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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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Self planting garden

April 03rd, 2018

A friend of mine once told me his method of flower gardening was to see what comes up then just pull out the weeds. That actually is a viable way to approach it especially you have a personality type that doesn’t mind a bit of disorder. For a while my friend was moving into a … Continue reading Self planting garden

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Authoritarianism and Christian Nationalism

March 26th, 2018

via GIPHY One of the lingering questions after this years election is why are White Evangelicals continuing to support a guy whose personal life is the exact opposite of everything that they preach? On the surface, it seems hypocritical. A recent paper by three sociologists suggests some deeper understanding of what is going on. The […]

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Divide perennials in early spring

March 23rd, 2018

The best time of year to divide perennial flowers is early spring just as their new shoots begin to peek up through the soil. That time is right now. Gardeners have different reasons why they might want to divide their perennials. Maybe the plant is getting too old or too big for the space they’ve … Continue reading Divide perennials in early spring

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Using wood ashes in the garden

March 23rd, 2018

If you enjoy regularly using your fireplace or wood stove, you know that a fair amount of wood ashes can be accumulated over a heating season.Under the right circumstances, those ashes can be an excellent fertilizer for your garden. Wood ashes contain about ten percent potassium, one of the three major elements needed by plants … Continue reading Using wood ashes in the garden

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How Democracies Die

March 20th, 2018

This video from VOX is good background on authoritarianism. As the video points out, Trump didn’t create authoritarian voters. Voters with authoritarian views have been part of the fabric of our politics for quite a while. Trump was the first national candidate of a mainstream party to appeal directly to these voters for their support. […]

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Guns

March 15th, 2018

via GIPHY The Supreme Court has upheld the right of an individual to own a gun. They have also upheld the right of communities to place reasonable limits on gun ownership. I am grateful to all those who make our highways safer by controlling the deer population. I have no problem with target shooters either. […]

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Start pruning fruit trees early

March 13th, 2018

It’s tempting to prune fruit trees in early March especially on warm, sunny days when were out in the yard looking for some thing to do. Usually it’s fine to do so, but I like to wait to prune until after the chance of freezing rain has past. A heavy accumulation of ice during an … Continue reading Start pruning fruit trees early

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Waffle House Economy

March 06th, 2018

The difference between fantasy and reality is that in the real world real stuff actually happens to real people. If you live in a fantasy world, you have lost touch with reality. You have not, however, escaped reality. Reality will, sooner or later, assert itself. At that point, you will suffer a rude awakening. Our […]

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Force branches into budding in your home

February 27th, 2018

We still have plenty of winter left to go until spring arrives. In the meantime you can bring a little bit of spring early into your home by forcing shrub and tree branches into budding out of season. The shrub everyone thinks of first is pussy willows with their irresistible silver, fuzzy buds. There are … Continue reading Force branches into budding in your home

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