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Writing Samples

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Writing Samples

  1. 1. If I could go back in time, back to what I assume was a busy, smoke filled boardroom, where William Levitt conducted his planning, I would. If I could talk with him for a moment, over blue prints and coffee, (or maybe, even a Scotch) I would plead with him to halt all work. I’d interrupt his alphabetic section naming, his witty plant and tree-based street names, and his curvy, winding road plans, to offer some advice. My advice would be simple: ‘Mr. Levitt, nix the trees. All of them.’ His cohorts would drop their jaws and their drinks. And he, of course, would ask ‘why’. ‘I’m from the future’, I would explain, ‘and I am here to tell you that trees don’t work for us in 2014.’ He would look me up and down and ask, ‘they wear hooded shirts and tight stretchy pants in the future?’ ‘Yes, they’re yoga pants, all the moms are wearing them in the future. But never mind about the clothes, we’ve got more important business to tend to; the trees.’ ‘I am here to tell you, that these trees you are planting all around Levittown, just aren’t working for us in the future. So, I suggest you stop planting them now.’ ‘You see, in the future, we have sewer lines that run through our yards, and these 60- year old trees will have dug their roots deep into them, wreaking havoc. Also, people want to install pools, additions, patios and such, and those trees are always in the way. Also, we need to build gas stations that sell hot coffee, requiring us to widen the road where they’re being built, and…‘Don’t tell me’, he interrupts, ‘the trees?’ ‘Yep.’ ‘Did you say gas and coffee? In the same place? ‘Oh yes, it’s totally a thing in 2014. We take coffee everywhere.’ ‘Even in the car?’ ‘Especially in the car!’ ‘What I’m saying, Mr. Levitt.’ ‘Call me, Bill.’ ‘Bill. Save us some time and energy, don’t bother planting the trees.’ ‘Levittown without trees? It’s unimaginable. It’s inconceivable. We need trees for oxygen, for beautification, for shade on a hot day and a good book. What would a neighborhood be without foliage and greenery? What would it look like without the glorious green leaves in spring, the peeling bark in summer, the swaying branches in winter, and falling leaves in autumn? I can’t imagine my precious Levittown without these beautiful trees.’ ‘Well, you should see it now. The trees are going fast. They’re being ripped out of the ground at record speed.’ ‘Say it isn’t so.’ ‘Bill, pour me another Scotch, I’ll tell you all about it.

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