Tree Lines - Chapters Seventeen through Twenty

Chapters 1 to 4
Chapters 5 to 8
Chapters 9 to 12
Chapters 13 to 16
Chapters 17 to 20
Chapters 21 to 24
Chapters 25 to 28
Chapters 29 to 32

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Chapter 17


We, who feel no kinship with the wind and trees, have no compunction against destroying forests and mountains and species … or ancient cultures.



Chapter 18

Turning Points

Living as a ‘victim’ had been my choice and I could drop this role whenever I decided to.

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Chapter 19

A Memorial

On March 17, 1998, I was sitting in, of all places, a shopping mall (which I despise on principle) outside of Punta Gorda, Florida, staring at trees in cement planters and people consumed by consumerism  – lost, without any perceptible vision or purpose.  

Chapter 20


I had received the gift -- the lifting, the peeling off of the lead that kept me plodding in routine, terrified of change. The fear was gone.

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