Friday, March 04, 2011

Friday's Odds and Ends

Before we get to the regularly scheduled program, I have a guest piece on Elizabeth Spann Craig's Mystery Writing is Murder blog. We are talking about jigsaw puzzles and writing and what they have in common. Stop on by if you have a minute.

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Dennis Montgomery, who owns a California computer company, sold fake technology that was supposed to assist in tracking terrorists to the military. It took two years for the Air Force to cancel the contract after the fraud was brought to light. The extent of the fraud may never be known because the Justice Department believes that releasing the details would be a threat to national security. More details HERE

What is wrong with that picture? Is the bureaucracy of the military so over loaded that someone could not have pulled the plug in, say, a week and saved millions?  Do we have a right to know the details of this fraud?

Obama's 2012 budget cuts calls for reduction of the charitable donation tax deduction. Rick Dunham, CEO of a company that assists non-profits wrote and op-ed piece in which he stated, "Our charitable deduction ensures that the wealthy have an incentive to share their financial blessings with the less fortunate."

While I agree that the deduction should stay in place, the idealist in me wishes the wealthy could donate because it is a good thing to do. Why does everything have to include a personal benefit? Have we totally succumbed to the the "What's in it for me?" mentality?

The latest trend in gardening for the busy family. There are now expert gardeners, who, for a fee, will come to your home and create a garden. They bring tools, compost, mulch, hoses, seeds and starter plants and will build raised beds, then plant your garden. If you are too busy to tend to the garden, they will come out regularly to pull weeds and take care of any other gardening chores. They'll even come out and harvest. According to an article in The Dallas Morning News, this approach to gardening has become popular in Dallas, Austin, and Seattle, but I wouldn't be surprised if it is not springing up in other places.

I'll admit that I have been tempted in recent years to hire someone to dig my garden, I don't think I would go so far as to hire a company to do it all. Some of the physiological benefits of gardening are lost if you are not putting your own hands in the dirt to plant the seeds and nurturing the plants until you are ready to pick that first juicy tomato.

What about you? Would you hire folks to do a garden?

10 comments:

LuAnn said...

I can think of a couple reason for planting a garden:

1. You are able to relax while digging in the dirt, tending to your developing plants.

2. You are trying to save some money by growing your own produce.

If you're paying someone else to garden for you, you're not reaping those benefits!

Maryann Miller said...

So, true, LuAnn. Thanks for stopping by.

AlexOngNYC said...

Only if it's tax deductible lol

Alex
Breakfast Every Hour

Maryann Miller said...

Clever, Alex. LOL

Carol Kilgore said...

Depending on cost, I would definitely hire someone to do a garden and keep it up. I have a black thumb and a lot of allergies to things like bees, things in dirt that make me break out, and things in commercial fertilizer that make my throat swell. But I love fresh produce. And I love Live-In Handyman who loves gardening.

Carol Kilgore said...
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Carol Kilgore said...

No idea how my comment posted twice. Feel free to delete the duplicate.

Maryann Miller said...

Carol, I know, you were just making sure the comment wasn't missed. LOL

Actually, it was probably a Blogger.com thing. It has been a bit wonky today. I tried to leave comments on several blogs and kept getting error messages. Hate when that happens.

Jemi Fraser said...

We always had a veggie garden when the kids were little - they still love their veggies! We don't have the room anymore - the garage covers that space now!

Maryann Miller said...

Sorry you don't have room for a garden anymore, Jamie. I'm lucky I have several acres of land to choose from, but lots of trees, so finding a clear space is hard.