Life Style & Travel

Day 16: Be Surprised

UNITED STATES—A great way to maximize happiness and roll with the nutritional punches is to cultivate meeting unexpected treats with delight. The ancients had the carpe diem outlook; mine is ‘be surprised.’ Through selective short-term deprivation and adherence to daily habits like morning stretches we can increase the chances that what the day may offer us will be better...

Prune Fruit Trees While Dormant

After centuries of breeding for abundant production of unnaturally large fruit, deciduous fruit trees have become dependent on specialized pruning while they are dormant through winter. Without pruning, most eventually become overgrown and overwhelmed by their own fruit. The weight of excessive fruit disfigures and breaks limbs. Pathogens proliferate within distressed foliage, crowded fruit and surplus fruit that falls...

Day 15: Say No To Bread And Milk

UNITED STATES—The impetuous gauntlet of the holidays, with its myriad temptations, makes folks vulnerable to conventional deprivation diets. It’s not even New Years, and people are already breaking this morning’s resolution at this afternoon’s office party. Your goal is simple, your stated aim to attain the body you desire, lose the counterproductive discomfort with yourself, and to feel phenomenally...

Introducing A Unique Fruit, The Persimmon

UNITED STATES—I’ve always been a connoisseur of trying new foods, especially fruits that I have never had.  This weekend was an interesting time for me at the supermarket.  While in the produce section I stumbled upon a fruit that caught my eye right away. It was a dark orange, shaped like a peach and had a leafy top similar...

Winter Is For Getting Bare

Even before the last of the Christmas trees vacate nurseries, bare root nursery stock begins to move in, and will be available through winter. As the name implies, 'bare root' stock has bare roots, without media ('potting soil') or cans (pots) to contain the roots. Many are temporarily heeled into damp sand from which they get dug and wrapped...

The Radish, Another Root Veggie!

UNITED STATES—The are many veggies that we eat, that Americans know so little about, heck we sometimes forget the veggie is even in the dish that we’re consuming. Any thoughts on what vegetable I’m referring to?  Let me give you a hint, it’s a root vegetable. It’s the radish!  Some may be surprised to discover that it doesn’t take...

The Grape, A Lunchtime Favorite

UNITED STATES—If you look into the fridge of most American homes you’ll likely find the following fruits, apples, oranges, bananas and yep, you guessed it grapes. But what is it about the grape that makes it such a popular treat? We are all aware that grapes come in clusters and are typically grown on vines. This fruit typically comes...

Day 14: The Gift Of Comfort

UNITED STATES—On this, the fourteenth day of the plan to lighten up 30 pounds in 30 days, I recommend taking a thorough inventory of your current wardrobe, followed by a trip to Goodwill pronto to jettison all your old baggy wardrobe. There is nothing frumpier than clothing that is sizes too big. And there is nothing more annoying than...

Jack Frost Nipping At Foliage

UNITED STATES—It is impossible to deny that the weather has been unusually cold when tough perennials like ligularia and farfugium express symptoms of frost damage. Late autumn and winter are expected to be cold, but not as cold as it has been recently. Ligularia, farfugium and most tough perennials should recover as if nothing happened. Cannas will naturally die...

The Parsnip, A Friend Of The Carrot

UNITED STATES—There are some vegetables that we just don’t know a lot about.  One of those veggies happens to be the relative of the carrot, better known as the parsnip. The parsnip has a similar shape to the orange veggie to say the least; the only difference is the color. Parsnips tend to be a white shade and can...
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