With momentous politics pushed as news events overtaking every aspect of our lives, it’s good to take a deep breath and think about endurance.

That why a recent announcement by Texas  A&M Forest Service caught my ear. It’s the confirmation of the tallest tree in Texas, located in a conservation area of the Temple Foundation outside Lufkin.

The new champion Texas tall tree  is….a loblolly pine, standing at 138 feet, with a circumference of 178 inches and a crown spread of 65 feet.  And, it stands in a place that could be called the birthplace of Texas forestry.  It’s an area that was first logged more than 100 years ago and this loblolly is likely one of the first to regenerate after logging in the late 1800’s, the foresters say.

Regenerate.  Isn’t that what’s happening in our politics too?

Shara Fryer

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