If a Tree Falls...

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...and you're taking a nap, do you hear it? The answer is a resounding "yes". Especially when it lands about 200 feet from where you lay. Five pm yesterday, high winds brought some sideways rain, hail and many trees down in my neighborhood. I had been napping soundly and sat bolt upright for an unknown reason. The storm had begun. As I dashed around the house closing windows, I noticed something wrong with the view to the north. Brigit and I collected hailstones off the back porch in our palms just as the storm passed on. A short stroll around the yard to survey the damage solved the mystery. treedownSM.jpg This one used to grow along the sidewalk and the next door neighbors' property line. At the trees' base, there was only one thigh-sized living root, the rest was rotten, like damp sawdust. The entire trunk was covered in green lichen, going at least 30 feet up. The fallen diseased maple completely filled the yard of an apartment building, but missed an abandoned house; it's unfortunate the winds were not blowing a bit more southerly. We've been trying to get the Village to condemn the place for a few years. abandoned.jpg Yes, there really is a once-lovely Sears style home behind those overgrown weeds.


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