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Orchids are so easy and beautiful!

This phalaenopsis is the most trouble free plant I've ever had. Our friends gave it to us as a dinner gift one evening. That was over 10 years ago. I do absolutely nothing to it. It lives in the shade and feeds on air and moisture. Every so often, it surprises us with some blossoms that last a long time.…

Added by Michael Levin on March 5, 2015 at 1:59pm — No Comments

Little Herb Garden

Gifted sprouts are the best, aren't they? These herbs were gifted to me from friends just going crazy over hydroponics. I took exactly 10 minutes and planted these herbs in a huge pot on the patio. I hope they grow like wildfire. Thanks for the gifted…

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Added by Michael Levin on March 5, 2015 at 1:52pm — No Comments

Active streets!

Active Streets Gainesville, an event that focused on active transportation happened last weekend. University Ave was shut down to autos for several blocks near Main Street. People rode bikes, skateboards, and walked around enjoying the moment with no automobile traffic. 

Gainesville,…

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Added by Michael Levin on February 25, 2015 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Signs of Spring!

Hello, McRorie Gardeners!

Signs of Spring are all around at the garden! I saw this beautiful robin kicking up a dust storm yesterday. The garden is looking so good! I just planted the first few plants for the upcoming season:…

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Added by Michael Levin on February 12, 2015 at 7:30am — No Comments

The Florida Earth Skills Gathering is upon us!

Hey, y'all!

Tomorrow, the gathering begins in beautiful Hawthorne, FL. There's a bike ride down there via the Hawthorne trail organized. If you've been to Mycol's Finca for the previous gatherings, you know it's a special time. …

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Added by Michael Levin on February 4, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments

Portland is Still my Favorite

Portland, Oregon is a fun place to go as a traveller. I've been visiting Portland for a long time and I always have a good time and see new things.

It's been a year since I've been here. There are new food carts serving…

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Added by Michael Levin on July 27, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Spring is in the Air

Boy, oh boy... It's beautiful here in the Swamp. I'm writing this from Florida on a sunny, sunny day. I've been traveling a lot lately and have not checked my garden patch for weeks at the beautiful McRorie Community Garden. But, this week's the week to drop by and see how the sprouts have grown. That's the nice thing about a garden. As long as you don't have turbulent…

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Added by Michael Levin on March 9, 2014 at 9:44am — No Comments

From good to great...Dr Harold Kroto

Harold Kroto discovered Bucky Balls. He opened the door to nano technology. Like, that's partly why little smartphones are possible.…

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Added by Michael Levin on February 16, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Robert Hunter, Grateful Dead songwriter

(Photo from Jambase's Hunter Fall Tour article)

Robert Hunter wrote lots of Grateful Dead songs with Jerry Garcia charting the music. Robert was just on tour in the Fall, 2013. If you want to listen to him playing guitar and singing, there are a bunch of…

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Added by Michael Levin on December 24, 2013 at 12:51pm — No Comments

6 Lessons the Sick can Teach the Healthy

What can you learn from the sick? Well, here's 6 lessons from a chronically ill person who is also a law professor and gifted writer. Here's what Toni Bernhard, JD has to offer:

1. Less is more - clean out the stuff you've accumulated

2. Ruminating about the past and worrying about the future <makes> me unhappy.

3. Rushing to judgment about…

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Added by Michael Levin on December 22, 2013 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Offroad biking in Gainesville, FL - Maps!

If you're looking for places to ride in G'Ville, there's a new website with passion. It's called Eco Agro Trails and G'Ville is featured center stage.

This is straight from the site - and the kind of detail you'll find. It's their map of…

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Added by Michael Levin on December 19, 2013 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Paddling in Florida ::: Outdoor Adventures December 2013

Hello "wanna go" crew,
 
We're entering into a couple of the most popular weeks of the year for paddling. And, as always seems to happen, the schedule has changed a bit due to customer requests. Fortunately, the requests were for popular trips; a couple of which we'll be doing multiple times. This should…
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Added by Michael Levin on December 19, 2013 at 10:29am — No Comments

Volunteer at an Orphanage in Nepal

Welcome to TLC NEPAL!

The organization ‘TLC’ was set up to help match volunteers with our projects working with children in our orphanage in Pokhara, Nepal. TLC facilitates services not Picture 4041only in Pokhara and the surrounding villages but also in the Kaski, Tanahu, Baglung,and Syangja districts of Nepal. There will not be any national and international…

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Added by Michael Levin on December 18, 2013 at 2:52pm — No Comments

Reflections on Gainesville's Sweetwater Park, By Shmal

Photo credit : https://foursquare.com/user/32981361 User "Bob"
REFLECTIONS ON SWEETWATER PARK
Sh’mal
 
             I regularly walk through the…
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Added by Michael Levin on December 18, 2013 at 11:00am — No Comments

Nelson Mandela - Thoughts from Shmal

This photo is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic…
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Added by Michael Levin on December 18, 2013 at 10:58am — No Comments

Charles Bukowski

Added by Michael Levin on December 11, 2013 at 3:12pm — No Comments

Edible Plant Project {G'Ville} ::: Big Everything Swap/trade/sell/giveaway gathering at the EPP nursery

Hey Gardeners!

 

Mark Your calendar!  Sunday, December 15th from 1-5pm will be the Big Everything Swap/trade/sell/giveaway gathering at the EPP nursery!  Clean out…

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Added by Michael Levin on December 5, 2013 at 8:36am — No Comments

Bicycle Travel with Kurt ... currently in Peru

Kurt's blog is especially good today with photos of biking through Peru. Remind yourself it's a big, fun world out there waiting to be explored:http://www.bikegreaseandcoffee.com/2013/11/this-that-and-andy.html. Photo credit to Kurt's blog for photo…

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Added by Michael Levin on November 12, 2013 at 8:03am — No Comments

Canoeing in Florida with Lars (Cross Creek (Sat), Waccasassa/Wekiva (Sun)

Hello "wanna go" crew,
 
I have a feeling this window of opportunity to paddle Cross Creek might not be open long. While water levels have rebounded a bit after our record…
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Added by Michael Levin on October 31, 2013 at 1:05pm — No Comments

Tokays and Pterodactyls

It's so cool living in the Swamp. We have Tokay geckos in the area. They are escaped housepets. They are nocturnal and grow to be very big if they don't get eaten by our predator birds (hawks and ospreys) which I refer to as Pterodactyls because they sound like you'd expect prehistoric creatures to sound. They are beautiful, too. Lime green with orange dots. They are called…

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Added by Michael Levin on October 31, 2013 at 11:15am — No Comments

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