Trees Don’t Rush


Angela Bell Julien is an avid writer and poet who has dedicated her life to teaching others about the power of words. A native Arizonan, Angela received her master’s degree in English from Northern Arizona University and spent thirty-five years teaching English and serving as a principal in Arizona high schools. She currently works as an educational consultant for schools in the western United States. Decades of watching people of all ages move through their lives has given her special insight into the habits that help people grow and find fulfillment in their myriad of moments. Angela’s greatest inspirations come from her family. She is married and has two daughters, two sons-in-law, and six grandchildren.

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Time is a valuable commodity. People often say time is what keeps them from doing what they dream of doing, what they need to do, and what they should do. They believe that time is not available to them. The truth? Time is everywhere. It is ours to make, to destroy, to keep, to harbor. Nature teaches us many lessons about time. Nature doesn’t hurry; it takes the time necessary to sculpt the greatest canyons and to bloom the most fragile blossom, and the world waits.

Trees Don’t Rush is a gift to all my fellow moment-missers. It encourages us to be mindful of the present, to take time to breathe, stretch, grow, and to nourish ourselves and others. The poems are meant to be pondered and the paintings contemplated in peace. The journal pages ask you to sit, be mindful, and then record reflections. May each portion of this book lead you to finding great joy in the moments of your life.


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