E-Cigs Influence Smokers to Break the Law

E-cigs influence smokers to break the law?

Evidently, health officials feel that because some of the more conceptually-designed electronic cigarettes resemble real cigarettes, their use in public gives smokers a way to discretely defy the law by lighting up cigarettes and passing them off as vaporizers. Just in case this doesn’t seem like a foolish premise to base a product ban on, let’s look at some holes in this reasoning.

First of all, as already stated, PVs do not produce smoke; they produce a vapour that, while visible when exhaled, dissipates almost immediately. The vapour does not behave in the same way as smoke when it enters the atmosphere. Smoke lingers for a long period of time, particularly inside a building. If the appearance alone isn’t enough to distinguish smoke from vapour, the unmistakeable smell of tobacco smoke should be. One cigarette produces enough smoke that the smell can easily be detected throughout the entirety of a bar or restaurant.

To suggest that smokers will attempt to pass off e-cigarettes or as they call it in italy, vaporizzatore, as PVs seriously undervalues the intelligence of smokers as well as people in charge of establishments where a PV might be used. Smoking requires fire to light the tobacco, and produces unmistakeable smoke as well as ash. Anybody with a healthy dose of common sense should be able to tell if somebody is smoking a cigarette instead of a PV. If anybody is obtuse enough to attempt such a ruse, they should be punished to the full extent of the law and removed from the premises.

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Garden Lessons Learned Under Stress

Garden Lessons Learned Under Stress

I am observing both myself and my gardens as we deal with these record high temperatures with no rain. Both of us are under stress and the stress is related. We are both dealing with the effects of the drought and how to handle the stress. However, we have different options in seeking solutions.

Most of the stress I experience related to my gardens is eighty percent psychological, twenty percent physical. I am concerned with the health, wellbeing and appearance of my gardens so that pushes on me to do something. When and just how much of the do is optional. I can work early mornings, perhaps late afternoons, or early evenings moving hoses and sprinklers. When it gets too hot for my comfort level, I can come inside to air conditioning and a cold drink, perhaps catch up on some office work. Maybe even take a nap. The plants in my gardens are not mobile in the same sense as I, so they stand there and take what is dealt, day in and day out. And, of course, some plants do not, cannot, take the heat.

I am watching the ones that are holding up well under the heat and drought with minimal watering, the ones looking good in foliage and/or bloom. A pattern seems to be emerging for some winning this beauty pageant. The foliage and blooms coming from bulbs, tubers and corms, large rhizomes are prominent, All Arisaema are looking good, including the ones that emerged early and are now going into seed production. Some of their relatives from the Arum family are providing great rich-green exotic foliage from tubers. The Lilium bulbs are in flower and continue to come into bloom. Corms such as Cyclamen purpurascens are in full bloom under root competition as well as drought and heat and will still be in bloom come October. Favorite rhizomes are almost any Polygonatum, or Solomons Seal, especially the variegated. They are all using today what they stored up last year, so they only need minimal attention.

So, guess what I will be adding to my garden this fall? It is only logical (as Spock would say) to expect these weather patterns to continue. If this heat and drought does not continue in the years to come, then I am selecting tough plants requiring little attention from me. Adding more tubers, rhizomes, bulbs and corms, I am taking stress off my myself and my gardens.

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Focus on Photos

Sometimes life gets downright spooky. Over a year ago I had made a decision to purchase a new camera system. But, lots of reasons presented themselves on why I should procrastinate (other than my usual just put things off). The biggest reason not to make the move was learning a new system of camera and lenses. After all, todays cameras are more computer than camera. There was also the cost factor, for one of the lens I use most, cost as much as the entire system. My system I had been using for some years was still taking good photos.

Over the past year I kept receiving little signs in photography magazines, Sunday supplements in the newspaper and internet. The same camera system kept bobbing up like a floater on a fish line. Canon Rebel T3i. Then came the final sign. The camera was sitting at the top of the tripod with my heaviest lens attached when it was accidentally knocked over with a loud bang on the hardwood floor. The camera body suffered a concussion it could not recover from. The minor gods had spoken and provided their final sign.

The cash was there, so there was no reason to put it off any longer. With the Canon Rebel T3i there were lots of geeky reasons to make the move, but mostly it was the new image stabilization lens. Even with a tripod I found myself getting more shaky over time. So, a lighter body, more compact, better balance. HD video thrown in, enough computer controls that I will never learn them all in my lifetime. But they are there as I learn, as I need them.

I am fully aware that it is not the camera that actually makes a good photo. Mostly it is the photographer. I have seen that one proven time and time again. However, there is a kind of confidence that comes with all that technical assistance. With a good printer, you could easily plaster that on your wall as a constant reminder on your thirst to become a better photographer.

Perhaps there is also damn, but it sure does feel good hanging around my neck.

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Conference group meeting

Conference group meeting

A conference is defined as a meeting for the interchange of views. Symposium is a conference where various speakers discuss a particular topic. Meeting is a coming together. At one time it was understood that conference, symposium, and meeting meant a physical presence at a particular date, place and time. Today, of course, there are ways too numerous to mention on how to meet without ever leaving ones home physically. Many avenues exist to collectively meet in the digital world. And, if you cannot meet digitally by coming together at a date and time then I can stream live to individuals who want to listen, watch. I used emphasis on the word live as an indicator that I am scratching my head on this term. Think about it for a few seconds. How can I be live all over the world whenever you get around to listening/watching my talk?

I am aware that not everyone can travel at the same time to physically be present at an event. Schedules in life, the cost of travel and admittance, are a few more reasons to prevent attendance. So, some who really want to attend will not be able to be there when the first speaker steps up to the podium. There, you say, is where virtual reality, live streaming, enters the picture. There, I say, is where a point is missed.

As convenient, as inclusive, as live steaming can be, it does not replace face-to-face reality. When traveling to give a presentation, I am not exactly thrilled to be on the road, or sleeping in a motel room, no matter how great. But, once I get there all the inconveniences are forgiven and forgotten. There is nothing like the experience of a crowd of gardeners in one room.

Rhetorical questions: Can you handshake a fellow gardener you have not seen in 5 years finding how pleasing it is to see that person once more? Can you be warmly pleased to have gardeners give you a hug and very large, warm, smile? You could ask me question while I am on live streaming and I could answer them. But, could you stop me at the refreshment table and ask your question with your hand on my arm? There is no replacement for standing inside the 3 foot circle with another gardener and trying to chat over the background noise of 175 other gardeners talking at the same time. Can you go out to dinner after the event with special gardening friends you do not get to see often?

Digital conferences are great tools to augment, but certainly not replace, the reality of physically being there.

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When the box arrives there is a second form of anticipation I call the Christmas rush… the rush of feelings of anticipation while carefully cutting the box open to see the new arrivals. Gently unwrapping each roll of paper to see the condition and health, the size, of the new prize. Standing the containers up and arranging the new perennials on a table to be admired, and have one’s feeling of anticipation relieved. They arrived, they are safe, and they are mine.

Next an afternoon to give each arrival a permanent home in the garden, hopefully matching the conceived arrangement. Safely in their new bed, a blanket of mulch is pulled over them while they sleep off the stress of travel and transplant.


The third form of anticipation is the quiet and long-suffering wait until next spring arrives and green noses begin to pop through the blanket of mulch. I know I will begin my pacing paths in the garden come late winter, not able to wait until spring, watching to see my labors and anticipation rewarded.

Finally the Plants

This fall my mind’s eye has a vignette of

  • Azalea Early Care
  • Birdhouse Care
  • choices
  • Digging into Anticipation