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March 16, 2000 | From Washington Post
There's something about the first hint of spring that impels even the most horticulturally challenged to clip a few daffodils from the backyard or pick up a bouquet of bright tulips from a street-corner kiosk. But sometimes what looked bountiful in the flower cart looks measly at home, as though it was plopped in water by a well-meaning 10-year-old. Turning a bunch of blooms into a lovely bouquet takes know-how and, say the experts, the right vase.
April 3, 1999 | JENNIFER HAMM
The local American Cancer Society recently raised $227,500 for cancer programs. More than 135,500 daffodils were sold during the 14th annual Daffodil Days event last month. The fund-raiser collected close to $60,000 more than last year. The money will be spent locally for research, education and patient service programs. The daffodil is used because it is the first flower of spring, and with spring comes the hope of a world free of cancer.
April 27, 2003
I about fell off my chair when I saw the "Weekend Escape" about my hometown, Puyallup, Wash. ("Near Seattle, Gold at the Rainbow's End," April 6). I worked at the Van Lierop Bulb Farm as a teenager and grew to love the different varieties of daffodils, tulips and iris. The cities of Tacoma, Puyallup and Sumner enjoy a Daffodil Festival each year, and although they're nowhere near as lavish as the Rose Festival, it's fun to see the pretty yellow-and-green floats and hear the bands from the schools around the area.
From her cabin high above the Connecticut River, Jean Harris can see two mountain ranges, three white church steeples, one tiny village and two covered bridges. What she cannot see is her past. And that, of course, is why she has come here. After serving 12 years in a maximum-security prison for the 1980 murder of Scarsdale Diet Dr. Herman Tarnower, Harris' failing health and model work with prisoners' children finally won her release in January.
February 8, 1995 | TOM RAGAN
Buy a daffodil, help a cancer patient. The American Cancer Society in Orange County is now accepting orders for its 10th annual Daffodil Days, with the proceeds going to research and education about the disease. "They are the flower of hope for cancer patients," said Jennifer Guenette, a spokeswoman for the cancer society. "Buy them and you'll be helping out with a great cause." Though Daffodil Days doesn't take place until the week of March 20, Guenette urges placing orders now.
March 15, 1998 | CAROL MUSKE, Carol Muske is the author of "An Octave Above Thunder: New and Selected Poems," a finalist for a Los Angeles Times Book Prize
The Happy Couple is back. In the spirit of "Lady Lazarus" (Sylvia Plath's poem about a woman who thrives on death and returns from the grave at 10-year intervals), we have this decade's version of a world-class marital mismatch in "Birthday Letters," a collection of poems by Ted Hughes. The poems appear to have been written in eloquent exasperation, a literary last straw meant to put an end, once and for all, to the debate about who was responsible for the demise of Sylvia Plath.
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