Backporch Banter

Easy Composting

Easy Composting

I compost my kitchen scraps and want to share my tips for easy composting. Not only is composting good for my garden, it reduces the garbage I send to the landfill. Many landfills are rapidly filling up, and about a third of the waste is compostable...

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Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts

Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts

The people of southeast Texas and southwest Louisiana have experienced extreme devastation and will continue to feel the effects for months and years to come. Hurricane Harvey was relentless and cruel. Many of these people live in areas that have never...

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Photos of My Flowers

Photos of My Flowers

The temperatures were a little cooler here in north Texas today, and I enjoyed being out in my garden. I trimmed back the Mexican sunflowers and dead headed the zinnias. This was the first year that I've grown the Mexican sunflowers, and I underestimated...

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Considerations on Growing Older

Considerations on Growing Older

I have a friend who is around 75 years of age. Her husband is 10 years older than her. I’m going to refer to them as Jane and Andrew. They are in the process of a divorce after 35 years of marriage. Up until a year ago, they adored each other. But life...

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Lion, the movie

Lion, the movie

Lion, the movie, is the incredible true story of five year old Saroo who lives in a small rural village near Khandwa, India in the 1980s. He adores his older brother, Guddu, and accompanies him one night to find work. The brothers become separated, and Saroo gets on...

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My Crape Myrtles are in Bloom

My Crape Myrtles are in Bloom

I arrived home last evening after visiting my sister in Iowa for a few days. The crape myrtles are one of my favorite small trees, and those in my garden bloomed while I was gone. My yard is decked out with numerous crape myrtles in various shades of pink, and the...

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Vino Amores Wine Tasting Club

Vino Amores Wine Tasting Club

Once a month, I get together with my Vino Amores Wine Tasting Club. We’ve been meeting since 2003, and though a few members have come and gone, many of us have been here since the beginning. We eat, drink, and have a lot of fun. And believe it or not, we actually take...

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Cheers to the Guys on Father’s Day

Cheers to the Guys on Father’s Day

My Dad loved to read, and for Father's Day, my sisters and I often gave him books. Over the years, he had gathered quite a collection. He had many books about animals and particularly liked James Herriot’s series of books which includes All Creatures Great and Small....

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