Feb 28

Remembering Waco

On this day in 1993, agents of the loathsome federal agency known as the BATF executed a raid on the home and church of a peculiar religious sect, not far from the Texas town of Waco. The BATF was well known for heavy handed and unlawful tactics. At the time of the raid, the BATF …

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Feb 26

Fasting, detoxification and intestinal cleansing.

In many cultures and religions the world over, people use fasting as a way to spiritual enlightenment and purification. Lent, Yom Kippur, Ramadan are a few examples. Hindus and Buddhists also fast. I do not fast for religious reasons. Some years ago, I had a recurring and persistent health issue. I won’t go into every …

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Feb 18

Winter scenes

Winter in the Northeast part of the U.S. is a time that offers little color, but there are some scenes of beauty if you dare to venture out into the ice and snow. Here are some pictures to demonstrate that point. ************* DUST OF SNOW by Robert Frost The way a crow Shook down on …

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Feb 13

Pruning fruit trees and grafting.

I have a single Apple tree on my property. It produces an unknown variety of yellow apple. While I am partial to red apples, the fruit from this tree can be used to make applesauce, it is nothing special. If I had a press I would make apple cider….maybe in the future I will get …

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Feb 05

The Teeth of Liberty

Photograph of the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ************* “When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with one another, and it assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and …

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Jan 19

Gun Safety

It is incumbent upon gun owners to be ever vigilant to the importance of safe firearms handling. In the current state of national hysteria, this is especially true. Gun owners need to avoid giving the anti-gun crowd any fodder for their arguments to further limit our right to keep and bear arms. It is therefore …

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Jan 17

Introducing a cultural immersion – home stay.

It was brought to my attention that students of English as a second language are often interested in expanding their understanding of American culture. Many ESL students live in densely populated cities where outdoor activities are limited or they must travel a far distance to enjoy the natural world. Experiencing delicious fresh food from a …

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Jan 12

Grateful Dead

Once upon a time there was a band named the Grateful Dead. They were unique in so many ways. From 1965 to 1995, (the year that Jerry Garcia died) the band performed more than 36,000 songs during approximately 2,300 concerts in 298 cities! I can not think of any other musical troupe that performed …

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Jan 11

Bob Dylan

For over 5 decades Americans and the world have listened to the poetry and music of Bob Dylan. His appeal has transcended generational limits. His artistic abilities of word-craft and his prolific contributions to the body of popular American music far exceed the standard of of his peers. In my view, he is the quintessential …

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Jan 07

Day Hikes in NEPA

Another activity to plan during the winter months is hiking in the many forest and parks of Pennsylvania. Northeast Pennsylvania (NEPA) offers some good hiking opportunities. Here is a picture of my old hiking buddy, Homer on his Odyssey. These first four hikes are in sequence along a section of the Appalachian Trail. Much of …

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