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How high’s the water, Mama?
At our cottage a couple of weeks ago, my wife said she thought Lake Huron was even higher than it was in September.
I expressed skepticism, pointing out that, historically, Great Lakes levels peak out in mid-summer.
Now I read that lake levels did, indeed, rise in September and, in fact, are still rising - the lingering result of last winter’s heavy snowfall and freeze-over, as well as above-normal rainfall in the spring and over the past few months.
Rising autumn lake levels have occurred only a few times in the past 150 years.

How high’s the water, Mama?

At our cottage a couple of weeks ago, my wife said she thought Lake Huron was even higher than it was in September.

I expressed skepticism, pointing out that, historically, Great Lakes levels peak out in mid-summer.

Now I read that lake levels did, indeed, rise in September and, in fact, are still rising - the lingering result of last winter’s heavy snowfall and freeze-over, as well as above-normal rainfall in the spring and over the past few months.

Rising autumn lake levels have occurred only a few times in the past 150 years.

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New gig
In the latest edition of Mental_floss magazine, daughter Caitlin, who lives in Brooklyn, explores, among other things, the subject of apophenia, a phenomenon, which, as Caitlin writes, makes humans “hardwired to recognize faces, which is why we see deities in grilled cheese and Abraham Lincoln side-saddling a show pony in passing clouds.”
Although apophenia puts the heads of some too far out in the clouds, so to speak, it’s also, Caitlin writes, “a handy evolutionary tool, since our survival depends on recognizing other members of our species, and our family, from a very young age.”

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In the latest edition of Mental_floss magazine, daughter Caitlin, who lives in Brooklyn, explores, among other things, the subject of apophenia, a phenomenon, which, as Caitlin writes, makes humans “hardwired to recognize faces, which is why we see deities in grilled cheese and Abraham Lincoln side-saddling a show pony in passing clouds.”

Although apophenia puts the heads of some too far out in the clouds, so to speak, it’s also, Caitlin writes, “a handy evolutionary tool, since our survival depends on recognizing other members of our species, and our family, from a very young age.”

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Frosty morning brings down final curtain
There’s nothing like a little sunshine and blue sky to make those autumn colors pop. But if you haven’t had a good look yet, today’s the day. Sunday morning’s hard frost has the leaves dropping like Christmas tree needles on New Year’s Day
The complete absence of wind Sunday morning allowed the falling leave to fly naturally to the ground. For those of us perched in our tree stand before dawn, it was an entertaining show.

Frosty morning brings down final curtain

There’s nothing like a little sunshine and blue sky to make those autumn colors pop. But if you haven’t had a good look yet, today’s the day. Sunday morning’s hard frost has the leaves dropping like Christmas tree needles on New Year’s Day

The complete absence of wind Sunday morning allowed the falling leave to fly naturally to the ground. For those of us perched in our tree stand before dawn, it was an entertaining show.

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Dandelions? In OCTOBER?
As if it weren’t weird enough that my lawn is still about as green as it was in June, while mowing Friday I spotted a few dandelions sprouting from beneath the autumn leaves.
It’s been a strange year.

Dandelions? In OCTOBER?

As if it weren’t weird enough that my lawn is still about as green as it was in June, while mowing Friday I spotted a few dandelions sprouting from beneath the autumn leaves.

It’s been a strange year.

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What’s in your wallet?
Have you been paying attention to the credit card wars?
My wife is all over it. Wooed by the offers from other card companies, she dumped VISA like a jug of sour milk and signed up for a Citi Master Card and American Express.
The Citi card (with no annual fee) pays 2-percent cash back on everything you buy. The American Express pays 6 percent back on groceries and 3 percent back on gas. It requires a $75 annual fee, but if you buy $100 worth of groceries per month (a lot of ramen noodles, eh?), that’s $72 right there.
As with everything, it pays to shop around for credit cards.

What’s in your wallet?

Have you been paying attention to the credit card wars?

My wife is all over it. Wooed by the offers from other card companies, she dumped VISA like a jug of sour milk and signed up for a Citi Master Card and American Express.

The Citi card (with no annual fee) pays 2-percent cash back on everything you buy. The American Express pays 6 percent back on groceries and 3 percent back on gas. It requires a $75 annual fee, but if you buy $100 worth of groceries per month (a lot of ramen noodles, eh?), that’s $72 right there.

As with everything, it pays to shop around for credit cards.

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