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Only One True North American Wolf Species?

July 28th, 2016

A new study claims that there is only one distinct species of wolf indigenous to North America, the gray wolf. The study, published Wednesday in the Science Advances journal, debunks the theory that the red wolf found in southern U.S. and the eastern wolf found in central Ontario are also distinct species living in […]

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Yellowstones Mesmerizing Beauty

July 25th, 2016

Our week in Yellowstone National Park was nothing short of fantastic. My wife and I are so glad we went! Our grandson Quinn russo has worked IT there for almost two (2) years, and has first hand knowledge of places, sights, and grandeur that the typical tourist never sees. He was an extraordinary guide sharing […]

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Another Bear Attack!

July 21st, 2016

VERNON TOWNSHIP, N.J. A black bear attacked a woman walking her dog outside her home about 40 miles northwest of New York City, authorities said Thursday. The woman, whose name was not released, lives in the Pleasant Valley Lake area near a country club and a national wildlife refuge, Administrative Lt.KeithKimkowski of the Vernon Township […]

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Lazy

July 21st, 2016

I often wonder what motivates Trump to say the things that he says. My latest theory is that he is just lazy (and obsessively needs the spotlight). He is unwilling to put in the work to deeply understand an issue. Instead he says the first thing that pops into his head and moves on. If […]

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Mulch instead of staking tomato plants

July 21st, 2016

Here we are, it’s the middle of July. The tomatoes have made good growth so far but some of them don’t have cages around them. Right now the plants are so big, you couldn’t get a cage around it no matter how hard you tried. What’s a gardener to do? The first idea that comes … Continue reading Mulch instead of staking tomato plants

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Fishing Yellowstone

July 19th, 2016

The adventure continues in Yellowstone national park. The Flying Pig rafting adventures also has a fly fishing guide service and a mountain horseback ride and cowboy dinner that are part of their services. Tony and I went to the fly fishing shop to buy some lures for those Yellowstone trout we had heard so much […]

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Rafting the Yellowstone River

July 18th, 2016

During our Yellowstone vacation my daughter Meghan had booked a rafting trip through “Flying Pig” Adventures. My wife is a non swimmer and had to be coaxed into going with the stipulation that she wasn’t going to paddle. Our trip was scheduled for July 5th. at 11 a.m. and we were there plenty early to […]

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Yellowstone July 4th.

July 13th, 2016

Today we venture to the parks most famous site; Old Faithful! Its a winding two hour trip from our place, and can make a queasy person carsick, just like it did me. On our way we stopped at the Norris Geyser. The landscape was like something out of a science fiction movie, and is close […]

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The Yellowstone Adventure Continues July 3rd

July 12th, 2016

Tony, Alena, Nina, Jacob, and Brady along with Mark, Megan, and Logan arrived today. We helped unpack them in a mountain downpour! After everyone was situated we went to the Iron Horse Grill situated right on the Yellowstone river in downtown Gardiner. Quinn had recommended this place and it did have a real Western atmosphere, […]

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Return From Yellowstone

July 10th, 2016

I was reluctant to take a flight to Montana to visit Yellowstone on July 2nd. I’m not a seasoned traveler, and just the fact that airports seem to be a favorite target of our enemies, made my reluctance worse! The 4th of July holidays just seemed like a good time to stay away from airplane […]

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Great Lies in American History

July 09th, 2016

Just a little thought experiment. Lets rank these events in order of what was most damaging to the country. Heres a list in historical order. Nixons Watergate cover-up Reagan sold arms to Iran to fund a secret war in South America Bush I promised no new taxes and then raised taxes after he was elected […]

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Snapping turtle eggs in the garden

July 06th, 2016

There’s a corner of the garden that I rototilled earlier this spring but never got planted so the weeds were really out of control. I decided today it was time to re-till the area and do something with it. It was a real struggle to get the tiller to knock down those tall weeds but … Continue reading Snapping turtle eggs in the garden

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Yellowstone Here We Come

July 01st, 2016

My grandson Quinn works for Yellowstone Park and has for the last two summers. Two of my daughters and their families along with my wife and I decided to pay him a visit this year. He has been there long enough to know all the nice little (non-tourist) places, and will make a great guide. […]

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A Crocus Moth on a Summer Eve

June 30th, 2016

The night air was just settling in after the sun dipped behind the oaks and pines lining the opposite side of Dollar Lake. A group of Green Frogs were performing their syncopated ga-lumping and the last dragonflies of the day were hovering about the Spadderdock. I was standing on the dock waiting for the muskrat […]

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Local lacewings in your garden

June 30th, 2016

While inspecting my garden today I ran across some very cool looking structures on the underside of a leaf. I could tell immediately that they were lacewing eggs. The thin stalks, each holding up a tiny white egg on its end, was the giveaway. Lacewings are a good ally to have in your war against … Continue reading Local lacewings in your garden

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Another Fatal Bear Attack In Montana

June 29th, 2016

Sheriff: Grizzly kills person near Glacier National Park KALISPELL, Mont. Montana authorities say a grizzly bear attacked and killed a bicyclist riding in the Flathead National Forest just outside Glacier National Park. Flathead County Sheriff Chuck Curry told The Associated Press the person was killed Wednesday afternoon about a mile from the West Glacier […]

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Look out for cabbage worms

June 23rd, 2016

Earlier this week I spotted some small, white butterflies flitting around in our garden. They were the easy to recognize adult stage of the imported cabbage worm larva. Now, a few days later,their larvae are voraciously eating our cabbage. Curiously, I haven’t seen any on the broccoli or kale yet, but they will show up … Continue reading Look out for cabbage worms

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Flea beetles causing damage in vegetable garden

June 23rd, 2016

We’re seeing the first flea beetles in the garden this season. These tiny pests can cause a lot of damage to small plants if they’re not knocked back early on. Usually the first thing you see when flea beetles enter your garden is the distinctive chewing pattern they make on the leaves and not the … Continue reading Flea beetles causing damage in vegetable garden

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Thin vegetable plants for best results

June 16th, 2016

One major job in the garden this week is thinning our vegetable seedlings. It’s one of those things that is hard to do sometimes. Plucking all those little seedlings after waiting so long for them to germinate seems drastic but it needs to be done. Most of us have no compunction when taking out weed … Continue reading Thin vegetable plants for best results

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Trump is All In

June 14th, 2016

Trumps speech on June 13th destroyed any hope by Republicans that he would pivot to the center or temper his language in an attempt to appear more Presidential. That moderated Trump lasted for a minute or so into his prepared remarks. Then the RealDonaldTrump returned to take advantage of this national tragedy. He doubled down […]

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