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‘A Unique Perfection’

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings had a special affinity toward southern magnolias, exulting in the beauty of the magnolia tree that grew in the orange grove next to her one-story wooden cottage in North Florida. “There is no such thing in the world as an ugly tree, but the magnolia grandiflora has a unique perfection,” Rawlings wrote in “Cross Creek.”

Author and professor Leslie Kemp Poole shares how Rawlings reminds us that we need to find our own moments and places of enchantment, however small they are or however brief the experience—especially a flowering tree—and let them enrich our days.