ROBERT SIEGEL, Host:
Unless you live in a warm place, the arrival of Christmas means you can no longer kid yourself. Winter has come. Each year, that is particularly hard to accept for commentator Julie Zickefoose.
JULIE ZICKEFOOSE: So it goes with the geraniums. I have to let them die. Tomorrow. Or maybe the next day, with a light snowfall for a funeral shroud. Oh, the intractable human heart. It does this every year.
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SIEGEL: It's commentator Julie Zickefoose and by the time you hear this, you can rest assured that she will have consigned her geraniums to the compost file. She lives and writes in Ripley, Ohio.
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