, I came across an article about the first Vietnamese restaurant there.  Mai’s Restaurant was founded by Phim and Phac Nguyen in 1978.  After reading the article I am intrigued to see it for myself and sample some of their fine traditional cuisine and learn more about the Vietnamese traditions and lifestyle here in the States, as well as back in Vietnam.

I also found out – don’t laugh if you already knew this – that there is a sea in the United States!  I do not ever remember learning this in geography class growing up, nor does Clarke.  It just so happens that we will go right by it on our way out West and our timing will allow us to spend some time checking it out.  It’s called the Salton Sea.  It was created by accident over 100 years ago by a breach in an irrigation canal and the Colorado River began to fill up the Salton Sink.  It was a beautiful resort/recreation area for people until the late 70s, early 80s.  Unfortunately a large quantity of agricultural run-off an other nasty stuff has destroyed the water and most of the surrounding eco-system.  California has been Oak in the Salton Seacontemplating how to tackle this huge challenge to protect future generations from the repercussions.  This is a sad situation but a good learning tool as well.  A perfect example of how, if we are not conscious of our actions and the chain of events that can unfold, things like this can happen.  It gives us an opportunity to begin to take responsibility and begin to fix things, one positive step at a time.

We’ll continue to keep you updated as we find cool places, and most especially, cool people to see along our trip.  For now, I’ve included the calendar below as well as on the World Tree Circle Run page for you to take a look.  Please send us any recommendations you have for our stops along the way and any special site seeing we should be sure not to miss out on along the way!

 

Did You Know? Rock Eaters Come Out in the Rain

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Where to begin?  An apology is in order, so I will start there.  I am sorry that so much time lapses between posts.  Consistency is something that all good business and life coaches repeat over and over.  I get it, I do.  There has been so much going on that Clarke and I have been leaving things unfinished each night and falling into bed around 11pm each night.  And to be quite honest with myself and all of you – consistency is definitely something I am still working on, lol.

So what have we been doing, you ask?  Still working on the Run Map and getting ready for our first meeting with the new teams from WCU this semester, of course!

The Run is coming along.  Slower than I had first expected it to, but not without progress.  So far, I have mapped our tentative stops from Highlands, North Carolina, to Palisades Park, NJ.  I haven’t cemented our stops yet, but I do have ideas and possible places to rest at the end of each day.  We even found a few interesting things along the route that we may have to stop and take a look at.  Did you know there are Ghost Bicycle memorials along the highways in some places?  There are bikes painted entirely white and positioned near roads where a cyclist was killed.  There is one not to far from our route as we pass through Pennsylvania.  You can read more about it here GhostBikes.org and see a list of ghost bike 1the current locations around the world along with the names of those they were erected for.  Sobering thought, considering Clarke will be biking every other day.

We will definitely be keeping safety in mind while Clarke is out.  We want him very visible for more reasons than just getting the word out about World Tree Circle! 🙂

 

 

We have also finished gathering our initial “info packets” for the WCU students to help us get off to a very smooth start this semester.  Things like passwords, what the last group accomplished, and so on.  We will be working with 2 teams, 3 students each.  Clarke and I like to meet with the students at least once a week to share what we have all been accomplishing and what the goals are for the upcoming week.  It makes it much easier to address any challenges that come up right away and helps us all stay on the right track.  Since these meetings can be jammed packed with news from everyone we will need to meet with our teams separately most of the time to maximize all our time.  We will meet as a whole company now and again to make sure we are all staying true to the business model that we have in mind for World Tree, but not every week.  Our student are only required to spend about 6 hours a week working on this project and we want them to spend as much of that as possible on the tasks at hand.

Needless to say, we are looking forward to meeting all these new professionals and the extra help and creativity they will bring to the table.  If you can bear with me and check back now and again you will see regular updates on how things are progressing.  This semester I will be asking our students to give us at least one blog post with their experience working on this site and the run crowd funding, if not regular posts on what they are up to along the way.

 

Also – we will be adding Clarke’s PICTURES ON THE RUN photos to the WTC Store in the coming weeks.  We will be making them available at the best prices we can – an all proceeds will go towards funding the upcoming run and the creation of WorldTreeCircle.com’s online community.  So, keep your eye out for those and feel free to purchase as many as you like!  Here are some of the photos you can expect to see for sale….

