6.02.2011

Tree of Life ... Memories for Generations

Ratajczyk house on East 18th Street

I wanted to thank the many people who have emailed us that they planted forestry in Pete's honor ...  a ROSE bush (Pete Sr., Nettie's & Peter's favorite) in Germany ... MAPLE trees in the Pacific Northwest ...  EVERGREENS in Canada ... an OAK tree in Norway ... a seedling in Italy ...  for the man forever known as The Green Man.

You all are so special to us, and every time someone sends me a note about it, I relay the gesture to the rest of the family.

People have asked me if I knew of a group seeking donations for a tree planting in Pete's honor in Prospect Park. At the moment, no one from that group has contacted this blog directly. I don't know anything about it, nor do I know the people behind the organization. I do invite them to contact this blog. I'd love to know more about the project.

I found this very clear video ... hope you enjoy:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HXElz24unHc

And another tribute video that I wanted to share:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ehGmNQjQ1nA

27 comments:

  1. The blog is called Peter's Tree : I have subscribed but there has not been any activity on it,as of late. I agree that these dedications are heart-felt tributes to your brother and I enjoy all your postings on this site with bittersweet affection.

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  2. Hiya! Peter certainly has been an inspiration for so many people and to me and my family he will live on forever as our Green Man. We planted a Maple tree in our garden on the Anniversary of Petes death, we love and care for it and it is growing wonderfully and is a daily reminder that Pete is still with us in spirit! "Peter's Tree" is the Facebook Group set up by Emma Earley and we have been raising money for the tree in prospect park for a few months now, we are aiming for $2000 to have a tree planted and dedicated to Peter in the Park (we have currently raised $1200) the group is now 200 people strong and peters fans from all over the world have and are continuing to donate!!! I will let Emma know to get in touch : )

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  3. I believe the person who created it, is Emma Earley. It's wonderful that so many people have come together to honor peter's memory. Thank you for sharing...Thank you for the videos as well :)

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  4. I just thought that the rose bush need water. It is very dry here..., but I am hopeful that it will be a huge rose. The monks sell the best plants.
    Many also have donated to animal welfare, or a stray cat adopted, to honor your uncle.
    I.

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  5. thank you for the vid posts,they are among my favorite type o negative songs.i think its great that people are planting in memory of peter,my lil girls and i planted a flower garden (small one) in his honor,ill post pics when i can.they asked me who peter was and i got some cd's out and we listened,lol sometimes they put their hands to their ears and complained it was too loud,i said to them "thats how you listen to it" so in time they learned to love it!lol they love the song green man and everytime we listen to it they ask when the blue man,or red man song will come on lol kids are a trip!
    -erik hernandez-

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  6. I know this is not relevant to this post, but what is happening about the T-shirt?

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  7. there is a page on Facebook called Peter's Tree....I will share the link with Cathy...the donation goes directly to Prospect Park with a notation to go toward Peter Steele's tree. So far over $1000 has been raised of the $2000...the page has better info then I can share. ~Carla

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  8. Type o" fans are best & most loyal ! :) I love all the stories .. I wish there was a book released on memories of Peter steele.. And an actual biography of Peter Steele & type o " !

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  9. For some reason Peter has been on my mind a lot lately. I'm glad I came across this blog it makes me wish I could have known him. Bless you and your family for doing this blog.

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  10. I was proud to contribute to Prospect Park for the tree to be planted in Peter's honor. My only hope is that it can in some way be publicly acknowledged that the tree is planted for him, so more people can learn how much his fans care, and how much he is admired as a person and as an artist! :-) Patrice D'Angelo

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  11. I think the tree planting in Pete's memory is a wonderful idea. And the Wolf Moon live youtube clip is awesome, TON just look and sound superb here. There's another clip I watch DAILY, seriously, because it's such the epitome of TON and I really wish I could have seen them live, but alas...it gives me chills every time though. I'm sure you've seen it before, just wanted to share. It's a beautiful clip and a beautiful song :)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JN_BlF9Vtvw

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  12. YES, EMMA EARLY IS THE ONE WHO STARTED UP THE TREE PROGRAM FOR PROSPECT PARK. I BELIEVE AS OF TUESDAY THAT THE AMOUNT DONATED SO FAR IS OVER $1200. 2000 IS NEEDED TO GET THE TREE PLANTED. I BELIEVE THEY HAVE SETTLED ON A SILVER OAK TO BE PLANTED IN PETE'S NAME. I LOOKED UP SILVER OAK AND IT IS AN AMAZING TREE. BUT THEY WERENT SURE IF PETE WOULD LIKE MAPLE OR OAK BETTER. :)

    I WILL GO OVER AND LEAVE A MESSAGE FOR EMMA TO CONTACT THIS BLOG. I WILL ALSO GET THE PAGE INFO AND PUT INTO A MESSAGE TO YOU DARCIE.

    MUCH LOVE.

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  13. I did a little planting in my yard that I dedicated to Peter. I also put a huge grapevine wreath on the shepherds hook with my bird feeder, and it now looks a little like the Type O symbol (the bird feeder hangs in the middle of the wreath).
    In reference to the picture above, is this the "rotted flatbush porch" that Pete mentions in September Sun?
    Thanks for continuing with the stories.

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  14. I also donated to the prospect park tree...here is the link if the family wants to contact those involved and find out more about it. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Peters-Tree-Page/196334387075161

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  15. Hi girls--

    For those of us NOT on Facebook, is there somebody who can provide a physical address to send a donation to for Peter's tree in Prospect Park?

