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Summer Solstice and the First Day of Summer

Howdy, y'all! The sun is shining, the air is clear, and the birds are singing my favorite tune. It's time to celebrate; the summer solstice arrives today at 11:54 am EST, also marking the first day of summer! Actually, let me clarify; while it is the first day of summer in the Northern Hemisphere, the Southern Hemisphere will soon be celebrating their winter solstice. It all has to do with how tilted we really are on the rock we call earth. While I'm nowhere near qualified to even begin to explain this, there are some pretty interesting articles and technical info on the web that can explain the nitty-gritty details.   I'm making this short because the outdoors are calling with choring to do and nature to be appreciated. Here...

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11 Awesome Metropark Fishing Spots in Michigan!

Today is National Go Fishing Day. How cool is that?!  I hope everyone has a chance to get outside today, get some fresh air, cast your lines out there (IF you enjoy fishing, of course) and just be one with nature. I'm aware that I'm saying this through a digital device, however, I've already been outside for hours this morning tending to my worms, listening to the birds sing, the squirrels chatter, and the neighborhood dogs bark at the DTE fellas trimming trees. After I finish this, I'm heading back out for more choring. But first...here's a short list of some cool spots to go fishing in you live in Michigan, using the Metroparks:   Delhi Metropark – Ann Arbor, MI...

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National Eat Your Vegetables Day

Guess what today is...no, it's not my birthday; it's National Eat Your Vegetables Day! I hope you're celebrating and planning on adding more and more veggies to your diet.  How about an artichoke, asparagus, or beans? Eating more broccoli will help you fit into those jeans!  Chickpeas, green beans, lentils, and peas! Start them off young so your kids will say "more please!"  Brussel sprouts, cabbage, and kohlrabi...Cruciferous is vital to keep you quite healthy! Beet greens, collard greens, mustard greens, and kale...you're gonna want a lot of these so be sure to bring a pail! Carrots, rhubarb, radish, and potato...but let's be honest, the best of all is a home-grown tomato!! (yes, I'm aware that a tomato is a...

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Five Fast Facts about Father's Day

Happy Father's Day to all of you Dad's out there! I hope it's a great day for you and your loved ones. It's raining here in Michigan, but rain is good luck and without it, we wouldn't have our abundance of delicious fruits and vegetables or the beautiful flowers that bloom in every color of the rainbow and then some.  Does anyone know the origin of Father's Day? I didn't. I'm not sure I've thought of it until today. Which leads me to the five facts below:   Father's Day was established at the behest of Sonora Smart Dodd, the daughter of William Jackson Smart. Sonora was one of six children raised by Smart, a single parent. Sonora heard a Mother's...

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