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The Magnificent 100 Year Old Pecan Tree on the N. W. Corner of Hawks Hill

Updated on November 19, 2017

The Magnificent 100 year old Pecan Tree on the N. W. Corner of Hawks Hill

The Magnificent 100 year old Pecan Tree (State tree of Texas) on the N. W. Corner of Hawks Hill at Waketon Road and Long Prairie Road (2499).
The Magnificent 100 year old Pecan Tree (State tree of Texas) on the N. W. Corner of Hawks Hill at Waketon Road and Long Prairie Road (2499).

What happens when all our trees are gone?

Developers want to take out a 100 year old Pecan tree (our state tree) from a section of land that should be part of their landscaping.

How developers work.

When the Hawks Hill property was approved they stated that they were not asking for any Master Plan amendment - the project was approved, and they unpatriotically want to take out a tree that is not in the way it is at the corner and could be worked around. (The Pecan is our state tree.)

What happens when all our trees are gone?


The Magnificent 100 year old Pecan Tree on the N. W. Corner of Hawks Hill

© by Shyron Shenko

The operator of the dozer is all set to kill

The magnificent pecan tree on the North West corner of Hawks Hill

Its roots are deep as the tree is tall

So in strong winds it will not fall

It would be an asset not a liability

But, somehow greenbacks are all they want see

Those who want to fell this tree

And destroy its majestic canopy

God blessed this land with this greenery

Its beauty to enhance the scenery

Before the owners got command

There was no request to amend the Master Plan

It is supposed to have protection by our Master Plan

The100 year old pecan tree standing on this land

But, a request has been submitted and it is the owner’s will

This magnificent pecan tree they intend to kill

For those of us who cherish our country atmosphere

We ask that you deny the amended “Master Plan” request

By those who do not care for trees at best

And to the Master Plan I ask that you adhere

Those who do not care about our ecology

Or about our Master Plan’s intent

Would rend our environment bare

And ignore how long this Protected tree

Has been standing there

Trees are God’s creation

Gifts to creatures big and small

Ancient and modern man

So it is hard for me to understand why any tree they want to fall?

A beautiful poem about a beautiful tree

And questioning why it has to be.

— Marsha Gavitt

Josh gave the developer an alternative to cutting down the tree.

© 2016 Shyron E Shenko

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 weeks ago from Texas

      Peg, I appreciate your comment and compliments.

      I was heartbroken to see the beautiful trees cut and the land cleared to satisfy the greed of men who already have more money than most people will ever see in a life time, and knowing that it took hundreds of years to grow.

      Blessings my friend.

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      Peg Cole 4 weeks ago from Dallas, Texas

      It's heartbreaking when developers take down landmarks like this 100 year old pecan tree. Your poem beautifully illustrates the real motives behind the decision.

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      Shyron E Shenko 5 months ago from Texas

      Shannon, thank you for the comment. I had not heard about a grove of trees. The one in my hub is on the property across the road from my home and they have already clear-cut half of the property and they cut the Post Oaks and one of them was over 100-200 years old.

      Yes I am a tree hugger.

      Blessings my friend

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      shanmarie 5 months ago

      I think this was on the news awhile back. Wasn't it an entire grove of trees at one point? Or was that a different story? What a shame when these old hardwoods are cut down. Seems like there aren't too many left anymore.

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      Shyron E Shenko 5 months ago from Texas

      Au fait, dear friend, I pray that all is well with you and you are staying cool in this awful heat, I know that it is bad when it is to hot and when it is to cold, and I will be surprised if I don't get a bad cold today, had to have a warmed blanket while John was in OR, and when I left the hospital it was 90 degrees F. outside.

      The 100 year old pecan tree look like it is in bad shape and half dead, don't know if it has been poisoned or what has happened to it.

      We are staying in mostly because Honey Bunny does not feel well, Chipper likes it outside no matter the weather, me I have chronic fatigue and the weather adds to it.

      Blessings dear friend and thank you for the comments.

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      C E Clark 5 months ago from North Texas

      This caught my eye again because about three weeks ago a lovely shade tree that was at the corner of the OfficeMax store here in town for at least 20 years, and growing there before that, was cut down.

      I don't know what it is about trees in this part of the country that people hate, but they just seem to love cutting them down. They seem to hate shade as much as they love cutting trees down. Wouldn't you think trees would be valued like gold in a place that gets so hot one thinks they've somehow stumbled into Hell? I wonder if we're all here for a trial run? To get a taste of how it will be if we don't watch our Ps & Qs. Or something of what a person is in for if they don't change their ways?

