Tag: Spring

Winter Fever

Basil seeds soaking--the first sign of spring in the Hamilton-McVicker household.

Spring fever … has come a little early this year. Of course, now that we’ve moved a frost zone further South, winter was a bit long in coming, too. So long that I was tempted to stretch the season by…

Signs of spring

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Just one week ago, amid chilly showers and dipping temperatures, spring seemed to be receding even as the calendar advanced. The early bloomers–the winter jasmine and forsythia–were still blazing along for all the world as if it were February, while…

Ars Poetica

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Walking amid bougainvillaea and banana trees, traveling by trolley through half-empty streets in the Garden District, heart shadowed by the wrecked but not quite ruined beauty of New Orleans, I met one day a few years ago a newly minted…

Forcing the Issue?

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That man o’ mine–he’s too much for me sometimes. He came home about a week ago with a giant bundle of sticks. I noticed them on the front porch as I entered the house and just shook my head: More…