Life Style & Travel

A Smart Way To Say I Love You To Your Kids This Valentine’s Day

UNITED STATES—Valentine’s Day is here, a time to express affection for those most important in your life.  For parents, that will always mean their children – and what better way is there to show love for the little ones in your life than giving them the gift of imagination and creativity.  That’s why the popular If Not You, Then...

Warm Season Annuals Are Hot

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UNITED STATES—Cool season annuals were cool just a few months ago. Now, it is getting to be about time to warm up to warm season annuals. They will become a hot commodity as winter yields to spring. Many begin to bloom with warming spring weather and continue to bloom until autumn. Then, as the weather cools, they relinquish their...

Warmth Accelerates Early Spring Bloom

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UNITED STATES—Unseasonable warmth and dryness has been great this winter. Such weather is often an advantage of this locally mild climate. Chill never gets too harsh. Rain does not continue for too long. However, even by local standards, the weather has been unusually dry and warm for quite a while. Although appealing to people, it can get disruptive horticulturally. Obviously,...

Pollarding Pruning Techniques Are Controversial

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UNITED STATES—Olive orchards formerly inhabited some of the regions that became urban in California. A few orchard trees remained within urban gardens of the homes that encroached on them. Unfortunately, for those who did not utilize the abundant olives, these trees were horridly messy. Many decades ago, pollarding eliminated the mess without eliminating the trees. Pollarding is extreme pruning that...

Bay Area Cigar Lovers Have New Option For Ultra-Premium Cigars – At Low Prices

SAN FRANCISCO—Attention San Francisco cigar smokers – do you love the taste of ultra-premium cigars but not so much the higher prices that come with them?  California cigar guru Johnny Mansour has a solution for you. As proprietor of one of the state’s most exclusive cigar lounges, Mansour knows his way around high-quality cigars.  Ever since he lit up his...

Movies Inspiring Good Ideas

HOLLYWOOD—When it comes to writing it is a battle for me. In college, I felt the goal to write on a persistent basis. It was something I wanted, I needed to do and it was important to me. This is NOT to say that I don’t care about writing, I think I care about it now more than ever...

Late Bulbs Require No Wintry Chill

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UNITED STATES—Spring bulbs are making a comeback from their unceremonious internments last autumn. Some of the earlier sorts are visibly extending foliage above the surface of the soil. A few narcissus, daffodil and crocus are already blooming! Now it is time to plant late bulbs, or summer bulbs, which start to grow through warm spring weather, and bloom for...

Citrus Trees Are Dutifully Fruitful

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Winter is the primary season for citrus fruits. Some ripen significantly earlier. Some ripen significantly later. Many citrus trees continue to produce a few fruits randomly throughout the year. Nonetheless, citrus fruits are collectively most abundant during winter. It seems odd that trees that are vulnerable to frost are so productive during the coolest of weather. Citrus trees are fortunately...

Planting Bare Root Stock Properly

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UNITED STATES—Bare root season began as the Christmas season ended. Literally, as the last Christmas trees relinquished their space in nurseries, bare root stock occupied it. Most of this stock grew in Oregon, where winter weather is cooler, so was ready for digging and relocation prior to arrival. Now that it is here, the season for planting bare root...

Bible Seminar On “What Jesus Told Is Achieved In Today’s World”

UNITED STATES—Amid a global decline in the religious population, a clear explanation of the Bible has drawn more than 140,000 believers to the church and the attention of millions. “Shincheonji Online Seminar: Testimony on the Parables of the Secrets of Heaven and Their True Meanings” is held by Shincheonji Church of Jesus, the Temple of the Tabernacle of the Testimony....
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