Julie Zickefoose http://wyso.org en Autumn Raspberries: Worth The Tantalizing Wait http://wyso.org/post/autumn-raspberries-worth-tantalizing-wait <em>In a hurry-up world, the garden keeps its own time. Old-fashioned plants like raspberries, asparagus and rhubarb ask us to slow down and wait for the sweet reward they offer. Commentator Julie Zickefoose revels in the waiting.</em><p><strong> </strong><p>I have a friend who lives up in the mountains of North Carolina who loves to give me wonderful plants. Usually Connie gives me native prairie plants, and I plop them in the meadow, and it's no big deal. But this year she gave me raspberries. Not just any raspberries. Tue, 25 Oct 2011 22:00:00 +0000 Julie Zickefoose 5837 at http://wyso.org Autumn Raspberries: Worth The Tantalizing Wait My Enormous Egg http://wyso.org/post/my-enormous-egg <p style="margin-bottom: 0in;"><font face="Arial, serif">There&rsquo;s a bird that&rsquo;s been trying to get in my house. He pecks at the window all day. What does he want? A bird flinging himself against a window ten hours a day does appear to to be trying to get inside. Go outside and look at the window from the bird&rsquo;s perspective, and you&rsquo;ll see your own reflection. The bird is met with a rival who answers his every parry with a thrust, who sings at the same time he does --the height of avian rudeness! Sun, 31 Jul 2011 14:15:00 +0000 Julie Zickefoose 2474 at http://wyso.org My Enormous Egg Killing Telephones http://wyso.org/post/killing-telephones <p>One of the pleasures of turning 50 is being introduced to a hormonal regime that might have been designed by The Riddler, or the Marquis de Sade. I&rsquo;m put on draconian sleep schedules that persist for a week at a time. One involves waking up at 2:57 AM, and falling back to sleep around five, for that refreshing extra half-hour before the alarm goes off. I&rsquo;m a little bleary the next morning, not much good for anything.</p> Sun, 26 Jun 2011 14:50:31 +0000 Julie Zickefoose 7299 at http://wyso.org Killing Telephones Is My Car Gay? http://wyso.org/post/my-car-gay <p><em>Across the US, gas and oil prices are going up, and people may paying a little more attention to their traveling habits.&nbsp; And so commentator Julie Zickefoose is forced to ask a completely unrelated question: is my car gay?</em></p> Sun, 01 May 2011 15:47:00 +0000 Julie Zickefoose 8645 at http://wyso.org Is My Car Gay? Snow Day http://wyso.org/post/snow-day <p><span class="article-content"><span>I am a survivor. My two kids have been out of school for snow days almost as much as they&#39;ve been in school this winter. One stretch was a week and a half, tacked onto a two week winter break. Twenty days of education-free togetherness. &quot;What do you DO with them??&quot; my friend Mary asked. I thought for a minute. &quot;Well, they&#39;re building two snow forts. And they&#39;ve figured out how to ride a small sled like a snowboard, and they go wobbling down the hill standing up and pitch forward on their faces. They call it snurfing. Mon, 31 Jan 2011 17:28:46 +0000 Julie Zickefoose 2394 at http://wyso.org Snow Day