The powers that be have hit upon a wayto get me to stop talking about roses. “Write us a story,” they said, “and get it out of your system.”
It so happens that I do have quite a few roses — more than 20, I believe, although whenever I set out to do a mental count, I keep getting confused. Did I include the ‘Harison’s Yellow’ or not? And what about the Cherry Pie in the container? Oh, I think I forgot Hot Cocoa™. And so I start over, and then start over again. Finally, I decide to just let it go. As I said, more than 20.
Some of these roses I bought because I dearly coveted them ...
Illinois is an agricultural state. We all know that, right? But did you also know that Illinois imports 90 percent of its food
For me, one moment above all others elicits that life-is-good feeling: the germination of the first tomato seed on my radiator.
It’s great to be traditional, but sometimes we’d like to do a variation on the familiar theme
The most memorable Christmas of my Chicago life was the year the temperature plummeted to 25 below zero and the pipes froze …
I’m not paranoid but it’s out to get me. It’s everywhere. It’s in my life, my dreams, my backyard, my garden.