New Book Offers Unique Perspective on Canine Comportment


Westwood, Mass. (PRWEB) July 29, 2014

For Gracie, being a dog is just about the most wonderful thing there is. Not only do dogs get to play, eat tasty treats, take long, lazy naps, and go on interesting walks, they enjoy the love and companionship of their humans. However, as she points out in this new book, even the very best dogs can use a little help with keeping their humans happy. Gracie uses her unique doggie perspective and keen powers of observation to provide practical tips to dogs of all ages.

In The Grace Guide to Good Manners for Proper Pooches, Gracie turns her paw to topics from coping with babies and children, to proper behavior at bath time, on the golf course, at dinner parties, and around computers. She tackles pointers for being around other dogs (If you dont have anything nice to bark, dont bark at all!) and proffers practical advice on their ever-confusing dealings with cats. (Keep a sharp eye out theyre everywhere!) Fun topics such as kisses, house guests, and visits to the vet get equal treatment.

Charming illustrations by Anne E. Moses accentuate this whimsical guide to doggie dos and donts, appropriate for dogs of all makes, shapes, and sizes, and the humans who love them. It is the first in the series of Gracie Guides where the peripatetic pooch offers her beguiling canine take on the world around her.

Gracie, an English cocker spaniel, was born in Hungary and has lived in many interesting places. She enjoys playing in the snow, swimming in the sea, and chicken. Anne E. Moses was born in the United States and has lived in Switzerland, Italy, the United Kingdom, and Greece. She enjoys traveling with her husband, Bill, and their ever-observant travel companion, Gracie.

For additional information, please visit http://www.thegracieguides.com

The Gracie Guide to Good Manners for Proper Pooches

A book by Gracie with Anne E. Moses

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-2843-9

38 pages

$ 13.95 US

Available at Ingram, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and fine bookstores everywhere.

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Fall Hunting Classic to Begin Aug. 1 at Bass Pro Shops Stores Throughout the U.S. and Canada


Springfield, MO (PRWEB) July 24, 2014

The Fall Hunting Classic, held at 63 Bass Pro Shops stores throughout the U.S. and Canada, is set for Aug. 1 to Aug. 17, 2014. This annual event offers free seminars led by nationally recognized professional hunters, special offers, and a chance to win the Once in a Lifetime Hunting Trip.

August is the perfect time for Bass Pro Shops to host our Fall Hunting Classic because hunters are champing at the bit to get ready for fall, said Tammy Sapp, Bass Pro Shops communications director. Weve been hosting this event for more than 20 years now so its as much a part of fall traditions as campfires and swapping hunting stories. The event is popular because hunters know they can expect to learn valuable hunting tips at our free seminars and shop a huge selection of the latest gear, clothes and boots.

Many sportsmen and women look forward to the event all year long. This 17-day event is expected to draw more than 100,000 people to each store.*

In addition to free seminars and great deals on hunting gear, customers can also enter a sweepstakes to win the Once in a Lifetime Helicopter Hunting Trip with Brian Pigman Quaca. The winner will receive a two-hour helicopter hunt in Texas with the Pigman, a prize package with a retail value of approximately $ 9,000. Visit http://www.basspro.com/classic for details.**

During the Fall Hunting Classic, nationally recognized professional hunters, local pros and outdoorsmen and women will conduct seminars at the stores and answer hunters questions. Seminar topics will include: hunting big game near home, camo patterns matter, how to cook venison, and new strategies for fall hunting success. ***(Check local store listings for pros, topics, dates and times).

Other special events are listed below:

Aug. 1-3 Bass Pro Shops Hunting University. Attend free classes taught by top pros.

Aug. 1-6 Bow/Crossbow Trade-In. Hunters with bows and crossbows that dont get a lot of action anymore can trade them in at a participating Bass Pro Shops store during Bow/Crossbow Trade-In days. This trade-in event, which is held Aug. 1-6, allows hunters to trade in old bows and crossbows for a coupon worth up to $ 100 off the purchase price of a new bow or crossbow. The donated bows and crossbows will be given to local nonprofit groups whose mission is to teach children about archery and the outdoors. See a store associate for details on all trade-in offers.

