The emotional power of a flag

July 1, 2014
U.S. Flag Day was in June, on the fourteenth. I’m a bit of an anarchist so I struggle with my relationship with flags. They hold such emotional power that they frighten me. Flag stories intrigue me, however. I’ve been in ...

Country Gardens: Growing mint

July 1, 2014
Mint is one perennial everyone should have at least one plant of. Even if you just grow it in a pot and plant as an annual. You can use it for tea, many salads and drinks throughout the summer. Dry ...

Things I Have Learned: Heroes and legends

July 1, 2014
Today’s wisdom: “Heroism is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost.” Arthur Ashe I was a hero once. It was a fleeting moment but one I recall today ...

Start snapping! Cookbook photos sought

July 1, 2014
The corn is knee high and that means we at the Senior Perspective are gearing up for our next cookbook. Like in past years, we will be looking for some “extra spice” from our readers in the form of photos. ...

In Your Garden: Accent plants

July 1, 2014
Bunkey has never been of the school that plants grasses, that is, accent grasses. His philosophy is that grass belongs in the lawn and not in the flowerbeds. Last week, Petunia dragged him on a garden tour that featured grasses ...

In Your Garden: When bad bugs happen to good gardeners

July 1, 2014
Horrors, there are holes in the hosta leaves. The phlox leaves have white spots on them and there is some yukky looking yellow stuff on the mulch. Don’t panic. The holes are probably from slugs. In other plants it is ...

Boomer’s Journal: The old swimming hole

July 1, 2014
Minnesota, Land of 10,000 Lakes and ONE favorite swimming hole. You know, the lake that provided THE most memorable summertime memories of your childhood? You may have your own personal reference to that favorite lake, yet, have you ever wondered ...

Pet of the Week: Bernie

June 26, 2014
A little about Bernie She is an adult Labrador Retriever and was found in Beroun, nobody has claimed her. Bernie is a very busy girl. The vet believes she is a bit older, maybe 6 or so years. She has ...

Keeping up on vaccinations as we grow older

June 1, 2014
The baby boomer generation was the first generation to be widely vaccinated in this country.  Most of us were on the cutting edge of science and public health when we received vaccines for polio, measles and influenza.  The same is ...

Country Gardens: What is hugelkultur?

June 1, 2014
You may have heard the word hugelkultur quite a lot lately. It has been around for centuries and is now all the rage. Hugelkultur means hill culture or hill mound, roughly translated from German horticulturists Hans Beba and Herman Andra ...