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  1. Prescribed Burns in Forest Lands in Western USA

    University of California-Berkeley forestry professor Harold "Doc" Biswell was ridiculed over his experiments with controlled fires in the pine forests in the 1950s. Doc Biswell died in 1992 at the...
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    Time marches on, and once again we can revel in...

    Time marches on, and once again we can revel in the Midsommer.

    The summer solstice is the center of the 12-week period when we of the northern hemisphere may be able to see a circumhorizontal arc...
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    Arborday Foundation trees

    A friend called me and asked me how many trees I would like to plant, out of her Arborday Foundation package.

    I was not planning to plant any trees this year. But after a couple of days, I...
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    New in 2021 in my garden, Bearded Iris "Savannah...

    New in 2021 in my garden, Bearded Iris "Savannah Sunset". I put in 6 plants, and I estimate each plant will produce 6 blossoms this year.

    A thing of beauty is a joy for ever:
    Its lovliness...
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    I understand that the interlock devices not only...

    I understand that the interlock devices not only require the driver to blow before starting up the engine, but also to blow repeatedly at random intervals to prevent the ignition from shutting off. ...
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    The CBC First Person article is a strong appeal...

    The CBC First Person article is a strong appeal to refrain from drinking and driving, and to report intoxicated drivers to law enforcement.

    MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Drivers) has campaigned in...
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    The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the...

    The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the 12-month Consumer Price Index (all items) increased 5%...

    This was the greatest 12-month increase since the period ending August 2008.
    ...
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    In my neck of the woods, bar owners are having a...

    In my neck of the woods, bar owners are having a high turnover of waitstaff. In their view, standards must be maintained. They will hire freely, but if an employee is not able to perform up to...
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    I have been listening to an audiobook written and...

    I have been listening to an audiobook written and read by Bill Bryson, Shakespeare: The World as Stage. It is amazing to me that after his death, friends of Shakespeare and members of his theatre...
  10. I understand that some mulches that are sold...

    I understand that some mulches that are sold contain arsenic or chromated copper arsenate. The Mulch and Soil Council carries on a product certification program, enabling consumers to identify bags...
  11. Thread: Chipmunks

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    I have a friend who's plagued by chipmunks. He...

    I have a friend who's plagued by chipmunks. He tries to keep the numbers down with humane traps. Every couple days he takes his trapped chipmunks across a bridge and lets them go.

    Mind you,...
  12. A welcoming habitat for fireflies (Lampyridae)

    The firefly population is in decline due to loss of habitat and light pollution.

    When I was a kid in the 1950s, there were thousands of "lightning bugs" at Gramma's house. I am sure I caught more...
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    I am fascinated by the cicada wasp. The wasp...

    I am fascinated by the cicada wasp.

    The wasp paralyzes a cicada with a sting. When the stung cicada drops from its perch in a tree, the cicada wasp carries the cicada to a hole it dug (2 legs...
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    ditto ditto

    ditto

    ditto
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    We had neighbors. When they moved away three...

    We had neighbors. When they moved away three years ago, they gave us an aloe vera. Now the aloe has multiplied (octuplets). I would bet we can find homes for the eight baby aloes by the end of...
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    Today, all the blossoms had fallen from the...

    Today, all the blossoms had fallen from the spike.

    The flower spike was removed, and the aloe vera was potted in some new soil, out on the deck. Eight "babies" were separated from the mother...
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    Tybee, Have you considered Colon, MI? ...

    Tybee,

    Have you considered Colon, MI?

    Michigan has many smallish towns. I live near the Upper Peninsula, which is unsurpassed for waterfalls. Phil Stagg has written 4 volumes of guidebooks...
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    Keukenhof Garden in the Netherlands plans to...

    Keukenhof Garden in the Netherlands plans to welcome visitors in 2022. Meanwhile, it is awesome for armchair travel.

    http://keukenhof.nl/en/news/keukenhof-lente-serie-30-april
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    In the picture, Raymond looks like a "Rum Tum...

    In the picture, Raymond looks like a "Rum Tum Tugger". Rock On!
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    Each of the blossoms is about one inch long. ...

    Each of the blossoms is about one inch long. Perspective with a tree out in the yard may make the blossoms appear much larger. There were about 100 blossoms, so I think the stalk (about one yard...
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    The flowers on the entire spike have opened now. ...

    The flowers on the entire spike have opened now. The bottom flowers have wilted and fallen off the spike. The attached picture shows the open flowers at the tippity top. And you might also get a...
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    World Migratory Bird Day 5/8/2021

    Happy WMBD2021!

    In my backyard yesterday afternoon I saw a yellow-headed blackbird, in the grass about 25 feet from me. Vivid yellow and black male, having a rest stop on his flight to the...
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    "Alexa, Play Wild Cat Blues "... Alexa may not...

    "Alexa, Play Wild Cat Blues "...
    Alexa may not be able to find Sidney Bechet, but the Wilbur version is quite good to move with.

    http://robertfrostsbanjo.blogspot.com/2011/12/wild-cat-blues.html
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    @bae, The acronym for Before Anyone Else......

    @bae,

    The acronym for Before Anyone Else... "BAE", comes in handy when addressing the person. For example: "Stay safe. I love you, bae."

    When referring to the person, it makes sense to use...
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    May the 4th Be With You!

    This Star Wars quip will be making the rounds today.

    With or without a Hero Myth to believe in, have a good one!
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