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More Herbs, Less Salt Day (August 29)
Melinda's Blog is brought to you by American Transmission Company. Put away the saltshaker and season your meals with herbs instead. August 29th is National More Herbs, Less Salt Day. Substituting herbs for salt can increase the flavor and...
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Faster Results with Trees and Shrubs
Melinda's Blog is brought to you by American Transmission Company. It's hard to imagine and even harder to wait for that stick of a tree or small potted shrub to grow into a much larger and beautiful addition to the landscape. But we can help...
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Cancer Fighting Vegetables
Melinda's Blog is brought to you by American Transmission Company. Cancer prevention starts on your dinner plate. Well, actually it can start in the garden. Growing your own nutrient rich cancer fighting vegetables allows you to grow...
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Reviving Neglected Houseplants
Melinda's Blog is brought to you by American Transmission Company. Don't send that drought stressed houseplant to the compost pile just yet. You may be able to revive it. Vacations and busy schedules may result in neglected houseplants...
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National Potato Day
Melinda's Blog is brought to you by American Transmission Company. August 19th is National Potato Day. This simple vegetable is the fourth largest food crop in the world with an interesting history. The potato was first cultivated by the Inca...
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Wooly Aphids on Trees and Shrubs
Melinda's Blog is brought to you by American Transmission Company. Aphids come in a variety of colors and some, like wooly aphids, look pretty bizarre with their white stringy protrusions. Wooly aphids are small pear shaped insects covered...
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No Tomatoes? Check the Weather
Melinda's Blog is brought to you by American Transmission Company. No fruit on your tomato plants? Blame it on the weather. Tomatoes thrive in warm sunny conditions; but temperature extremes can prevent otherwise healthy plants from setting...
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Grow Nutritious Goji Berries
Melinda's Blog is brought to you by American Transmission Company. Nutritious, flavorful, beautiful and easy to grow describes the goji berry. Consider adding one of these shrubs to your garden. Goji berries are often called a superfruit...
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Low Maintenance Eco-Friendly Garden Tips
Melinda's Blog is brought to you by American Transmission Company. Reduce maintenance and be kind to the environment with a few simple changes in your gardening practices. Be waterwise. Reduce water use by growing drought tolerant plants and...
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Edible Squash Blossoms
Melinda's Blog is brought to you by American Transmission Company. Try something new this season. Harvest and enjoy a few squash blossoms fresh from the garden. The flowers of both summer and winter squash are edible. You can eat them raw,...
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"I Think She Lost Her Mind in the Hollywood Madness"
So, this is interesting. The other night, on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Miley Cyrus threw on a wig, big glasses and a business suit, and pretended to be a reporter from Australia. She grabbed a camera crew and went out onto Hollywood Boulevard to...
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Betty White's Next TV Gig
Betty White could well be the hottest actress on TV right now. She's done all sorts of guest spots on all sorts of shows, and she just wrapped up a six-season run of Hot in Cleveland on TV Land. Now, she'll be guest starring on Fox's...
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Knock Me Over With a Feather
When the Ashley Madison scandal broke, a lot of people looked to Noel Biderman, the company's CEO who co-founded the "cheating" site with his wife, for answers. In an interview that broke just this past weekend in which he was referred to as the...
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No More Anchor Babies!
Anchor babies. It's a term that's been tossed around like a hot potato early in this presidential season, especially among the Republican candidates. It's the way they've been describing children born in this country to illegal...
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"There's Been an Awakening"
The geekosphere erupted yesterday when the Disney folks released a teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It's all of 15 seconds, and available exclusively on Instagram. And it doesn't really show anything new, except for a guy...
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The Most Unlikely Duet of All
Taylor Swift sold out five shows in Los Angeles. Throughout the run, she brought up a bunch of her friends to sing with her, to the delight of all in attendance. Folks like Selena Gomez, Justin Timberlake and Lisa Kudrow. Yes, Lisa...
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"Oh, I WILL Take This on the Plane"
Some people are silly, I guess. Like this woman who tried to get on board a flight at Beijing Capital International Airport with a $200 bottle of Remy Martin XO Excellence cognac. When the airport security folks told her she'd have to leave it...
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Les Miserables = Less Miserable
You don't have to be a fan of Les Miserables - either the Broadway show or the movie - to appreciate this flash mob. The West Des Moines School District (in Iowa, of course) was holding its district-wide welcome to school meeting for...
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"See a Bus, Don't Move"
Deva Dalparto runs a web and YouTube site called MyLifeSuckers.com, dedicated to the moms of the world. But you don't have to be a mom, or even a parent, to enjoy the videos and blogs she posts. Her latest - just in time for Back to School...
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Ashley Madison, the TV Show?
One of the biggest data breaches going these days is the one involving AshleyMadison.com. That's the site where you can sign up and arrange an extra-marital affair if you're so inclined. Like they say, "Life is short. Have an...
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