We’re putting these flowers here just because we need a break from this all this heavy thinking. Besides, we like the way they look. The flower is called called foxglove and it belongs to a larger family called digitalis. You may have heard of digitalis as a medication for certain heart problems, specifically atrial fibrillation, a rapid and irregular heartbeat. An extract from the foxglove plant was used as a remedy that disorder as far back as the late 18th century. The name digitalis is appropriate, for the elongated bell shaped flower do fit neatly, glove like, over your finger tips — over your digits. Get it? As for the name foxglove; well, there are lots of theories about that name but no one theory is agreed upon. And, anyway, we said we were posting this photo to escape heavy thinking.
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You may be aware that Eugene Mirabelli writes most of the posts here. The gold medal he won for literary fiction shouldn’t obscure the fact that he also writes science fiction and fantasy - a shameful pleasure.
The critically acclaimed Lightspeed is one of the leading science fiction and fantasy magazines in the United States. Gene's "Love in Another Language" appears in the February issue.