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Double even triple your pepper yields

May 28th, 2015

If you’ve never had much luck growing peppers, you can vastly improve your pepper yield by doing a bit of extra work now before the plants go into the garden. The secret is to use plastic mulch. In the past I’ve experimented with several colors of plastic mulch: clear, black, red, blue and silver. All […]

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DOES MY LIFE HAVE MEANING?

May 28th, 2015

Does my life have meaning? This will be one of the things I’m speaking about at a conference in New Jersey this weekend. I define “meaning” as: fitness in a coherent context. I only understand what a certain joke means … Continue reading

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Memorial Day At The Cabin

May 27th, 2015

My wife and I arrived Thursday ahead of the other ten kids and grandkids. I had work to do on the “zip line” platform before anyone could use it. finished it just in time Friday as my grandson Jacob arrived and immediately wanted to try it out. Between him, Kyle, and Brady they almost wore […]

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Theres a Joke Here Somewhere

May 27th, 2015

Its one of my few memorable jokes, or as my wife puts it, one of my three jokes. Organized jokes arent my forte. Theres the one about the skeleton at the bar and the human cannonball and things get thin after that. Im more of a make up your joke to fit the situation and […]

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Deer With CWD Euthanized In Ingham county!

May 26th, 2015

Michigan confirms states first case of chronic wasting disease in free-ranging white-tailed deer The Michigan departments of Natural Resources (DNR) and Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) today confirmed that a free-ranging deer in Meridian Township (Ingham County) has tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD), a fatal neurological disease that affects white-tailed deer, mule deer, […]

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Michigan Free Fishing Weekend

May 20th, 2015

Fish for free in Michigan June 13 & 14 The annual Summer Free Fishing Weekend is scheduled for Saturday, June 13 and Sunday, June 14. On that weekend, everyone residents and non-residents alike can fish without a license, though all other fishing regulations still apply. Michigan has been celebrating the Summer Free Fishing […]

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Gary Browns Taxidermy One Of The Best

May 18th, 2015

Gary Brown has been doing my taxidermy work for many years. In fact he has done work for most of my brothers, and especially brother Darryl. He called me the other day to say my bear rug was done, and i went and picked it up this evening. Once again Gary did a great job, […]

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Really Most Sincerely Dead

May 17th, 2015

Last month, I brought you a little story about a Big Brown Bat hanging around the Monroe County Historical Museum. The little fellow showed up quite suddenly during one of the spring cold snaps and appeared to stick around due to the sustained cold. His chosen location was well sheltered and, in fact, cave-like. I […]

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5 THINGS THE CHURCH MUST DO TO REVERSE DECLINING CHRISTIANITY IN AMERICA

May 16th, 2015

Mike LuckovichCopyright 2015 Creators Syndicate Here are 5 Things the Church Must Do to reverse declining Christianity in America. 1. Preach the Biblical Text. Forget about trying to make people happy, or relaxed, or comfortable. (See here, e.g.) 2. Tap … Continue reading

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Yellowstone Park Hires My Grandson And The Journey Begins!

May 15th, 2015

When I was a young man I always dreamed about moving out West. The states of Colorado, Montana, Wyoming and Idaho always intrigued me. Beautiful scenery, big game animals, and fishing ice-cold streams seemed like the kind of place any outdoorsmen would love to call home. Right after high school graduation reality set in. I […]

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Institutional Racism

May 15th, 2015

In the previous post, I made the claim that institutional racism in the form of asymmetrical law enforcement and judicial bias were two of the three motivating factors driving the current demonstrations and violence in black communities across the country. I suspect that some might dispute the claims of asymmetrical law enforcement or judicial bias, […]

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Venison Topped With Fresh Morels! How Good Is That?

May 13th, 2015

What a great year for those that love to eat morel mushrooms. Usually I have to hunt high and low to find enough for a couple of meals. Not this year, as they seem to be finding me. Several nice big “sponges” have been found while I’ve been mowing my lawn. Never had that happen […]

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One Pic Post: Up Periscope

May 11th, 2015

Ive learned over the past few years to read the bubbles on Dollar Lake. Different patterns serve as clues to identify certain aquatic critters before they appear above the surface. For instance, a cluster of bubbles issuing from one spot indicates the feeding activity of a muskrat as he pulls up plants from the bottom. […]

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Marquette Honor Flight and a Tribute to Richard (Dick) Baldwin

May 10th, 2015

It was way back in 1973 when the Ansel clan met the Baldwin clan. My fathers boss (Herm Fowler) introduced us to a young Gary Baldwin, who was kind of local (Beaver Grove) celebrity! A high school jock, seasoned woodsmen, and a big buck and big bear hunter supreme. He invited us to come up […]

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Start a new tradition throw a daffodil party

May 09th, 2015

Are booming daffodils a good excuse for throwing a party? It is if you areDick Deionne of Ann Arbor. Each spring he throws a daffodil party where he treats his friends to the spectacle of thousands of daffodils that includes dozens of different varieties. Most of his plantings are under trees or around the edges […]

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Pathology Versus Economics

May 08th, 2015

Responses to racial unrest, most recently in Baltimore, arent surprising given what we know about conservatives and liberals. Conservatives focus on rioters calling them thugs and feign surprise at the violence. Liberals on the other hand point to asymmetrical law enforcement in white and black neighborhoods and question why cops are killing so many unarmed […]

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WHAT THE SAME-SEX MARRIAGE ISSUE IS AND IS NOT ABOUT

May 07th, 2015

Reflection in the river, my backyard A few people have been discussing this with me. Note: their discussion has been civil – thank you!To have a civil discourse about same-sex marriage means laying asidead hominemabusives and other logical fallacies … Continue reading

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Morels are Rising

May 07th, 2015

The mushroom season has just kicked into high gear, and its not called mushroom hunting for nothing. You really do have to hunt for these delicious little fungus. Last weekeng I looked hi and low for some of those white morels while zig-zagging back and forth through the woods around my deer camp. I checked […]

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Local Homebrewers Beer on Tap at 129 Lounge

May 04th, 2015

Last December, 129 Lounge and Saugatuck Brewing teamed up to hold a local homebrew competition where the winner would get to have his or her beer on tap for all to sample. This inaugural event had many tasty entries but the winning beer was a coffee stout brewed by the Muskrat Mashers’ own Dan DeSloover, […]

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Bear and Elk Licenses now Available

May 04th, 2015

Apply for elk and bear licenses now through June 1 The Department of Natural Resources reminds hunters that applications for Michigan elk and bear hunting licenses are available now through June 1. There will be 100 elk licenses and 6,951 bear licenses available for the 2015 hunting seasons. Only Michigan residents are eligible to apply […]

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