• John Vogel

    You'll Choke At Your Next Health Checkup

    Nor' east Thinkin'

     by John Vogel
     on September 19, 2011

     At my usual "when I get around to it" health care checkup, I sat on the exam table with the breeze blowing at my backside. "It's been awhile since you've been here," Doc commented. Nodding my head in the affirmative, I replied, "Yep, you've got all you can handle with sick people. I'd be just wasting your time and my money by coming in annually." Grabbing his mini-laptop, he began with a foreboding tone, "Maybe you should sit in the chair while we go over a few questions." Since the…

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    To Counter 'Opponents', Join 'Em

    Nor' east Thinkin'

     by John Vogel
     on September 12, 2011

    As a young man, I tended to join the political party I wanted to vote against in the coming presidential race. That way, I could vote for the weakest candidates in the primary. Follow that logic? Today, it's even more important to be aware of what environmental and animal welfare zealots are up to. One of the best ways is to get on their emailing lists. I've been on the Environmental Defense Action Fund's email list – the hairy legislative arm of the Environmental Defense Fund. And, I…

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    What Would You Call A Cucurbit Expert?

    Nor' east Thinkin'

     by John Vogel
     on September 2, 2011

      I suppose some people think farm magazine editors know everything. Let me assure you, I know I don't. And, the older I get, the less I know, and the quicker I'll say so. This week, I didn't have an answer for an email query zinging all the way across the country from the "land of fruits and nuts" – yes, California. I have no idea how the Merisa Camacho (nice lady) found me. But I always try to find somebody smart enough to have the answer. Her question? "I'm a Kindergarten…

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