We bought this house in Pitman in 1982 - stop and think - that is almost THIRTY YEARS ago. Except for a few years in Shamong and Maple Shade (in a apartment can you believe?!?), we have been permanent residents. Once we ran away in anger and then we came back to make peace with ourselves and the environment. I digress, but isn't that what storytelling is all about?? When we bought the house, there was a giant mulberry tree in the side yard next to the driveway. Some would say it was beautiful; some would say it was messy; we would say that there was a lot of decay and it soon had to come down. Over the years, I have chosen to maintain it as a special spot in the yard - I just call it "My Stump"! You can see how diligently and lovingly Bill has worked to maintain it for us - it's becoming more bricks and less wood, but the Stump is still a focal point. This year it has been treated to begonias, geraniums and lots of Dollar Store spinners. It's the color that greets me as I sit at my desk and gaze out into our 'back forty"!! We treat it well...and it gives us gifts! Win - win!!