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From a distance, it all looks pretty smooth, the same in every direction. The Cosmic Microwave Background is a barrier, beyond which we are unable to peer. It is also nearly as old as our universe and appears smooth — from a distance. The early universe was smooth, according to our current u…

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While I was growing up in central England, I was able to spend a great deal of time with my lighthearted grandmother. I can still vividly recall some of those old British expressions she would so very often use in her conversations: “You’re a sight for sore eyes”, she would exclaim whenever …

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Q. I thought snapdragons and pansies were supposed to tolerate freezing temperatures? In my garden the snap blooms and even the pansy blooms were pretty devastated by the freezing temps at the first of January. I don’t relish the idea that I will have to replace them!

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The first week of the new year usually starts with a whimper rather than a bang. People are trying to get back in the swing of things. New resolutions are made but rarely fulfilled. We keep writing the wrong year on checks and paperwork. We know it’s a new year but we aren’t ready to say goo…

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It's citrus season, and there's no better way to embrace it than with blood oranges. Despite their graphic name, blood oranges are sweet, delectable and unique. They are smaller than standard oranges, with mottled orange and rose-hued rinds. When peeled, their interior reveals segments strea…

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Currently we are on Plan C of our epic adventure known as “how’s your winter going so far?” After upending my mother’s house for three weeks and realizing the term “quick fix” does not exist in home remodeling after flooding your house, we took our insurance company’s advice and moved into s…

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It's a new year and many, if not most of us, are busy making promises to ourselves suggesting a "new year, new you" might magically spring forth. We conveniently convince ourselves that by taking an inventory of our lives we can be rid of bad habits, excess weight, frivolous spending and any…

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When I was in high school, I worked for a while in a local restaurant, washing dishes. Sometimes the restaurant got so busy I was given the pleasure of making tossed salad. I suppose being the dishwasher my hands were expected to be super clean, eh? The chief cook gave me a lesson and away I…

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For the first column of the new year, I was hoping that things would be normal again. However, over the holidays that nasty COVID was back in the news, doing its best to ruin our lives again. Several close friends tested positive recently and thankfully their symptoms weren’t severe. Most co…

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I have always found that the imagery of an idiom helps me to better understand a person’s meaning. However, discerning the meaning behind an idiom, or expression, in a foreign language is often challenging.

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Normally by the first of January we have had at least one dose of freezing temperatures but not this year so far. It has been cold enough that your bougainvillea, oriental hibiscus and other tropical plants in containers should be sheltered in a location where they won’t be subjected to free…

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If you’re somewhat of a loyal reader of this weekly column, you’ll understand that occasionally I really enjoy inquiring among my circle of friends and acquaintances their take on certain topics and often post their insights in this regular space.

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