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Unlike many writers, I don’t journal. I write for a living, so by the end of the day I’m all out of words.
I’ve been told I have a way with words.
This is the second in a three-part series on organic gardening. Last week I talked about the importance of building your soil. This week I will talk about growing techniques that minimize weeds and disease and pest issues. Next week I’ll talk about selecting organic gardening products. Growing a thriving organic garden requires using integrated steps that take advantage of naturally occurring beneficial insects, plant and seed variety selection, crop rotation, weed management and cover cropping.
I don’t remember ever having 20/20 vision. I got my first pair of glasses in fourth grade, my first pair of contacts at 15, and my eyesight continues to decline.
The rustling sound gave me pause.
Native plants have become a big part of our gardening in the last decade and for good reason. Native plants provide habitat for insects, birds and other wildlife as well as reduce the amount of work and water needed to keep a garden looking good. However, information on how to identify them and then grow them well can be a little hard to find.
Having lain dormant for many months now, my inner Grammar Goddess feels the need to rise up and spread her wings in celebratory and protective guardian-angel mode, this time to pay homage to a fighter for truth, justice and the proper usage of the oft-maligned and misused apostrophe. Behold the hero: John Richards. A retired copy editor from Boston, Lincolnshire, England, in 2001 he created the Apostrophe Protection Society with the singular aim of preserving the correct usage of this much-abused punctuation mark. Richards announced earlier this month he is withdrawing from the public fight and closing his organization.
Later today many of us will sit down to a hardy meal of traditional Thanksgiving foods like turkey, mash potatoes, sweet potatoes, Brussel sprouts and green bean casserole.
We have two sons. One is a newlywed living and working in Seattle. The other has lived and worked numerous places in the world, currently in Portugal.
Some women might chafe at being their husband’s third choice.
It’s amazing how a fresh coat of paint and updated décor improves a home’s entryway.
I didn’t get much reading done this week. Every time I picked up a book, Sir Walter Scott scooted his head beneath it, and collapsed on my chest, obscuring the pages.
I don’t know how people can live in any kind of acceptable comfort without a recliner.
The Spokane Edible Tree Project has gleaned over 100,000 pounds of apples, pears, plums, peaches, raspberries and blueberries from Spokane backyard trees since its inception in 2013. The Tree Project is offering a workshop series on fruit tree management, grafting, native pollinators and pest management.
After three years of study, research, input and work, the Legislature’s interim committee that worked on a new approach to dividing Idaho’s school funding among schools across the state handed its work off to the House and Senate education committees last week, which now will take the lead on refining the final product.
Where you live can have a big influence on your health.
Spokane Councilman Breean Beggs described it as “the end of the beginning.” In opening remarks at the last in a series of four housing policy forums, Beggs pointed to the “suite of ordinances” passed at Monday’s City Council meeting as a first step in removing barriers to new multi-family and infill housing.
The final numbers are in, and campaign fundraising and spending on two ballot measures this fall far exceeded the amounts spent by both leading candidates for governor.
The holidays have a way of being both joyous and wistful. Some of my fondest childhood memories are of spending Thanksgiving and Christmas with my family. We usually celebrated it at my grandma’s house. She, my mom and my three aunts would prepare food in the kitchen, my uncles would sit in the living room watching football and I would go off and play with my cousins.
With most counting finished for the 2018 election and very few races still in doubt, it seems appropriate to pass out the awards for the highlights and lowlifes of the late, great mid-terms.