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Are We There Yet?

July 22nd, 2018

via GIPHY Lets just do a quick recap. Trump goes to the NATO conference. He gives an interview to the Sun in which he blasts PM May, his host. Then he denies that he said it even though the Sun has the whole interview on tape. He blasts NATO, lies about how much of the […]

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Liking your lovage

July 11th, 2018

Every once in a while we’ll be making something that calls for celery, like potato salad or chicken soup. I’ll check the fridge only to find out there’s no celery in the crisper drawer. Not to fear, there’s a perennial plant growing in the garden that’s always on stand by for such an eventuality — … Continue reading Liking your lovage

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Fleeing to Another Country

July 07th, 2018

  Fleeing to another country is the ultimate act of parental desperation. Yet somehow those parents who are seeking asylum in this country are being cast as the villains in Trump’s twisted passion play. Instead of embracing this situation with the compassion that we as a country normally exhibit when when people are in need, […]

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Mystery of the missing apples

June 19th, 2018

At a function I attended over this past weekend the conversation turned to gardening. A friend mentioned his apple trees were being raided by an unknown animal. This animal was very stealthy, so stealthy in fact, that it left virtually no trace of ever being there. The thief left no footprint despite the fact that … Continue reading Mystery of the missing apples

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Liars Poker 2

June 13th, 2018

The ink isnt dry yet on whatever it was that Trump and Kim signed and we are already dealing with WILDLY divergent claims about what happened and why. Before we start, however, I do want to acknowledge that at least in the short term, this is much better than threatening any kind of conflict. On […]

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Milkweeds can become a nuisance

June 12th, 2018

In this day and age pretty much everyone knows about the relationship between monarch butterflies and milkweed plants. It wasn’t always that way. Before modern chemical weed killers, farmers had limited ways of dealing with weeds. Depending on the weather conditions, a farmer might have to go over a field two or three times with … Continue reading Milkweeds can become a nuisance

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Finding a sphinx moth pupa

June 12th, 2018

Butterflies and moths overwinter in different forms depending on the species. For example, the famous Monarch overwinters as an adult, swallowtails in the chrysalis stage. Other species of moths or butteries spend the winter as as eggs or as pupae. Earlier this week I was filling up a plant container with growing mix that I … Continue reading Finding a sphinx moth pupa

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Liars Poker

June 11th, 2018

via GIPHY Heres how the old joke goes. Two liars walk into a bar. The first turns to the other and says, Isnt this the place that you always told me about? The second says, No. Liars Poker is a fun card game when you and your pals have tired of all of the other […]

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Intent

June 04th, 2018

A great oldie from the Castaways is a good theme for this post. As a follow-up to my previous post speculating on the effect of dishonest President, heres a little more speculation on the difference between lying and simply being misinformed. The difference in a word is intent. The liar knows that they are lying. […]

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You Cant Handle The Truth

May 21st, 2018

via GIPHY For those who havent been paying attention, our President is a liar. He isnt just a garden variety political liar. Or an old-time used car salesman liar. He is a liar of mammoth historically unprecedented proportions. He lies about small things (like the size of his inauguration crown). He lies about big things […]

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Iris that blooms at the end of daffodil season

May 15th, 2018

Our Pumila iris, also called dwarf iris, has been putting on a colorful show for several days now. Each spring we look forward to them coming into bloom just as the daffodils are fading, weeks before other irises even think about blooming We have a hot, dry, sandy area right along our walkway that closely … Continue reading Iris that blooms at the end of daffodil season

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Almost no-till potatoes

May 15th, 2018

This year I’ve decided to try a minor experiment with my potatoes. I guess you might call it a kind of no-till planting. There are a couple of reasons I thought it might work well. First, the spot where they’re going was recently an area where some of my older chickens were penned in. I … Continue reading Almost no-till potatoes

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Beer & Wine Tasting to Benefit Relay for Life

May 06th, 2018

The local Relay for Life event is less than 4 weeks away. A charity that not only raises money but also builds a community for survivors and the loved ones of them and the ones we lost. It is an event that is sometimes moving and always inspiring. One of the events that the We […]

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Two weeks behind at the end of April

May 01st, 2018

The colder than normal April has been a topic of conversation with just about everyone. Mostly I hear people complaining about it but when I talk to people who spend a lot of their leisure time outdoors, the conversation gets much more interesting. Fishermen I’ve talked to have mentioned how far behind their season is. … Continue reading Two weeks behind at the end of April

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Detroit Imbibers Warned

April 30th, 2018

One of the things I have learned about Michigan Prohibition was that the start of it was barely covered by Monroe’s paper. It’s covered in our history but not as a current event? Seems peculiar to me but that sort of thing happens a lot. I found only one article that immediately preceded the dry […]

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Intensive soil improvement

April 24th, 2018

A couple of posts ago I discussed a hands-off style of flower gardening that works sometimes in established gardens. In those cases the soil is usually in pretty good shape after having had plants growing in the same spot for many years.Not everyone is fortunate enough to have such a garden space. Sometimes the soil … Continue reading Intensive soil improvement

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This Is The End

April 15th, 2018

This was the beginning of the end for the Nixon administration. One guy, Alexander Butterfield, decided to tell the truth that Nixon taped all of his Oval Office meetings. A year later Nixon resigned. We are at that some point with the Trump administration. Though recent reports that Cohen could become a cooperative witness, does […]

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Spring planted garlic

April 15th, 2018

Garlic is normally planted in the fall. Planting at that time of the year allows the garlic bulb to be exposed to several weeks of cold temperatures which stimulates bulb production. Missing the fall date can be disappointing, it means waiting an entire year before planting a crop. If you are the type of person … Continue reading Spring planted garlic

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Anniversary de Booze

April 11th, 2018

Anniversary de Booze May 1, 2018 Dinner @ 6pm, Presentation @ 6:30pm McGeady’s Town Pub Join us May 1 for the 100th anniversary of the start of prohibition. Michigan went dry before Ohio. Alcohol from Toledo poured into Monroe giving Dixie Hwy the nickname “Avenue de Booze”. In honor of this historic night, McGeady’s Town […]

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Pinocchios As Far As The Eye Can See

April 10th, 2018

via GIPHY Michael Cohens office, his home, and a hotel room were searched recently by the FBI. Here are some of the responses from President Trump. I just heard that they broke into the office of one of my personal attorneys Attorneyclient privilege is dead! Disgraceful situation Its a total witch hunt Its an attack […]

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