Thursday, April 30, 2009

Essay in New Plains Review

New Plains Review, Spring 2009

My contributor's copy of the New Plains Review's "Service" issue (Spring 2009) has arrived.

I'm in the "Short Takes" section. The essay is a modified version of this blog entry's closing (May 6, 1990) portion.

A church in the neighborhood has a lovely cactus garden, and its prickly pears have been busy...

Prickly Pear Flowers 2
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Prickly Pear Flower 3
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Prickly Pear Flower 4
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Prickly Pear Flowers 5
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The "century plants" are at it again. Last year, this agave bloomed in the cactus garden. Two more are budding this year, plus this one in a neighbor's yard:

Agave Bud Stalk
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"Century plant" is a misnomer. According to the San Diego Zoo, "The Agave americana is often called the century plant because [it] was reputed to bloom only once in 100 years, but that's an exaggeration. It does only bloom once in its lifetime, but usually between 7 and 20 years. The main plant then dies, but most species produce shoots that will take over and grow to maturity."

Cover for Deviations: Covenant, Second Edition Covenant, the first volume in the Deviations Series, is now available as a free download from the Deviations website. Click on the downloads link to access a variety of formats (second edition, ISBN 978-0-9819764-0-2).

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