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    Back yard fireflies

    I sat on the deck after sunset. 50 to 60 fireflies were flashing above the clover and beneath the spruces.

    Ever since I was 5 years old, I have enjoyed the display of these insects.

    Now that I...
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    First Peony Brought In

    This afternoon I brought the first fragrant peony blossom indoors from my garden. There are about eight more peony blossoms being drummed on by the black ants.

    The afternoon sunlight was...
  3. Beyond Incremental Change, Let's Make Excremental Change

    The New York Times 6/19/2022 edition had a feature, "Meet the Peecyclers"... folks in Vermont and Niger.

    http://richearthinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/UrineMyGarden_DIYGuide.pdf
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    Bearded Iris in bloom

    Savannah Sunset variety, second year in this bed. 4:00 PM

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    Matt Luzetti, an economist employed by Deutsche...

    Matt Luzetti, an economist employed by Deutsche Bank, predicts CPI to peak at 9% in 3Q 2022 in the USA.

    September 30 we can see how accurate this economist's prediction will be.

    I look for...
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    A summer drink of sun tea. Today I made a...

    A summer drink of sun tea.

    Today I made a quart on the south side of my deck.

    I re-used a clear plastic jar with a screw-on lid, one qt of filtered water, and 5 jasmine/green tea bags. The tea...
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    This afternoon I sat out on the deck, enjoying my...

    This afternoon I sat out on the deck, enjoying my yard and gardens. There was a fledgling robin in the grass, with a parent seeking food for it. It was a force of nature, as the parent fed the...
  8. My introduction to fava beans was a can of Foul...

    My introduction to fava beans was a can of Foul Mudammas, which I bought in a little store in a big city.

    Foul Mudammas is a traditional Egyptian breakfast. Rather than the convenience of opening...
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    I had my own private observance of Memorial Day,...

    I had my own private observance of Memorial Day, remembering a certain US Army soldier in the War of the Rebellion.

    I do not believe he would recognize this country that at one time awarded him...
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    On Youtube I listened to Tchaikovsky's solo piano...

    On Youtube I listened to Tchaikovsky's solo piano piece, "June Barcarolle". I enjoyed the music. Then I learned that Barcarolle is a minor musical genre with rhythmic variation (strong and weak...
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    I have a fondness for universities that emphasize...

    I have a fondness for universities that emphasize co-op education. I believe there is a strong record of placement of graduating students in their chosen career. The university with the longest...
  12. Thread: Hello

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    I learned to appreciate barbecue and smoked...

    I learned to appreciate barbecue and smoked meats. A trip to Floyd VA got us into a drumming circle.
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    Trillium opening great white blossoms. ...

    Trillium opening great white blossoms.

    Bumblebees coming to the little blossoms on the Barberry shrubs.

    And the Bleeding Hearts! As red as life.
  14. Thread: Hello

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    Welcome, Eric. When you say you are in the...

    Welcome, Eric.

    When you say you are in the south, I wonder Do you say, "Red bird" or do you say, "Northern Cardinal"?

    William Faulkner wrote of the red bird, sitting in his cottage in Oxford,...
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    I use an online bank which routinely asks about...

    I use an online bank which routinely asks about substantial withdrawals (check one online questionnaire pops up on my PC). I believe it is related to their marketing goals. One of the alternative...
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    From 20 yards distance today I saw that the...

    From 20 yards distance today I saw that the Mothers Day Robin was back... I assume she was never far from the nest, and after I cleared out, she returned immediately.
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    1 Year Treasury Securities were yielding 2.08% as...

    1 Year Treasury Securities were yielding 2.08% as of 5/6/22

    Bank 12 month CDs at the same time topped out in the 1.7% - 1.75% range. A handful of online banks are more competitive with interest...
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    I rely on expert opinion and analysis written by...

    I rely on expert opinion and analysis written by David Enna "Tipswatch" (published online since 2011).
    http://tipswatch.com

    Enna explains I Bonds in understandable terms. At the tipswatch...
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    I was working in the garden and heard a kerfuffle...

    I was working in the garden and heard a kerfuffle in a spruce tree. A robin built her nest about 5 feet above the ground. I took a picture, and then "evacuated" in hopes that this mother would...
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    rosarugosa: I put electric radiant heat...

    rosarugosa:

    I put electric radiant heat ("Warmly Yours") in the floor and installed tile flooring. A wall thermostat maintains the temperature in the floor. I set it for 72F and forget it. There...
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    Today (5/1/22) I picked the first 6 of the...

    Today (5/1/22) I picked the first 6 of the sunflower micro greens, growing in peat pots on my sunporch.

    I used herb scissors to cut the stems into short uniform lengths. The sunflower bits will...
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    Not all speech is protected by the First...

    Not all speech is protected by the First Amendment, but a political sign containing the word F**K is protected.

    In July of 2021 in Roselle Park NJ, a municipal judge ordered a homeowner to take...
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    From seed, growing on the sunporch, I have about...

    From seed, growing on the sunporch, I have about 70 marigolds and 40 sunflowers. I plan to grow the marigolds outdoors... and to harvest sunflowers as microgreens to include in the next few salads,...
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    I do not have personal experience with hiatal...

    I do not have personal experience with hiatal hernia, but I am sure it can be the cause of much discomfort.

    I understand that the timing of eating, specifically the interval between having a knosh...
  25. College and University Enrollment Decline in USA

    I believe that higher education is a viable means of upward social mobility... as well as an accelerant in a process of lifelong learning.

    I want my grandchildren to be able to succeed in higher...
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