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Featured Gay Friendly Real Estate Agent: Jason Warner, Nashville, Tennessee

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Jason Warner, Gay Nashville Real Estate AgentPeriodically we’ll feature one of our real estate professionals here to let our readers know about some great Realtors, Mortgage Brokers, and Other Real Estate Professionals.

I’ve been investing in real estate in Tennessee now for over a decade. I love the business and I love this area of the country. I’ve bought and sold as a hobby for many years while owning my own independent music label and management company, while touring as a professional singer for over ten years as the duo “Jason & deMarco”.

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Leather-Themed Plaza in SF’s SOMA Searches for Funding

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San Francisco Leather ParkletBoosters of a plan to construct a leather-themed public plaza in San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood are competing for grant funding from the San Francisco Parks Alliance.

Dubbed Eagle Plaza, the parklet would be built on the block of 12th Street between Harrison and Bernice, which fronts the gay-owned Eagle bar.

The Bay Area Reporter in February broke the news that the plaza design would include elements celebrating SOMA’s ties to both the LGBT and leather communities.

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Authored By Matthew S. Bajko – See the Full Story at the BAR

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Terry’s Blog: Hydroponic Gardening

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Hydroponic Gardening
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When most people think of gardening, they think of plants growing in dirt, but this isn’t the only way to grow plants. Hydroponics is another method to grow plants that doesn’t use soil. Many of you might be wondering how can you grow a plant without soil? Well, it is quite easy to grow plants without soil. To explain this, lets first explain how plants grow. Plants receive the bulk of their nutrients from the soil and these nutrients are basic minerals and vitamins.

When growing a plant without soil some type of nutrient free medium is used to hold the plant in place and the actual food and vitamins are feed to the plant via a complete fertilizer. I use the term complete fertilizer because most fertilizers are designed for plants that grow in soil, so they are missing a few key vitamins that the soil is expected to provide.

There are dozens of ways to construct a hydroponic garden. There are passive systems that do not use electronic pumps and bubble machines, and the plants simply grow roots that are submerged into the water. The Kratky method is a good example of this and is being used by commercial lettuce and vegetable leaf gardens.

Other methods use a recirculating pump to aerate the water to provide plants an abundance of oxygen and water. Some use misters that directly spray water on the roots of plants.

So, why would anyone want to do hydroponic gardening. There are several benefits to using hydroponics and I will list then bellow:

(1) Hydroponic plants grow faster

(2) Hydroponic gardens have fewer insects

(3) Hydroponic gardens grow bigger plants

Plants grown in hydroponic gardens grow faster and larger than plants that are grow in soil. How is this possible? This is possible because when plants grow in soil, their roots have to stretch and search for water. In a hydroponic system, plants always have access to well oxygenated water, this allows them to grow at a faster rate.

With hydroponics, you also deal with fewer insects and diseases. The soil that plants are grown in is often a major cause of infestation. The carries insect larvae and gives them the perfect environment to grow, you do not have this with hydroponics.

Another benefit of hydroponic gardening is that they are easier to maintain. You don’t have to carry around bags of dirt or deal with weeds. It is even possible to automate the water and feeding process so that your garden is self-sufficient.

Is hydroponic gardening better than growing in soil? This is a difficult question to ask. Hydroponics does have some major benefits over growing over soil, which we listed above. Better is such a value judgment. I will only say that hydroponics requires less maintenance.

As you can see, hydroponic gardening is a great alternative to growing plants in soil. It is easier to maintain, plants grow faster and bigger in hydroponic gardening. Give this method a try and you will be pleasantly surprise at how well it works.fbcoverTerryBornitz

Featured Gay Real Estate Agent: Dustin Pruitt, Vancouver, Washington

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Dustin Pruitt, Gay Vancouver Real Estate AgentPeriodically we’ll feature one of our real estate professionals here to let our readers know about some great Realtors, Mortgage Brokers, and Other Real Estate Professionals.

Licensed in Real Estate in Washington and Oregon, my journey to a career in real estate traversed through chiropractic school in Davenport, Iowa, a retail career with Starbucks, and Commercial Insurance in NW Portland before landing at the Hasson Company. A native of the Pacific NW, my family still operates a farm in eastern Washington homesteaded by my great grandparents over 100 years ago.

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San Francisco Real Estate Market Has Gone Over the Top

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San Francisco Real EstateIn San Francisco, a boom is always associated with its essential counterpart, the bust. They’re as typical to the city as sun and fog. And currently, the city is in one heck of a housing boom, but the national indices don’t quite do justice to how over-the-top mind-blowing crazy the situation has gotten.

