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Mar. 21, 2013 9:17 am 
Updated: Mar. 25, 2013 9:50 am
I love to read and if I can apply something to my life from what I have read, I feel gratified for having spent the time reading. Recently, I donated a large number of books to the local library for their annual book sale because they were taking up so much room and I wasn’t reading them. I… MORE
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Oct. 16, 2011 5:35 pm 
Updated: Oct. 18, 2011 3:48 am
If I had to make a guess, the number would be 5,000. That’s 5,000 people that turned out to participate in the “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” walk that took place in Kalamazoo on the 15th. It was a partly sunny but cold and windy day and those folks could have turned tail to get out… MORE
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They came with sore legs.
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They came with failed legs.
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They came with four legs.
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Sep. 26, 2011 8:26 am 
Updated: Oct. 3, 2011 5:02 pm
The Presidents Challenge was established in the presidency of President Eisenhower as a tool to assist in the education of physical fitness. Today, it is administered by Indiana University and offers everyone a method of keeping track of their physical activity. The program offers awards as… MORE
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Sep. 20, 2011 12:00 pm 
Updated: Sep. 21, 2011 6:58 pm
... almost. It was predicted to frost so Wednesday evening, I went from plant to plant picking anything that could be saved for consumption. Then on to my container plants and get them moved to a protected area close to the house. The Basil plants were the more important containers because I… MORE
Aug. 16, 2011 10:35 am 
Updated: Aug. 25, 2011 6:29 pm
I have been asked, very frequently, about why and how I accomplished such a radical lifestyle change in a fairly short time. I never felt I had done much, at all, yet others seem to believe that I died in one spot and resurrected in another as a different person. Even a few of those that were… MORE
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Aug. 2, 2011 5:10 am 
Updated: Aug. 7, 2011 9:46 am
I had my quarterly checkup last week, and I am ashamed to report that I must have slacked off a bit much from the great report I had at my last checkup. My labs were not good. LDL and triglycerides were high, blood pressure was high, and I am seven pounds heavier. Bad boy me!I have had a… MORE
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May 12, 2011 8:35 am 
Updated: May 17, 2011 5:51 pm
Last Thursday, I had a scarey moment. I was getting into the shower when everything suddenly went blurry. I could determine no shapes at all- just shades of light. I was afraid I was having another stroke and there was no way for me to get help. (My wife was not home.) I forced myself to be… MORE
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Apr. 15, 2011 6:07 am 
Updated: Apr. 18, 2011 2:42 pm
"Mike? How much oil do you mix with the gas." Hmmm. She’s never used the chainsaw before. I better field this question. "We should have plenty of mix for the chainsaw. What are you going to do?" "Not the chainsaw. The lawn tractor!" "The tractor does… MORE
Mar. 8, 2011 7:00 pm 
Updated: Mar. 10, 2011 5:31 am
Cindy Lepp has posted another update about Danny. Click over to Caring Bridge and leave her and Danny a note. Those of you that have followed my blog from the git-go, know that I have had a rather upending year and a half. Now, my wife and I are… MORE
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Mar. 2, 2011 6:18 pm 
Updated: Mar. 5, 2011 5:11 pm
I had a nice comment from Southern Gma on my last post. Here it is. "I am taking this opportunity to let you know that all that caring and all those prayers you and my AR Angels possessed for My Littlest Bestest Friend WERE HEARD! Kira is cancer FREE! Her parents got the news today and… MORE
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Mike Harvey, daPITA

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About Me
At age 16, I began cooking when my mother was injured in an accident that kept her off her feet for five weeks. At first, my repertoire was fried hot dogs with pork and beans, boiled hot dogs with macaroni and cheese or pizza from a box. After a couple weeks of this, my younger brother was the first to protest and demand variety and my dad was quick to support him. That was my first cooking challenge, learning to plan a meal. About that time, mom returned from the hospital and from her bed, began teaching me things like roast beef, fried chicken, stews and all the sides and trimmings. In 1967, I married and my wife designated herself as the cook and this continued until 1999. It was then that I (voluntarily) began cooking again. At some point, I realized that I was having fun and began searching for recipes that were more challenging and interesting. I found AR and used it's recipes for a long time before registering and later becoming an active member.
My favorite things to cook
Soups. How can I go wrong? They are a great way to use up leftovers and those veggies that are approaching the end of their usefulness. They are always an original recipe. Roasts and steaks are favored, also. Getting the right "doneness" and choosing appropriate sides for a tastey and attractive meal is a continuing and always evolving menu.
My favorite family cooking traditions
If creating impulsive menus and recipes is a tradition then, (I guess) we have a tradition. A new tradition is developing. I have a fruitcake recipe that, I believe, is near perfection. I make it just before Thanksgiving so it is aged enough for the Christmas/ New Year holidays.
My cooking triumphs
Without a doubt, my own recipe for a Reuben Sandwich. It has been a demanded item for many years and I shared it in my AR blog.
My cooking tragedies
Too many. I have been able to throw them out and have something new before my wife gets home. Most of the time, anyway.
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