An Iris by any other name . . .

On the Trail

Do girl babies given names like Fern, Poppy, Jasmine, Rose and Iris develop a particular leaning toward those plants as they grow up? You have to wonder if there are surveys and statistics tracking such phenomena.

Did my elementary school friend Rose Fiorucci become a rosarian or even an annual participant in Rose Parade festivities? Nope, she shied away from thorny things that attracted bees.

As for me, my middle name is Iris, and a convergence of several interests—art history, the co...

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