Did your long-ago geography teacher give you a memory trick for reciting the difference between stalactites and stalagmites? Mine did, but when I explored one of the nation’s show caverns the magic of the underworld zapped it from memory. “Anyone remember that ditty we learned in school?” I say to no one in particular as we descend into a wonderland of rock icicles of unimaginable shapes and sizes. I was impressed by how many remembered that stalactites go down and stalagmites go up.
This wooden heart is on Friendship watch. And it is aching. My brain swirls with the question: Will Friendship Oak survive another century? Another decade? An adage commonly heard on the Mississippi Coast is that it takes a century for one of our magnificent Live Oak trees to grow and a century for it to die. If that were exactly so, Friendship Oak would not be in its current questionable health state. It would already be sawdust.
Editor’s note: This story was originally published Jan. 12, 2015. Got oysters on your mind? T’is the season. Oysters basically launched the Mississippi Coast’s seafood industry in the late 19th century, back in the day when acres and acres and acres of oyster beds awaited culling.
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Selecting a term
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