OUR APRIL INVITATION: In Coastal California, It’s Almost Always Spring

April 19, 2015 by Susanna Gaertner

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Each year in early March the UCSC Arboretium gets hundreds of visitors eager to admire and photograph the mighty hummingbirds as they feed on red (their favorite color) grevillea and perform their 70-mph dives for mating displays.

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OUR SPRING INVITATION: Ah . . . April in Paris . . .

April 18, 2015 by Tish Jett

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When I was in Paris earlier this week, I saw the most exuberant signal that spring has finally arrived: the chestnut trees in full bloom. I was conscious, once again, of that crystalline light that I associate with the city in printemps, particularly after the long, gray winter.

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Molly Fisk: Uncluttered and Standing Proud

April 18, 2015 by Molly Fisk

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Oh, the pleasure, the satisfaction! A desk with no coffee rings, no inky thumbprints, no dead mosquito hawks! A desk with all those snaky electronic cords elegantly corralled by plastic cable-ties! Who knew that a fabulous 50-cent bright green cable-tie from Korea could work better than any antidepressant?

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Fashion Friday: Must-Have Fashion Apps

April 17, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change

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From apps that show you what’s trending daily to those that help you transform a runway ensemble into your own to apps that help you to be a smarter and savvier shopper to those that will get your closet organized (fingers crossed) and to those that will keep you updated on the latest fashion language, we’ve got you covered.

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OUR APRIL INVITATION: In Massachusetts, Awaiting the Peepers

April 12, 2015 by Judith A. Ross

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By Judith A. Ross

The earliest signs of spring have gained a more personal meaning over the 20-odd years I’ve lived in my house just west of Boston. Their yearly return has become a reminder of my own resilience.

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Molly Fisk on Sniffing Around

April 11, 2015 by Molly Fisk

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By Molly Fisk

Something about heat-soaked eucalyptus bark overlaid with a slight salty note from fog coming in off the Pacific is absolutely unmistakable. Marcel Proust had his famous madeleines. For me, taste is evocative, but scent is the sense most closely tied to my memory.

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Fashion Friday: The Spring Jacket

April 10, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change

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As the weather warms and the flowers bloom, bid farewell to the multiple layers we’ve been donning all winter and instead opt for a jacket that is simple, elegant, and refined. This is the season for the lightweights!

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OUR APRIL INVITATION: In Minnesota, Remembrance of Springs Past

April 10, 2015 by Diane Dettmann

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By Diane Dettmann

As soon as the barn door opens in spring, Midwestern cows burst into the open fields and frolic—yes, frolic—in the grass.

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OUR APRIL INVITATION: Philly in Bloom

April 9, 2015 by Stacia Friedman

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By Stacia Friedman

On the arrival of the first warm days of spring, Rittenhouse Square, the poshest piece of real estate in the city, turns into a beach as office workers and students spread out blankets and strip down to, well, their tattoos.

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Ro Howe’s Recipes: Minted White and Green Asparagus With Pecorino Polenta

April 7, 2015 by Ro Howe

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By Ro Howe

Enjoy the warmth and comfort of the creamy polenta and the sprightly emergence of spring in the asparagus.

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OUR APRIL INVITATION: In New York City, a Many-Pleasured Spring

April 4, 2015 by Nancy Weber

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By Nancy Weber

“Open the gates!” Spring cries. “Open the windows and let the new air in! Open the baseball season . . . open the sidewalk cafés . . .”

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A Passover Primer

April 3, 2015 by Stacia Friedman

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By Stacia Friedman

When will you start eating? Not until the Red Sea parts. The Wise Son’s advice: 20 minutes before the seder starts, duck out to a Chinese restaurant and order a Happy Family . . .

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Molly Fisk on April Anxiety

April 3, 2015 by Molly Fisk

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By Molly Fisk

How Molly Fisk grew up and learned to stop fearing the IRS.

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Welcome Spring! An April Invitation

April 1, 2015 by Patricia Allen

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By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.

What do you plan to do to welcome April, the stand-in for the concept of spring? We in New York City, jaded as we are, have long given up on spring’s delivering, on the official date of arrival, anything but cold weather and threats of snow. But April brings more than showers here. New York really begins to bloom in the tender month.

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CHANGE? Jerolyn Morrison Responds to Our March Challenge

March 29, 2015 by Jerolyn Morrison

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By Jerolyn Morrison

Ah, mundane routine! Surprisingly enough, that’s what anthropologist/archaeologist/potter Jerolyn Morrison longs to bring back into her life.

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