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Jumpin' Zach Flash

Be sure to join me, Jumpin’ Zach Flash, for Central New York’s Greatest Hits every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Here are some things you may not know about me. My favorite musician is John Lennon (this explains my round glasses—it's NOT because I am a Harry Potter fan). My favorite John Lennon song has to be “Give Peace a Chance.” My favorite Beatles songs are “Don’t Let Me Down” and “Come Together.” My hobby is photography, and you can see a lot of my work right here on this website—search “Zach’s Weekly Snaps” to check out my photos.
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Do Dogs Really Know Right from Wrong? [VIDEO]

Can a dog really know what is right and what is wrong? For those of us with dogs, when our four-legged friend does something wrong, there is always that sad-puppy-dog look, right? And because our dogs give us that look, is that enough proof to show they know they did something wrong? For us dog owners, we usually think so. However, as you'll see in the video below, according to at least one researcher, it could just be dogs know how to react to their owners. 

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Being Vegan at the New York State Fair [PHOTOS]

It's fair time. Yes, the Great New York State Fair is in full swing. And for many people, the highlight of the annual fair is the food. There's a lot of meat, a lot of dairy products and tons of deep fried anything you can imagine. What is a vegan to do? Where can a person who doesn't eat meat or dairy products have a meal? Well, I found a few places. 

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More Countryside–Zach’s Weekly Snaps [PHOTOS]

I decided to take a little trip on some country roads again. And from that little trip, I saw some great things. A few weeks ago, I shared with you some photos from when I traveled through Sherrill and the surrounding area. Today, I would like to share with you a few more pictures of the countryside taken in Herkimer and the surrounding area. Here are some more of Zach's Weekly Snaps. This week's theme--More Countryside.

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Flowers–Zach’s Weekly Snaps [PHOTOS]

I have always liked looking at macro photography. Looking at objects that have been magnified is interesting. So, that's what I set out to do. I took some pictures of flowers. Today, I would like to share with you a few of those pictures as part of my photoblog series, Zach's Weekly Snaps. This weeks theme--Flowers.

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Favorite Tip Learned from the Internet–Zach’s Pick [VIDEO]

Every morning, I make a smoothie. It used to always take forever to make. I had to get out the blender, add my ingredients, blend and pour into a separate glass. It not only took a lot of time, but it also was a pain to clean up. One day, I found something very interesting on the Internet. And ever since I found it, making smoothies has never been easier. (Yes, I know this sounds like an infomercial, but this trick really works.) All you need are your blender blades and a mason jar. Essentially, you are turning a mason jar into a blender.

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Central New York Countryside–Zach’s Weekly Snaps [PHOTOS]

I love to drive on back country roads and look at all the beautiful scenery. Recently, a friend and I drove around Sherrill and Vernon taking pictures of the wonderful scenery in Central New York. Today, I would like to share with you a few of those photos as part of my photoblog series Zach's Weekly Snaps. This week's theme--Central New York Countryside. 

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Walking Around Washington, D.C.–Zach’s Weekly Snaps [PHOTOS]

Recently, I took a trip to Washington, D.C and the surrounding area. And, while I was there, I took some pictures while walking around. You won't find the typical Washington, D.C. pictures, like monuments or the White House. Even though I don't have those photos in this album one would expect from a trip to the Capital, I found other interesting things to take pictures of. Today, I would like to share with you my photos from my recent trip as part of Zach's Weekly Snaps. This week's theme--Walking Around Washington, D.C.

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Have You Ever Heard of the Ukelin? [VIDEO]

So, have you? Do you know what ukelins are? The only reason I know about ukelins is because I was watching Antiques Roadshow, and a person brought one in to have it appraised. So, what exactly is it? The ukelin is a combination of a ukulele and a violin. Check out how it sounds.

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Trip to North Carolina–Zach’s Weekly Snaps [PHOTOS]

I recently returned from a vacation in North Carolina. And, being a novice photographer, I brought my camera along for many of the days I was there. I don't like taking pictures of everything I see. So, I take pictures of unique, odd or interesting places or things. Today, I would like to share with you a few picture from my trip as part of Zach's Weekly Snaps. This week's theme--Trip to North Carolina.

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Vegan Recipes for the First Day of Summer

Friday, June 21 marks the first official day of summer this year. And, with the official summer season fast approaching, summertime delicacies will soon be seen--meaning, a lot of food on the grill. Hamburgers, hot dogs and steaks, oh my. What's a vegan to do at a picnic where the main food group is meat? Salads. Many, many different kinds of salads. And, no, I'm not talking about the traditional lettuce salad. I'm talking about bean salads, cucumber salads and tomato salads--just to name a few. Today, I'd like to share with you a few vegan salads you can bring to that First Day of Summer picnic.

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Zach Names New Cat After John Lennon Song [VIDEO]

After vowing never to get another cat because of the heartbreak experienced when my cat of 18 years died, I am now a new cat owner. Yes, I spent many years grumbling that I never wanted another cat. But, this cat's circumstances were dire, and he needed a place to live. So, to make a long story short, I said, "Yes." Because of the circumstances, we didn't have a lot of time to prepare--so, we were racking our brains to find a cool name for our new pal. And, after a solid day of trying to figure out a name, one popped into my brain. My cat now has the name "Instant Karma," after the 1970 John Lennon hit.

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Vegan with a Green Thumb–Zach’s Garden [PHOTOS]

Being a vegan means my diet consists of fruits and vegetables. So, you would think it would be like second nature for me to be a successful gardener. Last year was my first attempt at gardening, and my garden was OK. Nothing spectacular. This year, I decided to try something different. I built a mini greenhouse (cold frame) on my raised garden bed. My vegetable plants have been growing like crazy.

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