Monthly Archives: July 2011

Crickets Tell Temperature

Cricket Chirps Tell the Temperature   How to find the temperature outside. For degrees Fahrenheit: First start counting the chirps of the crickets for 14 seconds. Add 40 to get temperature. Example: 20 chirps + 40 = 60° F   For degrees Celsius: Count number of chirps in 25 seconds, divide by 3, then add … Continue reading »

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… Ellipsis

… Ellipsis, not to be confused with ellipse…which is what I’ve always called it. What is the use of these three little dots. I admit to using them willy-nilly, and without my thought, letting them walk through my writing like a trios of ants separated from the colony. One day I asked myself, what is … Continue reading »

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Orchard, Vineyard, Farm, Plantation

Orchard, Vineyard, Farm, Plantation What’s the difference? An orchard is an intentional planting of trees or shrubs that is maintained for food production. Orchards comprise fruit or nut-producing trees which are grown for commercial production. A plantation is a large artificially established forest, farm or estate, where crops are grown for sale, often in distant … Continue reading »

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July Full Moon 7-15-11

July’s Full Moon. Each new moon has several different names according to individual cultures. Last nights full moon is called: The Full Buck Moon: When buck deer produce new antlers. The Full Thunder Moon: For the Summer Thunderstorms. The Full Hay Moon: When farmers bay their hay for the winter.

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Stone Color Blind

Stone Color Blind Everyone is familiar with red-green or yellow-blue color blindness. But have you ever heard of Stone Color Blindness? I think these days it must have fancy medical term  but so far I haven’t found it. But back in the day Stone Color Blind meant people could only see various shades of blue, … Continue reading »

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Par, Under Par, Sub-Par?

Sub-Par? Is that even a word? According to the urban dictionary, it means not acceptable, below an acceptable level. But isn’t “under par” in golf  a good thing and “over par” the bad thing? So wouldn’t sub-par be good? Ok, admittedly I’m not into sports and the most experience I’ve had with golf is getting … Continue reading »

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Baking Powder Gone Bad

Does Baking Powder Go Bad? You bet and it can ruin the best of baking intentions. I speak from experience. It doesn’t go bad as much as flat. It just doesn’t have the ability to leaven the baked goods any longer. So how do you know? Does it smell? is it discolored? No. You can’t … Continue reading »

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How to Convert Hourly Wage to Annual Income

How to Convert Hourly Wage to Annual Income How do you do this on the fly? Some one is making you an offer of $13/ hour. But short of getting out a calculator, use this trick to convert it to annual income. $13 an hour, multiply by 2 =26, and add the thousands.$26,000 So $13/hour … Continue reading »

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Redacted vs Retracted

Redacted vs Retracted Redacted: To edit, to obscure sensitive information from a document before making it public or publishing. Picture a legal document with the names, dates or other sensitive blacked out. That information was redacted before the document was made public. Retracted: To take back. Facts published in error retracted by the newspaper, or … Continue reading »

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Primary Colors—Red, Blue, Yellow—not always

Primary Colors—Red, Blue, Yellow—not always. When we were kids in school, we were taught that the primary colors were Red, Blue, Yellow–from which all other colors could be made (save white and black which are abstracts). Well yes and no. If you’re a kid, a painter or a traditional artist you may hold to the … Continue reading »

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