Natural selection came in the night and trimmed our forests. The power went with the trees that fell and the limbs that broke from the burdens of wet snow. Not even the snowplows were ready for this one. Next springs lilacs are going to look like a Charlie Brown Christmas Tree.
I am involved in a pilot seed growing program for creating a kenaf seed bank here in Michigan. I just planted my allotment of seed furnished to me by Kenaf Partners USA (kenafpartnersusa.com).
The essential to kenaf as a rotational cash crop for Michigan farmers is a viable seed in quantities to meet future demand. I am hopeful for viable results emanating from this pilot program which is being conducted all over the USA.
My new kenaf book, “Seeding the World” https://amzn.to/2UPR4gX
is an introduction to kenaf as a rotational cash crop for American farmers and was written in conjunction with this pilot seed program.
This will be an important phase in the creation of possibilities for kenaf in Michigan and across the USA. I will try to update as the season progresses.
I have been away from the computer for over a month. Was a pleasant break, but now it is time once again to reorient myself back into cyber space. For the next couple of
months I will be once again reaching out to other artists to be my guests. Then come June Continue reading
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On this Thanksgiving I have a lot to be thankful for, the bloodline that runs through my veins played an integral part in the founding of America. I am a twelfth generation descendant of Pilgrims John Alden and William Brewster. I am related to three US Presidents— John Adams, John Quincy Adams and William Taft. My family’s blood has been sacrificed and spilled for generations creating and defending the Constitution of the United States of America and all the freedoms afforded to this great nation’s citizenry. I still believe in that Constitution as the only saving grace and hope for maintaining this free Nation under God. Continue reading
If being a successful children’s book author is one of your dreams, may I suggest rhyme be part and parcel to your writing arsenal. Children can be a rather finicky and discerning audience when it comes to words that grab their precious attention. As a writer I have always gravitated to alliterative sound and rhyme to help achieve this task. I believe rhyme can be used as a major gimmick for capturing and maintaining a child’s interest. Continue reading
Naturalization Oath of Allegiance to the United States of America
“I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty, of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen; that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I will bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform noncombatant service in the Armed Forces of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform work of national importance under civilian direction when required by the law; and that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; so help me God.”
Note: In certain circumstances there can be a modification or waiver of the Oath of Allegiance. Read Chapter 5 of A Guide to Naturalization for more information.
The principles embodied in the Oath are codified in Section 337(a) in the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), which provides that all applicants shall take an oath that incorporates the substance of the following:
- Support the Constitution;
- Renounce and abjure absolutely and entirely all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty of whom or which the applicant was before a subject or citizen;
- Support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic;
- Bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and
- A. Bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by the law; or
B. Perform noncombatant service in the Armed Forces of the United States when required by the law; or
C. Perform work of national importance under civilian direction when required by the law.