ALDER

Jane BurnsUncategorized

Trees have been known to offer themselves up in sacrifice—they will fall, or succumb to felling, in order to serve another purpose or achieve a higher balance for the greater good. We also recognize that trees have many times become the place or vehicle for the sacrifices of others. In Chapter Ten of Up A Tree, young Aidan Whitford dies … Read More

Poplar

Jane BurnsUncategorized

“My sister serves a different role now,” says a standing Poplar to Clare, the protagonist of Up A Tree. The Poplar is speaking about a fellow tree that has fallen. “She is a home to the beetles and ants; she is a fertilizer that will enrich the earth and give life to new things. Every change in circumstance asks us … Read More

Oak

Jane BurnsUncategorized

In Chapter Eleven of the novel Up A Tree, an oak tree helps Clare’s mother, Lois, to heal a wound from her past. The oak sacrifices itself during a thunderstorm and loses a limb in an effort to transmute Lois’ tragic experience into one of endurance and strength. The oak tree has long been associated with strength, endurance, longevity, and … Read More