August 2013 archive

Aug 30

End of the season report.

As we enter the final weekend of August, I like to reflect on the work that I did over the past months and the crops that were sown and harvested. Here is the report on my spring/summer garden activities: This year’s garden was saved by Diane in late July. She arrived at a time when …

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Aug 28

Sigma 70 – 300mm F4 – 5.6 DG Macro lens

In another article in April, I wrote about the Pentax K30 with 18 – 135mm lens. I have been using the camera for about 5 months and really like it. The color, clarity and contrast offered by this digital format lens is very impressive and so far, I have only shot in the automatic mode. …

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Aug 26

Tomatoes

Tomatoes… Broiled: Whole tomatoes cut in half and seasoned with salt, pepper, Mrs. Dash and topped with cheese (any cheese). Broil for ten minutes and serve hot with a baked potato and grilled chicken. Fresh: Tomato wedges with salt and pepper. Fresh from the garden or after chilling in the refrigerator. You just can not …

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Aug 25

The Empire State Building

The Empire State Building is a long standing landmark in NYC. For many years it held the record as the tallest building in the world. I have memories from childhood of going to the top floor with Dad one day. It was terrific to look over the tops of every other building in that city …

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Aug 23

20 Years After the Ruby Ridge Incident

The passing of this 21st of August, without my remembering the brutality unleashed by the U.S. Federal Government against the Weaver Family, was the first time in 20 years that I did not bow my head to reflect on how far America has fallen away from the rule of law. Follow this link to read …

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Aug 22

The MET sculpture gardens.

Beginning this year, several of my ESL students will be attending universities in the U.S. One of my students from China will be attending Pratt Institute in NYC. She is a talented young artist. With further training her hope is to develop her artistic abilities. We had an opportunity to meet up in Manhattan for …

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Aug 12

Edible Wild Plants and Berries

In North America there is an abundance of edible food that can be found in the wild. Most people are aware of common edible plants like dandelion and wild strawberries, but there are many, many varieties of plants, berries, trees and even roots that are edible. You only need to know what to look …

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Aug 09

Karate-Do, the way of empty hands.

Some of my readers are aware that I was, for many years, a practitioner of karate. I trained in the Japanese systems of Shotokan and Shito-ryu and hold shodan (first degree) and nidan (second degree) certifications through the Shito-ryu International Karate-Do Kai, in Osaka, Japan. I enjoyed my many years of involvement in the world …

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