Life Style & Travel

Cultivars Are The Real Cloned Mutants

cultivars of arborvitae
UNITED STATES—It is not science fiction. It involves neither ninjas nor turtles. Cultivars really are mutant plants that can only be propagated by cloning. The word 'cultivar' is a portmanteau (two words combined into a single word) of 'cultivated' and 'variety'. Unlike other varieties of plants that can be perpetuated by seed, cultivars must be cultivated by unnatural techniques...

“Secret Of Mana” Is A Classic

HOLLYWOOD—I’ve talked about my gaming past some time ago. Like I told so many people who ask me why I no longer play video games? Well, the first would be the fact that I’m an adult, and the second would be life is so busy where is the time. However, I have started to carve out a small time...

A Day In My Skin

UNITED STATES—Written on an envelope in dad’s barely readable, backward slanting script that, “Only to be opened in case of my death.” “Well.” Denise said to her oldest. “Well, what?” answered Rusty. “Let’s do it.” They proceeded to violate a trust, curiosity got the better of them after having been delivered this piece of mail by the patriarch himself. They disobeyed his will...

Gophers Go For Roots And Lawns

gophers eat avens
UNITED STATES—Who do they think they are?! This ain't 'Caddy Shack'! They have such attitude! Gophers move into our gardens and lawns, take what they want, and build their messy volcanoes of loose soil. They do not care how much work we put into our gardens, or how much we spend on nice plants, or how much we crave...

Pliant

UNITED STATES—Recently, I had a houseguest who asked, “What do you have planned for today?” and I burst out with my ideas about plans instead of burying them in silence. “Well, I usually have plans for five things,” I said. I feel a bit on the spot when someone asks, “What do you have planned for today?” I feel more...

Meal Prep Made Easy 101

UNITED STATES—Cooking for many of us is something we dread, for others it’s something we love, and for those in between rather you like it or not, you have to eat so get used to it. I’m someone who knows my way around a kitchen, and while not an established chef, I’m able to care for myself without relying...

Hedges Are Like Green Fences

dogwood not hedges
UNITED STATES—Hedges are a complicated topic! Like lawns, they are among the more functional features of a landscape. They can be used to provide privacy within, obscure unwanted views beyond, or merely to separate a large landscape into cozier or more functional spaces. Except for hedges that are grown for spring flowers or autumn color, most hedges are evergreen...

Breakfast Is Indeed Important

UNITED STATES—We have all been told that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and I would 100 percent agree with that claim. Why? It’s like the kick-off meal of the day. I am an individual who can’t function without a bit of breakfast in my body. I know for so many people this is a meal...

Secret Lives Of Classical DJs

UNITED STATES—They are a breed apart. Certainly the classical DJ cannot be made but is born, the mixture of low-key charm and effortless erudition. No wonder bad-boy actor Alec Baldwin said he wished to be reincarnated as a classical DJ. The classical DJ has an inexhaustible store of good cheer and a steady supply of musical anecdotes. Most admirable...

Squash For Summer And Winter

agave not squash
UNITED STATES—Considering that some of the winter squash can last right through winter and into spring, there really is a squash for every season. By the time the last of the winter squash run out, the first of the summer squash will be ready later in spring. They get an early start here, and continue until frost. By that...
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