    It would be much appreciated. Thanks. XO

    Patty P, Stamford, CT

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  16. www.prospectpark.org (Be sure to include that the donation is for peter steele's tree.) I hope this helps. :)

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  17. Hi Patty P., here's the info from the park's site:

    "You may also donate to the Park via check. Any amount can make a difference!
    Make your check payable to Prospect Park Alliance and mail to:
    Prospect Park Alliance
    Development Office
    95 Prospect Park West
    Brooklyn, NY 11215"

    Just be sure to let them know your donation is for Peter's Tree. :) Take care -- Heather

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  18. I planted black beauty dahlias in my garden. they're a deep purple almost black with a green tint on the edges of the petals. I can't wait for them to come up.

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    1. Im going to plant butterfly orchids.

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    2. Ive planted butterfly orchids. They grow nice here in hawaii

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  19. Hi Heather--

    Thanks very much for the address; this is exactly what I was looking for. :)

    Take care--Patty P

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  20. Hi there--

    I'm not sure how to get in touch with the person in charge of the tree planting, so I'm leaving this info here in case she sees it.

    I looked up Silver Oak because I've never heard of it, but after reading about it I'm not sure it's the best tree to plant. Unless there is another variety of Silver Oak I'm unfamiliar with, this tree is from the subtropic region of Australia and does best in zones 8-11 here in the US. New York is in zone 6. So, there is a good chance it wouldn't survive. A Pin Oak or English Oak would be a better choice, although I know they are fairly common. I'm not trying to interfere with anybody's decisions, but it would be a shame if, after collecting all this money and doing all this, you planted a tree that didn't make it. You might also want to talk to the folks at the Park, see what they say; this is my opinion based on what I found. Take it or leave it, yeah?!

    Hope I didn't offend anyone. I'm sure the best tree will get planted.:)

    Patty P., Stamford, CT

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  21. I've donated to the tree in Prospect Park and I have a Bird of Paradise plant on order, to grow here in Bristol, UK

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  22. I am a certified arborist, and saw the post on the Silver Oak. I am not familiar with it and probably would not be a good idea due to the zone it is in. Check with the local extension office for horticulture to see which trees do the best in the Brooklyn area. It would be a shame to spend that much money on a tree and have it die. I live in Toledo OH and have a similar climate to Brooklyn, some suggestions would be Silver Linden, Red Oak, Swamp White Oak, Tri Colored Beech, Zelkova just some suggestions would honor Petes memory wonderfully. Long live the Green Man!

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  23. I am planning on planting a 'Weeping Willow' tree in honor of Pete. As I weep for the loss of Peter each day. I live in Alabama on the water. 'Peter's Weeping Willow' will be near the river bank of the Coosa River a.k.a Lay Lake. I know that Pete loved animals and well...So many little creatures visit the river's edge: Heron's, Canadian Geese, Beaver, Otter, Deer & Red Fox. Miss you so much Green Man!

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  24. What a great way of remembering & keeping the spirit of the Green Man alive - it's great to have this blog - I haven't heard of the tree project so far & and it is such a lovely idea & it has inspired me to plant also a special tree for Peter - a very special person for so many of us.
    Erik - the story of your girls is lovely ;-)kids are fantastic.
    Tank you for sharing this blog with us & much love -
    -Sabine, Austria-

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  25. While searching for a tree that I could plant for Peter I remembered that I found a Celtic Tree Horoscope a few years ago when a friend of mine wanted to plant a tree for the birth of his daughter, which I find is also a beautiful idea. So I searched again today and found the following which I found rather astonishing and I wanted to share it here - hope that is okay ;-)

    Celtic Horoscope of the Druids
    Birth dates: 1/2 – 1/11; 7/5 – 7/14 Fir tree

    COMMON:
    Fir-tree-born are having a hard time, as they are constantly fighting with themselves. They think they can feel too much coolness and injustice in their environment. Thus they are always busy with protecting their soft mental core. But they are pretty robust and can take much more than they would admit. Once the fir tree has found a clear aim in life, he or she can forget about the self-protection. Then powers are set free that turn them into a man or a woman of many talents. Their real purpose. Kindness and openness are their mental cornerstones.
    STRENGTH:
    The strength of the fir tree is its everlasting encounter with the inner and outer world. They trust their feelings and their intuition and are therefore highly sensitized for the outward. As a surface root they can literarily hear the gras grow. They are creative people, who mostly stand a bit aside of society, and thus reflect it pretty well by their different way of thinking. It's their ambition to understand the world. In that they are not demanding in regards to their environment. WEAKNESS:
    Fir tree weakness is their deep vulnerability. Therefore they often seem to be hard and unapproachable. If you break through this shell deliberately or on purpose, the fir can become unpredictable. Outbursts of rage and toughness come to the surface...and then you'd better beware. But the true core of the fir is kindness and softness.
    LOVE:
    Fir trees would be made for love, if they wouldn't always be concerned about their hard shell. They are certainly no easy partners, as they sometimes are unpredictable in their feelings. Once they have a tolerant and loving partner, who is down to earth and clearly structured, they reveal their longing for love and security and show more of their soft inner core.
    HERBS:
    Valerian, Wormwood, Marigold, Fennel
    Physical Weak spots:
    Stomach, Intestine, Psyche, Heart, Circulation, Respiratory tract
    http://www.spiritproject.com/horoscope/celts/index.htm
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ogham
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_White_Goddess
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Graves
    Seems there are discussions going on about correct or non correct translations of this horoscope but I liked what I read - so I posted it above and I plan to plant a fir tree for Peter (between September and May - as this is the best time in our region). Maybe some of the visitors here find that interesting, too.
    Much love & a big thank to the Ratajczyk family for this blog.
    -Sabine,Austria-

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