Archive | May, 2010

Garlic

May 25, 2010

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Garlic is something most of us commonly use. I have garlic growing all over the back of my garden. I’ve always cut the leaf tops and use it like I would an onion top and assumed that if I let the flower finish and dry that I was doing the right thing. Wrong! A horticulturist […]

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Why My Wife and I Write

May 17, 2010

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My wife, Lydia, and I were doing our favorite thing which is sitting on our patio and having coffee with our friends at 7 o’clock in the morning, when I started taking notes on why we started writing fiction. Over the last several years we have written eight unpublished novels. Now, I think we are about ready […]

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Picking Peaches

May 16, 2010

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The climb up to the gate is steep and slippery. On top of the hill, under a threatening mass of black jack oaks, the front of the house with its screened porch looks down upon a  peach tree growing near the fence on the side by the driveway. I can smell the peaches across the grass, their scent […]

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Super Fly

May 13, 2010

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My patio has been overrun by swarms of flies. Bug zappers don’t work, and I’ve worn out three fly swatters. I bought a non-chemical trap ( the stinky kind) and hung it up fifty feet away where the smell can only affect my neighbor’s barbecue pit and picnic area. The trap, which is like a baited plastic bag […]

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Coal Fired Backup Generator or Tornado Producer?

May 12, 2010

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In the latest move to discredit wind generated electric power, opponents claim that the numbers of coal fired backup generation plants have increased, and therefore the move to wind generated power has actually added to the potential for pollution in West Texas. If the wind dies, we have a dirty air crisis. Maybe. If the […]

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What If a Terrorist Did This?

May 11, 2010

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In this scenario, The “Foreign Organization” substitutes one batch of cell phones (thousands) for another. The new cell phones are exactly like the original except that a small explosive charge has been substituted as a dummy chip in the circuit. When a certain number is dialed by the new owner, the phone explodes killing its user. […]

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Origins

May 7, 2010

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At the age of 70, I’ve begun to think that it’s time to think about origin myths. At first this seemed like it was going to be an exercise in religious study, but gradually I began to believe that origin myths are for us more secularly oriented persons. I like these three contemporary myths from which […]

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