I’m writing a new memoir about my deep and healing connection to nature. I started listening to trees when I was seven-years-old. For a while, I lost that connection and suffered deeply. Part of my healing as an adult has been reestablishing these wild and unconventional knowings. It goes without saying that it’s time to pay attention to the forests and the wild things. They are sentient and for too long we have ignored this. Trees, birds, bugs, fish, and animals have a lot to teach us, and the older I get, the more imperative it feels to truly stop and listen.