“I owned a cabin and five acres in the mountain up in North Adams years ago. I lived right across a 200-foot waterfall and I could hear the water from my cabin. But they wanted my land for a park, so they just took it! They sent me a letter and gave me $1,200. That’s all I got. They called it ‘eminent domain’, I guess. Then I got this house, and there were great big elm trees across the street. Oh, it was nice and shady! But, the next year, they cut them down because they were rotting. Then I planted grapevines for shade, but some guy cut them down. But the roots stayed in the ground, and now they’re growing again. I figure next year I’ll even have grapes.”

     Housatonic, MA