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Euclyptus, sunrise, birthday

The Tree and I

by David Wade Chambers

Aireys inlet — We humans don’t usually celebrate, or mark in any way, a tree’s birthday. What would that even mean? In any case, I planted this tree as a small sapling 35 years ago: September, 1979. Now, it looks to be about 12 metres high, growing more than a foot per year. For much of its life, it faced the chop, due to my classic blunder of positioning it directly in front of our ‘borrowed view’ of Point...

#100HappyDays, shoes, birthday

Day 19 #100happydays: Two birthdays

by So-Shan Au

Surbiton — ‘You know how you don’t carry money, just like the Queen,’ my sister said to me as I popped round to her flat. ‘Yes?’ I asked, puzzled and intrigued. ‘Well, I think you should have two birthdays , l...

birthday, Humor

Yeh! Ken turns two!

by Ken Jackson

Duluth — Happy 2nd birthday. Thanks for your birthday greetings. It’s my birthday! My friend George suggested we simply drop the decades, so it’s my 2nd birthday. We can light candles on a cake without engag...

Travel, birthday, friendship

It was the day before my 29th birthday. Last minute I decided to go to Detroit.

by Penelope Louisa

Detroit — I haven’t been to Detroit since 2010 for work. This time I’m helping a friend move from Chicago. I know over the past 4 years Detroit have been slowly reviving itself. I was excited to see what change...

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