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As a child, it was one of my greatest delights to visit my grandparents in the spring when the whip-poor-wills began to call. Grandma and Grandpa lived in a remote valley of the Ozark Mountains where there were trees a plenty, and, seemingly, a whip-poor-will, or two, in each one.
My grandmother insisted that a whip-poor-will's call was not "whip-poor-will," but instead, "chip-butter-white-oak." I would listen really hard trying to hear it exactly as she said it was, but all I could hear was "whip-poor-will, whip-poor-will,..." But, I never let on to her.
I remember my grandpa watching and listening, with an amused look on his face, to one of these listening sessions. Shortly after that he began to call me, just for fun, "Chip Butter." It is a name I am proud to wear for I still love to hear that long, lonesome call on a warm summer's eve. And, sometimes, when I listen really, really hard, it seems I can hear quite clearly, "chip-butter-white-oak, chip-butter-white-oak..."

Monday, September 17, 2012

Trees and Art...

Probably the only thing I remember from my college freshman art class, Introduction to Art 101, is the instructor's admonishment to the class, "I don't want to see any trees in your work.  If I want to see a tree, I will go outside."  Why do I still remember this after all these years? 


  1. I remember many words
    from my past
    and also wonder why?
    they touched our heart
    in a deep way...

  2. Well, I am a tree hugger, a tree stitcher and a tree painter..........LOL.
    I would not have made this instuctor happy!