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A walk through the garden shows some good progress

April 20, 2012 This is one of my lazy columns. No research, no checking facts, just a walk around my garden to catch up with all that is going on. more »»

Act seeks to combat identity theft, tax fraud

April 17, 2012 Identity theft and tax fraud victims — such as Michael Bucalo, whom I recently met in Cleveland — know “there are people out there [who] are so slick; they can steal your shoes while you are running. more »»

Here’s some general direction for planting the garden

April 6, 2012 I have been rather specific about varieties of flowers and vegetables to grow in recent columns, so this one will back up a bit and be more general about just what to grow in the vegetable garden. more »»

Magnolia stellata, how we adore thee

March 30, 2012 I had only to glance out of the window to find the topic for today’s colum. more »»

Veteran gardener ready to deflate flimsy excuses

March 23, 2012 At this wonderful time of the year, it seems incredible there are people who do not have, indeed do not want, a garden. It doesn’t have to be large or time-consumin. more »»

Incorporating white into your garden adds much beauty

March 16, 2012 Long ago and far away, or less poetically but more accurately, in 1950 in Sissinghurst, England, Vita Sackville-West planted her White Garden. more »»

Career move leads to rebirth as Sunday editor

March 12, 2012 Those who know me are aware I’m a sci-fi fan. more »»

Clean-up starts early, still a pain

March 9, 2012 The sun was shining, the birds were singing, the wind had dropped, and the ground was covered with messy sticks, stones, straw, leaves and assorted debris. more »»

A lot of magic is begun with just one simple seed

March 2, 2012 I always see a garden as a magical place, and the most enchantment is contained in seeds. more »»

Latchkey program under development in Tiffin

March 1, 2012 Tight budgets are affecting all of us, whether it is on a personal level or community-wide. Our local public school system is not exempt from having to make hard decisions based upon finances. more »»

A pitch for block planting

February 24, 2012 It is not too early to start planning your vegetable garden for the coming season. I already have suggested some seed choices, and this column will address the form and shaping of the garden. more »»

Israeli military chasing Arabs from main street

February 22, 2012 Promising to “work my tail off for their sakes” I return to the computer with a recent Palestinian story which urged me to write to you and to my congressmen. more »»

Alphabetical musings end

February 17, 2012 An important change took place in northern Ohio in mid-January, and there were no fireworks or parades. In fact, most of us did not know it had happened until weeks later. The U.S. more »»

Maintaining water, sewer systems is a jobs issue

February 16, 2012 Many people don’t associate water and sewer systems with job creation. In fact, most Americans might not think about their water and sewer systems much beyond paying utility bill. more »»

Just check the garden for some of the finest ‘bling’

February 10, 2012 The word “bling” had not yet been invented when my old faithful dictionary sported its latest upgrade, but my use of an online dictionary confirms that something with bling is rather flashy. more »»

Tree lovers faced with another assault

February 3, 2012 We have just accepted the facts the emerald ash borer is going to cause the disappearance of most of our ash trees and the Asian lady beetle will continue to invade our homes in the fall, looking fo... more »»

What is abortion, and what are its effects?

January 25, 2012 Every life God grants is very special and unique in its own way. It’s a special gift that should be treasured and never intentionally taken away. more »»

Imagination runs wild with seed catalog offerings

January 20, 2012 It seems winter finally is arriving. I really appreciated that extended fall, or pre-spring, or whatever you like to call it. more »»

Learning about the moon, cycles good for growers

January 13, 2012 Since men peered from their caves in ancient times and noticed the changing shape of the moon, there always have been those who believed the moon has a profound influence on the earth. more »»

Stretching out with a book? A few suggestions

January 6, 2012 This is the season when we are often urged to curl up with a good book. I am never convinced about the curling up part; I prefer to stretch out, but the good book suggestion really hits home. more »»



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