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Russ Batenhorst Green thumb sadly turns black, falls off

The small Venus fly trap caught my eyes as I walked through the potted plant section at a hardware store one Monday afternoon. I could swear I heard it say “buy me,” the same way Audrey II in “Little Shop of Horrors” boomed “feed me.” While I held the little plant with five bright green heads, pink mouths and big sharp teeth I thought of my past growing experiences. The success rate has varied. 

If survival were dependent on my gardening skills, there’s a fat chance I’d be dead. And if not dead, I definitely wouldn’t be fat. I can grow tomatoes, chives and strawberries. Though that lack of variety doesn’t offer much nutritional value, I can whip up some tasty strawberry jam.

Patrick White Anticipation builds in ‘Captain America’ sequel

“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” begins not with action, an alien invasion, or the arrival of an unstoppable villain, but instead with banter between Capt. Steve Rogers and Sam Wilson, the eventual high-flying Falcon.

Directors Anthony and Joe Russo set up their audience for a film highly focused on characters and their stories, not on unnecessary action spectacle. This decision is highly effective, because it allows the audience a chance to anticipate rather than become overwhelmed immediately, which was the case in “The Avengers.” Admittedly, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” feeds viewers morsels of what’s to come only to further the previously mentioned anticipation. This might bother some, but I found it to be a refreshing approach to the superhero film formula.

Robin Stroot Turning braiding process around

My recent column about making kumihimo braids gave instructions for the braiding process if you are turning the kumihimo foam template in a clockwise motion. If you want to turn the template in the more common way of a counter-clockwise motion, you will need to work the cords in the opposite order. So, once the cords are set up on the dotted areas, you will take the bottom left strand and pace it to the left of the two strands at the top of the kumihimo circle. You will now have three strands positioned at the top of the wheel.Read More>>>
Joyce OreAll sorts of signs when Easter is near

We don’t need a calendar to tell us Easter is near, for all our senses are on high alert. When the world seems younger and brighter with swaying daffodils, fuzzy chicks, woolly lambs and playful kittens, the grass is turning a from brown to green, and the sky is alive with flapping wings heading north, Easter is near.

When the sun is brighter, the morning’s warmer, the birds are singing melodious love song to their mates and the gardener can’t wait to begin digging in the soil, Easter is near.

Russ Batenhorst Memories of when music recorded on vinyl

Nostalgia warning! The old guy is going to do a little reminiscing again. But this time, it’s on a topic inspired by today’s — well, actually tomorrow’s — headlines.

When I was a kid growing up in North Platte, a regular spot for us whenever we had a dollar burning a hole in our pockets was Murphy’s Modern Music. It was an all-around music supply store with instruments and sheet music and other supplies all around. But it was the record racks in the middle of the store that would draw in my friends and me. One dollar would buy you a “45.” Those were the smaller, vinyl records with one song on each side. One side would no doubt feature the hit we were there to buy, but now and then a hidden treasure would be found on the “B Side.”

Tamera Schlueter Universally united by Easy Bake telescope

In the wee hours of Tuesday, Hunka Burnin’ Hubby and I froze our bums off while ogling the blood moon through an Orion Deep Space Explorer telescope. In the caliber of telescopes, it ranks up there with Dick Tracy decoder rings, Cracker Jack prizes, and Easy Bake ovens.

It was a Christmas gift for Hunka, purchased with great sacrifice 25 years ago during a time when “broke” would have been a fiscal improvement. We keep it around as a reminder of how far we’ve come, and how far we’ve yet to go.
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