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African violets offer fuzzy reception

African Violets (Saintpaulia) traditionally came with dark fuzzy green leaves and five blue-petal flowers. Plant breeders have enjoyed creating fuzzy green leaves that are edged with white, green and white splashed leaves and leaves that start out pink and green that mature to white and green. Most of the leaves are flat, but now there are some leaves that are wavy or even curly on the edges. These African Violets are always lovely to have in the home because they provide color and texture contrast even if the plants are not in bloom. The flowers that started out solid blue have also changed to lavender, purple, pink and shades of red. Some flowers are often a solid color, others are edged with pure white while others can come in blue and pinky-lavender colors swirled together or pure white with a splash of color in each petal. There are even some flowers that are white with a pink, blue or green edging. The petals that started out flat now have curly or crimped edges, and some have more than the five petals, making the flowers appear larger. The flowers are almost always held above the fuzzy green leaves in small clusters, with one to several clusters on each plant when in bloom. African Violets also come in standard size, up to 10-12 inches across, and miniature size plants that only grow...

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2017 Mid-Shore Holiday Event Listings

CAROLINE COUNTY FACES Holiday Exhibit & Boutique Date: Through Jan. 20 Thursday through Saturday noon to 4 pm Location: Denton. Christmas quilts and seasonal fiber art exhibit; unique gifts handcrafted by local artists will be available for sale. FACES Gallery 7 N. 4th Street; 410-479-1009; Fiber Downtown Denton Holiday Marketplace Date: Friday December 1st, Saturday December 2nd, Friday December 8th and Saturday December 9th Location: Denton. Shop for unique gifts at Downtown Denton’s Holiday Marketplace this holiday season. Shoppers will find crafts, pastries, jewelry, holiday gifts and more. Brought to you by Downtown Denton Main Street. 406 Market; Christmas in Caroline Date: Saturday, Dec. 2 from 9 am to 4pm; Sunday Dec. 3 from 10 am to 3 pm. Location: Denton Get a head start on your holiday shopping at Christmas in Caroline, featuring artisan crafts, collectables, gifts, wreaths, a silent auction, food, costumed characters, children’s activities, photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus and a 5K Reindeer Run on Saturday. Registration for the 5K opens at 8 am and the run starts at 9 am. 4-H Park 8230 Detour Road; 410-479-0565. FREE EVENT Ridgely’s Old Fashioned Christmas Date: Saturday, December 2nd Location: Ridgely. Get into the holiday spirit at Ridgely’s Old Fashioned Christmas, featuring a parade, refreshments, Santa and the lighting of the town’s Christmas tree. The parade begins at Martin Sutton Park at 6:45 pm and...

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Learn to think outside the branch

By Charlene Marcum For many, the fondest Christmas memories are made going to the tree farm with my family and selecting our Christmas tree. The smell of freshly cut fir, spruce and pine evergreens and the selection process for “the perfect tree” heralds in the Christmas season like no other. While many families still hold to this tradition, the times they are a’changing. The first artificial Christmas trees, made with goose feathers dyed green, were developed in Germany during the 19th century. Over the years, other styles of artificial Christmas trees evolved and become popular. In 1930, the Addis...

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Use a smart strategy when making your resolutions list

by Emily Brockbrader “Lose weight.” … “Eat healthier.” … “Become more organized.” … “This is the year of ME.” Sound familiar? As the holiday season looms, many of us take the time to look back on 2017 and re-evaluate some life choices. All the things you had planned when the ball dropped may have fallen by the wayside this past spring. According to, 68 percent of people had lost sight of their New Year’s goal by March — just three months in — and at year-end only 15 percent remained committed. “People are doing it all wrong,” says Robert Butterworth, PhD, a clinical psychologist in Los Angeles. “The worst time to make New Year’s resolutions is on New Year’s Eve. We’re exhausted after the holidays. We’re stressed out. The weather is bad. Everyone is talking about it and watching what your resolutions are.” Even so, more than half of Americans make New Year’s resolutions, and marketing for health clubs, diet programs and smoking cessation medications skyrocket. Even with all the flashy “get bathing suit ready!” ads, in the end, the results will depend on you, your desire and the right strategy. Start small, in weekly, or even daily, increments. Everyone has a different goal and looking at it as a whole can be a bit daunting. Let’s say you’d like to lose 50 pounds. Instead of “I want...

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