Baby Can I Hold You Tonight

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Tonight You Belong To Me

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Check Out Deez Boids

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Glade City Rounders Tearing It Up!

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Long Way Home

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Wait A Minute

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Hickory Wind

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Oh The Weather Outside Is Delightful

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Not bad for the fifth day of winter — 26 December 2015

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How genetic engineering can fight disease, reduce insecticide use and enhance food security: Pamela Ronald speaks at TED2015

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Pamela Ronald speaks at TED2015 - Truth and Dare, Session 6. Photo: Bret Hartman/TED Pamela Ronald is a plant scientist, married to an organic farmer. Her talk shows how their goals are the same: to grow good food. Photo: Bret Hartman/TED

Pamela Ronald is here to talk about her work as a plant geneticist, about her work “studying genes that make plants resistant to disease and tolerant of stress.”

But first, she’d like to introduce us to her husband. “This is Raoul. He’s an organic farmer,” she says. “People say, ‘Really? An organic farmer and a plant geneticist? Can you agree on anything?’ Well, we can. Because we both have the same goal: we want to help nourish the growing population without further destroying the environment.”

Genetic improvement of plants isn’t new, she says. Ancient corn had a case so hard that it couldn’t be chewed; the ancient banana was full of large seeds; ancient brussels sprouts weren’t actually individual objects. “To create these crops, breeders used many…

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Ever Been Bitten by the Bonsai Bug?

I attended the October 6 meeting of the Wilson County Master Gardener Association at which Patti and Gary Stein gave a presentation on the art of bonsai. During the presentation they demonstrated their craft by creating a bonsai using a nursery-grown Mugo pine. The Master Gardener Association sold chances to win the tree for $1/each, and although I purchased several chances, I ended up winning the raffle and the tree when another member left early and gave me her ticket as she was leaving. Thank you Marilyn Burchett. And thank you Patti and Gary for the presentation and for your guidance and help since the meeting. I am hooked.

Here are a few photos of my first bonsai.

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My first attempt at creating a bonsai will be either a red cedar (Juniper virginiana) a hackberry (Celtis occidentalis) or a Nandina (Nandina domestica ‘firepower’). I will post photos once I get the materials and find a specimen. Stay tuned.

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