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Rock dweller’s guide to love and romance | Rockin' a Hard Place

  • Feb 3, 2016 at 4:00PM

Valentine’s Day is around the corner. Love is in the air, chocolate fills every store shelf and lovers put on public displays of affection at every opportunity. But, although we like romance as much as anybody and we take love seriously here on the Rock, talking about such things can make us squirm.

 

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Beautyberry lives up to its name | Sowin 'n' the Trowel

  • Feb 3, 2016 at 4:00PM

There’s a shrub I think we ought to see more of around here, especially in the wintertime when a spot of cheerful color in the garden is just what some of us need to lift our spirits. It’s called beautyberry, or Callicarpa.

Time of year for unsolicited thanks and best wishes | Rockin' a Hard Place

  • Jan 19, 2016 at 2:16PM

January’s a good month to be thankful and wishful. After all, there’s not much else to do; it gets dark too early, the tides are too high for beach walking, and it’s too cold outside.

Did Mother Nature fly south for winter? | Sowin 'n' the trowel

  • Jan 7, 2016 at 7:00AM

Despite swaths of Washington recently getting pummeled by heavy snow, I’m convinced either Mother Nature has hopped on a freighter heading to parts unknown or is holed up somewhere gorging on brownies spiked with wacky weed and way too much sugar.

How oranges fit into Christmas | Sowin 'n' the trowel

  • Dec 16, 2015 at 3:00PM

I don’t know about you, but when I was a child the one thing I could always count on finding on Christmas morning was an orange or tangerine in the toe of my Christmas stocking. I suppose this was a holdover from the days over a century ago when citrus fruits were considered exotic treasures during the cold depths of winter in these parts.

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