For example, the S&P/Case-Shiller Home price index covers not just the city or county of San Francisco (identical) but includes four other Bay Area counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, and San Mateo. There are more counties in the Bay Area, but they’re not included in the index. Two of the cities in these counties – Richmond and Oakland – have made the lists of the nation’s most dangerous cities, justified or not, and home prices in these cities and other cities too are much, much lower.

So in terms of home prices, the five-county Case-Shiller index for “San Francisco,” though showing a significant gain, waters down the craziness happening before our very eyes in the real San Francisco.

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Authored By Wolf Richter – See the Full Story at The Business Insider

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Terry’s Blog: How Gardening Saved My Life

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How Gardening Saved My Life
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Gardening was never a part of my life growing up. I lived in the middle of the city with stone and cement everywhere, so the most I knew about gardening had to do with the parks, meridians, and what the neighbors could cram onto their balconies. I remember one neighbor grew a single tomato plant on hers. She said she used them to make her own tomato sauce. As a child I didnít understand the appeal.

As an adult I would soon find out. When I was about thirty I was diagnosed with chronic depression. For a long time I had felt like a dark cloud was hanging over me, daring me to join my dead ancestors beyond the grave. The doctors had no reasoning for this other than a chemical imbalance. What I never told any of them was about the abuse I had faced in a relationship, the death of family members, and a miscarriage all in one year. Talking about those things only made me more depressed.

I tried many things to feel better. Therapy, spa treatments, even going on vacation did nothing to lift the veil of horror from my eyes. Every day was a struggle to get up and go. I managed to get a new job, a new partner, and a new place to live in the suburbs, but I still didnít feel like any of it was worth it.

Then one day I went for a walk and realized that I lived in a beautiful neighborhood. All of the lawns were full of colorful flowers, fresh vegetables, and even the occasional fruit bush or tree. I asked one neighbor pruning a rose bush how she got started. The next thing I knew, I was at a home improvement place looking to see how I could add some color and life to my own.

It was rocky going that first spring. I barely knew what I was doing, but my neighbors were helpful and showed me some tips I would never read in books. In time I began to see the literal fruit of my neighbors. Slowly, over the years, my garden grew in more ways than one.. With every plant I cultivated and seeded from the earth, a bit of that dark cloud disappeared over my head. It was like my plants were my guardian angels, trying to get me to survive.

My loved ones noticed the change as well. They commented that I seemed happier, brighter. I would take them veggies and bouquets of flowers that I cultivated myself. My sister said that she could feel my essence in a single dahlia. I believe her. I pour all of my frustrations, my fears and my regrets into every seed I plant. Those plants in turn use my negativity to fertilize themselves and grow into something beautiful. I truly believe that is whatís happening.

I donít know if I would still be alive today if I never discovered gardening. Itís like the missing piece of my soul that was absconded one day when looking at my neighborís tomato plant. I now grow them in her honor.fbcoverTerryBornitz

New Sculpture to Be Installed in Dallas Gayborhood

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Dallas Gayborhood sculpture“Our management philosophy for ilume and ilume Park includes community involvement and promoting social interaction among people. We have always believed that art is an integral and essential part of that social interaction,” developer Luke Crosland said this week, explaining why The Crosland Group will soon be unveiling a new sculpture installation in front of ilume Park on Cedar Springs.

The installation will feature a new piece by artist George Tobolowsky entitled Targeting.

The sculpture is made of reclaimed steel, found objects and paint. The lower portion is a steel missile casing, and the upper circular portion is a steel rondelle painted in ilume Park’s signature purple. Cobalt-painted steel unites the top and bottom portions of the piece.

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Terry’s Blog: Gardening Tips: The Essentials of Fertilizer

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Gardening Tips: The Essentials of Fertilizer
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Growing plants require a nearly endless supply of the best nutrients to maintain quality plant health. This is true whether the gardener is attempting to grow ornamental flowers, fruits or vegetables. Fertilizer is often added to the dirt as a way to replenish the depleting nutrients that are sucked up by the plant life during growing season.

Organic and chemical fertilizers provide essential nutrients including potassium, phosphorus and nitrogen. Plant life requires these essential ingredients along with other valuable trace nutrients. Applying the right amount of fertilizer, and the correct percentages is based on a variety of factors, but are all highly dependent on each particular plantís needs.

Testing the Soil

By taking a test on the soil, the gardener can easily determine its acidity, or pH factor. This will provide all the necessary information to determine which nutrients are deficient in the soil. The soil test can be used to help the gardener adjust the types of fertilization used to replenish the nutrients. Even the best testing provides only minimal results when determining how much nitrogen needs to be added to the soil.

