"Quakers sit in silence because they want to know something that words cannot tell them. They want to feel something or become aware of something that they can really make connection with. It is something fundamental to their life...but they are not normally aware of it."

— Rex Ambler, The Quaker Way: a rediscovery

The Florida Christian Center Pine

Long-time Jacksonville Friend Al Geiger has made an increment boring from the old pine tree near the Florida Christian Center activities building. The tree is approximately 155 years old, plus or minus 4%, surprisingly young for a tree 29 inches in diameter.

A tree out where Al lives near Dunn Avenue of that age would be considerably smaller, because it would have been burned almost every year when it was young.  Burned by lightning if not by people.  This tree however had better growing conditions when it was young.  Seed sprouted around 1861. 

The Forest Service came into being during the 1920s and didn't start putting out forest fires until about 1930.