Dahlia “Sam Huston” by Joydeep. Native to Mexico, the plants were discovered by Europeans in the sixteenth century. The Aztecs used their hollow stems for water pipes.


Narrative choices often are conscious—a character needs to say this or the plot needs that. And sometimes they’re not. Dahlias were my mother’s favorite flower. She always planted two rows of them by our farm gate. When the school bus dropped me off, I’d stand for a moment, watching the white dust from the road […]