      Temperature to be mid 90s beginning tomorrow. 92º F. today like the last 3-4 days. Expect the hundreds will be here by next month. Way too hot for me. If I end up in Hell I won't last through the whole first day. It's all I can do to weather Texas.

      Wondering if the tree you write about here is still standing or did that horrible man kill it and take it out as he threatened to do?

      Hope you and the guys are well and staying in where it's cool. Blessings dear friend . . .

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      Shyron E Shenko 8 months ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for asking about the old pecan tree, sadly it looks as if it is half dead and development did not start yet. Wonder why? Like the property adjacent to the one with the pecan tree, the developer was suppose to save over 120, but I only counted about 15 give or take a couple. With hundreds of tree huggers/lovers complaining, I understand the town did fine him for the ones he cut down, but that does not mean much, greed always wins out.

      Blessings and hugs my dear friend.

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      C E Clark 8 months ago from North Texas

      Can't remember if you told me how the tree is doing lately. I hope it is ok and will improve with this next growing season.

      Even though we've had a mild winter the trees around here are not even budded out. Unfortunate, because they provide the little shade we have when it gets hot, and it's already hit 86 a couple of times. I know that is a moderate temperature compared to what is coming, but it would still be nice to have some shade away from the sun.

      Hope you and John and puppy are all doing well. Sounds like puppy is a good companion to you. Blessings dear friend. Take care . . .

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      Shyron E Shenko 11 months ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for the comment, I saw that it looks like it is not in good shape about three months ago. We won the fight, but it is easy to kill a tree, but we will see. I hope that you are having a good day also.

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      C E Clark 11 months ago from North Texas

      I think about this tree often and wonder if it is still standing. Unfathomable why some people only want to destroy and erect some man-made eyesore in place of these beautiful trees that have taken so long to get to where they are.

      Hope you're both having a good day. Take care . . .

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      Shyron E Shenko 16 months ago from Texas

      Cat, thank you so much for the response to my article. The tree is still standing, but I am sure the developer can't see it for the $$ in his eyes. That is the only thing a developer can see. I do love trees and I have some of the most beautiful trees around my area.

      I wish you were here to fight with me, I feel so alone some times.

      Blessings and Hugs my friend.

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      Shyron E Shenko 16 months ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for the comment.

      The 100 year old Pecan tree is on a different piece of property,

      And it is still there for all to see

      But, a service station will be built on that spot

      They will kill the tree for spite

      Much to the developer's delight

      But, what about the tree of life?

      And all of us they caused such strife?

      Those who love all our trees

      For their shade and canopy

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      Blessings and Hugs hope all is well with you.

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      Catherine Tally 17 months ago from Los Angeles

      100 years old! If these greedy developers could learn to put that into the perspective of human life, it might have some influence. I will never understand the blatant disregard for living things because each thing is related to another and created with purpose. This case is especially wrong and disturbing. I agree with other commenters, and can't help but think of the sad loss of habitat for birds and small animals as well as the removal of a valuable shade canopy and the beneficial effects of roots on soil health and microbia. Bless you for caring and taking up the cause with your poignant poem. All the best, Cat:)

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      C E Clark 17 months ago from North Texas

      Since that guy couldn't get water/sewer and build after all, was the tree left alone? Not killed and removed? I hope it's still there. Sharing this again.

      So hot again today and to be that way for the foreseeable future. Hope you get to be in where it's cool. Good to talk to you las' night and get caught up. Hope you're having a good day. Take care, dear friend . . .

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      Shyron E Shenko 18 months ago from Texas

      Nadine, no they did not remove the tree yet, but I fear they will as soon as the deceitful developer thinks no one is looking, yesterday the developer across the road from us cut our water line. The developers sleep to deep in greed to be awakened to anything that does not yield them big profits.

      Thank you so much for the comment, I really appreciate you. Blessings and hugs dear friend.

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      Nadine May 18 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Oh really that is really criminal to remove such an old tree, just so developers can make money! Did they remove the tree? I hope not. I do hope you have awakened the awareness about how important trees are with that great poem. In this case its also a landmark.

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      Shyron E Shenko 19 months ago from Texas

      Audrey, thank you for the comment, compliment and for sharing. "YES" someone who thinks like me. I love the trees, and if loving "these children of Mother Nature (as you call them) makes you crazy, it makes me crazy too.

      Blessings and Hugs dear friend.

