The Iris and the Lily

A prelude of days to come,

Winter Aconite Flower

A weekend of sunshine and a day for sun-kissed skin

Winter Aconite Flowers

As a blanket of leaves is tossed off of flowerbeds

The Lower Garden

Tightly closed buds of Helleborus began to stretch towards the sun

Hellerborus flower bud

Helleborus Flower Bud 2

and drifts of snowdrops open revealing their cups of green

Drift of Snowdrops under River Birch

Snowdrop Flower

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In the Write Moment

In 1977, my seventh grade homeroom teacher was a Vietnam Vet.  Mr. Jewell was enthusiastic and encouraging, and  seemed too young to have the few streaks of gray hair that kept the girls from obsessing about him. But when he shared the rare stories of being in the jungles, we knew he’d earned his silver.

He tried to make Science fun.  For a bunch of teenagers more concerned if they could afford HASH jeans or if they were going to get asked to slow dance during the first Helena Junior High school dance, it was a challenge.

On a Saturday in September, he foraged into the Montana wilderness with a friend, a snake pole and a cage.  He came back with our new classroom pet, a rattlesnake.  The snake lived in the corner of the room where he was constantly watched by kids who absorbed his identity.

Rattlesnake

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