► Holly's microchap & selected poem are available below.
Cover: Author's backyard, stylized
Every year, I keep trying to figure out some-
thing I like about winter, and every year, I
come up short for answers. The only consola-
tion about having everything so cold outside
is that all of my favorite flowers—lilies, tulips,
daffodils, crocus—need to have this cold time
to rest in order to bloom in spring and summer.
That, and the squirrels seem friendlier when
it’s cold out, and I love seeing their fat little
faces on my back porch in the morning as
they search for the breakfast scraps I put out
for them after the kids leave for school.
Holly Day © 2017
confusing month. May can leave one shell-shocked with beautiful spring afternoons full of birds and flowers and blizzards separated by a matter of days, to the point where each new beautiful day demands to be packed with as much outdoor activity as possible for fear of wasting the weather. June usually means the snow has gone for good, but still, every time a cool breeze comes through, it brings with it the possibility that another beautiful day is about to come to an end.