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      Audrey Hunt 19 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      Sometimes I wonder if people understand the importance of trees to our environment. I literally 'get sick' when I witness the destruction of a tree (s). To me, these amazing beauties are living, breathing wonders! I believe they have feelings. Call me crazy but I do. I love to hug these gentle giants (and talk to them as well.) If singing to plants helps them grow and thrive - why not trees too?

      I'd love to see a law passed that protects these children of mother nature.

      Thank you Shyron for this wonderful hub and your poetry needs to be shared. So I will do just that!

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      Shyron E Shenko 20 months ago from Texas

      Mel,

      Thank you for you heat and your comment.

      This magnificent old pecan tree, still standing on the land

      The developer still try to get the upper hand

      If he can't take it down

      He will kill it another way

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      Mel, the sad part is he said he would run the utility lines through the roots anyway. The little boy in the video told him how he could do it without killing the tree.

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      Mel Carriere 20 months ago from San Diego California

      Sorry about this magnificent tree. Another victim of elder abuse. Trees are living beings, they have souls, and to so callously disregard the life of this elder statesmen among pecan trees is inexcusable. Great hub!

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      Shyron E Shenko 20 months ago from Texas

      Dear Shauna, thank you for you sympathy in my fight with the lying developer, he is the same one who several months ago went before the ECC (Environmental Conservation Commission) to request a variance to take down three (3) other protected trees. I spoke out against him, the ECC voted in our (the neighborhood) favor. So the next week the developer went to the town council and got the okay.

      Why bother with the ECC when our mayor is for sale.

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      Shauna L Bowling 20 months ago from Central Florida

      Shyron, I so relate to your pain. My neighborhood has new construction going on in lots that have been wooded for literally as long as America has been a nation. I tried to fight the development - even presented photos of the beautiful wildlife that inhabits our wooded area, but lost.

      Now two lots next door to me have been cleared to make room for more concrete. I convinced the developer to keep a majestic oak that is on the other side of my property (and on the property that was just sold). It's the only tree left in what was a haven for a myriad of wildlife species.

      I'm saddened and pissed. I even told the developer that I hate what he's doing.

      I'm glad I was able to save one of the many beautiful trees from those lots, but I fear it will die because the house closest to it is disrupting its roof system.

      My heart bleeds right along with yours my friend.

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      Shyron E Shenko 20 months ago from Texas

      Frank, thank you so much for the comment, I am so happy that you liked it.

      I am afraid there aren't any developer that was to build in a way that would conserve the beauty on nature and wild life, as you say money it more. Every time I see and hear about the greedy developers I think about a movie I saw many years ago called "Soylent Green" from 1973. The property that the tree stands on a Quick Trip service station plans to build there. One would think that the tree would be an asset.

      Blessings always my friend.

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      Frank Atanacio 20 months ago from Shelton

      Money is so much the reason we lose so much in life.. Here in Shelton we lost over 120 acres of open space to these developers.. all trees and trails and wild life put out.. I know the population is growing.. but do we need 160 more 3500 sq feet homes for just two people.. I dunno.. but anyways love the hub and the poem.. bless you my friend :)

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      Shyron E Shenko 20 months ago from Texas

      Peggy, thank you for the comment from Houston. Yes it is a travesty what greed makes men want to do. You are right the acoustics in the video were so bad that I could not get it but I will try to re-do the video with an amp. Yes that is exactly what Josh said "build around the tree" They did that in one of the shopping centers and should know that. We this neighborhood are still fighting the removal of this tree.

      Blessings and hugs my friend

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      Peggy Woods 20 months ago from Houston, Texas

      That is a travesty to destroy such a beautiful old tree like that. It was hard to hear the child in the video but I believe he asked why they could not build around the tree. Good suggestion! We need our green spaces! It is not only healthy but is good for our souls as well. I hope reason prevails!

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      Shyron E Shenko 20 months ago from Texas

      Martie, thank you so much for the comment. This one breaks my heart, it is the Texas state tree, it is a pecan, it is over 100 years old, and it is adjacent to property that was owned by a man who was 105 years old when he passed away. Mr. Robert Rippy was in "Ripley's Believe it or Not" as the oldest man ever to get his drivers license renewed (104).

      Blessings and Hugs dear Martie

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      Shyron E Shenko 20 months ago from Texas

      Ann, thank you for the comment.

      Like my bible says: The LOVE of money is the root of all evil.

      The chance of a reprieve is slim to none with the ones who appointed the Environmental Conservation Commission is the Town Council and it will go before them next.

      And voicing my disapproval puts me on the mayor's *hit list and I am sure he will retaliate.