Aug. 7-12 Binocular and Rangefinder Trade-In. Hunters can trade-in their old binoculars and rangefinders and receive money toward new models at a participating Bass Pro Shops store during Binocular and Rangefinder Trade-In days. This trade-in event, which is held Aug. 7-12, allows hunters to trade in old binoculars and rangefinders for a coupon worth up to $ 100 off the price of new binoculars or rangefinders. The donated binoculars and rangefinders will be given to local nonprofit groups whose mission is to teach children about the outdoors. See a store associate for details on all trade-in offers.

Aug. 9 Womens Hunting Workshop. Women interested in learning how to hunt or to improve their hunting skills will enjoy a special workshop just for them with tips, resource information and advice.

Aug. 9-10 Next Generation Weekend. Noon-5 p.m. On Target Challenge! In cooperation with Daisy

Heil Trailer to be Spotlighted on Manufacturing Marvels

Cleveland, TN (PRWEB) July 16, 2014

Filmed on location at the Athens, TN manufacturing facility, the 2-minute production will highlight the Heil Trailer brand, its products and the companys solutions-driven commitment to developing and engineering custom built trailer solutions for its customers.

It is an honor for Heil Trailer to be featured in this nationally broadcasted media, commented Jay Morfitt, Director Strategic Planning and Marketing for Heil Trailer. This is a true testament to our companys legacy and reinforces the outstanding reputation Heil Trailer has earned throughout the years as a leader in the trailer industry.

Founded by Julius Heil in 1901, Heil Trailer is a leader in providing enduring value in the petroleum, chemical, construction, foodservice, and agriculture transportation segments.

About Heil Trailer International, Co.

Established in 1901, Heil Trailer International, Co. is the leading brand of durable tank trailers and is known for the enduring quality of its products, industry-leading support and solutions-driven customer service. A manufacturer of liquid, dry bulk, oilfield, construction, platform, specialized, towing and defense trailers, Heil designs its products to meet the most stringent region- and load-specific requirements in 85 countries around the globe. Heil Trailer International, Co. is owned by American Industrial Partners, an operationally oriented middle-market private equity firm that makes control investments in North American-based industrial businesses serving domestic and global markets. Heil Trailer International, Co. is headquartered in Cleveland, Tennessee. For more information about Heil Trailer, visit http://www.heiltrailer.com.







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Perry Reid Properties Announces New Multi-family Community in West Des Moines


DALLAS, TX (PRWEB) July 10, 2014

West Des Moines is getting a new, Class A apartment community at 81st and Cascade. The 264-unit property will offer spacious one, two and three bedroom apartments with attached and detached garages. There will be twelve brick, stone and siding buildings on 19.7 acres. Brester Construction of Lincoln, Nebraska is the general contractor.

The floor plans are artfully designed; many offer wooden decks, patios, formal dining rooms and laundry rooms. All units will have nine-foot ceilings and upscale appliances. There will be a clubhouse, pool, fitness center, walking trails, bicycle trails and pond. The location is idyllic, one-half mile from Jordan Creek Mall and close to West Des Moines major employers like Wells Fargo and Athene.

Leasing will begin early in 2015 and the first units will be occupied in the spring. Prices will range from $ 799 to $ 1,600. Perry Reid Properties is well known as a preferred real estate management company in the Wes Des Moines area and throughout Iowa and surrounding states.

Perry Reid Properties is the developer of The Mansions at Hemingway apartments in Johnston, Iowa, a winner of the prestigious National Apartment Association Paragon Award for the Best Apartment Community Over 150 Units in the nation. They developed Alexis at Perry Pointe in Davenport, Iowa, also a Paragon Award winner for Best Garden/Townhouse Community, post 2000 under 200 units. Perry Reid also developed The Mansions at Jordan Creek and now manages Signature Place apartments near the site of Cascades at Jordan Creek.

For construction inquiries, contact Ben Velinsky at (402) 423-2337. For marketing and leasing inquires please contact Shana Patrick at (402) 580-7100 or visit CascadesatJordanCreek.com to request more information.

ABOUT PERRY REID PROPERTIES

Perry Reid Properties’ corporate office is located in Lincoln, Nebraska. The company has developed many luxury apartments and it manages over seventy apartment communities across ten states. Management team members have expertise in all areas of property management, construction, and development from land acquisitions to final lease-up including legal, architectural, engineering and other professional liaisons that form the back bone of multi-family housing.

