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It’s finally beginning to feel like summer here in the Northeast. I have four bushes of peonies, which are my favorite kind of flower, at my house. While I was delighted to see them in bloom, they typically come out the week of the BookExpo America (BEA) conference so I get to see them maybe for a day or two. By the time I get back, they are usually just massive clumps of petals on the ground. This year is no exception. To get around this, I cut a few lush flowers and put them in a vase and plopped that on my desk in New York, then moved it to the hotel in the city where I am staying. At least I can enjoy some peonies since I know rain, cold and wind will scatter the petals by Sunday afternoon. Between those and the lilacs, the weekend did smell lovely.