  • Through the Veil
  • Sticky Subject
  • Shine Through
  • The Rock Eaters Come Out in the Rain
  • Steadfast
  • Fractals
  • Roman Arches
  • Guardians
  • Seen and Unseen

Gearing Up!

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Since we began this endeavor in 2013 we have made progress in leaps and bounds.  Despite being a team of 2 on and off.  2014 was full of “leaps” for World Tree Circle.  We teamed up with Western Carolina University’s Business College.  We have been able to interact with up-and-coming individuals in their field, helping us to gain new perspectives.  We now have the foundation for the actual community site.  As well as having built a fast growing group of followers on 3 different social media sites – most, if not all, of which are not duplicated from those 3 communities!western carolina univ logo

So it is with great pleasure we can announce that in this new year, we will continue to make great advances.  We will be teaming with WCU again this semester and will be assigned two teams.  One for the fundraising (most likely IndieGoGo or Kickstarter) and the other to focus entirely on the development of the site where our last student team left off.  This is extremely exciting.  I for one have very high hopes for this semester’s students.  We learned a lot from our last joint effort and will be able to improve on much this semester.

Also, along with defining exactly how much money we need to build World Tree Circle and fund the run, we are working on getting the run mapped out and deciding on the schedule for stops to meet new people along the way.  Our tentative date to head out from Highlands, NC, is June 14th.  We will have to keep up a pretty vigorous pace, but the goal is to be back in Franklin, NC, on August 10, 2015.  That will give our kiddos some time to unwind and get ready for the upcoming school year to start.  Considering all the places they will see, the new people they will have met, and the amazing things those people will have shared – we will all need at least that much time to sort of assimilate all we have experienced.

communicating across culturesWe will be doing intensive research on functions and places steeped in the cultures we have picked for this trip.  We want to get the best examples we can find here in the States.  If you know of something, or someone, we should be sure not to miss, please let us know.  Send us a quick note or email at info@worldtreecircle.com.

Here’s to Great things in the New Year!

 

What Holiday Do You Celebrate This Time of Year?

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As I enjoy days of indulging in lots of good food, time with my family and close friendS, watching my kids open presents, and exclaim over their good fortune I find myself reflecting on what a small portion of us around the world actually share this tradition with me.   What are my fellow brothers and sisters around the globe are doing this week?  Are they celebrating at all?  If so, what are the celebrating and how?

My family traditions have changed a little as I’ve grown older but being together has not changed.  My parents put up a live tree with ornaments collected over our lifetimes.  Each and every one has a story, and together they are the narrative of my loved ones lives together.  This brightly colored tree with its branches laden with the love and memories of my family is the quiet yet powerful symbol of our Christmas.  We exchange gifts carefully thought out and presented with exhilarating anticipation of the receiver’s joy in receiving it.

We stay up late and talk into the wee hours of the night.  Catching up on all the daily affairs we’ve missed out on.  You see, Clarke and I live in North Carolina with our children but we are originally from Ohio and most of our family is still there.  Our kids run with their cousins and enjoy staying up until way past their bedtime, while we adults laugh and joke with each other during the short time we have together before we have to head back to work and school.  It is a joyous time no matter how many gifts or their monetary expenses.

Tis the season to be grateful and giving.  A time of love and peace.  I’m fascinated by all the different facets of tradition and celebrations around the world.  Whether I am of the same mind or not, each and every belief is to be respected.

Would you care to share the Holiday you celebrate this time of year and how you celebrate?  What are your family traditions?  My family and I would be honored if you would share with us and our loved ones?

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Another Great Company We Have Heard About

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There are so many great ideas giving birth to some amazing movements and projects that it is sometimes hard to know where to start.  We believe World Tree Circle will be a great venue to share future great ideas.  In our search for examples of the positive and inspiring actions of our fellow man we come across some truly heartwarming and sometimes even breathtakingly beautiful people.  Recently, a family member shared a new company in Ohio that has a great idea and are putting it to action.

Sage Sustainable Electronics strives to repurpose our old electronics to save our Planet and our money.  Definitely worth keeping on your radar.  check it out:

Beautiful and Inspiring Words Given to Us…I Just Had to Share.

