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How I Grow Carrots

Five years ago I produced a TV show about carrots, in which I made a “carrot box”. This was for home gardeners who had trouble raising carrots in heavy, clay soils. The box was filled with sand, compost and good soil. I took the opportunity to explain rock dusts, such as rock phosphate, granite meal and lime. But it’s not the way I raise carrots.
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Picking Beans

I’m notoriously known to disappear during bean picking. It’s easy to find something else to do. But there were many long rows for the workers to harvest so I jumped right in there, in an effort to keep myself from planting more beans. It didn’t work.
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Political Possums In A Persimmon Tree

Today’s politicians, especially those in Washington D.C., remind me of my boyhood days of possum hunting. The Smith Chapel boys hunted possums as a pass time and for the .75¢ on $1.00 their hides would bring.
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Bitter Pills

Bitter Pills! Normally physicians prescribe the pills, which we take, but self-licensed politicians, social engineers, and religious freaks have invaded today’s market place with a new brand of bitter pills, which has proven harmful to those who are forced to swallow them.
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Take A Buyout Or We’ll Sell You Out

Read it and weep! Who will champion the underdog? I will! It may not be much, but it will be something.
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That Old House on Burton Street . . .

There are people in all of our pasts who have changed us, altered our beliefs or shifted our opinions and ideas about life and the world around us.

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Blueberries

Blueberries are a wonderful crop for Tennessee. They were virtually unheard of here when we started fooling around with them 30 years ago. Times change, and blueberries are here to stay.
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"Hey Mr. Oil Man" video shoot

 We had the pleasure of joining Ronnie McDowell and his terrific band for the video shoot of his latest hit, “Hey, Mr. Oilman”, at the world famous Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge in Nashville a week ago Monday night and what a time we had!
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Community Living

We don not live isolated lives in the world. “No man liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself” (Romans 14:7). Our lives are interwoven with others. As the population explodes we understand that what one person does has an impact on others. As a general rule, when one person gets the flu, usually many people get it. We are all aware of the fact that epidemics take their toll on our communities.
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Are Democratic Voters Beginning To Have Voter's Remorse About Barack Obama?

Many of us have only recently gotten over the sad and untimely death of veteran newsman Tim Russert when now we learn of the passing of former White House press secretary Tony Snow this past Saturday.
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Onions

The onion makes the meal. It’s one of the oldest domesticated plants, and the many different varieties of alliums are4 all easy to grow. Garlic, the strongest member of the onion family, can be seen hanging around the drying shed, while the storage onions cover the floor.
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Defacing And Destroying God’s Earth

I suppose I should be more understanding with those who are apparently unable to appreciate the beauty of Mother Earth. However, the older I get the shorter my patience becomes with public employees, who in an effort to get out of work, deface and destroy earth’s vegetation.
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A Postcard-Perfect Paradise

There are places all over the world that many of us dream of visiting - tropical beaches where crystal clear water washes against the white, sandy shore, historical cities with cobblestone streets and ancient buildings that whisper their past, or a foreign country rich with culture and ideas different than our own.
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Obama's Commencement Speach

Barack Obama was invited to speak at the commencement exercises at Wesleyan University in Connecticut this year and not only did he pronounce the name of the school wrong- Wellsleyan is the name I believed he used- and part of his “inspirational” message was to tell the graduates to forego the “money culture” of the world and focus on service to the country “for the better good of all”. (Socialist code speak).
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Newt Gingrich & "Face the Nation"

 According to an interview that former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich gave on “Face the Nation” recently he was asked if Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal, 37, if chosen as vice president for John McCain, would be ready to take over the presidency if he had to replace McCain.
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Lettuce Varieties

We love to plant many different varieties of each vegetable, in an effort to find out which does best. Lettuce is a good example, and I like the summer crisp, or Batavia, kinds. While the romaines and others are bolting, during the first week of summer, the summer crisps are still crisp.
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How To Prepare The Rows Before Planting

Hilling the rows helps the plants to grow. By throwing dirt up on the base of the plant, small weeds are smothered and soil moisture is conserved. The ridge also holds the stalk upright so it doesn’t bend or blow over with the weight of the crop.
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Outrageous Gas Price Works Havoc On The Economic Life of Small Towns

-    A leading national newspaper recently took the position that high gas prices will eventually contribute to the economic death of small rural towns.
-    Rural consumers pay more for the necessities of life than do the city dwellers. This is due mainly to the expense of trucking products to the rural areas.
-    Then there is the matter of the NAFTA plague, which sent rural jobs to Mexico.
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Dumbing America Down, Once Child At A Time

The Muslims are smarter than those in leadership roles in America. They are using education as a tool to undermine and eventually take over this country. Little by little they are depriving children of their rights and not much is being said to refute their tactics.
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The Moments We All Smiled For . .

Every once in awhile, when a wave of nostalgia rolls over me, I find myself digging out that old box, that tattered photo box with a missing lid on the top shelf of my closet, nearly collapsing from years of shuffle and wear.
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