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    The New York Times website has an interactive...

    The New York Times website has an interactive tool that can be used to see the New Daily Confirmed Cases Over the Last 7 Days per 100,000 Population by County.

    As a arbitrary rule of thumb, I...
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    Minestrone Soup with Whatcha Got... We make...

    Minestrone Soup with Whatcha Got...


    We make it on Sunday, eat it through Thursday. (Minestrone gets better!) As summer goes on, zucchini becomes more plentiful.

    Mangia!
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    I would love to see different people and places,...

    I would love to see different people and places, but I am hesitant to make lengthy trips. I am not terribly worried about being infected by COVID, because DW and I are vaccinated, and so far the...
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    Yes, I assume so....

    Yes, I assume so.
    http://www.statista.com/statistics/1109011/coronavirus-covid19-death-rates-us-by-state
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    I am not worried about Delta variant at present,...

    I am not worried about Delta variant at present, because DW and I both are fully vaccinated. The rare breakthrough cases have not resulted in hospitalizations, I understand. But I do worry about...
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    A rational consumer may respond to higher prices...

    A rational consumer may respond to higher prices by delaying a purchase, buying a lesser quantity, or deciding the item is not truly needed at all.

    The question of wants versus needs can lead to...
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    Brazil production of Arabica coffee beans is...

    Brazil production of Arabica coffee beans is expected to be 15 million bags less this year compared to 2020. Prices of Arabica beans have generally been increasing since May 20, 2019, when the...
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    This morning the Bureau of Labor Statistics...

    This morning the Bureau of Labor Statistics released the Consumer Price Index updated for June.

    The seasonally adjusted CPI for all urban consumers increased 0.9%. That was the largest...
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    Welcome, Kelly Lately I have been giving away...

    Welcome, Kelly

    Lately I have been giving away surplus items... When is "hurts" a little bit, I take some comfort in the rule of thumb: if it has not been used in a year or more, it can go.
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    Disappointed heirs. "Man has an infinite...

    Disappointed heirs.

    "Man has an infinite capacity to be miserable about an infinite number of things."
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    Death count in Washington and Oregon is...

    Death count in Washington and Oregon is preliminary, because there likely are some people who have not been found after their death, for example, elderly persons who live alone or persons...
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    On 6/28 when the temperature in eastern Oregon...

    On 6/28 when the temperature in eastern Oregon rose above 110F, nestling birds bailed out. Swainson's and Cooper's hawks, for example, with a body temperature of 110F, found the temperature within...
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    Salad greens: arugula thinnings from the garden,...

    Salad greens:
    arugula thinnings from the garden,
    kale from the garden,
    rosie (purple) romaine and Lalique lettuce from the hydroponic setup in the basement, and
    a few wild sunflower sprouts.

    I...
  14. I understand that US military involvement in...

    I understand that US military involvement in Afghanistan is swiftly coming to an end.

    ... Oh hear my song, thou God of all nations,
    A song of peace for their land and for mine

    -- Finlandia
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    I bought a used car in February 2020. Since then...

    I bought a used car in February 2020. Since then I put 5,800 miles on the odometer. I checked the trade-in value, based on Kelly Blue Book. KBB says the trade-in value now is $1,500 more than I...
  16. Herbgeek, I hope the new living arrangement...

    Herbgeek,

    I hope the new living arrangement for your mother enables her to make new friends and keep the old. (One is silver, and the other is gold.)



    Sidney Carter (1915-2004) a British...
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    Forecast for Walla Walla June 29: high 112F, low...

    Forecast for Walla Walla June 29: high 112F, low 80F

    Already there was one wildland fire in the grass along Highway 12 near Sudbury Rd. The county fire department put the fire out.
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    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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