It was the best of times. It was the worst of times.

Oh, I do like this one. It is recycled from last year, which is why ‘May 2’ is referred to in the past tense. Almost a year later, the Steven Michael Ralls Memorial Tree, which is a Monterey cypress, is doing well. A coast live oak, two deodar cedars and an informal hedge of five Arizona cypress were added nearby last winter.

Felton League

Dedication of the Steven Michael Ralls Memorial Tree on May 2 brought back memories. That should probably be expected from a memorial. However, the tree is new. The site of the dedication is what we remembered. It was a campsite where Steven temporarily lived while homeless in the autumn of 2012. It has changed significantly since then, but is still recognizable.

Homelessness is generally not a preferred alternative to a domestic lifestyle, at least within local cultures and societies. Otherwise, more of us would be homeless. Those who are experienced with homelessness would not recommend it to those who are not. There are just too many advantages associated with domestic lifestyles. Homelessness is just too challenging and arduous.

Yet, at the Dedication of the Steven Michael Ralls Memorial Tree, we remembered many of the pleasant experiences associated with Steven’s former campsite back in the autumn of 2012. Homelessness really is…

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