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      Shyron E Shenko 20 months ago from Texas

      Dear Maria, thank you so much for the compliment and comments. I am afraid the developers can't see protecting history it would go against their greed and ECC ruled for the greedy developer and the Mayor sat behind the citizens to intimidate the members of the Board who were people that he chose.

      I hope that you had a peaceful week.

      With Blessings, Love and Hugs

      Shyron

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      Shyron E Shenko 20 months ago from Texas

      Martie, thank you so very much for the comment and compliment. I hate when a developer as in this case when he sought to get approval of the site plan and said "I will not touch the Pecan tree and I will not ask for a Master Plan amendment and then as soon as he gets the okay, he does both.

      What makes it sadder yet is the house that sits on the adjacent land was the home of Robert E. Lee Rippy, Mr. Rippy was in "Ripley's Believe It Or Not," for getting his drivers license renewed at age 104, and the road the house sits on is the road I live on.

      Blessings and hugs dear Martie.

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      Martie Coetser 20 months ago from South Africa

      I am quite attracted to trees. Can't handle the killing of it, unless they are really threats. That is a beautiful 100-year old Pecan Tree, and a well-written poem :)

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      Ann Carr 20 months ago from SW England

      That's bad news. Why are people so dishonest - it's all money, money, money. They are often greedy people who no regard for nature or heritage; I hope they get their come-uppance.

      Good for you for voicing your disapproval. Any chance of a last minute reprieve?

      Ann

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      Maria Jordan 20 months ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Oh Shyron,

      I share the sentiments of you and your beautiful comments...

      Love your beautiful heart and all it stands for...hoping history will rule over greed.

      Have a peaceful week. Love, Maria

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      Shyron E Shenko 20 months ago from Texas

      Flourish, thank you so much for the comment. You are right the old tree represents 100 plus years of history. There was a man named Rippy who lived on adjacent property and he renewed his drivers license at age 104, and he is in Ripley's Believe It or Not.

      It would seem there are people who just don't care about such things.

      Blessings and Hugs my friend

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      Shyron E Shenko 20 months ago from Texas

      Dear Ann, thank you for the comment and for standing with me. It will take over 100 years to grow a tree like this one. But it isn't just the tree, the developer said he would not touch the tree or ask for a Master Plan amendment until he got permission to build on that property, then as soon as he got the okay he flipped and asked for both. I am sad to say he received a recommendation to go before the council for approval. Glad you were not holding your breath.

      Blessings and hugs dear Ann.

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      Shyron E Shenko 20 months ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for the comments and sharing. I hope we succeed in saving this tree also.

      Hope all is well with you

      Blessings and hugs my dear friend

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      FlourishAnyway 20 months ago from USA

      Noooooo! That tree represents so many things,

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      Shyron E Shenko 21 months ago from Texas

      Dana, thank you for the comment, I do appreciate you so very much.

      I know and the hawks roost in that tree, but it isn't just about the tree it is also that the developer said the tree is safe and would not be removed until he got the okay and he said they would not ask for a Master Plan amendment. then everything changed.

      Blessings and Hugs.

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      Shyron E Shenko 21 months ago from Texas

      Devika, it is a shame that there isn't more respect for nature and it beauty and usefulness.

      Thank you so much for the comment, and compliment.

      Blessings to you dear friend.

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      Ann Carr 21 months ago from SW England

      I'm behind you all the way with this, Shyron. I hate to see any tree being cut down, unless they are diseased. Such a magnificent specimen which has taken 100 years to grown and seen so much history should be protected. What's the point in issuing protection orders and then ignoring them?

      That's the way of the world. They give us a referendum then if the answers not what they want they give us another one until we answer as they wish. Just like they're going to do regarding the UK coming out of Europe. Madness! But we don't give up, we can't, because if we do there's no hope left.

      Well done for making a stand, Shyron, and I hope it makes a difference, though I'm not holding my breath.

      Ann

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      Devika Primić 21 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      It is a shame about how our beautiful trees are treated by others. I like the way you put this valuable hub with such care. I like the photos and like tress around the home.

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      C E Clark 21 months ago from North Texas

      What a shame this world is so heavily populated with people who have no appreciation for God's great work, and who instead do their best with every word and action to put a pointy stick in His eye, choosing to worship the money god instead. They will never be satisfied until every square (or round) inch of this planet is covered with concrete or their ASSphalt. They place no value on the beauty and benefits of nature and care only about money. They are destroyers, so if something can't make them money, they want to destroy it purely for the sake of destroying it. It need not stand in the way of their shallow pursuits. They will destroy it anyway, because that is what they do.

