Tom Alphin

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First round of Seedlings.

In addition to starting the new year with a frigid swim, I also planted my first round of seeds on January 1st. Here we are, 20 days later, and I have seedlings to show...

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Cartooned!

Over the holidays, we traveled to see Amy’s mom in Richmond, VA, to see her dad in Charleston, WV and got to see my parents before and after our east coast trip as they...

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Board games that aren’t boring.

I love board games!  Most of our favorite board games are fun to play, take around an hour to complete and are easy to learn.  Most of the games we play are broadly categorized...

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…the making of a Web page logo

You may have noticed some changes in how my blog looks after my recent changes.  The most notable changes are: A revised page header which includes a new “search” capability and a different treatment for...

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Moved to WordPress

I have moved my blog over from the Blogger platform to WordPress.  I chose wordpress as it is well known for good typographic control and extensibility. I think it will be flexible to achieve...

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Building Raised Beds

I thought it would be useful to include the schematic I used in building my newest addition to the garden in the form of three 7″ tall 4’x4′ raised garden beds which I built...

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Seeds!

I finished reading through my seed catalogues and cross referencing the offerings against my Maritime Northwest Garden guide.  My goal was to increase both the variety, quality and uglyness* of this year’s garden.  I found that...

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Gardening in a Small Suburban Home

In 2006, inspired by the book “The all new Square Foot Gardening” I began gardening in earnest along the side of our small suburban home.  I began with four 4×4 foot partially raised beds....

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Strange Celebrations

The New Year begins on a rather unlikely day of the year; it is too early to be the coldest day on average, and it misses the shortest day of the year (winter solstice)...

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Low-cost, highly personal iPhone Case.

I got a used iPhone from Lisa, (Thank you!) and I have been enjoying the device quite a lot.   In short, it’s a great “lifestyle” device but a so-so phone.  That is a reasonable...

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When friends and family pop the question…

“… I am planning to buy a Digital SLR, what should I buy?”  I’ve received variations of this question from friends and family recently.  It is a difficult question to answer because it’s actually the...