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How to spell it… dictionaries are split, pawpaw, papaw… if you go back to the original it should be “papa” said pawpaw. In that regard papaw seems half-hearted. The USDA says pawpaw, Dr. Austin, ever sensitive to language’s influence on botany, went with pawpaw. Pawpaw eliminates mispronunciation, looks balanced to me and reflects the balanced sound the ear hears… always the musician…

While human shampoo is great for keeping our hair clean and smelling great, it can have a different effect when it comes to dogs’ skin. This is why you should get a shampoo specially designed to groom pet dogs. But how do you know which one you should choose?

Clover also works well, however, as a replacement for turf - consider the benefits:
..... Low Maintenance - Clover needs little to no watering or mowing.
..... No Fertilizers - Chemical fertilizers are not needed to grow clover.
..... Color - Clover stays green even in the driest part of summer.
..... Inexpensive - It costs about $4 to cover 4000 sq. ft. of turf area.
..... Comfortable - Easy to walk through or play on, although not as durable as grass.




Before our white brothers arrived to make us civilized men,
we didn't have any kind of prison. Because of this, we had no delinquents.
Without a prison, there can be no delinquents.
We had no locks nor keys and therefore among us there were no thieves.
When someone was so poor that he couldn't afford a horse, a tent or a blanket,
he would, in that case, receive it all as a gift.
We were too uncivilized to give great importance to private property.
We didn't know any kind of money and consequently, the value of a human being
was not determined by his wealth.
We had no written laws laid down, no lawyers, no politicians,
therefore we were not able to cheat and swindle one another.
We were really in bad shape before the white men arrived and I don't know
how to explain how we were able to manage without these fundamental things
that (so they tell us) are so necessary for a civilized society.

John (Fire) Lame Deer
Sioux Lakota - 1903-1976


When I think of Australian plants, I conjure images of rugged, robust survivors. While blue star creeper ( Laurentia fluviatilis ), a native of Australia, is tough and easy to grow, it boasts a sweet and diminutive appearance that reminds me of baby's tears ( Soleirolia soleirolii ). On and off during spring and summer, delicate, sky-blue, star-shaped flowers appear amid tiny, bright-green leaves that are usually less than 14 inch wide. Blue star creeper makes an attractive ground cover under trees and between stepping stones.

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