Life Style & Travel

Nature Is Not Naturally Accommodating

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UNITED STATES—Gardening is quite unnatural. It involves unnatural cultivation of mostly unnaturally exotic (nonnative) species of plants. Irrigation delivers more water than seasonal rain provides. Fertilizers contribute more nutrients than endemic soils provide. Pesticides, if necessary, inhibit proliferation of pathogens. Nature simply could not accommodate such demands. Not only is gardening unnatural, but it also interferes with established ecosystems. Many...

Streets Might Benefit From Shade

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UNITED STATES—Shade has become less of a priority for modern urban gardens than it still is for older and more spacious suburban gardens. Significantly less sunlight reaches the ground of such confined gardens among taller and shadier homes and fences. Even where shade might be desirable, space for shade trees might be minimal. Streets are the primary exception. Streets, and...

Augason Farms – Delivering Top Quality Emergency Foods, Peace Of Mind For 50 Years

UNITED STATES—Current news headlines bring to attention an important tip for families – we must all be prepared for unforeseen events, particularly when it comes time to stocking up on emergency food.  The majority of Americans are not prepared with any type of emergency plan or food storage should emergency or disaster situations arise – and San Francisco residents are...

Evergreen Foliage Has Distinct Advantages

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UNITED STATES—Gardening was easier before suburban lifestyles became so passe. Now, larger modern urban homes occupy smaller urban parcels. Modern fences are taller to enhance privacy for such densely situated homes. Garden space is both minimal and shaded by so much infrastructure. Ironically, shady evergreen foliage is now more practical for such gardens. Deciduous trees are still practical for single...

Vines Are Aggressive Social Climbers

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UNITED STATES—Regardless of how appealing many of them are in home gardens and landscapes, vines are flagrantly exploitative. They rely on shrubbery, trees or anything they can climb on for support. As they reach the tops of their supports, they extend their foliar canopies above. Vines have no reservations about overwhelming and maybe killing their own supporters. Vines climb with...

Top Paying Restaurant Jobs In The Bay Area

UNITED STATES—Working in hospitality requires certain qualities such as being a people person, having excellent communication skills, and being both professional and friendly with those you meet. You also need to be presentable, flexible, and have a pleasant disposition for this type of work. If you do possess these qualities, you will find lots of great restaurant jobs in...

Banana Yellow (13)

UNITED STATES—His bosom buddy, who’d dubbed him “the incredible Yanqui,” the exiled Miguel Padilla, retorted, “Well, compadre. I’ve heard of a White House being turned into a bawdy house, my friend.” Phineas Cox sure had inadvertently done a heap more than any soul to stir up a hornet’s nest, that fussy corporate lawyer and former Attorney General, had been the...

Sudden Limb Failure Jeopardizes Safety

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UNITED STATES—Windy weather sometimes breaks limbs from trees or blows entire trees over. Evergreen trees are innately more susceptible to such damage than deciduous trees are. Wind can blow more easily through deciduous trees while they are bare through winter, when most wind occurs. However, deciduous trees are now more susceptible to sudden limb failure. Sudden limb failure, or spontaneous...

Palms Are Very Distinctive Among Trees

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UNITED STATES—Palms seem to exemplify the culture of California. However, only the California fan palm, which is also the desert fan palm, is native. All others are exotic. With its dwarf palmetto, Oklahoma has as many native palms as California. Furthermore, the California fan palm is only endemic within remote riparian ecosystems of the Colorado and Mojave Deserts. Common date...

Banana Yellow (11)

UNITED STATES—In 1899, the renowned soldier for hire, Joe Holly, defected to the Honduran Government army, a move that crumbled any semblance of integrity he may have had. Yet this move paid off handsomely, as Joe was commissioned to be a colonel and became police chief of Tegucigalpa by appointment by the current president. Soon thereafter, Joe defected again...
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