Writing in the time of COVID-19: Day Sixty Seven

[I had an (online) outreach event tonight for the J-O-B, so I’m recycling something I recently wrote about ‘ōhi’a, the most abundant tree in Hawai’i’s native forest. To read the entire story, supported by some wonderful graphics by Daisy Chung, click here.] The seed of the most important tree in Hawai‘i’s native forests is no…

Writing in the time of COVID-19: Day Thirty Six

Today, we’re celebrating ‘Ōhi‘a Lehua Day, and I’m writing about trees for the third day in a row. (Don’t worry; I’m not sharing poetry again today!) We planted a two-foot-tall ‘ōhi‘a (Metrosideros polymorpha) in our yard about a year ago. As I tend to do, I use natural fertilizer to give the trees a head…

Writing in the time of COVID-19: Day Thirty-Five

“It’s gray here,” I texted my friend Anne this morning. We often write together virtually first thing in the morning. “How are things in your neck of the woods?” “Sunny,” she replied. Anne lives in California. “Birds are singing.” “Here, too,” I wrote. “I can’t imagine a world without birds,” she said. “Our first line…

Writing in the time of COVID-19: Day Thirty-Four

I’m thinking about trees. Appropriate for Earth Day + one. Appropriate also for the days leading up to ‘Ōhi’a Lehua Day this Saturday. I think about trees every day, all day. I talk about trees every day, all day. My job is to think and talk about trees all day, five days a week. In…