Scandalous Pursuits and Springing Imagination

So begin the celebrations of spring, with winter’s aggressive, Shakespearian foulness officially behind us. Sort of. Hopefully… Rife with metaphors of dancing gnomes, chirping birds and blooming flora, my spring represents possessions that have been left behind or released, in exchange for new assets, new growth. This season, I also…

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Nights of Beastly Entanglements

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“The charge before us is that the Flanders pigeon… did deliberately, callously, and with beastliness of forethought [tormented] a lovely, innocent pigeon!” (from the Lord Blackadder, BBC Comedy Series) My conversation is not about a “pigeon.” There is a tormentor, however, though not the “murderer” (aggressor) that was originally called…

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 April: Water, Water, Everywhere—If You Can Afford It…

  “April is the cruellest month, breeding Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing Memory and desire, stirring Dull roots with spring rain.” —The Waste Land, T.S. Eliot Rather than being spooked by Mr. Eliot’s lament that “April is the cruelest month,” I considered its gifts – warmer temperatures, longer…

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!Sí, Se Puede! In a Time of Farm Heroes, Grapes & César Chávez

Our current fascination with farm to table produce, owes an indebtedness to the legacy of César Chávez and the (UFW) United Farm Workers union.  Chávez’s life is being celebrated in a newly released biopic, César Chávez: History is Made One Step at a Time. How ironic or telling perhaps, that Chávez…

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Spring: Time of Renewal, Imagination, & Fertilizer!

Finally! The calendar says it’s spring, but the season’s much sought after traits—warm, sunny days, have been slow to arrive. Yet following the extremes of such a boisterous winter, and in anticipation of spring’s inevitably chilly, showery days ahead, I’m hoping, at least it won’t be snow. So, welcome spring, the time…

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