Some neighborhoods are becoming a disgrace
Recently on a trip that took me to Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia, I walked a small stretch of the Appalachian Trail. It made its way across the town and onto the towpath of an old canal toward faraway Maine. I learned that following the 2-inch-by-6-inch vertical rectangles that are painted white on trees, rocks and sign posts will keep you on the trail instead of lost in the woods. (I’m sharing this in case you are ever lost in the woods along the trail.)
Playing the blame game
Too hot to turn on the oven? Understood. But if you’re craving something sweet that’s homemade, the high temperatures might be a real letdown. How can you have your cake and not heat it, too? Got it. “Bake” an icebox pie or cake. Assemble the ingredients, then refrigerate or freeze. Fresh berries in season now can help to make some delicious desserts for summer.
Here is a guide that covers a few health and wellness topics for you or the men in your life.
In Summertime, Smokey the Bear increases his vigilance. But he need not fear every whiff of smoke. After all, it’s barbecue season. As we move into July and August, the smell of grilled goodies fills the air. Many celebrations and picnics over the summer include foods cooked outdoors. It’s the time to get out of the kitchen.
Home rentals are a problem
Confucius wrote about them. Alexander the Great and then Julius Caesar brought them to the Mediterranean region through trade. Early settlers brought them to the New World. Luther Burbank, the “Plant Wizard” botanist, horticulturist and pomologist (cultivator of fruit trees), grew, studied and documented plum trees grown in California, and produced new hybrid varieties.
Slow down on Bustleton Ave.
At the present time, one of the most violent threats to women in America is from a practice known as female genital mutilation. The number of young women in the United States at risk of being victimized by female genital mutilation has sharply increased. This is especially true in the Philadelphia area.