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Japanese Beetles and Gold Finches

I cut through the aronia bushes on the way to the barn. The aronia bushes were covered with creepy, icky, Japanese Beetles—eating and breeding—thousands of them. The leaves were mostly stripped off the bushes. Oh, my God. What do I do? This was on a Sunday morning. After church, Ginnie ...

It’s time for you to step up

Good news! You are only 11 steps away from getting promoted. So says Libby Kane, the author of “Bosses Tell Us: 11 Things That Will Get You Promoted,” a recent post on The Muse website. Kane is quick to put the kibosh on typical, woo-woo, wishy-washy advice. “And we don’t mean ...

Congressional dialing-for-dollars supersedes fiscal responsibility

Newly elected members of Congress are told by their respective party to spend four hours of every day during their four-day work week to call donors when, among their many duties, they should focus on keeping America financially stable. Insuring their re-election obviously takes precedent over ...

British pound in royal trouble

The United Kingdom has selected a new leader, and financial markets are sour on the choice. Boris Johnson, former mayor of London, was chosen to replace Theresa May as British Prime Minister on July 22. He has been a leading proponent of the British exit from the European Union, and his rise ...

Answer these, candidates

The Democratic presidential circus pitches its tent in Detroit this week. It will be especially entertaining if the presidential aspirants are asked some questions like these: For Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders especially, but others, too: Three of Barack Obama’s few large ...

Mueller’s 2-Year Political Hit Job

It’s time to investigate the investigators — including liberal lawmakers — who were complicit in a conspiracy to frame President Trump and remove him from office using the almighty power of the U.S. Justice Department. What we saw unfold at the Bob Mueller congressional hearing this ...

Why the Left is reconsidering Al Franken

On Monday, The New Yorker printed a lengthy piece by reporter Jane Mayer about the sad fate of former Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn. Franken resigned from the Senate in 2017 after a bevy of women accused him of sexual harassment; their accounts ranged from unwanted kisses to unsolicited a— ...

Trump’s hate strategy sets the stage again for 2020

The ominous aspect of that Trump campaign rally cry of “Send her back!” in North Carolina seemed to come from the crowd itself, with Donald Trump benignly listening in silence as it swept over him. All he had to do was mention of Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, one of the four ...

Improving your child’s focus

Have you ever studied your own attention span? How long can you focus on a task? I am assuming that your attention and focus lasts a lot longer than your child’s. Research suggest the following attention spans in young children: 8 - 15 months: Your child can focus for one minute or a ...

The Founders and national debt

The Founders of the United States of America warned against massive federal debt, but, to our detriment, their political descendants are not paying attention. The Founders speak to us from their graves to condemn and warn of the consequences now that President Trump and Congress have come to an ...

A birthday like no other

For almost a year, I’ve thought about writing this column, in this week. In four days, I will turn 62, which was the age of my mother when she died. If you’ve lost a beloved parent too young, I doubt I need to describe for you my roiling mix of emotions. If you haven’t, please forgive ...

Democrats, send the Wonks home

Wonks can be useful people. Having studied the deep innards of public policy, wonks are essential to constructing programs that can function as desired. They help write complicated laws. But whereas wonks may know all the parts that make a clock work, they are usually not good at selling the ...

Both parties are misbehaving

The air is thick with lamentations that our two political parties are tearing themselves — and the nation — to pieces. The Republican president has picked a Twitter fight with four Democratic freshman congresswomen, and the Democratic speaker has chosen to violate House rules to pick a ...

A blood accounting

The other day on MSNBC, Nicolle Wallace asked her guest, Rep. Karen Bass, about President Donald Trump: “Other than endangering the lives of those four congresswomen that he targeted in those racist tweets ... Do you believe he’d have blood on his hands if there were a racially inspired ...

What’s most important?

Let’s think about priorities. Say that you live in one of the dangerous high crime and poor schooling neighborhoods of cities like Chicago, Baltimore, Detroit or St. Louis. Which is most important to you: doing something about public safety and raising the quality of education or, as most ...

Dear Dietitian

Dear Readers, Most of you have probably heard of antioxidants and that they are good for you, but what are they exactly? Antioxidant is a chemistry term that simply means prevention of oxidation, which is the transfer of tiny, electrically charged particles known as electrons. Antioxidants ...

Is a New US Mideast war Inevitable?

In October 1950, as U.S. forces were reeling from hordes of Chinese troops who had intervened massively in the Korean War, a 5,000-man Turkish brigade arrived to halt an onslaught by six Chinese divisions. Said supreme commander Gen. Douglas MacArthur: “The Turks are the hero of heroes. ...

For Planned Parenthood, no doctors need apply

Poor Leana Wen. She took Planned Parenthood’s propaganda a little too seriously. And now she’s out of a job. For the longest time, Planned Parenthood has insisted that it’s a health care organization and it only cares about abortion — supposedly a tiny share of its business — ...

Watch out for falling rocks

Don’t breathe a word, but President Trump is up to something. His insulting, too-dumb-to-fail comments about four freshmen female members of Congress has the civilized world’s trousers in a twist, and it’s not a pretty sight. The president tweeted that the four women of color, “ ... ...

Pie recipes

It’s not too hot to make a pie – if you make it with ice cream. Easy Strawberry Lemonade Freezer Pie 2-1/2 c. sweetened sliced strawberries 1 package (3.4 oz.) instant lemon pudding mix 1 carton (8 oz.) frozen whipped topping, thawed 1 graham cracker crust Optional: Additional ...