Category - The Run

Start Today – Be the Change
Bunnies and Chicks? Where?!
Do a Little Dance!
Did You Know? Rock Eaters Come Out in the Rain
Gearing Up!
The Run Map Now Live – Check it Out!
We’re Ready to Start Taking Your Orders
T-Shirts Coming Soon! Watch for the Order Form
Pictures on the Run
The Running Possibilities…

Start Today – Be the Change

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I began today like I always do.  I did my 20 minutes of meditation to help myself get off on the right foot, then checked my messages on Facebook and email.  The first thing I saw was a post one of my closest friends added early this morning about Baltimore.  I cannot explain the feeling of sadness and loss when I read about the violence in Baltimore, but I don’t think I really need to.  It put a weight, a feeling of responsibility to make positive changes in my life and my actions starting immediately.  Many Americans, and possibly many around the world, are feeling the same as I do today.  Americans want change.  The world wants change.  Malcontent has been brewing for ages.  We’ve seen it boil over more and more often and closer and closer to home each time.  Not always in a way that will bring about the changes we all seek.  Undermining and overshadowing the good being done everywhere.  No one wants anyone to die.  NO one wants pain and suffering and destruction.  I hear it all around me, this wish for things to be better.  The corruption to cease and life to better.  Yet so many feel that they don’t have any say.  That speaking out will only give them grief without making a difference in the long run.   We aren’t alone.  Rather than take our frustration out on one another, we need to join together.  Stand shoulder to shoulder and communicate like the intelligent and compassionate people we are.  Bridge the gaps that have grown between us.

Then I read another post about Balitmore.  One by a favorite artist of mine, Michael Franti.  Michael is a man I have come to highly respect, for his words but also for his actions.  My daddy always told me, it’s not just what someone says, it what they do.  I have tried to remember that about myself and of others.  Michael is trying to be the person he asks each of us to be.  True to himself and his fellow men (and women 🙂 ).  There is a better way to rise above and bring positive and peaceful change.  No one says it will be easy and none of us are perfect. We will make mistakes.  But is doesn’t have to be this way, I know that for certain.  I feel it deep in my soul.  We can learn from out mistakes and do things differently from this day forward.  Live conscientiously.  Michael says it so much more eloquently.  Check out his call to action here:

I am surrounded by amazing people and meet more every day.  Yes there is darkness & yes there is loss in life.  That is natural.  Without those things we wouldn’t appreciate the good things to their fullest.  There is also so, so, so much light!  So much joy and abundance and love that it overwhelms.  You just have to have faith.  I’m not talking about religious faith, though for many that is a great part of it too.  I’m talking about believing, with every fiber of your being, that things will change for the better.  The violence and hatred and suppression and fear will be washed away and balance restored.  It starts with you.  Believe you are great.  You are worthy.  BECAUSE YOU ARE.  Then extend that feeling to the people you meet everyday.  No matter who they are and how they treat you.  Be open and give.  Give to yourself and give to others.

That is one of the many reasons we are creating World Tree Circle.  We want to create a place where we can all connect, even when we can’t be together in person.  Help us make this happen.  There is no time to waste.  Let’s become a true global community!

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!





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 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’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….

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

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

Here’s to Great things in the New Year!


The Run Map Now Live – Check it Out!

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We’ve been having a bit of a challenge finding a mapping program that would allow us to map out the run/bike route while showing what countries we would visit.  the number of location per layer seemed to be the sticking point.  We even upgraded to Google Maps Pro but haven’t been totally successful.  Still not sure if its the program or the user. :/  However, diligence has paid off some what and we do have a pretty decent map to share with everyone so far.  There are 3 routes, each in 2 sections (due to the limit of locations per layer).  One is for the run route, one for the bike route and one for the driving route the kids, critters and I will have to take to keep up.

We’re Ready to Start Taking Your Orders

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T-shirt Mock up #2


World Tree Circle is ready to take pre-orders for your WTC T-shirts.  Remember, we have to get 500 ordered before BluBus will start printing them.  Once we have meet our goal, we will send out an email to everyone who ordered to let you know that your T-shirt is being made and approximately when you can expect to receive it in the mail.

The breakdown:

You pay $15 for your shirt.

Paypal takes 2.9% of the cost per shirt + 0.30 per transaction.

We get the shirts from BluBus for $8 a piece.

So World Tree Circle will make approximately $6 off of each shirt.  These proceeds are used to keep World Tree Circle growing and help get the word out.

Click Here to Order Your World Tree Circle Shirt

T-Shirts Coming Soon! Watch for the Order Form

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The t-shirt design is finished and the first colors picked out.  Very exciting! We will be posting the order form here and on all our social media accounts in the coming week.  In order to make them available sooner, we will be taking pre-orders.  Once we have 500 ordered, BluBus will start printing and we’ll start shipping them out to you.

 All proceeds will go to funding the site and advertising, including Clarke’s WTC Run set for next summer.

T-shirt Mock up #2

Pictures on the Run

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Sunshine Vista

The Running Possibilities…

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With the help of Google Earth and Wiki, I’ve got a rough draft, so to speak, of the places Clarke could run to.  He’d like to stay on the East Coast as much as possible.  However, some countries aren’t represented here on the East coast so he’ll need to travel to California and/or Hawaii among others.

Here’s the list in the order he may have traveled around the globe and the U.S. locations that have the highest populations from there.

1. Mexico (This is close enough that he may just run to Mexico for real) Guanajuato has 3 wk international festival of the arts in October.

2. Brazil: East Newark, NJ; North Bay Village, FL; N. 34th St New York, NY

3. Nigeria: Prince George’s, MD; Baltimore, MD; Nigerian-American Council in DC (

4. Egypt: Dearborn, MI; Great Jones St, between Broadway and Lafayette St. in New York there’s an Annual Arab-American & North African Street Festival (was held June 21st this year)

5. Spain: St. Augustine, FL; New Orleans, LA; New York; Florida; West Virginia

6. France: (Louisiana Creole) New England, Northern New York (Statue of Liberty from France)

7. UK (Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales): North Carolina, specifically Western North Carolina in and around Macon and Jackson Counties. (Home!!)

8. Germany: Lely Resort, FL; German-American Steuben Parade held the 3rd Sat in Sept.

9. Italy: Manhattan or the Bronx, NY; South Philly, PA; Newark, NJ; Johnston, RI; Staten Island, NY; Cincinnati, OH

10. Turkey: NYC; Rochester, NY; Washington D.C; Detroit, MI; Turkish-American Festival on 4/23

11. Iran: Bergen County, NJ; Las Angeles, CA (“Inraneles” to Iranian-Americans according to Wikipedia); Washington, DC; New York

12. Russia: New York Metro Area; Pikesville, MD; Roslyn Estates, NY; Peaceful Valley, CA; Sharon Springs, NY

13. China: San Francisco, CA; Honolulu, HI; Ann Arbor, MI; Everett, WA

14. India: Jersey City, NY; Plano, TX; San Jose, CA; Austin, TX; Atlanta, GA

15. Vietnam: San Jose, CA; Garden Grove, CA; “Little Saigon” in Orange, CA; “Little Saigon” in Houston, TX

16. Indonesia: Southern California (historically Berkley College)

17. Philippines: Greater LA Las Angeles County, CA; Oahu, HI

18. Korea: Bergen County – Bergen County – Palisades Park, NJ Broad Ave. in Koreatown; Las Angeles, CA; Anaheim, CA; New York, NY

19. Japan: Honolulu, HI; Gardena, CA; Dublin, OH (5th highest)

20. USA – Put it to a vote?

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