Green Eggs and Red Lemonade

Northwestern University Ecotourism Park and Botanic Gardens is one place in the city where I can have breathing space and keep my sanity intact. I so love it there especially when horticulturist Michael Calaramo, the park’s manager, is around. Gosh, I envy the guy! He knows by heart the scientific names of all the thousand species he nurtures there. I know at least two plant names — exotic and beautiful.

These might be Nepenthesis, omg, I forgot the next word!! Let’s just call them pitcher plants. They have something similar in Adams.There was a party when I last visited. My childhood friend Glenda Gloria, the veteran Ilocano journalist, was in town and I was going to meet her loves, veteran photographer Melvyn Calderon and Leona, for the very first time. It felt sort of dreamy seeing the place in a different light. Who else but Michael spruced up the wonderful place?Before leaving, Michael handed me fresh eggs with the compliments of the park. I forgot to ask if they had basil so I could have green eggs. I’m so weird; chicken meat give me allergies, but not eggs. Life gives us lemons, and cherries too, so we can make a cherry lemonade.

It’s the last day of the year. I wish you a better, more colorful 2012. Thanks to everyone for the continued support.

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