Feb 16

Oh, Atlanta!


It has been more than 35 years since I last visited Atlanta, Georgia and on a recent trip to meet with one of my business contacts, I was stunned at the change in the city skyline. Atlanta is a city with a rich history reaching back to the mid-19th Century and has now grown from …

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Feb 15

Tulips and other ornamental bulbs

Tulips were first cultivated in Central Asia more than 500 years ago and brought to Europe in the mid-16th Century. Tulips require vernalization to flower but they may be “forced” by keeping the bulbs wrapped in dark paper and refrigerated for several months. All of my bulbs are currently sleeping under about 3 feet of …

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Feb 13

Johnny Cash

J. R. (Johnny) Cash was a well known balladeer of the 20th Century and famous in the American Country Music genre. His rich baritone voice was heard for decades on radio stations and juke boxes across the land. Johnny Cash came from very humble beginnings. A family of poor sharecroppers in the southern state of Arkansas. Cash’s song writing …

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Feb 10

Thomas Paine –Common Sense

“When men yield up the exclusive privilege of thinking, the last shadow of liberty quits the horizon,” Thomas Paine * Common Sense, the short and concise pamphlet by Thomas Paine, enumerated some of the basic tenets of the Liberty Philosophy. Paine was an American revolutionary war era propagandist. He put forth the argument for American …

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Feb 02

Preparation for the trip to China.


This is the second article in a series about my plan to visit China. To read the first article go here. *** Update*** I returned to the Chinese Embassy in NYC today and picked-up my 10 year visa! 02/13/15 * One of my Chinese friends, who is too shy to post a comment on the …

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Jan 24

Call me crazy!

“It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.” Jiddu Krishnamurti * The American Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Metal Disorders (DSM for short) is the standard text used among mental health professionals in the U.S. for the diagnosis and treatment of patients. “Every time a new issue of …

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Jan 21

More about firewood…

Burning embers

For folks who live the countryside and use wood to heat their homes, there is a lot involved with respect to acquiring the right kind of wood, seasoned to the proper degree and cut to the correct size for your wood burner. In this previous post I shared some pictures of a local wood lot …

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Jan 16

Benjamin Franklin

  I’ll tell you where the four winds dwell In Franklin’s tower there hangs a bell It can ring, turn night today It can ring like fire when you lose your way. * At the conclusion of the Constitutional Convention, Ben Franklin, one of the most senior members in attendance, was asked, “What have you …

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Jan 12

Wild Turkey

A native of North America the wild turkey is the heaviest family member of birds known as Galliformes . Its relatives are many and number near 290 species to include, grouse, quail and pheasant, to name but a few of the more commonly hunted varieties. The wild turkey are hunted across much of the …

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Jan 06


In the past, I have written about Shades of Green and the color Gray. The primary color blue can come in a multitude of variations. From azure and the pastel baby blue, to the rich and deep indigo and Navy blue. The phrase, “feeling blue and lonely” is a common theme in blues and bluegrass …

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