Heart Happy (cathy_edgett) wrote,
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Oranges and Skins -



I learn from Writer's Almanac that it is the birthday of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist John McPhee.  They go on to say that:


He's published more than two dozen books, but he almost never writes more than one single-spaced page a day, and he doesn't feel prolific. But he said, "You know, you put an ounce in a bucket each day, you get a quart."

He wrote in his book Oranges (1967):

"An orange grown in Florida usually has a thin and tightly fitting skin, and it is also heavy with juice. Californians say that if you want to eat a Florida orange you have to get into a bathtub first. California oranges are light in weight and have thick skins that break easily and come off in hunks. The flesh inside is marvelously sweet, and the segments almost separate themselves. In Florida, it is said that you can run over a California orange with a ten-ton truck and not even wet the pavement."
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