Ingenious Nature

Julie Borden
The Shortform
Published in
1 min readMar 18, 2024

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Photo by Daniel Olah on Unsplash

The first tree we “meet” in The Overstory is thriving far from its native soil.

A bounty of chestnuts rains from trees in mid-nineteenth-century Brooklyn. Six of them travel, forgotten, in a coat pocket as a young couple heads west to forge their future. “…this is America, where men and trees take the most surprising outings.”

Found that spring and planted on the Iowa prairie, only one survives as the years…

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Julie Borden
The Shortform

Social worker, therapist, reader, writer, head-in-the-clouds dreamer, awed by most everything. (She/her) Reach me at JulieBordenLCSW@gmail.com.