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This month, I am writing about one of the best values in gardening—bare root fruit trees. These babies give you a lot of “bang for your buck!” “Freedom” and “Liberty” apples are two great cultivars that are supposed to need little-to-no spraying. Plums and pears are easy to grow in our area and need almost no care. I garden organically and use “tricks” to avoid spraying. I have a fence around my orchard and added a small chicken house, so my chickens are my pest control team. I sprinkle chicken scratch into the soil under the trees and the chickens will work in their fertilizer and scratch bugs in their daily scratchings. Continue reading

In years gone by, I was part of a hunting party that focused on fellowship as much as the hunt. The group was Bob (my dad – a service station owner); Dan (a man who was like an uncle); Doc ( a connectionist); Ralph ( a grocer); Jack (the local banker); and Jerry (sporting goods store owner). That was a mix of many talents that all came together for 10 days in deer camp. We called it Big Buck Hunting Shack. Continue reading

William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare (26 April 1564 – 23 April 1616) was an English :poet, :playwright, and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world’s pre-eminent dramatist.

Whether you’re a fan or not, you probably use many of his phrases on a regular basis — more than 400 years later. Ever been “in a pickle” or had “too much of a good thing”? Perhaps friends have “eaten (you) out of house and home” or had you “in stitches” over a joke. These are just a handful of well-used sayings that come courtesy of Shakespeare.

Here is a list of popular sayings “The Bard” coined. In fact, we say or write some of them so often they’ve become clichés.

1. “Green-eyed monster” – meaning “jealousy.” Continue reading

By Paul Driessen

A week dedicated to topics that underscore impacts environmentalists don’t want to discuss

April 22 was Earth Day, the March for Science and Lenin’s birthday (which many say is appropriate, since environmentalism is now green on the outside and red, anti-free enterprise on the inside). April 29 will feature the People’s Climate March and the usual meaningless “Climate change is real” inanity.

The Climate March website says these forces of “The Resistance” intend to show President Trump they will fight his hated energy agenda every step of the way. Science March organizers say they won’t tolerate anyone who tries to “skew, ignore, misuse or interfere with science.” Continue reading

By Paul Driessen

Climate alarmists use faulty science and bald assertions to demand end to fossil fuels

All too many alarmist climate scientists have received millions in taxpayer grants over the years, relied on computer models that do not reflect real-world observations, attacked and refused to debate scientists who disagree with manmade climate cataclysm claims, refused to share their computer algorithms and raw data with reviewers outside their circle of fellow researchers – and then used their work to make or justify demands that the world eliminate the fossil fuels that provide 80% of our energy and have lifted billions out of nasty, brutish, life-shortening poverty and disease. Continue reading

Scot Faulkner

Some history lessons and suggestions to improve US healthcare without breaking the bank

As the White House and Republican leaders debate and negotiate a new bill, the “blamestorming” continues over the earlier failure to repeal and replace Obamacare. Congressional Republicans have only themselves to blame. Since returning to majority status in the House in January 2011, Republicans have formally voted 54 times to address all or part of Obamacare. Six were votes on full appeal.

H.R. 132, from 2015, is typical of these efforts. It simply stated: “such Act is repealed, and the provisions of law amended or repealed by such Act are restored or revived as if such Act had not been enacted.” Why didn’t Republicans vote on this a few weeks ago? Continue reading

Quilting: a true labor of love

Visit the Hood River County Fairgrounds for the hugely popular Blossom Craft Show and the wonderful Blossom Fest Quilt Show and Sale, April 15-16….

In springtime, the beautiful Hood River Valley is famous for it’s blanket of thousands of acres of blooming pear, apple, and cherry orchards. The valley’s communities celebrate this spectacular floral display with the annual Blossom Festival. Two of the festival’s most popular events–the Blossom Craft Show and the Blossom Fest Quilt Show–take place Saturday and Sunday, April 15-16, from 10am to 5pm. The fairgrounds are located in the midst of orchard country at 3020 Wy’east Road, near the community of Odell. Admission and parking are free. Continue reading

Spring has sprung-may your basket runneth over!

After what feels like a very long Winter, Spring is just a whisper away. If not today, then tomorrow, or in a few days. The time of birth, and rebirth. Time for Easter and Passover, or just lilacs and tulips and daffodils! Time for an abundance of eggs!

Eggs truly symbolize this lighter time, after months of roost crops and squashes, soups and stews. Eating in season is healthier and cheaper and usually means more local. Early Spring foods include asparagus, green onions, lettuces, radishes, rhubarb. All juicy, many detoxifying. Lacto-ovo vegetarians and omnivores will delight in the egg abundance. Vegans will need other sources of the nutrients found in eggs. Continue reading

Helen Maguire, The Northwest Connection

Whether it grows wild in a pasture or cultivated in the garden, the daisy has long been appreciated for its simple beauty.
Daisies are an ancient flower. Hairpins decorated with daisies were found during the excavation of the Minoan Palace on the Island of Crete. Egyptian ceramics were decorated with daisies.

The family Asteraceae, meaning star, (the aster, daisy, or sunflower family) is the largest family of flowering plants, comprised of more than 1,600 genera and 23,000 species.

The daisy’s name comes from the term “day’s eye,” a reference to the fact that daisy blooms are only open during the day and close up at night. This uncomplicated flower has been assigned meaning for centuries—here are a few: Continue reading

Lulu: becoming a caregiver after mother’s passing

By Connie Warnock, NW Connection

Most of you who read this column will remember that I lost my tiny Shih Tzu, Poobah, and my oldest Shih Tzu, Mouse, late last year; one to bad kidneys and the other to epilepsy. Without being maudlin, it devastated me. When dogs live with you and are part of a dog family there are side-effects. It wasn’t difficult to detect a mourning process going on among the dogs. Of course, it didn’t help that they picked up on my sorrow.

Since then, an interesting phenomenon has quietly taken place. Lulu, the eldest daughter of Mouse, seemed to know when her mother was nearing the end. She began to distance herself. It was hard to detect at first, but gradually became more evident. The time frame here was maybe a week before the passing of Mouse. In a way, I understood. My sister and I had taken care of my mother before she died. In order to do that with the absence of hospice we had to be clear minded. And, so began my observations of Lulu, who, by the way, looks very much like her mother. Continue reading

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