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  • What Has Two Thumbs, Neither of Which Are Green?

    I bought a bonsai tree last winter for my office. Two weeks later, all that remained were the branches. Today, it holds a lone Christmas ornament that I’ve decided to display year-round. I don’t have what you would call a ‘green thumb.’ My inability to care for plants and trees is especially upsetting to my father, who, when he isn’t molding young minds as a middle school English teacher, spends...
  • The Audience Is Watching

    “Sir, I need to ask you to take the conversation outside...” The audience applauds...and...End scene.That was the end of a show that I didn’t realize I had purchased tickets for when I picked the restaurant. While eating dinner recently, a businessman who had been on the phone for a while suddenly got louder and louder. Over the course of a minute or so, he berated the person on the other end of...
  • Summer Is The Time for Grillin’!

    I am a huge fan of fire, in its respected place. I love putting various food items over fire regularly and with malice. Beef, pork or fowl (and even fruits or vegetables!) are likely to find their way between my tongs over the wonderful aroma of burning charcoal or propane. Lately I’m experimenting with the various kinds of wood chips to produce different flavors on whatever is over the fire. To...
  • 9 Ways to Show Your Spirit at the 2014 Maintenance Mania® National Championship

    Come out and show your regional spirit and root on all the competitors at the 2014 Maintenance Mania® National Championship, Friday, June 20, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. during the 2014 NAA Education Conference & Exposition. Here are 9 tips to help your region take home the Spirit Competition award.   1. Like any true competitor, you’ll want to keep the glare out of your eyes with some eye...

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