Community Gardening: Undertakings

The earth grumbles as the wind picks up and the sky furrows in angry, dark clouds. Rain is coming down hard on the horizon and making its way towards us over the neighboring fields. We really should pack up and head out, but after another day of mid to high 90’s, a little downpour could […]

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Gramps

Gramps was 90 years old but I think I expected him to live forever. He was the silly, old grandpa who is pictured in my mind as wearing a toupee, khaki pants with a fanny pack, a jacket with political buttons, and a camera around his neck. This wardrobe didn’t change even if he was […]

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Community Gardening: Planting in Phases

A garden isn’t built in a day. Each plant is rolled out in phases like the numerous rehearsals leading up to a big show. Except this isn’t a musical, it’s the production of flowers and vegetables slowly becoming their own over hours, days, and weeks of balancing their given sources of temperature, light, water, and […]

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Community Gardening: The Debut

Ladies and Gentlemen! Boys and Girls! May we present to you…our garden! We are officially gardeners since the reopening of the community gardening program hosted by the Michiana Master Gardeners Association. Originally canceled for health concerns, it has since been relaunched with social distancing guidelines. In the open expanse of the Elkhart Municipal Airport is a […]

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Notes from an Apartment Gardener

This has been an unusual spring for reasons that need not be recounted. One month ago we took a step in the direction of optimism with the start of our porch garden to take hold of some control in our lives. Despite Mother Nature’s mood swings with exceptionally warm days and bitter nights of frost, […]

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The Making of a Mummy

The artist cautiously drapes a paper-thin strip of clay across the chest and wraps it around the body, smoothing edges with the tip of his metal tools.  Too much pressure and the folds will blend, smudging minute details and too little the wrappings may not stick together at all. Operatic chords blast from the room […]

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No-Bake Power Ball Energy Bites!

The breakfast of champions is not a pop tart or a bagel with cream cheese. The Game Changers fuel with a bowl of oatmeal, (sprinkled in brown sugar, raisins, and sliced banana) along with two POWER BALLS to start the day. As triathletes-in-training, we burn a lot of fuel with yoga, strength building, time on […]

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Derek’s Project Foodie: Cinnamon Apples

The latest Game Changers recipe is brought to you by the hands of Chef Derek. As athletes, we tend to graze on power snacks in-between meals to sustain our fuel for strength, core, and cardio workouts. Simply put, our stomachs grumble if we haven’t had something fulfilling to eat every 3-4 hours. We cut out […]

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What’s for Brunch? “Spicy Potato Pancake Wraps”

The Game Changers are expanding their repertoire of healthy home-cooked meals instead of simply repeating our favorites week after week. We also would like to wean off our dependency on red meat by adding more vegetarian meals to our diets. The inspiration source for this recipe mash-up is from Gordon Ramsay’s YouTube channel. If you’re […]

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“Life List” Birding in Spring Migration

The Jagers officially became birders one year ago when we first hung feeders from our porch. On April 13, 2019, we photographed the House Sparrow and White-breasted Nuthatch nibbling sunflower seeds from our porch window. As we traveled for business trips and family vacations, we continued our passion for exploring nature and identifying as many […]

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