The Crops Are Growing

Happy Monday y’all! I thought I’d start with an update from Farmer Braley!

As I told you, my wife bought me two elevated garden beds back in April so that I could try a new hobby and not have to get down on my knees or bend over. There is some doubt as to whether or not I could get back up again.

The garden is going well and I’m enjoying taking care of it.

The other day my neighbor told me she was enjoying her morning tea when she looked out her window and saw dirt flying. She couldn’t see the garden clearly and wondered if I was out there watering it and had the hose set too high. Then she realized that it was 6 a.m. and, yeah, I don’t do 6 a.m. anymore.

She decided to go to the window and check this out and discovered a squirrel was in my elevated garden digging for something. Thankfully she scared it away but I’ve noticed he’s been back a few times. He doesn’t seem to disturb anything and I’m not sure what he’s looking for.



Whether you love him or hate him, (Trump) I think we all agree that we hope the North Korean Summit is successful.

I learned today that Singapore is 12 hours ahead of us so the meeting will take place tonight at 9 p.m. eastern time.

As someone who used to do scheduling, I was wondering today, “How do they pay for this?” By “they” I mean the TV networks and news sources. They all have reporters, producers and tech people there. Only a select few get to ride on Air Force One so they had airfare, hotel and food expenses. Plus they all sent multiple reporters.

Glad I don’t have to expense that out. There was always someone at corporate who didn’t care about the news worthyness.(Is that a word?) “How you gonna pay for this?”



IHOP, which teased a name change to IHOb earlier this month, says the “b″ is to promote its burger menu.

The pancake chain has been coy about whether the name flip is permanent, saying Monday that it was “for the time being.” Pressed for details, the company would not give an end date for IHOb but referred to the “tongue-in-cheek name change” and said it was tied to the summer burger promotion.

The company known for breakfast already had burgers on the menu, but is adding a line made of Black Angus ground beef.

I had friends hoping for the International House of BOOZE. Oh well.



A Memphis grandmother is expected to appear in court today, charged with child endangerment for allegedly putting two grandchildren in dog kennels and driving around the city.

Cell phone video shot by a passerby shows the grandmother, Leimome Cheeks, opening the trunk of her Ford Explorer and letting a child out of the dog kennel.

According to the affidavit the kids, ages seven and eight told investigators they were put in the kennels because they were told there wasn’t enough room in the vehicle. They rode around the city for more than 40 minutes.

Police say the children are okay.



The New Bedford Wellness Initiative invites the community to a free talk on the “Science of Happiness,” presented by Yale professor and New Bedford High graduate Laurie Santos, Tuesday at the Whaling Museum.

The program runs from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and is open to the public. No pre-registration is required.

Santos has been featured in the national media, discussing her Yale course “Psychology and the Good Life,” the most popular course in the 317-year history of Yale, which boasts 1,200 students taking the class simultaneously.



Yesterday’s column was about the advice I would share with the Class of ’18 if I had a chance.

My one request is that they find a way to bring civility back.” 

Click here.



1184 BC Trojan War: Troy is sacked and burned.

1742 Benjamin Franklin invents his Franklin stove.

1776 Continental Congress creates committee (Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman, and Robert R. Livingston) to draft a Declaration of Independence.

1910 Jacques Cousteau, French oceanic explorer was born in Gironde, France. He died in 1997.

1913 Vince Lombardi was born in Brooklyn. He died in1970.

1933 Gene Wilder, real name Jerome Silberman, born in Milwaukee. He died in 2016.

1937 Marx Brothers’ “A Day At The Races” released.

1939 King and Queen of England taste 1st “hot dogs” at FDR’s party. I have no idea what they thought of them.

1964 Manfred Mann record “Do Wah Diddy.”

1966 “I Am A Rock” by Simon & Garfunkel peaks at #3.

1966 “Paint It Black” by The Rolling Stones peaks at #1 in the US.

1977 “I’m Your Boogie Man” by KC & Sunshine Band peaks at #1.

1977 “Lonely Boy” by Andrew Gold peaks at #7.

1977 ELO releases “Telephone Line.”

1977 Main Street Electrical Parade premieres in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World.

1978 Film “Grease” opens, starring John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John, based on the 1971 musical.

1982 “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” is released.

1993 “Jurassic Park” opens, sets box office weekend record of $502 million.

2002 “American Idol” with judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson premieres on Fox.

2004 Ronald Reagan’s funeral is held at Washington National Cathedral.


Joe Montana is 62


It is a day dedicated to encouraging and celebrating men and women who are making life beautiful.


Although the name may sound like the cake originated in Germany, it did not. The cake’s roots can be traced back to 1852 when American, Sam German, made a type of dark baking chocolate for the American Baker’s Chocolate Company.



“A healthy mind does not speak ill of others.”



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