At the President’s Request

Thumbnail - Donald Trump - Make America Great AgainIn my heart, I’m a journalist. It feels against my nature to be hyper-partisan. This is the main reason I’m not registered to vote. I believe that true reporters should hold themselves to a higher standard. (While I’m not active in the business now, I have been seriously considering a return.) It’s OK to critique Trump’s job performance, but it shouldn’t be sport. It shouldn’t be a vendetta. It’s OK for reporters to have opinions, but there should be an openness to fairly discussing all sides of the story. Neutrality is something lacking in today’s media, hence the term “Fake News”. This bias ultimately lead to a surprising email. I was invited to participate in a presidential poll.

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The Hydroponics Experiment (Part 9 – The Pollination)

Pollination - Bee EmojiHydroponics is a great project for me, as I don’t like dirt or bugs. There’s a problem with that mindset though. Pollination is needed to make the tomato fruits grow. That usually involves bees fluttering their little wings around the flowers. A strong wind could also shake the whole plant. But with an indoors AeroGarden setup, neither action was occurring. To ensure that my tomato plants would produce lots of tasty fruits, a bit of technology was used.

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Animotion Raise – Another Open Letter To Trump

Animotion - Raise Your Expectations Album CoverSo, Trump won. A lot of people are freaking out about this, but I’m actually relieved. Trump and friends fought hard during the campaign. Despite all the rhetoric on both sides, I think the Republicans presented a better future for the United States. That’s why they’ll soon control the Senate, the Congress, the Executive branch and the Judicial branch. Big change is coming. If Trump is true to his word, America is in for good times. What better way to celebrate than with good music?

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The Hydroponics Experiment (Part 8 – Pruning)

Angelic Tomato EmojiIf you’re thinking about picking up an AeroGarden as a hobby, you should know something important – IT’S BORING! After five weeks, there hasn’t been a whole lot of involvement. Most of the upkeep involves filling the AeroGarden water and occasionally tossing in some nutrients. Although, there were a few interesting events during this project. In life, there are ups and downs. And since the tomato plants are living things, it too had its share of achievements and setbacks.

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The Hydroponics Experiment (Part 7 – Day Zero)

AeroGarden - Tomatoes GerminatingFrom October 24 to November 13, Costco Wholesales is having a sale on the Miracle-Gro AeroGarden Ultra LED. At $159.99 – with the cherry tomato kit – it’s $40 off the usual price. Still feeling badly from my failed hydroponics experiment, I decided to try yet again. After squishy lettuce and slimy tomatoes, picking a different hobby seems like a reasonable decision. Yet, I can be relentlessly stubborn. With all the time I spend in front of the computer, the idea of growing vegetables seems relaxing.

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