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The Tomato Wars

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Think tomatoes are harmless? Think again. The Tomato Wars are well underway. Garden plots all over this country are being tilled, fertilized, and de-rocked in preparation for the war that is coming to a feverous pitch.

A wonderfully sad day

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After all the cold rain of late, a walk in the woods in our backyard was unexpected. After all, it is February. It wasn’t supposed to be 65 degrees. Walking with Little One, the rare warm February afternoon afforded unique opportunities to explore the world of nature.

New milk

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New milk

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Last Saturday in our fair town, the first snowflake fell just before noon. Shortly after that, three things happened.

The Downer's Contagion

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Wherever you go, chances are, the Downer’s Contagion is already there. No matter how much you clean, it’s still inside your home. The plague is found in your kitchen. No amount of disinfectant will cleanse the table of it. Meals have now become the battleground for the Contagion.

I was wrong

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It’s taken awhile, but I’ll admit it. I was wrong. Such admission by yours truly is rare and will surely make The Wife smile. But when I say that I was wrong not once, not twice, but three times? Well, The Wife will do her happy dance.

Not gonna

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To start the New Year off right rather than a review of accomplishments from the past year, or list resolutions surely to be broken in a few short months (especially that diet/exercise one), I’m taking the path less traveled.

Rewriting history again

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So what do Genghis Khan, founder of the Mongol Empire; Michelangelo, painter of the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel; Napoleon Bonaparte, self-crowned emperor of France; and George Washington, one of the founding fathers and first president of the United States, all have in common?

Smudge-proof Black Friday

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After 10 years in our dream home, The Wife and I find that we must now suddenly move out. It wasn’t our idea; we were happy. Packing and moving everything over the holidays is less than perfect, but it’s all for a good cause. There’s a family who needs our home more than we do.

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