Perry Reid Properties defines itself and its objectives through a most successful history. Their high occupancy performance is achieved through intensely trained, experienced, and dedicated personnel. Perry Reid Properties exercises a hands-on management style with diligence and dedication, from initial lease-up through stabilized occupancy and forward.







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Friday, March 12, 2010

Last Athens Farmers Market 2009

I am not a lover of lawns. Rather would I see daisies in their thousands, ground ivy, hawkweed, and even the hated plantain with tall stems, and dandelions with splendid flowers and fairy down, than the too-well-tended lawn.--William Henry Hudson

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Thanks to all the members and patrons of the Athens Farmers Market in Athens, Georgia for a tremendous year. The 2010 season, no doubt, will be twice as good.

See you soon.

P.S. New content will be intermittent here, as Farmer South is now live.

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Ode to Summer: We're Waiting

When I go into the garden with a spade, and dig a bed, I feel such an exhilaration and health that I discover that I have been defrauding myself all this time in letting others do for me what I should have done with my own hands. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson


Please. I'm ready for this to be done.
Oh baby, it's been a long, long time since that evening sun's come round....

You know the one I'm talking about, that later-day summer sun in the South, when the cicadas are out, yet the temperature is almost perfect. You hop in the truck to go for a ride, waving your hand out the window, riding it on the waves of air. The world smells like a stream. The sun goes down, and you walk through its afterglow, the shimmery gloaming celebrated in lightning bugs.

Lord, the warm weather can't some soon enough. I can see the table set with my mother's Pfaltzgraff tableware--cool blue Yorktowne pattern to be specific. There it is, regimented in sparkling flatware, in angles of forks and knifes burning with potential energy (more about silverware at Silverware Wikipedia, in case anyone doubted its incendiary capability).

Now the dinner plates crisscross around its length: cornbread and biscuits. Thick gray gravy, milk and sausage grease. Lima beans soaking in butter. Stewed greens. Sliced pink pounds of ham. Corn on the cob. One piece of dinnerware, for one fat tomato, cut in chunks and salted. Another for rings of a sweet yellow onion.

In the fridge a key lime pie, waiting.

And the sunlight reaching through the window.

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Who's Your Farmer?

Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?--Douglas Adams

One of the vital purposes of this blog (when I'm not neglecting it) is the sharing of information. If that hardly sounds like a revolutionary mission statement, it's not. In fact, there may be nothing more obvious or downright pedestrian. Every published word, no matter where it appears, is an atom of information. And most blogs, in their essence, seek nothing more than to make communal the salient elements of private experience.

On the other hand, when the subject is agriculture and making food fit to eat, the importance of shared information rises to a critical level. Simply, we are growing generations without any intimacy with the soil and  a cooking education that goes beyond frozen pizza in a conventional oven. As long as we continue to have, say, potatoes, I have faith we can overcome the latter: After all, even I know how to cook now, when only a few years ago I was sauteing canned salmon and mayonnaise in olive oil. But I wonder sometimes how long we'll have potatoes, especially ones not drenched in pesticides?

It's not an outrageous example. According to Progressive Farmer, from 2002 to 2007, the number of people "under twenty five years old who call farming their prime occupation fell by almost half," with fewer than 6,000 across the nation ("The Young Faces of Ag, October 2009). The average farmers in 2007 was over 57 years old. This upward trend in age certainly suggests that our agricultural knowledge is in peril. For a variety of reasons, we're missing the next farmers in line to learn when to plant the seed and how to use a tractor.

Perhaps the issue is even more urgent in organic production because its practice is more complicated and information-heavy than conventional agriculture. It's the difference between crop rotation and companion planting, or simply spraying a pesticide. In the past decade we have seen educational opportunities in the organic field spring up in academic certificate programs and mentoring support offered by non-profits. But the body of knowledge--and its institutionalization--is still being formed. As we grow the community, the best way to promulgate the why's and how-to's of organic farming is personal, firsthand experience and sharing it.


The enemy.

I will continue to share what I learned, e.g. don't ever, ever, ever let stink bugs in your tomato patch. I also encourage anyone really interested in farming organic to find immersion, to live and breathe the idea. The good news is there are an abundance of farm internships out there (and farmers in desperate need of labor). One way to get started might be to volunteer on organic farms by signing up with WWOOF, or World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms, which connects organic farms in different countries with temporary volunteer help and enables those volunteers to see the world (Flights to Tel Aviv, anyone?). In a sensible and earthy way, it brings closer to home a global environmental consciousness.

