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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...
  5. 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...
  8. 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...
  10. 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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    Earth Day 2022

    The first Earth Day 4/22/1970 was a brainchild of Senator Gaylord Nelson (D-WI), observed initially as teach-ins at various American college campuses.
    http://www.earthday.org/history

    The ultimate...
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    I recently read Don Mitchell, Flying Blind, a...

    I recently read Don Mitchell, Flying Blind, a Chelsea Green title.

    Here's a Don Mitchell quotation: Walking in the woods the other day, I felt a scary freedom -- scary, and yet exhilarating too. ...
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    This afternoon the snow flurries stopped, and the...

    This afternoon the snow flurries stopped, and the sky became cloudless and blue. The temperature was 38 beautiful degrees. Our clumps of snowdrops were a little further along, so I took pictures.
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    Deer and bunnies leave my irises alone. I...

    Deer and bunnies leave my irises alone. I understand that irises give deer nausea. Is it possible that a naive deer ate an iris and then barfed?
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    I am about to start Saving Tarboo Creek . In...

    I am about to start Saving Tarboo Creek .

    In the same vein, I recently read Wilding: The return of nature to a British farm
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    I have picked and eaten volunteer sunflowers that...

    I have picked and eaten volunteer sunflowers that sprouted beneath a bird feeder. They have a strong nutty flavor. In the past I have enjoyed them mixed up in a green salad. I think I would like...
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    I was in a thrift store which had a box of seed...

    I was in a thrift store which had a box of seed packets from 2021 "free".

    I picked out 8 packets of Sunflower seeds, Mammoth variety. I do not know what conditions the seeds have been stored...
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    Look at me -- I'm so ticked off that I'm molting!...

    Look at me -- I'm so ticked off that I'm molting!

    Gilbert Gottfried (RIP) as the voice of Iago, a red macaw, in the Disney animation film, Aladdin (1992)
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    On May 1, 2022, the semiannual reset of interest...

    On May 1, 2022, the semiannual reset of interest paid on Treasury I Bonds will increase from 7.12% to 9.62%.
    The variable rate is based on CPI. It goes up and down every 6 months based on the rate...
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    Clumps of Snowdrops

    Here in the Northern Highlands of Wisconsin, the temperature is 33F with snow flurries. But on a patch of ground that was covered by snow a week ago, and soon will be shaded by ferns, the snowdrops...
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    rosarugosa and iris lilies, Your hellebores...

    rosarugosa and iris lilies,

    Your hellebores look fantastic in the pictures.

    Before photography there was botanical art. The link is to Barbara Regina Dietzsch (1706-1783) painting,...
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    I hope for reconciliation and peace. 4283

    I hope for reconciliation and peace.

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    Here in the Northern Highland of Wisconsin,...

    Here in the Northern Highland of Wisconsin, flocks of redpolls are migrating to more northern latitudes. The dark red on the male redpolls is fabulous next to the deep green of spruce boughs. Those...
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    In the winter we make perpetual soups, and we...

    In the winter we make perpetual soups, and we keep the leftover portions frozen out in the garage... in 2 sealed plastic containers. One soup series is based on roast beef, with the congealed fat...
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    Welcome Jocie, You have some commendable life...

    Welcome Jocie,

    You have some commendable life experiences, getting free from $40,000 credit card debt. (The banks sure do make it convenient to rack up high-cost debt!) In my opinion too many...
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