Pope's Hill

April wind blows

“April winds blow,
and daffodils
Dance in gowns
with yellow frills,
Streaming between
bare branches of trees,
Flowers bud from under
the freeze.”
By Dorothy O’Neill
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Menino: Preschool programs will go on at Murphy, other sites

Mayor Thomas Menino reiterated a promise by his staff that preschool programs would continue at the Murphy Community Center and eight other community centers this week, saying there were state slots available for the children if funding for the teachers, who will not be paid by the city in next year’s budget, cannot be found elsewhere.  Read more

I’m Irish

“I’m Irish
And I’m proud if it
You hear so many say
And if they’re not
They wish they were
On each St. Patrick’s Day.”
“St. Patrick’s Day”
by Josephine Wayland

I send thanks to my Florida friend Anne Wayland O’Hara for allowing me to use part of this poem about St. Patrick’s Day in today’s column. The poem was written by her mother, Josephine Wayland. I would love to have known Josephine. She was a very gifted woman who lived right in my neighborhood, on Neponset Ave.  Read more

Jigs and reels

"There's no place quite like Ireland,
there's no place quite so green-
Where blue-green sea meets emerald hills,
To make a lovely scene.
Where shamrocks poke their sleepy heads
Through snow drops of morning dew;
And jade-green leaves dance happily
Against a sky of blue-
There's no place quite like Ireland,
There's no place quite so fair,
And many hearts, though far away,
Will always linger there."
Author unknown  Read more

Happy St. Valentine's Day

"February's very gay
With St. Valentine to share,
As sweet Cupid on his day
Shoots arrows through the air."

"February" by Carice Williams

Hubby and I still have the Valentine decorations that we used to decorate our school rooms when we were teaching. My Hallmark decorations were so cute that I couldn't throw them away when I left teaching. Hubby used my decorations and bought even more to decorate his room when he taught. Hubby and I always bought Sweethearts candy for our pupils. The kids loved taking the box home to show their parents.  Read more

'Eyesore' days may be numbered

Decrepit section of 19th-century Neponset tavern may soon be on the chopping block.: Photo by Chris Lovett.Decrepit section of 19th-century Neponset tavern may soon be on the chopping block.: Photo by Chris Lovett.  Read more

Civic leader pushes for St. Ann's traffic study

The president of the Pope's Hill Neighborhood Association this week hit planners of the new Pope John Paul II Academy for lack of a traffic study for its Neponset campus.

"I think the community is getting the short shrift," said Phil Carver, speaking at a community meeting at the Murphy School on Monday evening.

Neponset Ave. is "already a nightmare," Carver said, with parents picking up and dropping off students at the Murphy School and a nearby charter school.  Read more

Forsythia bushes in full flower

"One thin shoot
Soars higher than the rest,
Its weightless leader trembling
In the morning breeze.
Dancing, weaving, leaping…
In response to the sun?
Or simply with excitement
That spring has come!"
"Spring"  Read more

Crocuses in bloom

"A tiny drop
Went way beneath the ground
To tell a very sleepy flower
The wondrous things he'd found.
There's green embroidery
On the trees.
The cover's off the brook
And tempted thus, a crocus bud
Put up her head to look."
"Curiosity"  Read more

On Neponset Avenue

"An Irish Farewell"
"There's a lingering in the doorw`ay
When the Irish say farewell
And there's always one more story
That the parting guest must tell.
Then an extra round of handshakes
With a kiss or two and then…
Reassuring shouts of pleasure
Urging them to come again!
Screen doors held ajar in summer
Like an invitation wide
For the flies and the mosquitoes
To find banquet fare inside.
And the same is true in winter  Read more