On September 26, 2006, the same day I flew to Scotland, I took this photo:

A view of the same horizon three weeks later, October 18, 2006:

Not a single tree or large bush along the stream is still alive,

but the stream still flows through what used to be a mile-long line of trees.

As I look west, past my mailbox and driveway, I ponder these changes.

The dog is healthy and happy in the only home he's ever known,

and he is mine.

So. . . , that gives me the right to murder him?

I don't understand.

Perhaps the owner and killer of the trees could explain it:

CURTIS SCOTT

1379 Lunbeck Road

Massieville OH 45032

Two years later, the destroyers returned to level the forest across the road from my driveway:

"This we know: the earth does not belong to man, man belongs to the earth. All things are connected like the blood that unites us all. Man did not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself. One thing we know: to harm the earth is to heap contempt on its creator."

-- Chief Seattle