An Encounter with the American Persimmon

Story and Photography by Francisca Figueroa The first time I ever tasted a persimmon, I’ll admit that I picked it up off the sidewalk. My mother always warned me against eating strange wild berries, let alone food off the ground, but these fruits, roughly the size of silver dollars and luminously orange simply beckoned to…

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Fall’s Invitation to Gather

Fall is beginning to weave itself in between the often-oppressive late summer heat waves.  As I sit to write, I can feel the cool breeze on my face from an open window and remember that not more than a week ago, the heat was intolerable.  Autumn inserts itself into our late midwestern summers just as…

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