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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Outdoor Wednesday







Take time out from your busy holiday activity and join me for Outdoor Wednesday. You will find many interesting outdoor sights at Susan, A Southern Daydreamer's place.










Throughout most of the year, this is a lonely, little tree on top of hill, along a busy freeway, with downtown in the background. Several years ago, a sweet little lady decorated it to honor the homeless. She had at one time been homeless herself. Year after year, she came at Christmas and decorated the tree. One Christmas she never came. People wondered about her. The newspaper said she had become to weak to climb the hill to reach the tree.


From that day forward, people come for every holiday and decorate the little tree for her. This is the tree as it has been decorated today honoring the homeless in a Christmas spirit.


Due to so much publicity and concern for this lady, one of local writers, Leslie M. Gordon, has put together this book honoring her and the tree. I have an autographed copy of the book, and love the way she tells the story and illustrates it.

29 comments:

xinex said...

What a lovely story! Thanks for sharing it....Christine

Kristine said...

That is a wonderful story. I just can't imagine how they get those decorations up there...

vignette design said...

What a beautiful story. I would love that book. --Delores

Betsy from Tennessee said...

What a neat neat story, LV. I'm going to check out that book--and see if I can get a copy.

Cute little tree---and how nice, to honor the homeless..

Great post. Thanks, LV.
Hugs,
Betsy

luna miranda said...

the decorated tree for the homeless is a wonderful idea! a heart-warming story.

claudie said...

LV
I adore this tree! What a great way to honour a great soul.
My girlfriend and I also have our fave tree. It's our protector... long story.
Love your OW today
LOVE Claudie
xoxox

Light and Voices said...

Great post!
Joyce, IL, USA

chubskulit said...

I am so touched with your post and the story that goes along with it.

My Outdoor Wednesday

SmilingSally said...

What a neat story; I never have heard it. Thanks for sharing, LaVoice.

Danica said...

I love this story. Thanks for sharing.

Hootin' Anni said...

Love the story...love the tree!!


My Wednesday issue is posted. Come see my lighted Christmas Village HERE.

Thena said...

Love teh calendar. My Mom collects hummingbirds. Love the Christmas card you sent. Thank you!! Look forward to getting to know you.

bj said...

I just googled this tree and see that I can order the book online...I will check with our local book stores first,...saving postage! :O)
Thanks so much for all this wonderful information....
xo bj

JLS Hall (Joysweb) said...

Such a touching and inspiring story! Thanks for posting this.

E @ Scottsville said...

Oh, that is an awesome story! So glad they even made a BOOK about it?!

Very neat!

♥Georgie♥ said...

that story about the tree is so heart-warming! wow

Heidi said...

That is a lovely story, so heartwarming when people reach out to one another like that. Thanks for sharing it!
Happy Holidays
XO
Heidi - Heart and Home

Coffeedoff said...

Ah that is a lovely story.

ellen b. said...

That is such a sweet story. What a cute little Christmas display it is, too. It would make me smile every time I passed it...

Lori E said...

Now that is a Christmas story to share. And a book too. Awesome

eileeninmd said...

What a nice story! Thanks for sharing the story and the photos.

Elisa said...

Hi! Thanks for stopping by on my blog. We are moving to Texas soon - Ft. Hood for the Army. I love that story about the tree. I will have to try to find that book online, it looks wonderful. That story really touched my heart.

Eden said...

Such a wonderful story. I will check out the book in the book shops here. Thanks for sharing..

sissie said...

Every now and then you hear a story that just tugs at your heart strings....and your just did. That sad little lonely tree sure comes to life when all the trim is added and it knows it's standing for something good.
Thanks for showing us.

Heart2Heart said...

LV,

You always find the most beautiful things to blog about. This one just takes my breath away. What a nice way to honor the homeless and the work one lady did.

Love and Hugs ~ Kat

George said...

You've just shown that there are many good people in this country, even if we hear mostly about the bad.

Irene said...

What a lovely story! Thanks for sharing!

Keetha Broyles said...

Oh, I LOVE this.

Nook Cranny Gifts said...

I LOVE THIS STORY, THIS IS FABULOUS. I love the tree. I am moved.
Thanks for sharing this.
Michele