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September 1, 2006
Everything is changing. The frothy Queen Anne's Lace, the sky-blue gentians, the sunny Butter & Eggs have all gone, replaced by deep red sumac and flaming goldenrod. Soon, the milkweed pods will release their hidden silk into the air, signifying the end of the summer and of the monarch butterflies. The orange of the butterflies will be replaced by turning leaves. The tall grasses will give way to snow. Under it all, the earth is working to replace the remains of the long-gone battery factory, where all these things grow. Beautiful things can grow in even the worst places.