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The script for women in my mom’s generation didn’t allow for much independent thought. At intermission, she started writing in the margins. By the end of her third Act, she had tossed the script entirely. Today, at 86, she is modeling an invaluable life lesson.

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I buckle my seat belt when driving to be prepared for an accident that I hope never comes. Some gardening practices are done in hope they aren’t needed. Prevention is better than treatment after the fact.

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This is the time of year that indoor plants draw attention. Many holiday plants like poinsettias, Amaryllis, cactus and others are added to the interior space. Those of us with a collection of indoor plants already hunt for a place for any new comers. These new ones may be only temporary occ…

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility, or NBAF, has several ambitious goals. Of course, when the facility has been tasked to protect agriculture, attract quality employees and keep everyone safe in the process, those goals should be set to a high standard.

I said in this space last week that we need a serious discussion about “diversity, equity and inclusion,” the concepts driving the high school mascot issue and another made-up flap. That flap was called “critical race theory,” and I’d prefer to drop that term now because it’s worse than useless.

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Pruning can be done just about any time. Spring may be preferred but there usually are other gardening practices that get priority. The only time that we shouldn’t prune is when the tissue is frozen.

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In an earlier article, I suggested chopping up leaves and leaving them on the lawn. Now, I am suggesting to leave the fall landscape clean-up until spring. There are numerous reasons to leave the debris.

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Polls show that most people realize that our country is in a mess. While polarization seems natural in Washington, it has now reached the Midwest. Three strands, inextricably intertwined, prevent our country from finding peace and unity: money, ideology, and power. These three strands are th…

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It is not too early to be thinking about spring. Daffodils, tulips, crocus, hyacinths and my favorite Alliums need to be planted this fall. They need to have a cold treatment to initiate blooming. Nature provides this by having a winter season. These flowers can be forced to bloom by putting…

Manhattan has long been well-served by citizens willing to dedicate their time and talents as city commissioners. That’s certain to be true after this election, as there’s a solid group of candidates.

I wrote a column last week about Colin Powell that I’d like to extend upon. That column was a reflection on his death, and his legacy as the person who made the case for the Iraq war, which turned out to be a giant mistake.

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The pandemic really brought home how much I use binge-watching as a coping mechanism and find comfort in familiar characters and stories.

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Leaves and other plant tissues are in abundance in the fall. This is the time of year when nature replenishes the soil. These materials will break down over the winter to make fertilizer for spring growth. I suggest leaving the leaves to reduce your fertilizer application next season.