The name “Oakswing” was inspired by the many mature burr oak trees that surround our house in the Ponca Hills near Omaha, Nebraska. The simple swing, which hangs from one stately branch, symbolizes the many things I love about this place.

The site is expressive of my effort to become a native here, even as I find myself traveling all over the world.

Burr oaks once populated the prairies like islands in a sea of grass.  The oldest oaks at “Oakswing” were saplings in the 19th century, when Willa Cather  was conceiving “My Antonia”.  Here they still stand, reminding those who visit here, I hope, of their own longing for rootedness and connection.

Naming your house might seem very English, but I think it’s cool.