Garden centers at the local home improvement store or hardware store will offer sample test kits. These types of tests can give the gardener significantly more information on the soil by analyzing its content. It is possible to achieve high quality soil without using a soil test, but requires significantly more guesswork in selecting the best fertilizer.

Adding Amendments

An organic amendment is often used in conjunction with strong chemical fertilizers. An organic amendment can be nothing more than compost. The organic matter will continuously decompose and leach out many of the essential nutrients it contains to provide vital ingredients for the soil.

Some gardeners choose to add bone meal as a natural organic substitute for blending in phosphorus with the necessary chemical fertilizers. Additionally, blood meal and manure can provide the necessary nitrogen, and pot ash can generate potassium. All organic amendment should be blended into the soils before planting begins.

When It Is Time to Fertilize

Each different type of fertilizer has its own unique time for application for blending into the soil. It is often listed on its bag. Traditionally, all types of fruit and vegetable plants will benefit greatly by having higher levels of phosphorus during the early part of the growing season. It is phosphorus that encourages the production of healthy stems and roots.

During mid-season, adding more nitrogen to the soil can help in the fruit and foliage production. However, too much added nitrogen will often create too many leaves and only a minimal amount of flowering buds.

For the consummate gardener, over fertilizing the soil can cause just as much damage to the plants as not applying enough fertilizer. When the gardener is in doubt, as to whether or not they should feed the garden plants more fertilizer, it is always advisable to wait until the plant life begins producing less. Only then can the gardener be assured that the proper addition of fertilizer is required.fbcoverTerryBornitz

Sacramento Gayborhood to Get Rainbow Crosswalk

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Sacramento Rainbow Crosswalks

Sacramento’s Lavender Heights neighborhood is about to get a colorful signature project.

The City Council approved the construction Tuesday night of rainbow-colored crosswalks at the intersection of 20th and K streets in midtown. The rainbow design is a symbol of pride and history in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, and Lavender Heights is the center of that community in Sacramento.

The funding for the project will be raised by the Midtown Business Association and the Rainbow Chamber of Commerce. No money from the city’s general fund budget has been allocated for the work, according to a city of Sacramento staff report.

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Authored By Ryan Lillis – See the Full Story at the Sacramento Bee

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Terry’s Blog: Gardening Makes Your Heart Sing

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Gardening Makes Your Heart Sing
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While gardening for some means absolute joy, others either don’t like it or think they can’t do it well and wish they had the extra money to pay for a gardener! Some of us are just content to plant a few summer flowers each year so our yard looks colorful and inviting.

In today’s media world no-one needs to be bad at gardening. There are so many really good gardening books you can buy (or borrow from your local library), there are gardening magazines and tons and tons of websites with a gardening theme. If you are looking for help, for example, where to plant those kitchen herbs, you just need to do a Google search and you will find more than enough helpful hints.

Also gardening is not a year round effort. During the winter months, the garden is at rest and so are you. Springtime is the time everything wakes up, the birds are back and your lawn starts to become that lovely green you remember from last summer. This is the ideal time to start planning your garden and to think about planting those summer flowers and deciding on which ones and where to put them is always exciting.

It is also a joy to prepare the ground for spring planting and to get rid of those old leaves you didn’t pick up in the fall. You can help your garden come to live and make sure the earth has enough nutrients to support all those beautiful flowers you will be planting. Weeding of course, needs to be done as soon as the growing process kicks in and you can plan on weeding throughout the summer and into the fall. Weeding also gives you the opportunity to be with your plants and to enjoy their beautiful perfume and bask in their different shapes and colors.

Gardening is also basic alone time for you and your plants. It is a great time when you are out in the fresh air and enjoying the sunshine while doing something very worthwhile. Gardening is an almost meditative process. Of course the more effort you put into your garden, the more you will enjoy it. Also your friends and family will be able to get the most out of it in lazy summer days of garden barbecues and evening drinks.

Even if you do not have a garden, you can enjoy its benefits. Some simple flower pots on your balcony will do wonders and if you don’t have a balcony, you can always choose to brighten up your outside space with window boxes filled with beautiful blooms. Window boxes need to be watered regularly, especially if they face the south side as the sun will dry out the earth in record time. You can also plant herbs in window boxes and flower pots. This way you can enjoy fresh herbs in your summer salads or in pasta sauces, etc.

Gardening is a wonderful way to connect with nature and to be outdoors in the fresh air whilst you are busy attending to your garden.fbcoverTerryBornitz