Life Style & Travel

Counting Calories

UNITED STATES—When it comes to maintaining a healthy weight, two things come into play: exercise and the amount of calories consumed. Yes, the idea of calorie counting is not something that is fun for most of us to consider, but we have to examine just how many calories we consume on snacks or meals that we perceive have small...

Summer Flowers Make The Cut

UNITED STATES—It would seem obvious that there would be more flowers to cut to bring into the home during summer than there would be in winter. A quick tour through the garden might prove otherwise. Much of the color in the garden this late in summer is provided by flowers that fade quickly, or small flowers of shrubby plants...

Taking It To The Streets

UNITED STATES—No matter how unique the individual gardens are, conforming street trees really unify a neighborhood. Streets of tract homes are typically planted with a common street tree that is complimentary to the architectural styles of the homes, and is complaisant to the difficulties of life at the curb. Neighborhoods of mixed architectural styles sometimes have difficulty finding a...

New Media

UNITED STATES—There they are again with that rustling, crackling energy on the streets. They travel in packs, little islands of smugness among us old timers; there they are shielded by a sense goofy camaraderie in the implacable gulf that springs between them and us who were here first. It would be breaking an unwritten law to hail them in...

Roses Can Not Be Neglected

UNITED STATES—Roses are not for the meek. They are too demanding, too sensitive, too thorny, and without their flowers, they are not even very attractive. They have no business in a low-maintenance landscape, or in a landscape maintained by mow, blow and go gardeners. Those who want to grow rose plants for their flowers should be ready to give...

Giving

UNITED STATES—The act of giving makes us relevant. It could consist of giving money or food or kindness. Sadly, at this time of year giving is regimented and often done under duress, and it is all the more limited because giving gets pushed almost exclusively into the material realm. So there we are, dupes for technology toys and rushed generosity....

Pollarding And Coppicing Pruning Techniques

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UNITED STATES—Just about any other arborist will say that pollarding and coppicing are wrong. These techniques ruin trees so that they can never develop into their natural form. Although restorative pruning after pollarding or coppicing is possible, it is usually more trouble than it is worth. However, no one can deny that properly pollarded and coppiced trees can live...

Relief

UNITED STATES—There was always a second banana at the drug store—the relief pharmacist. Johnson Drug wasn’t a one man show. The first relief pharmacist was Chet Turney, a thin wise man, who always carried a thousand dollars in his wallet and was a ham radio operator. He exposed all of us to the word, “Andale” (Hurry up in Spanish). Then...

The Last Payphone (2)

UNITED STATES—"Hello," she called out. She was in front of another body shop not 30 yards away from the first, with its yard of wounded cars. They were wounded, but they were the best makes, and their owners demanded perfection. In contrast stood what had been a payphone on the corner. Danielle was old enough to remember, but for the...

The Key To Perfect Pasta Salad

UNITED STATES—When it comes to summer, nothing is more refreshing than a cool pasta salad. There are tons of varieties to consider when making the perfect pasta salad. While many suspect it’s the veggies that you choose to include or not include in the salad, I think its all about the pasta used and the dressing. For starters, there...
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