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School is back in session in most places. As a way to ease the students back into the education groove, many a teacher’s first homework assignments used to be: “Write an essay on what you did last summer.”

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What do you do with your time when the weather outside hovers between 103 and 109 degrees? For the past several weeks, it was and still is too hot to do yard work, as in mowing, pulling weeds, and sundry other outdoor tasks.

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As the coronavirus pandemic shuttered bars and restaurants in March, Phil McDaniel’s craft distillery in St. Augustine, Florida, stopped producing bourbon. Then he realized there was one alcohol-based product he could make that people would still clamor for: hand sanitizer.

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The monsoon clouds are anything but conducive to backyard astronomy, so observers have to be vigilant in watching for opportunities. We should all be waiting for a break in the clouds and our chance to catch one more look at the most surprising comet to have come along in quite some time.

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“You were always feminine,” her brother remarked with a smirk while his sister insisted on a bit of primping before Hubby arrived home from work.

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The early history of Wells Fargo mirrors the growth of the American West. Mail distribution by Pony Express and the Butterfield stage line were assimilated by Wells Fargo. The company continued to expand with the advent of mining and railroad expansion, which brought droves of Easterners see…

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A parade of solar system bodies comes to opposition this month. At opposition, an object is directly opposite the sun meaning it is lit “face-on” and shining at its brightest. It also means the object is in the sky all night, rising at sunset, reaching its highest point in our sky around mid…

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In May of 1977 we moved into our first home in Sierra Vista. Being a young, first time home-owner and a totally inexperienced gardener, I was outside trying to figure a starting point to polish up a yard that had been long forgotten before we moved in. My new next door neighbor, longtime gar…

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One of this writer’s favorite pastimes is people watching. Unfortunately, the lengthy shutdown of our country and the world deprived her of that pleasurable activity.

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Darwin identified fifteen species of finches on the Galapagos Islands back in the 1800’s. Galapagos finches have been the subject of several research projects over the years because Darwin identified so much variation in color and morphology among the resident finch population. Do you know t…

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Limoncello is a vibrantly colored digestif that goes down easy on a hot summer’s day. Although the sweet liqueur is most often served chilled in a shot glass, it is meant to be sipped slowly after your meal.

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According to the Environmental Protection Agency, Americans spend about 90% of their time indoors. If the experience of sheltering in a pandemic has taught us anything, it is the outscaled importance of that other 10%.