Ursula Carlson
For the Nevada Appeal

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January 9, 2013
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Fresh Ideas: The uncanny parallel between trees and man

By the time my parents began planting their favorite birch trees, the Colorado spruce, the weeping willow, all the pine trees, I already thought about trees as if they were humans: How many years would it take for a tree to grow up? How big would my willow be when I was 15? If we ever moved, how could we abandon the two oak trees the egg lady gave us as tiny seedlings when we moved into our house on Bower Street?

I had reconciled myself to the fact that trees could outlive humans, though when I was a child …

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