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Fire and Rain: Beauty and Good Health From the Ashes

Posted on 08/13/2014 by |Latino Life | Comments

Your LifeMy wife and I took a nature walk on the southern slope of the Santa Monica Mountains shortly after a brush fire had ravaged the earth and turned the blackened branches of the laurel sumac trees into hands that clawed at the darkening sky. It was a scene right out of Dante’s Inferno, tempered by the life that lay on the other side of the hill. On that “other side,” stretched out before us were acres of lavender blossoms belonging …

Get Ready for Seasonal Gardening Bargains

Posted on 09/9/2013 by |The Ultimate Cheapskate | Comments

Money & Savings“Mum” is the word this fall gardening season, literally.  When nurseries and home improvement stores start to sell colorful fall mums (aka “chrysanthemums”), it’s time for frugal gardeners to keep their eyes open for some spectacular end-of-season bargains. In many parts of the country, when the mums arrive at garden centers, those retailers begin marking down their remaining summertime nursery stock, including trees, shrubs, and other perennials.  These fall liquidation sales are often progressive affairs, with initial markdowns of maybe …

Latinos: Time to Put your Green Hats On

Posted on 03/14/2012 by |Washington D.C. | Comments

Your LifeThe sensation in most parts of the country is that winter never made it here this year. The cold season is not officially over but temperatures are almost reaching 70 degrees nationwide. This is a great indication that spring gardening season is here; it is time to get your trowel, pruning shears and rake out of the backyard shed and let’s plant some forsythias, daffodils, or why not, some fresh cilantro. The first step to take is to give a …