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The start of a new year is an opportunity to take stock of our health and establish goals to build and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Though COVID-19 dominates headlines and is top of mind for many, … more
Florence Nightingale (1820-1910) is a Victorian lady whose name is one of the most famous and recognized in the field of nursing. She was an English social reformer, statistician and founder of … more
My camper is securely stowed away in the garage for the winter, so I won’t be writing any travel columns at least until spring. Winter camping can be fun, but the COVID-19 pandemic has put a … more
The Joshua tree isn't actually a tree, but rather it is a water storing plant called a succulent. It is adapted to a desert environment with a deep and extensive root system. Joshua trees are … more
It probably goes without saying, but 2020 wasn’t the greatest of years for many people. While some were affected greatly, and others not as much, this past year was a challenge in some way for … more
Cassava is a tropical shrub whose large thick roots provide the third largest source of food carbohydrate in the tropics after rice and maize. It is a woody shrub of the spurge family and is native … more
Vanilla is regarded as the world's most popular aroma and flavor. It is used in a wide variety of ways such as in all kinds of baking, making chocolate candies, ice cream, perfume manufacture and … more
As I reached into my desk drawer to pull out my 2021 calendar to start entering meeting and event dates for ’21 (yes, I still use a paper version), I couldn’t help but reflect on the … more
Gorillas are plant-eating, gentle giants that are highly family oriented. They are the largest of all the animals assigned to the group called primates. This group also includes monkeys, lemurs, … more
Masked supporters and mask-less opponents filled the library conference room Thursday for a public hearing on a proposed ordinance to require face coverings while indoors in public spaces within the … more
No, I’m not going to get in to a debate about the effectiveness of masks or whether or not they should be mandated. It’s like arguing about politics, there’s just a bunch of arguing … more
Plants provide the "staple" food for most people around the world. It is estimated that over 12,000 species of plants have at one time or another been used for food. However, only about 150 or so are … more
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