May 13

Mid-May Garden report 2016

Regular readers know of my passion for gardening. In previous posts I have shared information about some of the bigger and longer term projects. This summer marks the 8th year since I moved back east. In 2008 I undertook the task of yet another long term landscaping and garden project. This endeavor took some planning, …

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Apr 18

America’s National Parks

From A- for Acadia, N.P. in Maine to Z- for Zion, N.P. in Utah, there are a total of 58 national parks across the U.S.A. adding up to more than 83 million acres of land. Follow this link to learn about the history of the National Parks. The National Park system celebrates its centennial this …

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Apr 10

Merle Haggard

Last week one of Country Music’s great singer/songwriters passed on. Merle Haggard, one of the creators of the “Bakersfield sound”, died at home surrounded by family and friends. Merle was 79 and had battled cancer for several years. A prolific songwriter with an authentic country twang that could be heard for decades all across America …

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Mar 13

Who was Copernicus?

My frustration with the time change has been perennially documented in the pages of this blog, also see here. Changing the time on the face of a clock biennially doesn’t change the number of daylight hours in a 24 hour period. Today, in the U.S. we return to the task of changing the time on …

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Mar 06

Some Thoughts on Travel

Regular readers of this blog will deduce that travel is an enjoyable pastime of the author. Whether traveling domestically or across international borders there are many benefits gained from travel. Great poets have written about traveling. Famous writers have used travel as a sort of muse to awaken their creative genius. Throughout human history, esteemed …

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Feb 22

Spring Festival 2016

Spring Festival in China is the most important holiday of the year. Many Chinese return home from distant countries as part of their traditional filial duty to pay respect to elder family members. As I prepared for this trip to China there was a small snag in the plan. Good friend, Lana offered to come …

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Jan 30

About the Chinese Spring Festival

The annual Spring Festival, is called the Chinese New Year by most Westerners, and is based upon the lunar calendar arriving usually in early February. 2016 will usher in the year of the Red Monkey. Domestic travel is challenging during this holiday—- many Chinese will return to their home town for a visit with family. …

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Jan 15

The Bathroom Remodel Episode.

The stacking washer/dryer is a real space saver.  To the left of the washing unit and behind the wall is the new shower.

In my year end review for 2015 I mentioned that the biggest project of the year and biggest headache was all part of what I now refer to as the Bathroom Remodel Episode. It all started with the idea of getting a new washer and dryer. That idea then grew into adding a shower to …

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Jan 04

Cycle training

An old street touring bike rigged to the trainer.

As the cold weather finally arrived after the new year, I decided to buy an inexpensive “trainer”. My initial idea was to hook up my old bike to the indoor trainer and leave my new bike road ready in the event the weather warmed up in the coming weeks. It is recommended that you install …

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Dec 29

Year-end clean-up!

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While cooking some festive meals this week, I managed to clear out a lot of old clutter from both of my desks. Over time, a desk can become a catch-all for everything from reading material to monthly bills or receipts from daily transactions. Eventually, a big cleaning project must be put into effect.   As …

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