      It isn't a matter of finding common ground that will benefit everyone. There is no way that killing something is common ground for the people who love and appreciate that thing that is being destroyed, and for the only reason that some people have an insatiable desire to destroy -- even if it doesn't lead to more money.

      People who are maddened beyond sensibilities to destroy, and to obtain money whenever possible in their efforts, cannot be reasoned with. You would have better luck trying to reason with a dog about why it shouldn't eat leftovers from T-bones or chicken.

      Hope you are successful in saving the tree, but keep in mind we are living in the end times when nothing of real value is appreciated by the majority.

      Sharing again.

      Hope all is well with you and John . . .

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      Shyron E Shenko 21 months ago from Texas

      Bill, thank you for the comment and compliment.

      I will keep fighting and just like you I will keep on writing, and we will keep striving to make our world a better place. Maybe I will write the saga of how we got our home built. It took two years and lots of tears and now they want more from us after 20 years.

      Blessings to you always.

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      Shyron E Shenko 21 months ago from Texas

      Theresa (Faith Reaper) I am with you in that this irks me too.

      Especially when the powers that be said they would not touch the tree

      The said they would not ask to amend the Master Plan

      But, that was until they approval for the land and they got the upper hand

      And now that they plan to fell this tree right where it stands.

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      Blessings and hugs my friend, thank you for the comment and compliment.

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      Shyron E Shenko 21 months ago from Texas

      Oh woeisme,

      Woe-is-me for wanting to protect a tree

      A tree that neither belongs to you or me

      A tree that is not in anybody's way

      You say on this single tree I dwell

      Not true, on many others I stood for and still they fell

      Still I will stand and fight for this one tree

      For our state tree "the PECAN" is precious to me

      Blessing and peace to you - woeisme

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      Dana Tate 21 months ago from LOS ANGELES

      This makes me think of all the animals that nests in the sturdy branches and all the beautiful trees that provide shade on a hot summer day. Yeah, when will the madness end!

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      Faith Reaper 21 months ago from southern USA

      Oh, that just irks me to no end! I can't stand the new neighborhoods with no trees when there once were so many nice trees and you know they could have left some! That's why when we moved, we moved to a small town on a lot with a lot of trees and the house fit just fine among the trees and hills. They mow everything flat and bare. It is just not appealing to me.

      Good poem, Shyron!

      Blessings

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      Woeisme 21 months ago

      Woe is you, and woe is me..

      I have nothing better to do with my time than air some pity.

      We live in Flower Mound, can't you see?!

      Oh wait, it is a suburb of a large City.

      Nothing better to do with my time than cast stones from one side,

      Without regard for rationale and compromise in a town faced by a growth tide.

      Just as you have invested in your house and the place you go to rest,

      Others invest in land and run businesses there at their best.

      To prepare a brighter future for their families as well,

      Yet instead of grasping the bigger picture- on one single tree you dwell.

      Instead of expecting a one-way street- paved with your desires and only making developments stall,

      Reflect on this- meeting in the middle of conflict to find common ground for all.

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      Bill Holland 21 months ago from Olympia, WA

      "They paved Paradise and put up a parking lot."

      When will the madness end?

      I don't know if writings like this one solve anything, but I need to believe they at least raise awareness and in some small way do good....so keep writing, my friend, as will I, and we'll do our part to make this a better world.

      blessings always

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      C E Clark 21 months ago from North Texas

      'They' took out dozens of big beautiful trees along HWY 380 a few months ago to make space to build a small apartment complex. I was not happy when I saw what they were doing. Takes years for those trees to get so tall. Texas doesn't have nearly enough shade. Wouldn't you think they could use space that didn't have trees or that was already paved over?

      Like I said earlier, hope all is better and that John is home. Blessings and hugs dear friend. Sharing.

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      Shyron E Shenko 21 months ago from Texas

      Ruby, my dear gem of a friend,

      I can see that you know exactly what I mean

      And it makes me want to scream

      When the greedy build up a head of steam

      They want to bulldoze everything in sight

      You and I both know that isn't right

      Greenbacks (U.S. currency any denomination) is the only green

      The greedy want to see

      They don't care about the living breathing greenery of a tree.

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      Thank you and Blessings and Hugs to you my dear friend.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 21 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Shyron, this is happening everywhere

      Greed takes over without a care

      Builders taking homes and trees

      Without considering the elderly

      They call it progress, but we all see

      Another ripoff showing no mercy

      I call it land grabbing without a gun

      Politicians pockets are overrun

      I read about a woman tying herself to a tree

      Others set up camp, daring them to cut. It was a sight to see

      Needless to say they won, a triumphant victory!