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Yards of food and flowers


Fri, Jul 10th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

Over the years that my husband and I lived in the Big Woods, our mowed lawn decreased in size. We gave up gardening after the first five years because we didn't want to fend off the deer and other creatures. We loved the encroaching trees, shrubs and wildflowers planted by nature, the woodpeckers that nested in aging poplar trees between our house and workshop, the field sparrows, blue-winged warblers and catbirds that nested in brushy areas, the raccoon families that managed to climb up to the bird feeders no matter how we tried to discourage them, the fox that barked in the night, the coyotes that howled and the hissing baby barred owls.

Now we live in Preston where the purr of lawnmowers is a common sound of summer. We have a big yard with a vegetable garden and patches of perennial flowers. Our first summer we didn't mow the perimeter of our yard and it filled in with jewelweed, which the hummingbirds loved. This, our second summer, we are mowing less and have planted more native perennials, such as Joe-pye weed, bee-balm, columbines and geraniums. We have also planted shrubs - ninebark, viburnum, barberry and choke cherry. I look out on our yard and imagine it filled with flowers and vegetables with just a small amount of grass. I think of the birds, butterflies, bees, squirrels, rabbits and a few deer that come for seeds, nectar and berries and yes, for some of my garden produce. I think of the lettuce I have enjoyed and the tomatoes, beans, cucumbers and squash that are yet to come.

I walk through my new town and see a few gardens, some lovely flower patches and great amounts of mowed grass, which might as well be deserts as far as most of the wildlife is concerned. I travel through the countryside of Fillmore County and see vast stretches of mowed grass and people out mowing even their ditches, which if left alone would provide habitat for various creatures.

Perhaps someday our standard for yards will not be neatly mowed grass, but mixtures of vines, ferns, flowers, vegetables, shrubs and trees. I have a friend whose neighbors complained that her yard, fitting this possible future standard, was too messy and she should clean it up, much the way some of our neighbors in the Big Woods thought we weren't taking good care of our property because we let it go wild.

More people in our country are gardening now than in recent years, perhaps as a way to make ends meet in the face of difficult financial times, perhaps in .....
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Climate change and energy bill

Fri, Jul 10th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

The House Agriculture Committee concluded its first public hearing to review the Waxman-Markey climate change and energy bill (H.R. 2454) on June 11. Dubbed "cap and trade," it would impose new energy taxes on all American energy users, raising the ..... 
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One Moment Please: Obituaries and E-mail Alert System

Fri, Jul 10th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

Over the years, I've heard a few people say the Internet is a bad thing. And, I've heard the flip side from people stating the Internet is the next best thing since the toothbrush.

The individuals who are concerned about what the Internet in ..... 
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A couple of ways to help yourself

Thu, Jul 2nd, 2009
Posted in Commentary

In cases of emergency medical services there is often a degree of confusion even when there are alert knowledgeable relatives and friends at the scene. This is especially true about two things, medications and, to a lesser degree, end of life direct ..... 
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One Moment Please: Open enrollment

Thu, Jul 2nd, 2009
Posted in Commentary

On the cover of the June 29, 2009 issue of the Fillmore County Journal, we ran a story about the impact of open enrollment on Fillmore County.

Without a doubt, this has had an influence on school budgets and interaction between area schools, ..... 
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Retire, already

Fri, Jun 26th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

I thought eight years of Dick Cheney's sneer was about ten years too many. Now, it seems, he can't find his way home to Wyoming, a place where only the antelope listen.

Then, my compassionate side kicked in. Having seen industries shut down ..... 
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One moment, please: Sizing me up...

Fri, Jun 26th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

It's become pretty apparent to me that people are trying to size me up, pondering how I'll approach political issues.

I have received e-mails, phone calls, and anonymous hand-written letters (with no return addresses on the envelopes) - and ..... 
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Why Congress needs institutionalists

Fri, Jun 26th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

It takes all kinds of people to make the U.S. Congress work. The ambitious and the laid-back, loners and consensus-builders, partisans and aisle-crossers - all have their place. In these highly politicized times, though, there's one type who is part ..... 
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One moment, please... Serving Fillmore County

Mon, Jun 22nd, 2009
Posted in Commentary

As I have visited with Fillmore County residents and business owners, I have arrived at the conclusion that if our masthead says "Fillmore County Journal," then we need to do our best to make sure every household in Fillmore County receives our news ..... 
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