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Aug.11.2012
Like many others, I have been enamored with viewing the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.  For the past couple weeks our television has been almost exclusively tuned to NBC, rather than to PBS. During one segment, one of the announcers made mention of the fact that there were so many more...
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Aug.10.2012
More than halfway through the year, and I have not abandoned my New Year's Resolutions.  That is, I am still reading more books and I am putting steps on my pedometer.  Although this pedometer geek didn't quite manage 10,000 steps every day, I did have five days in which I exceeded the...
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Aug.04.2012
While I know reviews generally don't sell books unless they appear in the New York Times, here is the quick review I posted at Goodreads.  Shrader Marks: Keelhouse  by Rob Smith  Drinian Press ISBN # 978-0-9833069-1-7 $ 15.95 paperback Two books in one...this one combines both an...
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Jul.26.2012
The city "project" of clearing out and taking down the silos at the former ConAgra plant is nearly done.  Actually, all the silos are down and just being reduced to rubble of different sizes, used for different purposes. Yesterday, the steel tower building (the conveyor) came down.  Those...
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Jul.25.2012
As a child I always wondered how my mom could take strawberries, clean, slice them up, and put them in the refrigerator without succumbing to the temptation of eating any.  She sometimes would give my sisters or me half of one if we were in the kitchen with her.  But generally, she only...
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Jul.18.2012
I recently commented on the fact that the hens and chicks that we planted last year in the landscaping "project" of our new (old) house had a rooster, a stalk-like projection with flowers on the top.  I used the term, rooster, since that is how my grandmother referred to them.  She always...
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Jul.13.2012
My New Year's resolutions are still in force.  It helps, of course, to choose resolutions that one is motivated to do, and more important, continues to do.  My main resolutions, as mentioned before, have to do with reading more books and putting more steps into my day (and onto my...
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Jun.24.2012
When we were landscaping our "project" (AKA the new old house), we planted, among other plantings, the succulents known as hens-and-chicks.  We planted them in and around the water feature in our front yard. After having made a grotto of rocks around the pond, we purchased a small container of...
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Jun.20.2012
Walking around the city, I have noticed memorial plaques and markers under various trees and plantings.  One particular marker recently had its tree removed leaving only the marker.  The plaque was in memory of Marcella Buck.  Having not lived in this city all my life, I know...
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Jun.16.2012
The last two days have brought great changes to the city's "project" of bringing down the silos of the Conagra plant.  The leaning towers of Huron (AKA the silos that have been tipped precariously for a few months) have been attacked relentlessly by the 10,000 pound "seam ripper", which I have...
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Jun.13.2012
Every day brings changes to the Conagra site.  The crane operator smashes through the thick silos, and a few more have been demolished with the wrecking ball and the "seam ripper", mostly the "seam ripper".  Recently, we have found out that they were built in the 1950s to withstand an...
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Jun.09.2012
Last year at this time, I mentioned the International Day of Yarn-bombing.  Yarn-bombing is a relative new concept of decorating signs, lamp posts, trees, and other items outdoors with knitted or crocheted items.  Those decorated items can be totally covered or not. Today is the day, and...
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Jun.08.2012
The Conagra plant was imploded, well sorta, on January 9, 2012.  That didn't quite go as expected. Now after months of trying to destroy the silos, the city has brought in a crane with various wrecking balls/equipment.   It isn't going well, either.  More later as it develops,...
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Jun.05.2012
I continue working on my New Year's resolutions, and May was an exceptionally good month for both of them, actually.  The first resolution is to read more books, and the second is to put more steps on my pedometer. I am, after all, a pedometer geek. May was one of my best months ever in the...
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Jun.01.2012
As I have mentioned numerous times before, I am an avid bookcrosser and participate in various bookcrossing activities. Some of these activities include book-rings and book-rays, rabcks*, book boxes (physical and virtual), and book challenges.  The one in particular that I am referring to this...
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