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World Tree Circle is the place that people turn to where products, businesses, and ideas whose goal it is to solve intractable problems, heal the earth, and share knowledge for the benefit of all are found. 

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Such beautiful words.  I can’t lay claim to them.  These are thanks to a World Tree Circle supporter like you.  Clarke’s dad, in fact.  From Clarke’s passionate explanation and defense of our pursuits to create this website, Mick has seen the picture described in his own words above.  World Tree Circle will be that, and so much more.  Our imagination is the limit.  It will be a simple social network for some.  For others it will be a tool.  And for those intrepid souls with limitless imaginations and faith it will be a place to gather with their fellow man and create a new world where we are all equal and beautiful.  Where we can solve the unsolvable and learn how to be…more.

In the words of Shakespeare, “We are such stuff as dreams are made on.”

 

Ready to Unveil the Foundation!

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We’re finally ready to show you what we have to so far.  Christian, Pat, Vin and Nadja worked hard over the last semester on how best to create this site for us all through surveys, focus groups, and lots of research.  Below is a screenshot of the foundation for the site that Christian and Pat turned over to us on Thursday.  There is still lots of work to do but now it is ready for all of you creative and giving Open Source designers to jump in and play!  It is being created on GitHub so you can look it up and see what we have so far.  We would love to see all your suggestions and comments and will be keeping an eye out for your Pull Requests.

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Western Carolina University’s Final Presentation

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What a day!  We were scheduled to be “on” at 10am this morning but due to a little snaffoo, our group presented at 10:30a instead.  We thought we had everything ready.  T-shirts for the team were done and bagged up ready to go.  We got to bed and were able to get a decent nights sleep, despite our excitement.  Even got out the door at a better than usual time.

Then we realized we left the shirts on the chair by the phone – back at the house.  We would have been doing okay, but there was a sweet English Staffordshire Terrier mama in the road on our way home that just wouldn’t get out of the road and stay there.  We couldn’t leave her there to get killed.  So, despite already running almost 10 minutes behind for a presentation that would last approximately 15 minutes, we tucked her into the car where she gratefully settled in and took her home to keep her safe until we could contact her owner with the number on her collar.

Dr. Yue Hillon was wonderful.  She let our group hold off and put another group up in our slot so that we wouldn’t miss our team present.  I’d like to say it went off without a hitch.  I’d be lying.  However, it was a very small hitch (not counting being 15 minutes late, of course).  Part of the powerpoint presentation didn’t load but Christian barely missed a bit with his speech and they all kept smiling and moving confidently forward.  It was great.

During the question portion there were great comments and shows of support and interest from the other business owners present.  It was exhilarating as well as enlightening.  we stayed after for a bit talking with the team about how we would implement many of their recommendations and received several offers for further help.  We will continue to work closely with Western Carolina University through their internship program as well as future ventures with the the Business College’s capstone projects whenever we can.  Dr. Hillon has been a tremendous help and would like to continue to do so going forward. So look to hear more of our great adventures with WCU, SBTDC, and Yue Hillon and Wendy Cagle in the future.

Team World Tree Circle (WCU) 2014-12-11

Oh the Anticipation!

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It feels like Christmas Eve a bit tonight at the World Tree Circle Headquarters.  Tomorrow is the day that the Western Carolina University Business College students will present all their hard work to the businesses that they have been teamed up with over the last semester.  We have been working pretty closely with our team, meeting once a week whenever possible.  We got lots of great ideas and the the bones of what will become World    Tree    Circle.  True, it will be the bare bones.  These students had a short amount of time to work on what will be a very dynamic site.  But it is real now.  Not just a concept in our heads, or even a mock-up on paper. Tomorrow our students will present that in front of other businesses and their fellow graduates.  How exciting is that?  The closest I can come to describing it is that feeling we had as kids in the wee hours before Christmas when we could finally get out of bed and run to the tree.  Anyone else know that feeling?  Do you have a holiday or occasion that elicits a similar feeling?  We’d love to hear about it!

We’d like to give a huge thank you to Patrick Ballance, Christian Crawford, Nadja Heller, and Vin Pratt  for all the support, ideas, and help you have given us.  It was a true pleasure.

We’ll be sure to share all the new stuff we get in the presentation tomorrow as soon as we can.

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