Life Style & Travel

Prune Now For Roses Later

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UNITED STATES—The main problems with roses locally are not related to climate, soil, insects or disease. Warm and semi-arid climates of California happen to be some of the best places in the World for roses. Sure, many roses have problems with insects such as aphid, and diseases such as powdery mildew, but primarily because such pathogens proliferate among roses...

Cutting The Cable Cord

UNITED STATES—I have heard so much talk from so many people I know in recent months about Cable. I feel like I’m the only person who still has and pays for Cable. I’ve been with my provider Comcast for more than a decade and my biggest concern is the fact that they charge unsuspecting fees all the time, not...

Happier

UNITED STATES—We all wish each other a Happy New Year and the post modern among us cringe at the conformity of the cliche. But what do we do about increasing happiness? What can we do about it? Here are a few ideas to chew on: 1. Learn to take a step back and let things ride. People are really wound tight these...

Sporting Couch Behavior

UNITED STATES—The past 2 weeks have been loaded with football games on television. Between the NFL heading into the playoff season, and college football with their endless bowl games, it’s enough to have people sitting on the couch for days. So you might be asking yourself why I’m addressing this issue. Well, it’s forcing people to get too comfortable...

Bare Root Season Is Now

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UNITED STATES—Autumn really is the season for planting. That is the general rule. One generalization about general rules is that they generally do not apply to all of the specifics. In other words, there are likely certain exceptions. In this case, there are some types of plants that should not be planted in autumn. The next best season for...

The Mogul’s Mom

UNITED STATES—Pete Mohr was a suit at one of the legacy studios which are kind of elite hotels for nebulous folks, subdivisions that shuffle in and out of offices that have suffered more coats of paint than a New York brownstone. And then there were the likes of Pete Mohr, a hot indie producer, a slick dresser with seven...

Deals Not So Much

UNITED STATES—One of the biggest shopping holidays of the year has come and gone, and for most Americans the spending has come to a halt. However, for some Americans things are actually picking up. Why? Well many of us received gift cards for Christmas or money that is simply burning in our pocket and we are eager to spend....

Breakout Star Of 2019: Jaida Dreyer

NASHVILLE, TN—After years spent in the shadows, writing hit songs for country music superstars including Luke Bryan, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, Jaida Dreyer is poised to take the spotlight in 2019 to let the world hear her voice. Dreyer was crowned the inaugural winner of USA's reality smash, “Real Country.”  Her final performance aptly describes the network's title,...

Potted Plants Are Living Things

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UNITED STATES—Cut Christmas trees really are the way to go. There is no obligation to take care of them after Christmas. They do not need to be planted out into a garden that will be too small for them as they grow. They do not need to be maintained in a pot, only to get disfigured or partially defoliated...

The Last Payphone (4)

UNITED STATES—Since Denny wasn't so bright, he had thought he could get the cash for Danielle's fender-bender pay-off at the ATM. It exceeded his daily limit. Fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on your point of view) they were in luck (or unlucky) depending if you were in Danielle's Ferragamo's or Denny's Dan Post boots. "One-thousand five-hundred d-d-d-dollars," Denny stammered. The bank teller...
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