along a walk with a dear friend i picked up this stick. her dog immediately wanted it, but i wanted it, too. i wanted to capture its beauty and texture. i love sticks. truly. there is something so special about sticks. i've been painting on them lately, tending to notice them more and more. i know my spirituality is connected to trees. i'm not sure of the connection being drawn to sticks in this way, but i know it's there and i'm becoming attunded to the connection itself. there's something sacred in the beauty of what my hands hold.