Actually, I knew a couple in Arkansas who had been Wwoofers in Ireland. While they like anyone else traveling abroad or to the U.S. were responsible for taking care of their visas, they were matched to their work opportunities and lodging through the Wwoof organization. Unmistakably, they had a blast.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Great Tomato Sauce Recipes

The man's desire is for the woman but the woman's desire is rarely other than for the desire of the man. -- Samuel Taylor Coleridge



Who's got recipes? With all these damn scrumptious tomatoes, I need 'em. Here's the very serviceable one I've been using from allrecipes.com:
* 10 ripe tomatoes
* 2 tablespoons olive oil
* 2 tablespoons butter
* 1 onion, chopped
* 1 green bell pepper, chopped
* 2 carrots, chopped
* 4 cloves garlic, minced
* 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
* 1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
* 1/4 cup Burgundy wine
* 1 bay leaf
* 2 stalks celery
* 2 tablespoons tomato paste

DIRECTIONS

1. Bring a pot of water to a boil. Have ready a large bowl of iced water. Plunge whole tomatoes in boiling water until skin starts to peel, 1 minute. Remove with slotted spoon and place in ice bath. Let rest until cool enough to handle, then remove peel and squeeze out seeds. Chop 8 tomatoes and puree in blender or food processor. Chop remaining two tomatoes and set aside.
2. In a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat, cook onion, bell pepper, carrot and garlic in oil and butter until onion starts to soften, 5 minutes. Pour in pureed tomatoes. Stir in chopped tomato, basil, Italian seasoning and wine. Place bay leaf and whole celery stalks in pot. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low, cover and simmer 2 hours. Stir in tomato paste and simmer an additional 2 hours. Discard bay leaf and celery and serve.
I've yet to include either celery or tomato paste in my trials. You need salt, particularly if your butter is unsalted. I used a fruity South Georgia wine, nice to cook with and nice to sip (the Hahira Red from Horse Creek Winery)--although it's not absolutely essential. I've also doubled the carrot and increased the tomato requirements by half, based on the superabundance of tomatoes and carrots on hand. Mushrooms are a good throw-in as well.

I'm ready for variations and new culinary adventures. Any suggestions? Anything with zucchini (I've got some ugly ones probably unfit for market)? Bring it on.

Thursday, July 09, 2009

There's This Dream I Keep Having...


Not that I want to be a god or a hero. Just to change into a tree, grow for ages, not hurt anyone -- Czeslaw Milosz

...I get up in the morning and head down to the field, and all the tomatoes are dead. Sometimes it's some lurid, overnight disease that's taken hold. Sometimes they've been decimated by deer or groundhogs or stupid, bastard kids who've tramped through the woods swinging baseball bats. When I stand there and see all the dead plants, I laugh. I can't do anything. Six months of hard thought and physical labor, every night of motherly worrying and hoping, are gone.

It's silly, but these tomatoes have consumed my life--and I have no idea exactly what I'm going to do with them. I'm sorry for being away, and I appreciate everyone who's stopped by, checking in during my absence. I'll do my best to honor your faith and repay your kindness.

Here's another picture for the ladies (thanks for the tip, Amber). I've got cuter ones coming.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Out with the Old

And he said, "Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked shall I return; the Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord" -- Job 1:21


In with the new. I want to put up some pictures of something cute to counteract the grim portrait of Juanita in a previous post. There's also a point to make here. Was I sad about Juanita's death? Sure. Maybe the better word is "disappointed"--frustrated that all my hard work had been so quickly and summarily snuffed out. But nothing more.

There's no time for sentimentality and weeping on the farm. Quite simply. there's too much to do. And I know well the bloody awfulness of Nature. I borrow from it what I can, and I'm not so vain as to presume to have any control.

Lastly, if daily existence on a farm can often seem like a gruesome circus, it also has a warm, exhilirating antipode.

Juanita's gone. But now this orphan calf needs some looking after. Maybe there are no fair trades in life and death, but this one is acceptable.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Juanita Is Dead

 Long live Juanita!

More to come.

Monday, May 11, 2009

What Now: Part 2

A lawn is nature under totalitarian rule -- Michael Pollan

Here's what:


Yum. Thank you, Juanita!

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