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Cercis is the “Tree Hugger” Contributor on Squidoo

13cercis_canadensis_albaToday, we’re happy to introduce you to Cercis. She’s our “Tree Hugger” Contributor on Squidoo.

Tell us a little bit about your niche topic.
A tree hugger may by definition be a nature lover or more forcefully an activist, environmentalist or ecologist. I am literally and figuratively all of these…however, I bring to my love of trees the old saying “words are mightier than the sword.” I want to share my love, enthusiasm, appreciation and knowledge of trees with readers and fellow Squidoo members. Like Dr. Seuss’ Lorax, I want to speak for the trees.

Tell us about the moment you fell in love with your topic. Was it an immediate thing or did it happen over time?
I fell in love with trees between the ages of two to four. One of my earliest memories of growing up in Cleveland, OH is of my father and me along Euclid Creek on an overgrown path leading toward Lake Erie. I talk; he listens. I ask questions; he answers. There are enormous willow trees growing along the creek banks and they fascinate me. We actually return to this place many times, always heading for the willows.

Who had the most influence in your life?
Probably my parents who not only grew and exhibited roses, but shared the same passion with some of my mother’s siblings. I learned by observation how to amend soil, site and care for plants, and the beauty of well-grown plants. They also gave me plenty of time to read, write and dream.

You’ll also find Cercis at:


Trees at Pinterest

Tree Hugger on Squidoo

Cercis invites you to visit and leave a review at her curation list, The Tree Hugger’s Book List.

Robin Svedi aka rms is a Community Organizer and member of the Creative Team at where her daily mission is to help lensmasters build better and more successful lenses about the things they know and love.

  • DaisyDixon

    Congratulations, my favorite tree is a Weeping Willow, we have several around here :) Nice to meet you.

  • dookieharris2

    good stuff!

  • Brite-Ideas

    a wonderful area for you to be charge of, congratulations on your appointment – I find sitting by trees, looking at them, having them all around our home, to be very peaceful – (we planted 50 cedars in our backyard over 20 years ago) and I consider those trees family now :) – I understand your attachment to them :)

  • getmoreinfo

    Congratulations, great topic too.

  • trevorjb1406

    Have you ever heard of Holm Oak trees? They are like an evergreen oak but with smaller leaves and I believe they were planted here by the Romans for ship building. The downside is they shed leaves all the time but they are evergreen. A nice lens and I’m all for looking after our trees, we can’t live without them!

    • cercis70

      Yes, Holm oaks are a native part of the forest on the slopes of Mt. Subasio which shelter the town of Assisi in which I spent time in October. At near-by Eremo delle Carceri (Carceri Hermitage),there is a legendary holm oak , often called the birds tree, at which according to legend St. Francis preached to the birds. You must be from Britain if the Romans brought these oaks to your area. Thanks for checking out my introduction.

      • trevorjb1406

        Yes, I live in Broadstairs on the south east coast. The town is famous for Charles Dickens as he wrote some of his books here. Thanks for the information on the Holm Oaks, because I am not an expert so your answer is very interesting. I haven’t seen them in other parts of the UK on in this area. You will be pleased to hear that all the trees here are listed, so cannot be felled!

        • cercis70

          Yes…I think it’s great when a town or region can get their trees “listed” or whatever term is used. IN the town in western MA in which I lived for over 40 years, we had an ordinance (bylaw) that stated no tree could be cut on the public right-of-way (edges of roads in most cases) without a “field examination” and a hearing. My husband and I were responsible in great part for the passing of that bill at the annual town meeting.

          • cercis70

            BTW, I’ll have to do more research on Holm oaks in the Broadstairs area.

  • cercis70

    Hi Robin, Thanks so much for the introduction. I appreciate it!

    • rms

      Thank you for all you’re doing.

  • Colin323

    Good to meet a tree hugger – they deserve to be.

  • Kathryn Grace

    Congratulations on your appointment! So happy to discover this shared love of trees with you. Thank you for taking on the contributor role. I look forward to watching this niche grow here on Squidoo and will participate in your challenges as I am able to find the time.

  • SherwinG

    Congrats for being selected for such a great topic.

  • adventuretravelshop

    Where would we be without trees – in deep despair! What a great niche – good luck with it.

  • jsr54

    Love your story about the willows and you dad – priceless! And look what it has turned in to!

  • cercis70

    Such lovely comments from you all. Thank you so much! I am sorry that there is no “like” button to push after each of your comments :-)

  • Sylvestermouse

    Few things are more beautiful on this earth than trees, except for the people who love and protect them. An awesome Contributor selection!

  • LindaWhite

    I am a big lover of trees, so I will be watching for some great articles. Congrats !

  • Vortrek_Grafix

    I totally understand the passion for trees, especially old growth. One of the items on my bucket list is hot air balloon ride over the Amazon. There are still vast areas of pristine forestation as far as the eye can see.

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