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The Rascals Do Sparks – Hot August Nights

Are August nights hot here in Northern Nevada? Well, not compared to July, but yeah, very pleasant T-shirt weather last night in downtown Sparks. The first week in August brings the classic cars and their admirers to town. It is … Continue reading

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Rose Jungle

There are paths through most parts of my garden, or there were. As the roses have filled out and grown up, so many of these pathways have essentially vanished. Sometimes the gardener has no choice but to fight through, but … Continue reading

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Garden Glimpses – Bring on the Bloom

It is Mid-May, and in a normal year there would be buds on the roses by now. But only buds. This is not a normal year. The garden roses were opening slowly, a good three weeks ahead of what is … Continue reading

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Rose Garden Neglect

Ten years ago, at the very bottom edge of the garden, I had planted a grouping of hardy Canadian Explorer roses. Because they are way off by themselves they get no particular attention or care. The last few years I … Continue reading

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Garden glimpses – Roses in early May

Much of my garden is three weeks ahead of itself. And despite the nervous dread that a killing frost could still come along, it is a joy to have roses now starting their bloom. ‘Sutter’s Gold’ is a classic old … Continue reading

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A Special Rose – Lady Ann Kidwell

When most people think of roses, it is the florist’s Hybrid Tea they picture. But for some, dare I say slightly eccentric, folks the world of roses is much more broadly defined. And within that wide world of choices, many … Continue reading

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Not Roses – other views of the garden

When I first started taming the weeds on my new property in 1984, I planted a bit of this and a bit of that. It didn’t take too many years to discover that roses outperformed everything else I tried. Well, … Continue reading

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Silly Garden Kitty

A couple of years ago, in late fall, a stray, semi-feral cat took up residence in the compost pile. He probably selected it for warmth, safety and the fact that it was an open food cupboard stocked with unwary rodents … Continue reading

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Garden Dreams

I used to dream about worms. If that sounds odd to you, you are probably not a composter. My dreams were inspired by piles of leaves, reclaimed from curbs, moistened by a foot and a half of snow which soaked … Continue reading

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History meets Art in Virginia City Nevada

A forty five minute drive up a winding road southeast of Reno tops out at Virginia City. This atmospheric little town became the queen of Nevada in the 1860s after a major silver strike was made there in 1859. Of … Continue reading

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decompression

home in body, not yet in mind.  bed is stacked with books, about Burma, Borneo, Bali, Africa.  Biographies, political histories, travelogues, guides, maps.

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collapsible plastic zip bags – southeast asian luggage

One of the things I love about independent travel is the more compact form that life takes.  There is a sort of unwritten rule which suggests that, most of the time at least, one should be able to carry all … Continue reading

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Looking back – history ancient, and recent

As I consider the options for this year’s journey, I revisit the memories of the year prior. What were my goals?  Did I attain them?  What goals are at the head of this year’s list? Last year, the priorities were … Continue reading

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All journeys must begin somewhere

A Southeast Asia travel blog. While photos can communicate more quickly, there are too many times when a camera is an unthinkable intrusion so often we must try to paint the pictures with words. Continue reading

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