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Luzerne vacation

July 05th, 2015

Been awhile since I blogged as we are vacationing at the cabin. Just relaxing with the family as we do all the things one can do in the north woods. Canoeing, 4- wheeling, fishing, and swimming to name a few. Oh I can’t forget eating. We are all off our diets for sure. seen a […]

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Courts Decide

July 03rd, 2015

The Supreme Court recently did what they are empowered to do make decisions based on their best interpretation of the constitution. The Constitution provides for an independent judiciary for a reason. We are a nation of laws where the power of the majority does not trump the rights of the minority. Our federal judges […]

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Too much rain causes waterlogged garden soil

June 30th, 2015

Gardeners in our area are having to deal with unusual amounts of water in their gardens. The amount of water in the soil is more like what we would see in early spring after the snow melt rather than late June or early July. Driving around I see standing water all over our area with […]

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Moth mullein welcome in the garden

June 29th, 2015

There’s some new unexpected members to our garden family of plants this year. It is a group of moth mullein plants. I’m not really sure how they got there. I figure they most likely hitched a ride as seed in soil from some other plants that I transplanted from someone else’s garden a couple of […]

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Turtle Island Dream Keepers 4th. Annual Pow-Wow

June 27th, 2015

I have been wanting to do this for years, and finally attended the Turtle Island dream Keepers 4th. annual Pow-Wow here at the Monroe county community college. The “Dream Keepers are a non-profit Native American organization that has hosted this event for educational purposes, and for an opportunity for intertribal gatherings. There were Odawa, Onandaga, […]

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West Nile Virus

June 26th, 2015

Most recently, three American crows in Ingham County tested positive for West Nile virus the states first report this year of the virus. West Nile virus is carried by birds, and has been known to be transmitted from bird to bird only by mosquitoes. Mosquitoes become infected when they feed on a bird carrying […]

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Battling the mosquito plague

June 26th, 2015

Looks like the mosquito plague will be with us until at least November given the spate of recent wet weather. The blood-sucking insects seem so thick in some areas it makes it difficult to be outdoors for any extended period. But there are ways to repel the critters. Wear insect repellent: Products containing DEET, such […]

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Area beaches to be sampled again

June 25th, 2015

Monroe County health officials will be taking water samples again on Friday to see if the contamination levels that resulted in no-contact advisories for three area beaches have fallen within acceptable levels. The health department issued advisories Wednesday afternoon for beaches at Bolles Harbor and Avalon Beach as well as the mile-long beach at Sterling […]

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Fishing With The Grandkids

June 25th, 2015

Yesterday morning was the perfect weather to do some fishing with the grandkids. I picked two of them up and met the other two at the lake. Three grand-daughters and one grand-son. I had picked up some worms before arriving and had a couple of brand new spin casting reels for 2 of the girls. […]

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Standing water great for mosquitoes

June 23rd, 2015

Did you know Michigan has more than 50 species of mosquitoes? Sure you do. You probably met them all in the last few weeks. All these bugs are different, to some degree, but can be put into two basic categories: Spring mosquitoes and summer mosquitoes. Spring mosquitoes produce only one generation of adults each year. […]

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Sunny summer brings melanoma risk

June 22nd, 2015

What’s the fastest growing form of cancer in the United States, and the deadliest? Melanoma, according to the Centers for Disease Control. That’s an important statistic to consider as we mark the official start of summer. More than 90 percent of melanoma skin cancers are due to damage from the sun’s ultraviolet radiation. Melanoma rates […]

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Money Corrupts

June 19th, 2015

One example of modern day corruption is the estate tax repeal that the republican house recently passed. Im working on another post that digs into the whole topic of corruption in more detail, but heres a quick overview to provide some historical context to this discussion. The framers of the constitution felt that corruption was […]

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Fluoride: Too much of a good thing?

June 19th, 2015

Fluoride in the public water supplies long has been the subject of public debate. Some suggest that its benefits in preventing tooth decay are outweighed by other potential health impacts. Cancer, kidney and heart disease all have, at one time or another, been blamed on fluoride. Some opponents to fluoridation claim it’s akin to rat […]

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Tick off your tick-protection measures

June 18th, 2015

Theyre little critters that can cause big problems. Perhaps worse, its sometimes hard to know when they have arrived. But ticks are a seasonal bane in many areas of the country, and when warm weather arrives, theyre not far behind. Because theyre often out of sight, theyre often out of mind. Yet tick-related diseases are […]

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Michigan Black Bears Expand Their Range

June 18th, 2015

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources reports that black bears are heading south in their quest for food and territory. Wildlife outreach technician Jordyn Richardson told the Grand Rapids Press that black bears are becoming more prevalent in the swampy area around Cadillac. It was also reported that a bear killed a beagle near Cadillac […]

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Protection should trump fashion in sunglasses

June 17th, 2015

Summer is at hand. That means many of us who work or play outdoors are pulling out the warm weather gear and supplies. But along with the sunscreen, broad-brimmed hats and UV-blocking clothing, one shouldnt forget about protecting their eyes. The most basic way to protect your eyes during the summer or during any bouts […]

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Michigans Snakes

June 16th, 2015

After all the rain we have been getting my back yard looks like a jungle. Today I tried to cut the lawn with my ride on lawnmower. I saw three toads and a “snake in the grass” as I chopped down their hiding places. I caught the snake and identified it as a harmless garder […]

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Climate Change Infallibility

June 16th, 2015

Heres how twisted the climate change debate has become. The Pope feels that he has to weigh in. His opinion? Climate change is real. Climate change is a moral issue because of the damage being done to the poor. His formal remarks on the subject will be published in an encyclical due later this month. […]

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Pastor Saeed Abedini (A U.S. Citizen) Held Prisioner For Almost Three Years In Iran!

June 13th, 2015

PERSECUTED CHURCH American Pastor Saeed Abedini Attacked & Beaten by Fellow Prisoners By Jordan Sekulow3 days ago Wednesday of last week, fellow prisoners viciously beat American Pastor Saeed Abedini in prison. Unprovoked, fellow prisoners attacked Pastor Saeed as he attempted to leave his cell, punching him in the face near his left eye and nose. […]

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Turkey Season Spring 2015

June 11th, 2015

Michigans Spring turkey season ended a couple weeks ago and I’m just now gathering information on how the Ansel clan’s hunting went. I was quite surprised to get the “low down” from my brother Darryl, as he sent me picture after picture from his memorable year. Darryl started his season off by dropping a huge […]

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