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Whenever I hear or see the word “archives”, centuries-old, dimly lit (by candelabras and the like), dust laden libraries or studies come to mind. It’s so interesting the word continues to exist in today’s digital age as “a place where historical records are stored”. I have been at this blog on and off for about six or seven years, and mostly infrequently, so “old” and certainly “centuries-old” don’t apply here.

“My plan is to add to the historical records with more frequency and vigor than has been evidenced since the blog’s inception! Enjoy.”

As a place to store these posts, well, I guess that applies. But, maybe as you read through them, you’ll see some sort of historical measurement of maturity gained over the short time span. At least that’s my view! You’ll find my Archives nested within the Home Tab. My plan is to add to the historical records with more frequency and vigor than has been evidenced since the blog’s inception! Enjoy.

Red Swiss Chard is an absolutely favorite veggie of mine! My recipe for one bunch of organically grown chard is simple: Cut leaf away from each stem then fold a chop. Sauté in olive oil and sliced garlic on med high. Stems are very tasty too but cook first for a bit and then add to the chopped leaves. Yum!

According to WIKI, this member of the chenopod family of vegetables is a nutritional winner because it’s  high in vitamins A, K and C, with a 175 g serving containing 214%, 716%, and 53%, respectively, of the recommended daily value.[10] It is also rich in minerals, dietary fiber and protein.[11]

Humans aren’t the only ones chowing on the colorful, leafy veggie: Again, WIKI reports members of the Saurian clade of reptiles (specifically Iguana iguana) sometimes consume chard for its iron content: the stalk retains more iron compounds than the leaves, hence their rosy color.

It is interesting to note that the oxalic acid content is higher than many veggies. Another “Does the good outweigh the bad?” For me, it sure does since it’s likely I don’t eat enough of it for it to be damaging (I hope!).

Certified Fight Instructor Clay Hammond captures my final landing in a SWT Aviation CubCrafters Sport Cub before signing off on my tailwheel endorsement as part of my stint as Flying Magazine‘s managing editor. Training took place at and around Grassroots Airpark in Groveland, Florida. What a blast!

Often the days that are ruled by spontaneity end up being among the best. Upon waking up one Sunday morning, I decided to head over to New Smyrna Beach, a quaint local beach town about an hour’s drive east from Orlando, for a day that was more than sun, sand and surf.

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A picture really is worth a story, and more than one at that. Oftentimes, I take photographs of things that appeal to my “artistic” eye, such as this one I snapped while wandering the Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales, Florida. That is about as far as I get in the thought process when deciding to capture an image. Later, as I browse through my photos, a story might unfold for a particular shot, often my imagination embarking on a journey that takes me to an entirely different place. Having a little fun, I decided to tell the story, or at least the beginnings of a story, that this picture prompted as a “pictory,” placing the words on the photo itself.

What do you see?

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