Lexington Arbor
On Lexington. Photo by Lydia Chávez

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Lydia Chávez

I’ve been a Mission resident since 1998 and a professor emeritus at Berkeley’s J-school since 2019 when I retired. I got my start in newspapers at the Albuquerque Tribune in the city where I was born...

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  1. “Bougainvillea… Cain’t kill it,” Mama used to say. “If you let it run wild, it’ll get all leggy on ya, an’ purty soon alls y’ have are big ole branches with nuthin’ on ’em but a leaf an’ a bloom here an’ there. Gotta keep it pruned proper.”

    She was right, you know. As is sometimes said of green-thumbed folks, she could plant a wooden chair in the fall and have it bearing fruit by spring.

    Glad Mama’s clippers didn’t get to the arbor on Lexington Street. Looks good there, just as is.

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