No Branch Grows Alone

This is a piece about politics, promises, and a healthy dose of reality.

I purchased my first house in November 1995. I spent the first winter fixing up the interior, but by the time spring rolled around, it became clear I would need to turn my attention to the yard.

The first summer, I cleared brush, trimmed trees and decided to re-route the gravel driveway. The driveway change was part of a longer-term plan to eventually build a garage.

The summer ended and as before, I spent the winter working inside. When spring came around again I began the process of clearing the part of my yard where the garage would go. Marking the outline of the building to be, the first things to go would be two trees. […]