We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
We posted on the sad story of the Ash Tree diseases recently, but I didn't have a good photo of a White Ash, the fine northern hardwood and pleasant shade tree from which the Louisville Slugger happens to be made.
I took a photo of one - a young one - on the Kenyon campus in its orange and yellow autumn splendor.
I'm losing the clumping ash in my yard. I'm not certain but I believe it is a white ash. sad to see it go. If you've got any ash trees, water them. When I bought my house the previous owner had let the lawn around the tree go fallow. It took me 3 years to get a new one in. I should have put in a soaker hose as the ash could not stand the drought.