A phone call has been made to get this work started.

This workman uses a ladder to climb up into the tree branches,and, with deft strikes, his machete becomes an ax and tree limbs come down with a crash.

This crew of four has spent half a day trimming trees and another half loading debris into the back of an old pickup to be hauled off. The hood of the truck is left open to cool the engine.

Contrary to popular myth, Haitians work hard when there is work to be done that someone will pay you to do.

It is hard to get used to the bald canopy.

 My apartment will be fifteen degrees hotter because there is no shade above me, but I won’t have to listen to mango’s hit the tin roof day and night with a crash.

In the famous words of some long forgotten philosopher, written on some bathroom wall, ” The longer you wait before doing something,the better the chances you will decide it doesn’t need to be done. ”

I wish I hadn’t said anything to the East Indian scientists who live upstairs, who then called Elizabeth, who then called the Christianville Public Works Department.

Shade is more important than quiet.




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