Europe’s Rarest Orchid Rediscovered and Officially Recognized Nearly 200 Years After Discovery

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Europe’s Rarest Orchid Rediscovered and Officially Recognized Nearly 200 Years After Discovery Scientists believe they have rediscovered Europe’s rarest species of orchid, which had gone nearly 200 years without being spotted, on a volcanic ridge in the Azores. The species, Hochstetter’s butterfly orchid, was first discovered in 1838 and has eluded official recognition since [Read More]        

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The Value in Staying in a Positive Frame of Mind

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Tomorrow is Another Day!  ~~ an old adage from my Maternal Grandmother, Helen Celeste. What that woman could say in a few words or a simple look was astounding.    That simple phrase summarizes her outlook on this life.  Do what you can today, Tomorrow you get a chance to do more.  What an Optimist!  Oh Boy, Do we all need more Optimists!! Helen understood the fact that if you believed that your work, your thoughts, your actions, matter; Then you’ll be well rewarded when you complete the work.  Worry, today or tomorrow,  will not get the job done.  Only … Continue reading

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Navy launches drone from an underwater submarine

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By W.J. HenniganDecember 6, 2013, 1:43 p.m.     The Navy has launched a drone from a submerged submarine, a feat that could prove valuable in providing intelligence and reconnaissance capabilities for military special operations for decades to come. The small drone was fired from the Providence submarine’s torpedo tube, where it unfolded its wings, took off and flew a “several hour” mission demonstrating live video capabilities streamed back to the sub, the Navy said. The project, which took $15 million and about…Read Article        

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Life On Earth Started On Mars, Say Scientists

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So is this Mars Rising?  Did we originate there on that now Red Desert Planet?   Check out this Article: http://news.sky.com/story/1134431/life-on-earth-started-on-mars-say-scientists

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Contact! The USS. Wisconsin

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Had a very nice QSO (Conversation) with their Radio Room on Saturday March 9th, 2013. The Ship’s Radio Room was activated in preparation for the Amateur Radio Event “The Wisconsin QSO Party” where Amateur Radio operators in the State of Wisconsin attempt to contact as many other stations in-state as possible. It was a nice chat and I hope to speak to them again soon… From the Club’s website: USS Wisconsin History Established June 10, 2000, one of the stated purposes of the club is set forth in our constitution: “to install and operate… a licensed amateur radio station aboard the battleship … Continue reading

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Range Test Tula Ammo vs. Remington UMC

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Sorry there are few pictures with this one….Camera messed up or something and I lost all the photo’s.   Well, the other day I was wandering around Walmart and decided to stock up on some ammo.  After calling an ‘All-Hands’ search party for the ONLY Associate with the keys to the Ammo case………I found some Tula Ammo in 50 round boxes for 9.89 each and a 250 round bulk pack of Remington UMC for 59.89 both in 9mm. Thought I’d do some range testing with my Glock 26 (itty-bitty Glock 9mm sub-compact) and here is what I found: Tula Ammo Pro … Continue reading

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Calendula – A Flower, Herb, and….Salad Ingredient?

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A Hardy Annual that can reduce pain and inflammation while also dressing up a salad.   Sounds like a fun plant to play with, No? Plant Specifics Name: Calendula Officinalis (Pot Marigold) Zone: 5 to 11 Height: 24 inches Soil Type:Rich & well drained Ph Range: 6.0 to 7.5 Preferences: Sunny to partial shade Germination: 10 days @ 59°F to 68°F Bloom: Mid-Summer till 1st Frost Planting Guide Early Indoors: Plant 6 Weeks Before Last Spring Frost.   Place seeds 1/4 inch deep in seed starting mix and moisten.  Keep Warm (70°F) and moist and sprouting should occur within 15 days.  … Continue reading

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Thinking I’ll do a huge Herb Garden….

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I think that this year I want an enormous Herb Garden!  The photo above shows my three Raised-Beds (an Earlier Post on Raised-Beds) that have produced wonderfully for three years now. Let’s take a closer look at that first Raised-Bed: This Raised-Bed is 3 feet by 4 feet for a total of 12 Square Feet of Gardening Goodness!  How’s that for Enormous?? Now, What Herbs to Plant? My Short-List of absolutely required Herbs: Basil (Sweet, Italian, Liquorice, Lemon) Dill Garlic Oregano Parsley Rosemary Sage Thyme These are some of the most common Herbs found in most kitchens in the U.S.   … Continue reading

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Learning to Fly Fish in PA –Part 1 – The Journey begins..

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For years I’ve wanted to try Fly Fishing but never had the chance. Finding time to get out on the water and do ANY kind of fishing has become a challenge! Now I find that I’ve some time to fill up and I think it’s time to learn Fly Fishing. The first thing I did was to do some research. I wanted to find a couple of good books to read on the subject. I found:   Book: The Orvis Fly-Fishing Guide by Tom Rosenbauer Book: Trout Streams of Pennsylvania by Dwight Landis   Together, these two books cover just … Continue reading

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Last WWI veteran, a woman, dies at 110

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Last WWI veteran, a woman, dies at 110   The last known surviving veteran of World War I has died. Florence Green, 110, was a waitress in Britain’s Royal Air Force. “In a way, that the last veteran should be a lady and someone who served on the home front is something that reminds me that warfare is not confined to the trenches,” Retired Air Vice-Marshal Peter Dye told Time. [Read More]

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