In the third grade I learned what it meant. Intrigued, I began to notice all the stuff for sale in our town. I pictured hordes of cargo planes filling the skies, as they traversed oceans, east to west and back again, to deposit crates full of the...

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The Role of Raspberry

Because edible raspberries have perennial roots,but biennial shoots, the fruit takes longer to show up; it needs a good chilling first. It’s vigorous and invasive andgrows underground, emerging far from where you’d expect. One-hundred and two...

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Polio in Chicago, 1946

A typical mid-summer morning in the city, the air weighted with swelter late August 1946.  My brother is four and on his way to Riverview Amusement Park with our Mom, who is lumbering into the second half of her pregnancy with me.  An outing, just...

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