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Busy WaterBuck Weekend at the Mother Earth News Fair

Darren and Reba are having an exciting time at the Topeka Mother Earth News Fair weekend, which goes on until 5 p.m. today, by the way. Stop by if you’re in the neighborhood, or Kansas, or the Midwest. The Fair is being held at the Kansas Expocentre in downtown Topeka. They […]

Not Made in China

A popular commercial slogan when I was growing up in the 1960s was Zenith’s “quality goes in before the name goes on.” Incidentally, we had only one TV all the years of my childhood, a tubeless black-and-white Zenith. Back then, we took for granted that first-rate products always would be […]

Ross Perot

Clothesline Season is Here

Hooray for springtime — a season of carefree clothes-drying in the Ozarks. I actually dry clothes outside all year, but by mid-March no longer have to worry about sleet covering the wash. And what a winter it has been. Many times, I made a 50-yard dash to snatch the laundry […]

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Wild edibles

Learn to Grow Food all Year

The exciting news from the Ozarks this week is that author Joyce Morris has asked me to co-teach two one-day gardening workshops with her. One will be here in Missouri at lovely Elkland Independent Methodist Church north of Springfield on April 12. The other will be April 19 near Pueblo, […]

Grandma is Born of Graphite

Ten days ago, Darren came up with a crafty idea for illustrating the challenges of using a typical deep-well hand pump. Because “a picture is worth a thousand words,” he decided we should start a comic strip. I’ve done my share of doodling on greeting card envelopes through the years, […]