Jun 01

Early June Garden Report 2017

As the summer months come upon us I take stock of what’s in the garden. The last couple weeks in May were quite rainy, but temperatures have been mild. Here is the list; Asparagus – is doing well in its fifth year and continues to fill out the plot. I’ve had several servings of fresh …

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May 11

Hong Kong

There is one flight daily from Jinan to >>> Hong Kong and it only takes a couple of hours. However, we had delays for some odd reasons and arrived an hour later than scheduled. It seemed as if we had spent the entire day to take a 2 hour flight. From the airport in HK, …

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May 10

Jinan in springtime

After an overnight in Beijing and the half day tour of the Summer Palace, we caught an afternoon train to Jinan. It is such a comfortable way to travel. Traveling 90 minutes with seating that allows relaxed leg-space usually results in at least 40 minutes of snooze time for me. Judging by the trees I …

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May 09

The Summer Palace

After an overnight stay, Echo and I got up early and had breakfast before going to visit another one of China’s many UNESCO World Heritage Sites – The Summer Palace. On this visit to China I arrived in Beijing and the sky was bluer than I have ever seen in the capital city. It has …

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Apr 06

An Egg Coddler

Recently, I purchased a new kitchen item that I have long sought after – an egg coddler. Many people have never heard of it. It seems they are not easy to find in stores outside of England and the Euro-zone. Coddling is a unique method of cooking eggs, not fried, neither poached, basted or boiled. …

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Apr 02

Appreciating Classical Music

New York City was long ago nicknamed “Radio City”. Growing up within the radio broadcast listening area of that great metropolis afforded me many options for listening to a wide variety of music genres. There were stations that played Jazz, Opera, Classical, and a plethora of ethnic and international styles in addition to the Pop …

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Apr 01

Learning to Appreciate Art

“The world of reality has its limits; the world of imagination is boundless.” Jean-Jacques Rousseau * Most teachers understand that when art is incorporated into the learning curriculum it has the ability to open the learner’s mind to new possibilities. Learning about art can help spark creativity. The role of early childhood art education can …

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Mar 17

The Irish Diaspora

On this day in the month of March people in many parts of the world celebrate the culture of Ireland. The St. Patrick’s Day Holiday brings out all those who claim some ancestral link to Ireland. Even people of non-Irish heritage want to join in the fun of singing and drinking. While the Irish …

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Mar 16

Springtime in the Poconos

Springtime also known as the Vernal Equinox does not officially arrive until Monday, March 20th at 4:30 PM EDT.   The end of the winter season and particularly the month of March in my region is unpredictable as it relates to the weather. We had an unusually mild February. Unusual because February is most often …

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Mar 10

Manhattan Island

Manhattan is one of the five boroughs (counties) that make up the city of New York. Manhattan is an island in New York City surrounded by the Hudson, East, and Harlem rivers. 13½ miles (22 km) long; 2½ miles (4 km) greatest width; totaling 22¼ sq. mi. (58 sq. km). The first Europeans to reach …

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