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Windswept trees, Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching and tracking Capt. Greensbury Davidson If anyone ever doubted that northeast winds pound our ocean coast more intensely than any oth- er wind, they should look at some of the trees locked in a weather- vane position behind the state's coastal dunes. There are many examples of pines and hardwoods showing nothing but bare trunk along their northeast face while their foliage, swept constantly by northeasters attacking over the dunes, flies like flags - with or without wind - to the southwest. In the oriental art of bonsai, the cultivation of miniature trees in pots, growers following Japanese styles create about 17 distinct shapes that arrive from nature. One of those styles, known as "windswept", is recognized as one of the most difficult to achieve through bonsai techniques. Like the leaning trees behind the dunes along the coast, the "windswept" bonsai capture the motion of a wind blowing predominantly from one direction. Wind, which we consider invis- ible, is made visible by the trees which freeze the wind's direction and grow, here, as a living monu- ment to the most severe weather we experience along the coast. Dennis Forney WHILE I'M IN AN oriental vein, let me put in a good word for a new translation of the ancient Tao Te Ching (pronounced dow day ching) written by the Chinese philosopher known as Lao Tzu. Translated by Zen student Stephen Mitchell, who makes his home on the west coast of the United States, the Tao Te Ching focuses on the fundamental force of the universe that gives rise to all beings. In poetry-like fashion, Mitchell's translation allows us to see Lao Tzu's emphasis on "sim- plicity, patience, and compassion" as virtues embodied by those "in harmony with the Tan." Mitchell provides interesting historical and translation notes in a forward, and notes at the end of the book add further explanatory information. Lewes Public Library has a two tape set of the translator reading his work and the book is available J 00iiiiiiiiii0000iiiiiii00,00ii ,,,00,00i00iiill If!Y: m i = BAREF00TIN' in local bookstores. It's a book to be read over and over and over again and after while its principles reveal them- selves in day-to-day living. CAPTAIN GREENSBURY Davidson, buried in the Bethel Methodist Cemetery in Lewes, en- tered this world in the middle 1850s and died in 1916. With Memorial Day activities hovering around us this week, I thought it would be interesting to trace the history of a local veteran who had served the country in the armed forces. I've always admired the Greensbury name and his tombstone so TOMBSTONE he appeared as good a candidate as any for some informal research. After talking to Virginia David- son Ehlers - daughter of Albert Davidson - and Mildred Albert, also a Davidson by birth, I learned some interesting things about the Sussex County Davidsons in gen- eral, but not much about Greens- bury. For instance, I learned that three Davidson brothers emigrated to this country in the late 1600s: John and Samuel, who settled in Sussex County, and William who moved south to the North and South Carolina area and eventual- ly established Davidson College. Continued on page 8 Dennis Fomey photo A windswept tree captures the direction of the northeast wind behind the dunes at Cape Henlopen. CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, May 30- June 5, 1997. 7 REDUCED! 205 Federal Street, Milton $139,500 This Is A Great Time To, Sell! 16 Hickman St - 3W 2/1 - $119,500 5713 Delaware - Rehoboth all - $127,000 6 Bay Road - Rehoboth 2/1 - $108,500 203 Loganberry 3/2 - $129,500 CALL 1 123 Breezewood Drive 4/2 - $149,900 8 Somerset - RBYCC Doug Gets Resdts! 13 Bayside Ct. - Dewey 3/2 - $153,000 6 Baystrand - Dewey 412 1/2 - $165,000 8 Khag St - Camelot 3/1 - $16,000 Pierre's Pantry Business REDUCED! 114 Coleman Ave. 5 unit apartment building in the heart of Lewes. Fully rented The Happy Salmon Business - $125,000