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Healing Thoughts

March 18th, 2019

via GIPHY I hesitate to wade into the abortion debate again because it is so emotional and divisive. The reason it is so emotional and divisive is because it is in that difficult place between religion and politics that has ALWAYS been a challenge for our country. Some of the first settlers fled religious persecution […]

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Making a DIY maple tap or stile from elderberry or sumac stems

March 08th, 2019

We’re rapidly approaching the maple syrup season. Actually if it wasn’t for this cold snap we’d be gathering sap right now. It all depends on the weather, cold nights with quickly warming morning stimulates sap flow. Now that I reminded you of it, maybe you want to try making some maple syrup yourself this year. … Continue reading Making a DIY maple tap or stile from elderberry or sumac stems

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Checking stored flower bulbs

March 08th, 2019

Several weeks ago I blogged about how I store dahlias. Did you keep some of yours too? If you haven’t already done so, now’s the time to check on them to see how they’re doing. Serious dahlia growers begin planting their tubers in mid-March, in pots and in a greenhouse of course. I opened mine … Continue reading Checking stored flower bulbs

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Forcing spring tree and bush branches

February 26th, 2019

We’re getting an early taste of spring at our house by forcing branches into bloom. It’s something gardeners have done for centuries ever since someone figured out if you cut some branches and bring them into a warm room during the winter, they will bloom. When I was in elementary school, forcing pussy willow branches … Continue reading Forcing spring tree and bush branches

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Sharpening my pruners

February 13th, 2019

The recent ice storms caused some damage on my trees and shrubs. It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be considering we had about a quarter of an inch of ice accumulation. I’ll need to do some extra pruning this spring to take out broken branches and that made me think about my … Continue reading Sharpening my pruners

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Facing Reality

February 12th, 2019

via GIPHY After 35 days of government shutdown over funding a border wall, Congress has delivered Trump a deal that is WORSE than the compromise deal that Trump rejected last year. The CBO estimates the shutdown will cost $11B and will shave 0.2% off the current economic growth forecasts. Most of that money will be […]

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Plants for butterflies

February 08th, 2019

It’s been a long time coming, but more and gardeners are finally becoming interested in growing butterfly gardens. Eleven years ago, almost to the day, I posted a blog trying to encourage folks grow more plants that attract and sustain butterflies. I figure it’s time to revisit that subject again. Seed catalogs are arriving everyday … Continue reading Plants for butterflies

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Going through my seeds

February 01st, 2019

This is the time of year I drag out all of my old seeds from last year and years before that. I always like to take inventory to see what I’ve got on hand before I order anything.We’re in the middle of winter and not all of the seed catalogs have arrived yet. You would … Continue reading Going through my seeds

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The Great Potato Famine

January 21st, 2019

This isnt the first time poverty, starvation, and violence have caused people to flee their country. The Great Potato Famine forced 2M Irish to come here. The British believed that the natural course of free markets would solve the crisis. The head of relief said, Great Britain cannot continue to throw her hard-won millions into […]

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Selecting squash, pumpkin and gourd seeds

January 16th, 2019

Under good storage conditions, winter squash and pumpkins can stay edible well into winter. I have a spot in my garage that stays cool, around 50 degrees, through the winter and that is right around the ideal storage temperature for squash. Air circulation is also important and there is plenty of air movement in that … Continue reading Selecting squash, pumpkin and gourd seeds

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The Wall

January 04th, 2019

  White evangelicals are getting a lot of attention in the larger press these days. Thats because they appear to be the most loyal demographic of Trumps support. Ive posted on this topic before. Most recently, I speculated that it was Trumps support of Christian Nationalism that could explain at least some of it. Ive […]

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Poinsettia care after the holidays

January 03rd, 2019

For a vast majority of people Christmas poinsettias are a disposable commodity. There are a few of us however, who adopt them as part of our permanent plant collection. A while back, for several years in a row, I kept one particularly bright red poinsettia that eventually grew to almost four feet tall. You can … Continue reading Poinsettia care after the holidays

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Protecting bonsai from bitter cold

December 20th, 2018

There’s some talk among weather prognosticators about a speed bump developing in the polar vortex this winter. Some are saying very cold, below normal temperatures are just over the horizon and heading our way. If you haven’t already done so, now’s the time to finish up prepping your garden for winter. I’ve done all I … Continue reading Protecting bonsai from bitter cold

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Last minute gift for chicken fancier

December 20th, 2018

Regular readers of this blog know that I have a flock of chickens that not only provide eggs but also help out in the garden. For example, in the spring I let them out to weed fallow areas and to dig up grubs and other underground garden pests before I plant. I’ve had hens for … Continue reading Last minute gift for chicken fancier

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Evil Has No Power

November 26th, 2018

I have seen the wicked in great power, and spreading himself like a green bay tree. Yet he passed away, and, lo, he was not: yea, I sought him, but he could not be found. Ps 37:35-36 As a warning, this post is about belief. It is the result of looking more closely at our […]

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Tinkerbell Effect

October 15th, 2018

via GIPHY This is a term which describes things that are thought to exist only because people believe in them. One of the areas where is it used fairly widely is with money. Money has no intrinsic value. It only works because everyone using it believes that it will continue to work for the foreseeable […]

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October 10th, 2018

via GIPHY Flopping is a technique in a number of sports. It is an intentional fall by a player after little or no contact from an opposing player. The intent is to fool the official into believing that a foul actually occurred when in fact nothing happened. It is widely practiced in soccer and basketball. […]

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Michigan Craft Beer Fest This Weekend

September 20th, 2018

I know it is last minute but I need to share this event. Monroe is having a beer fest right downtown this Saturday! There are a lot of great breweries lined up along with local flavors from the Monroe restaurants. Please come out and join the fun and support Monroe. They are closing down a […]

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July 30th, 2018

via GIPHY The recent nomination of a democratic socialist in a NY congressional district has awakened the great red scare among some conservatives. The standard conservative line regarding socialism is that there isnt one successful socialist country and it is a stepping stone to communism. But that begs the question. There isnt one successful libertarian […]

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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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