April 2014 archive

Apr 24

Planning the trip to China

This article is the first in a series about planning and preparing for what is likely to be the most exciting trip of my lifetime! I’ve had a long time fascination with Asia, particularly China and Japan. Regular readers of this blog will remember the article from August of 2012, on Karate-do and found here. …

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Apr 23


An inexpensive and very versatile source of protein, eggs can be incorporated into almost anything, from breads to salad dressings, cakes, cookies and other dessert items to sauces and soups. Though eggs are a staple for breakfast, their use is not limited to the morning meal. Here is a link to show some of the …

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Apr 22

Project Appleseed

The story of Johnny Appleseed is widely known across America. Project Appleseed has nothing to do with John Chapman, aka Johnny Appleseed, but is as uniquely American as the story of Johnny Appleseed. Shooting is a basic life skill and Project Appleseed teaches the fundamentals of rifle marksmanship. Incorporated into the program is a retelling …

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Apr 20

Easter Sunday

  Photograph taken at The Cloisters in NYC.

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Apr 18

I want my country back!

While driving down a country road recently, I noticed a bumper sticker on a pick-up truck ahead of me. It read; Not Democrat. Not Republican. I am an American. and I want my country back! *** Echoing the voices of many Americans today, that sentiment has been growing exponentially in recent years, and under the …

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Apr 17

Shades of Green

Spring – starting somewhere near St. Patrick’s Day, with the green clover -into- Summer, and through the awful hot days, when green wilts and is slowly scorched to brown — that time of year when we witness the seemingly endless array of the various shades of green. Spring – into – Summer is the color …

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Apr 12

Second attempt at grafting.

Last year, in this article I wrote about grafting my apple tree. The idea is to have an apple tree that produces different varieties (flavors) on the same tree. It is a small space gardening concept for folks who are not able to have an orchard with many different trees. So, to that end, this …

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Apr 11


Potatoes, Murphy, Mickies, papas, spuds, taters, tatas, pomme de terre (French), patata (Italian), aardapple (Dutch), kartoffel (German), zemniak (Polish),…sorry I don’t know how to say potato in Japanese or Mandarin. Would someone please tell me? In Western culture potatoes are as widely used as rice is in Asian countries. ***   Boiled potatoes with butter …

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Apr 07


  Travel is a theme worthy of more posts here on the blog, but resources and other constraints limit this traveler’s ability to access the world abroad. In my youth, I traveled extensively throughout the 48 contiguous (sometimes referred to as the “lower 48”) United States with a couple of brief entries into Canada and …

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Apr 06

Spring Crocus

Today was the first day of weather warm enough to begin some preliminary work in the garden. I raked away much of the debris left from the many storms of this past winter and I planted a few potatoes. The First Crocus of Spring is an ode I wrote last year. You can read it …

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