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The Christmas Tradition of Advent

The Christmas Tradition of Advent By Steve Roark My church celebrated the beginning of Advent December 1st by carrying out the “hanging of the green” tradition of decorating the church sanctuary for the Christmas season.   Our pastor explained the meaning … Continue reading

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The Roots of Thanksgiving

The Roots of Thanksgiving By Steve Roark Thanksgiving is one of the high holidays of the US, involving traditions of being with family, eating a bountiful meal of traditional foods, and hopefully taking time to give thanks for what we … Continue reading

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A Spooky Tale: The Deathwatch Beetle

A Spooky Tale: The Deathwatch Beetle By Steve Roark With a nod to the season of Halloween, I would like to share a tale about something that has creeped people out for centuries. A superstition that came across with settlers … Continue reading

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Boxelder Bugs

Boxelder Bugs By: Steve Roark Boxelder bugs can make a nuisance of themselves by gathering around the house in large numbers.  They usually do this in the autumn in preparation to move into protected areas to over-winter.  While they do … Continue reading

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Plants That Use Dinner Bells

Plants That Use Dinner Bells By Steve Roark It’s nice to think that plants produce fruit for our pleasure and that of other creatures.  They do want us to eat them but have an ulterior motive of getting their seeds … Continue reading

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House Dust

House Dust By: Steve Roark Those trying in vain to keep a house clean detest house dust.  It floats in sunbeams and accumulates on furniture.  Most assume the dust comes from outside, and about 60% of it does in the … Continue reading

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Meat Eat

Meat Eat By: Steve Roark The average American diet includes one of three meats, either beef, pork, or chicken.  I always thought we ate more beef than anything, but chicken has of late given beef a run for its money.  … Continue reading

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