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1 lb. Dry navy beans (pick over, remove debris & bad beans, wash, soak overnight in water)

2 quarts water

1 lb. ham chunks or a nice ham bone

1 rib celery with leaves (chop fine)

1 large carrot (chop fine)

1 medium onion (chop fine)

1/2 tsp. black pepper

Salt to taste

1 bay leaf (optional)


Drain the soaked beans and rinse. Put in a #12 Dutch oven with the rest of the ingredients. Cover and simmer all day, but keep an eye on the water....

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The heavens opened up, and the rain came pouring down ... again ... and again. Rainy days have become the norm this spring here in the hills, with the occasional sunny day a rarity. The poet James Russell Lowell asks, "And what is so rare as a day in June?" I know the answer to that one. It is a sunny day in June, especially this year.

Everything here seems to be on hold. The garden stands in a sea of mud, and can neither be hoed nor planted in later crops. Our potato patch is the...

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I don't know how people manage to enjoy walking when their dog is dragging them at the end of the leash. All dogs can be taught to walk with you.

Allow your dog a few minutes to relieve himself and work off some excess energy. Put his leash on and spend about 10 to 15 minutes daily on his lesson. I like to use a slip collar, also known as a choker collar. Put the leash in your right hand with the dog on your left side. Place your dog in a sit position by saying his name first, the word sit...

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Kirk Gemple holds up a couple of Northern Pike, just a little smaller than Boyd’s fish.

This year's Spring trip to Bear Lake in Ontario Canada found eight of us traveling together. Each person has duties to perform and after so many years together, the chores become almost automatic. Big Jim Teusch takes care of the groceries. Normal fare included 8 dozen eggs, eight pounds of bacon, 9 pounds of Pork tenderloin and 8 pounds of beef tenderloin. He also buys all the staples to accompany each of the meals on the weeklong adventure. Each of the meals are planned before the trip...

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After a nice gentle rain, I like to close my eyes and play my Native American flute to open hearts to the Love and Light of The Creator, and to nourish our minds and spirits with the cleansing rain, praying that it will reach all humanity. ‑After the last note is played, I slowly lower the flute to my side and say one last prayer before opening my eyes, that the rains will have washed away anger and hatred; and that when we all open our hearts, we will have opened our eyes to see the Rainbow of...

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(Actually it's Chicken Cacciatore but who can spell it?)


1/2 cup oil

4 skinless/boneless chicken breasts

1 tbsp. garlic powder

1 large onion sliced

2 large peppers cut into strips

1/2 lb. mushrooms (sliced)

2 celery ribs cut in 1/4-inch strips

1 tsp. cracked pepper

2 28-oz. cans crushed tomatoes

2 tbsp. Italian seasoning

1 28-oz. can diced tomatoes

1 cup white vinegar


Brown chicken breasts in the oil in the bottom of a #12 Dutch oven. Add...

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