Gardening Advice

By Agnes Plantain, Environmental Reporter for Beyond Green in North Carolina

Plantain: Today, on this cold January morning, I’m interviewing a leading national horticultural expert. Louie Crumble is past President of the Death Valley, CA Garden Club and author of Topiary This! Turning Your Boxwood Hedge into a Civil War Reenactment.

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Airline Retail Sales

Last week I was sitting with my wife in coach on a flight to Florida. As I was trying to read my copy of the National Enquirer cover article on Brad’s sixteenth remarriage proposal to Angelina, a flight attendant announced over the PA system, in great detail, the benefits of a new bank credit card the airline was promoting. Then, in order to book a ton of sales, she walked down the aisle with applications in hand, screeching out the same offer at every seat row. 

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Fall

The obvious question is, what’s there to like about the third season of the year? Let’s see, it’s getting noticeably darker earlier and earlier each afternoon. The temperature is declining each week. And winter is just around the corner. Oh yeah, those are all negatives. Wait, there is a positive. The color of leaves is changing. It’s so pretty as you look across the countryside and see the leaves migrating from light greens to yellows, to various reds, and all of it ending in brown.

 

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Thoughts to Live By

Sometimes it’s important to take the advice of people who possess greater insight and depth of thought than we do. To help us ordinary folks figure out how to resolve an important problem or determine what to do next. Here are some gems from a few terrific human beings. Whatever your issue, something here is bound to be helpful.

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Pet Medical Cones

You’ve seen them. Those plastic radar cones around the necks of dogs and cats. Vets recommend them to prevent animals from licking or biting an area on their body that is supposed to be healing. If you don’t have a dog or cat, or have never been told to use one, when you do see a cone you probably think, “How cute and funny looking. I bet Fido or Mittens is having a grand old time with that strung around its neck.”

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Grandchildren

I recently took time off from blogging. My wife and I went to visit our three grandchildren, all under the age of four, in another city. Oh yes, and to see our son and daughter-in-law as well. I think it is safe to say grandparents can be more objective than parents because we are one step removed from grandchildren due to the fact we are not responsible for their day-to-day care. And in our case, we don’t see them daily because of where we live. We can observe their behavior and come to an educated and rational conclusion about these little people, these gems of humanity. I know I can say in all honesty that my grandchildren are perfect: calm, emotionally balanced, pleasant to one and all, full of fun, and generous.

 

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