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DUKE BASKETBALL – LIVE FROM CAMERON STADIUM!

My son, Taylor, is a devil, a BLUE DEVIL that is! So come basketball season we all get a little wild and crazy around here.  We don Duke T shirts, or in Taylor’s case, he dons blue paint…… Megaphones are used to proclaim our excitement.  We want to make sure that the entire mountain knows […]

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VISITING THE U.S. BOTANIC GARDEN CONSERVATORY- WASHINGTON, DC

OK folks, I know it’s the dead of winter and it’s not really time to think about gardening and all, but I’m on a roll here, so please bear with me. Remember how I told you in a previous post that I got a greenhouse for Christmas? Well, now that I am the proud owner of my […]

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WAGING WAR ON WILDLIFE – 1 GREENHOUSE AT A TIME

Guess what I got for Christmas? I’ll give you 10 guesses. If you can guess, you are way smarter than me because, in a million years, I would have never guessed what my son, Nathan, and his wife Louisa were giving me for Christmas. Granted, it was something that I have wanted for a long […]

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A VISIT WITH A 389 YEAR OLD BONSAI TREE

On our recent trip to Washington, DC for Christmas, the ancient art of Bonsai horticulture managed to infiltrate our holiday.  Whoda thunk?  It all started when, in early December, we asked our son, Taylor, what he would like for Christmas.  In response he sent the following group email to the entire family: Hi All, I […]

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A WHITE HOUSE CHRISTMAS

Twenty two years ago, when my oldest son Nathan was 7 years old, we took him to Washington, DC for the first time.  It was my first trip to DC too!  Back then, I would have never guessed that one day my son would move to Washington, DC for college, get an internship at The […]

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LEARN TO MAKE YOUR OWN HOLIDAY WREATH – DIY TUTORIAL WITH COVERGIRL NANCY HUNTER CORBETT

LEARN TO MAKE YOUR OWN HOLIDAY WREATH – DIY TUTORIAL WITH COVERGIRL NANCY HUNTER CORBETT In my last post I introduced you to my friend Nancy Hunter Corbett. If you missed reading about Nancy’s life as an International Covergirl and former Rock & Roll wife, you can read all about it here.  In addition to […]

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MEET THE INTERNATIONAL COVER GIRL & FORMER ROCK & ROLL WIFE WHO ALSO RAN FOR THE HILLS

In my tenure here on the mountain I’ve made friends with some very special people.  Like me, many of my friends on “The Hill” found that life in the big city simply wears ya down after awhile. As I pointed out in a previous post here, many high profile people, with very interesting backgrounds, have […]

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CARE PACKAGES TO OUR DEPLOYED TROOPS

In my last post I showed you the Christmas Trees I make each year for a fundraiser that helps to raise money for scholarships.  That same organization raises money to send care packages to our deployed troops from our mountain community. Since it’s Christmas, and a time of giving, and since I’ve been on the subject […]

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