In 2009, Michelina wrote a review for ARTES Magazine on artwork by Kathy Hirshon, entitled Spirited Trees, which was on exhibit at the Bartlett Arboretum in Stamford, CT. Inspired, the concept grew from a review to a book consisting of poems Michelina wrote as well as interviews of local Connecticut individuals who embrace qualities of sustainability and spirituality and who are working towards building strong community ties. Echoes: Listening to the Voices in Spirited Trees is Michelina’s first book and embraces creativity, sustainability, spirituality, and humanity all in one swoop!
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…More than a common ideology, Docimo, Hirshon, and Boone all have one thing that ties them together: a connection to the Earth. They each talk about how nature affects them in one way or the other. And, they each have their own tree stories—Hirshon planting a tree with her grandmother and Docimo picking blackberries from a tree in front of her childhood home. And for Boone, his tree story may not happen for a while. When it comes time to leave this life, he wants his ashes buried beneath a Sequoia tree, one of the oldest living tree species on the planet.
From dust, we return to dust. It is a cycle. We are all one. Isn’t that the true meaning of sustainability?
A significant sign of our times is the turning of many to the “subtle realms” of reality– for solace, inspiration, indeed for discovering a Cosmic sense of Being and Reality. It is no small matter in a world confronted by massive, even life- threatening, challenges. Such “little” moments– becoming huge for the Soul– form the essence of Echoes: Listening to the Voices in Spirited Trees by Michelina Docimo and her collaborators. Difficult for a world so hard-pressed to believe such moments may hold the very spark of enlightenment we are looking for? Perhaps…but here is an invitation to explore! Enter through that “narrow” door and what a surprising turn your own life may take! Enjoy this book; recommend it to others.
Hi Michelina, I enjoyed your book so much. Spirited Trees is a wicker basket full of testimonies that life is precious fruit and we too are the fruit of that basket. Thank you for sharing the visions of yourself and those included in this book.
from Duane Leve Corey, Artist
This book is such a thoughtful compilation of culturally diverse stories, ideas, traditions and wisdom. At it’s core it reminds us no matter what our differences, through nature and each other we are brought together again, one in God. A beautifully written book that allows you to experience life through many different eyes & backgrounds, “Spirited Trees” encourages you to reflect and rediscover the beauty of nature, all but forgotten in a chaotic world.
from Rikki N.
This book made me want to go out and hug a tree! The author’s deep love and respect for nature are sincere and heartfelt. The quotes that accompany each interview were so appropriate and thought provoking. The people in the stories were fascinating and down to earth. So much so, I’d like to invite them all to dinner! I curled up with a cup of tea and enjoyed the beautiful artwork, poems, and stories. It’s a joy to read!from Pauline M.
… a beautiful, moving book that had me thinking and reflecting on every page. Each word has its purpose. This book left me feeling inspired and motivated to create my own impression on the world.
from Melanie Rice, Artist