The Senator is dead. Monday in Florida a 3500 year old cypress tree, nicknamed the Senator, burned to the ground. Maybe I’m being overly sentimental but I felt a bit sad about it; to think, surviving 3500 years of storms, natural pests like termites and woodpeckers, dodging humans with axes – it’s an amazing story. 3500 years ago, Minos and his Cretan empire was at its height, King Tut was still a couple hundred years from being born, Stonehenge was being constructed and the first sundial was invented. Pretty much nothing we know in the world was as it is now.