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A TWISTED TALE (2)


If you’ve had fries at McDonald’s, you’ve likely eaten a relative of a Luther Burbank creation, a Russet potato he invented in the 1870’s. He was also working on another large scale project—the thornless blackberry. He wanted to take the rough spots out of nature; kind of the parallel to his spineless cactus or his […]

A TWISTED TALE


The large juicy raspberries were a bonus, unlike the twisted blackberry vines covering part of the overgrown property. We found that following one long blackberry vine to the source leads to another heading a different direction. Where did our Himalayan blackberries originate? Life was changing dramatically in America at the end of the 19th century. […]

WHEN YOU ARE OLD


A small corner of the garden I hate to say that Sophia Loren taught me how to be old, but it’s the truth. Sophia has that certain something that makes you wonder how she does it. Is it her impossibly thick flowing locks, or her perfect posture? She is no spring chicken, yet she still […]

TIPS FOR THE UNWARY


“CAT SCAN” Are we smart enough to know how smart animals are? Every time we read something that says animals can’t do something, another animal proves us wrong. In the past scientists said that only humans could learn to use tools, but I have seen crows and ravens in Alaska working together to gain access […]

BALLIN’ THE JACK


It is important as senior citizens to keep abreast of the newest slang expressions invented by the young in the hope of further polarizing themselves. Lately I have seen a couple of signatures telling me to “Keep on Ballin’”, and a U-Tube titled “Ballin’ on a Budget”. The thing the young haven’t figured out yet […]