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  • Japanese Beetles: Public Enemy No. 1 As we enter the summer months, there are a variety of pests of ornamental plants to be on the lookout for, but Public Enemy No. 1 for many homeowners this time of year is Japanese beetles.

    June 18, 2014

  • What’s all the fuss about trash? When we were kids, I remember the three of us sisters riding in the back seat, arguing over who got stuck in the middle. We’d call dibs on the window seats, because air conditioning was not standard in cars and ours sure didn’t have it. On hot summer days, the window seats were the only way to survive a trip. Moreover, if we had a candy bar or a piece of bubblegum, the kid stuck in the middle had to reach over and risk getting punched when tossing the candy wrapper out the window. WHAT?

    June 18, 2014

  • Take steps to cope with separation anxiety Parenting comes with hard moments. But few rival the torment — for both child and parent — of a child screaming while Mom or Dad leaves.

    June 11, 2014

  • Don’t let the smudges limit your reflection I’ve been working in fitness studios for more than 15 years, and because of my “attention to detail” I’ve always been nominated to clean the mirrors. That’s a bunch of mirrors. To this persnickety cleaner, it is a very satisfying job to have spotless mirrors. But this is a thankless job, because people rarely notice clean mirrors.

    June 11, 2014

  • Mother, daughters alike but still different Two of my three children are so very similar to me that it gives me pause when their actions take me by surprise.

    June 11, 2014

  • Gregg weighs another shot at governor's office John Gregg made his handlebar mustache an iconic image in his failed 2012 race for governor, turning it into a campaign logo and telling tales of how he stuck to his Yosemite Sam guns when advisers pressed him to shave it. Gregg's humor was on display again at the Democratic Party's recent state convention, which warmly welcomed him during his speech.

    June 11, 2014

  • Simple ways to beat high gas prices With gas prices hovering once again at the $4 mark, a review of some gas-saving tips is in order. For me, it’s not just high prices that make me want to avoid using excess gas. Considering the crude oil source as well as the pollution, I try to conserve for the sake of the earth as well as my wallet.

    June 4, 2014

  • Ornamentals with winter injury may need radical renovation This past winter really has been the gift that keeps on giving. As spring has progressed I’ve received a number of calls related to damaged or poorly performing ornamental plants.

    June 4, 2014

  • Long summer days and nothing much to do I was talking with a coworker last week who was struggling to find opportunities for her daughter to be busy this summer while school is out. Her thoughts were mostly geared toward camps and other organized activities, which are pretty pricey, making it necessary to pick and choose, trying to spread the fun over the entire summer.

    June 4, 2014

  • Don't litter in front of me Littering ticks me off. It’s not only disrespectful to Mother Nature; it’s disrespectful to the rest of us who have to live with it.

    June 4, 2014

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