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Sittin’ on the dock of the bay… in comes gentle whistling. OK, the lake. Either way, Frank enjoyed a day with his favorite Chijuajua “Mona” in the great outdoors. What could be better than exploring, paddle boating (especially when you’re gettin’ a free ride), and living an adventure? I realize I have to take more […]


Phosphates are a nutrient vital to human, animal, and plant life. They enter waterways from human and animal waste, phosphorus rich bedrock, laundry, cleaning, industrial effluents, and fertilizer runoff. Excess phosphorus causes extensive algal growth called “blooms”, which are a classic symptom of cultural eutrophication and rob aquatic life of essential oxygen. Eutrophication is the natural […]

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Walking to the post office yesterday, I passed by an insurance company’s office that prominently displayed “Cancer Insurance – are you protected?” in the window. Huh. Never heard of it. A (very) little inquiry on line, however, showed me just how behind the times I am. Hundreds of insurers, both large and small, are very […]

New York 6-10 013

Did I ever tell you how Frank and I came to be? He’s a rescue – twice over. Rescue number one took place along side a local highway when a driver saw the car ahead of him throw a bag over the side of an embankment into a creek. The driver, compelled to stop, found 5 […]


Traveling through VT this past weekend I noticed lots of dog pens on all the farms. Some had one or two, others had dozens. I found it puzzling that there would be so many dogs on farms. * Image taken from Liberation BC blog. These folks are dynamite – you should check them out! * […]

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OK, so here it is. A friend and I were recently discussing deodorants; what the dangers were, and what products might be better. As you may know, application of deodorants and anti persperants under your arms will block the sweat glands and mask any smell.  However,  sweating naturally eliminates toxins from the body, blocking the […]

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Packaging has this way of really making waste obvious. Think about how quickly your garbage fills up after a trip to the store. Whether a visit to the grocery store or a beginning of the school year shopping extravaganza that happens every August, inevitably there is waste… and lots of it. Lately there has been a great […]

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Angie 009

For those of you who do not know Angelina (aka: Angie-pants), she is a strong-willed, feisty, loving, funny, and sometimes hugely challenging woman of 88 years. I know… God bless. She has been telling Alzheimer’s Disease where to go for about 15 years now, and amazing me on a daily basis. Well, Angie-pants and I […]

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China has 1.2 billion people accounted for, and you may know, it also has the highest greenhouse gas emission in the world. US is #2, although our population is about 1/4 that of China (just sayin’). To address the issue of pollution in China, there has been a strong green initiative. The new technological revolution, or the […]


Kitchen Gardeners sent out an article on Purslane, and it reminded me of my own introduction to this lovely plant. My friends Jose and Cecilia were in front of my house several years ago, and so happy to see this succulent all over my garden. Although I did not share their enthusiasm at first, I quickly learned […]