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My Green Thumb

“Here’s a present for you!” my friend proclaimed. With that, she presented me a small fig plant in a tiny container, about 3 inches in diameter.  I put it on the end table in my living room and did my best to keep it alive. At the time, I lived…

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It’s Time for the Weed Whipper

Well, that didn’t take long.  After weeks and months of snow on the ground, the warm April sun has finally melted us out. All of the sudden, green is starting to sprout here and there.  That green is now taking over the lower foothills.  From afar it is beautiful —…

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Connecting with Nature — at what price?

One warm evening in July, we found Hanging Lake.  Wanting an evening hike, we only had 2-3 hours.  Like most people, we turned to Google — short hikes near Grand Junction.  Several canyon hikes came up, but we sought something shadier, cooler. Hanging Lake.  One and 1/4 miles through a…

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Colorado Road Trips

Aspen, Colorado

Growing up in Missouri, I dreaded summertime.  Summers in St. Louis were steamy and hot.  Just a few minutes of exertion and sweat would drop off my forehead.  Trying to play tennis in the mugginess brought on a whole new level of fatigue. But the one thing that I always…

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