Monthly Archive: May 2013

May 29

Contrasts in Culture

During a recent lesson with one of my long term students, the discussion ventured into the realm of cultural differences. As source material to further the dialogue I shared 3 articles from the Mind Tools website; Hofstede’s Cultural Dimensions, The Seven Dimensions of Culture and Avoiding Cross-Culture Faux Pas. In his very informative study, Geert …

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May 25

The Cloisters and Ft. Tryon Park

For the past couple of months, I have been working a lot of hours teaching online, in addition to the normal demands of springtime gardening activities. I needed some time off and thought a trip to a museum I had never visited would be a nice break. As usual, I took the bus to the …

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May 20

Let it grow!

…”Broken ground, open and beckoning to the spring, black dirt live again!” “Let It Grow” is a delightful song written by John Perry Barlow and Bob Weir. You can read the annotated lyrics here. The lyrics combined with Garcia’s Spanish style guitar work created a whirling fanciful image of working the fields in a rhythmic …

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May 11

Spring Garden Update

Today, while checking the progress of various garden happenings, I took a few pictures to capture some of the progress.   The pruning done in January (explained in this article here) was effective and the tree is healthy and full of blossoms. Some of the grafts (grafting details found in this article) I did appear …

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May 08

Various Springtime Pictures

The weather in this first week of May has been exceptionally nice — clear, dry and warm. I have had the opportunity to plant the majority of my early season crops. So far, this is the list of veggies I have started; onions, garlic, peas, radishes, 3 types of lettuce, spinach, asparagus (as mentioned in …

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May 07

Trapping Skunks

Skunks are a member of the weasel family and are considered a nuisance varmint. They are widespread across North America. Skunks generally dig and root for grubs and earthworms, but also eat chicken eggs and they scavenge garbage. They will warn before they spray but will stink up the neighborhood when they are threatened enough …

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