Life Style & Travel

NES Chronicles “Punch-Out”

UNITED STATES—If there is one thing people know about me, I’ve never been a fan of sports video games. Why? They just aren’t that exciting to me if I have to be honest. However, there is one classic that I come to time and time again from the NES gaming system. Any guesses? I’m talking about “Punch Out.” The...

Seasonal Changes Keep Gardening Interesting

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UNITED STATES—Gardening is work. The extent of such work is proportionate to the techniques and scale of the gardening. Substantial gardens likely need substantial work. Fruit trees, roses and vegetables need more specialized work than lawns and wildflowers. Seasonal changes demand a strict schedule. It never ends. It is ironic that so many enjoy gardening to relax. In some climates,...

Mary Reno (4)

UNITED STATES—Mary Reno twirled her heels on the baking sidewalk. She was still smarting from the loss of the figs.  Yes, she was. Add to that the nagging hunch that something else was wrong. Mary had lost the bundle that had her money folded up in one corner. A coolness pervaded her toes through the open toes of her...

Take These Steps To Simplify Your Life

UNITED STATES—How did modern life get so complicated? If you've been daydreaming lately about how much easier life must have been for ancient hunter-gatherers, who only had to worry about hunting a woolly mammoth now and again, it might just be time to take some steps to simplify. In many ways, contemporary life is complex because we let it...

Mail Order Fakes And Realities

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UNITED STATES—Sea Monkeys are one of the most famous of mail order scams. Their original $0.49 price was not cheap for children who made the first purchases in 1957. They were nothing like their playful portrayals in comic book advertisements. They were minuscule brine shrimp who were incapable of building castles, playing tennis, or even just smiling for a...

Mary Reno (3)

UNITED STATES—Mary Reno stopped and stared at the fig bush. It looked more like a tree now that it had been severely hacked since Mary first saw it a few days ago and was filled by anticipation for ripened figs. She was crestfallen. All the bulbs from the fig branches about to turn purple-black had  been pruned away, and all...

SF’s FTC Skate Collaborates With Nike On Japanese-Inspired Sneakers

UNITED STATES—Last July 21, Nike’s SNKRS App dropped the latest collaboration between Nike's famous Skateboarding (SB) Dunk line and the San Francisco-based skate shop, FTC. The famous shop for all things skateboarding is one of the four collaborators that Nike SB division worked with to celebrate the sport's debut appearance in the Summer Olympics this year. The four collaborators stuck...

Houseplant Culture That Contradicts Gardening

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UNITED STATES—Houseplant culture is a unique type of horticulture. It involves almost no gardening. Most houseplants live exclusively indoors. Many inhabit homes and offices that lack gardens. Only a few fortunate sorts get to occasionally enjoy mild weather in home gardens. Such indulgences are generally brief and sheltered. Most houseplants are innately vulnerable. Of course, no houseplant is native to...

A Tribute To Michael St. John

HOLLYWOOD—Oh, devastating news struck the San Francisco News family last week when we learned our entertainment columnist Michael St. John passed away peacefully on Friday, July 23 in his sleep. Michael had been part of the San Francisco News family since our inception, delivering his witty, blunt, entertaining, and awesome columns each week for the column, St. John’s Confidential...

Mulch Is Lowly But Practical

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UNITED STATES—Gardening is unnatural. Most popular plant species are not naturally native. Cultivars are products of unnatural selection and breeding. Most plants like unnatural watering. Some enjoy unnatural fertilizers. Removal of their detritus is unnatural. So is the replacement of their detritus with mulch. Actually, most of what happens in the garden is quite unnatural. Ironically, gardening is how many...
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