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Today's Features

  • By Sam Marshall

     

    Current horticultural trends have, unfortunately, relegated hollies to an afterthought in coastal gardens, doomed forever to be hacked into little green meatballs and left to survive in the most inhospitable of environments. At best, hollies are used primarily as background filler plants for showier trees and shrubs, or worse, ignored altogether. But with their bright red berries, their diverse forms and foliage and their tough-as-nails habit, hollies deserve a prominent place throughout our coastal landscapes.

     

  • I hear God calling me. I don’t want to go. I don’t want to do what I am clearly being asked to do. It’s too hard. I am afraid … more fearful of what might be than of what is. So, I run away. I flee to that which is more comfortable, easier, more palatable … and far from the God who asks what I don’t want to hear.

  • Born in Italy in 1896, Caesar Cardini emigrated to the U.S. after World War I. He lived in San Diego, but operated a restaurant in Tijuana, Mexico, to circumvent Prohibition. While at this restaurant, Cardini made a salad from scratch using leftover ingredients for a gathering of hungry dignitaries. The salad, made with all its tableside showmanship by waiters, became a sensation.

  • By Sam Marshall

     

    In the past few weeks we have been discussing the basic tenants of integrated pest management (IPM) and the cultural, mechanical and biological tools you have available to help control garden pests. In this final part of the series, I will discuss the use of chemical controls, with a focus on pesticide safety and organic and synthetic controls.

     

    What are pesticides?

  • By John Nelson

     

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    By Linda Arnold

    Is your primary relationship a constant struggle? Is it more about who “wins?”

    If so, you may be locked into a power struggle, due to unresolved anger. 

    Not that you scripted any of this. It’s an all too common pattern that sneaks up on couples. Before you know it, hurt feelings drag into long term frustrations that can be damaging — or even fatal — to a relationship. 

  • When I make a beef stew, the first step is batch-searing pieces of chunked beef, usually splattering grease all over my stovetop. It’s messy, but a necessary step when making stew — always brown the meat!

  • It was 2016, the year Richard Gere engaged with the invisibility of homelessness. For him, it was time out of mind. For the homeless ones, it remains enigmatic, a lengthy duration of time, longer than is readily remembered. It is also deeply embedded in a memory bank which gains interest with each passing moment. Homelessness is not a condition; nor is it a learned lifestyle. It is not so much a choice as an accepted reality. It is not desirable or desired yet it persists. Homelessness is truly time out of mind as much as it is a mind out of time.

  • I’ll let you in on a secret: I don’t care for artificial plants. I’ve always found posing plastic plants around a home or office a sign of apathetic artificiality and downright dullness. If I can’t be outdoors, I long to be surrounded by nature where I live and work: vibrant, living, breathing, organic, with a heaping dose of fur and whiskers.

  • Pastor Stephen Nobles and the Sunshine Sisters of New Britton Baptist Church in Ash honor the 84th birthday of Ralph King, born Nov. 5, 1933.