Daily Archives: April 28, 2014

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From the Publisher

Dearest EXPLORE reader, I asked my grandfather recently, who just turned 87, what it was like to be 87. I thought I would get some wise-crack answer about hearing aids and prune juice, but instead he said, “Are you kidding? When I open my eyes in the morning, I think I’m 18. And then I…

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Like Most Mornings

Like most mornings, my wife had left earlier to start her day with yoga; My four-month-old son awake and giggling was telling me to get up and start my day; and I was still pretending to be asleep. But after so long he was just being too sweet and I couldn’t resist any longer. I went to…

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The Nose Knows

Has it rained at your place? Unfortunately, not so much where I sit; I can’t remember the last one-inch–plus “gully washer,” can you? Let me offer three little words of wisdom here folks: Mulch, Mulch & Mulch. Get a thick three to four inch insulation layer over all of your flower and shrub beds as…

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Dante’s Peak – Part Deux

The wine industry is a funny business. You’re constantly meeting new people and tasting new wines. The business never gets old as a result, and it certainly keeps you humble, as you learn something new every day. As I’ve said before…what a great way to make a living. Last week Kathy and I had the…

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Give Me Freedom

Recently, I was in a friend’s “library”. What amounted to his home office, it doubled as a library of sorts, and I perused the book titles while waiting for him. Floor to ceiling shelves adorned one entire wall, and every square inch of those shelves were filled with books. Hundreds and hundreds of books. I’ve…

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The Running Man

Feeling every jolt as his feet pound the pavement like a jackhammer, he runs along what seems like endless streets on a stormy weekend in April. He knows he’s being followed closely, and he needs to keep ahead of the pack as well as in stark control of his own psyche. It’s been twenty miles,…

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Old Timer

THE BRIDGE Well, the bridge is finished. Scratch that – it’s kinda sorta finished, as they’re still putting in the lights, paint, and marking the road. But sure enough, we have a fully functional bridge. It carries the exact same number of cars across the bridge, has the same number of lanes, and does little…

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