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Mixes and sprays to keep pests away

By Cheryl Steenerson

As I sit here to type, I've got to tell you that I'm having a strong urge to go have "puppy time." At 6 weeks old, they are nothing but adorable. These are healthy puppies and each has its own personality. While spending time outside with the pack tonight, I was reminded that it is the season for chiggers.

I've been pretty good about using my chamomile tea spray, before working outside. It's when I just come home from work and spend an hour or so taking stock of the day. Duh - that's prime time for chigger and mosquito bites.


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Catching up with an old friend

By Shannon Brock

I've been stumbling for days trying to find some ideas to write a column about. I'm getting married in 17 days, so you'd think I would have plenty.

I could easily ramble on for inches about how my wedding dress doesn't fit any more, how frustrated I am with all that comes with ordering a wedding cake or how frustrated I am with myself for forgetting to take the wedding invitations home with me the last time I went.


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The cicada dance - a trend that needs to die out

By Shannon Brock

I don't think I've ever wanted a group of living things to die so much in my life.

OK, so that's a little harsh, but I can't stand those darn cicadas.

I don't like bugs at all, really. Bees and wasps are my biggest fear and I'm not even allergic to them. I'm trying to make sure we take special precautions (even if it means paying extra) to make sure no guests of the insect variety show up at my outdoor wedding. I know it's outside so it will be pretty impossible to keep them all away, but I tell myself they won't show up because they're not invited.


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Text messages bring down the quality of conversation

By Katie Saltz

I think I recently contracted a case of acute text message syndrome. My fingers ache, I ignore my surroundings to finish a message and I will have whole conversations without actually speaking.

Alright, you probably know this isn't a real disease. But it might as well be an epidemic sweeping America. People complain about teenagers texting all the time, but I actually received a text from my mother the other day.


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Seeding, pinching and trimming after the rain

By Cheryl Steenerson

Well, we're on our way to getting our average 3 1/2 inches of rain in June. I only hope the rest of it comes without the wind damage. The rain did save my crops and I know I wasn't alone. The long, dry spells do have their benefits. We can plant more.

Now is the time to start seeds for the fall garden. Pumpkins, cabbage and cale crops can be planted from seed to give you more food for the pantry this winter. It's also time to pinch back mums, coleus and impatiens. If that's not enough to keep you off the streets, I've got more.


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This complaint didn't fall on deaf ears

By Ben Carlson

Kudos to the Lawrenceburg City Council for listening to business owners and tabling the idea of requiring them to submit a federal tax return to purchase an occupational license.


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Two examples of life well lived

By Ben Carlson

The loss of Harold Ritchey and now W.J. Smith leaves a void in Anderson County that will likely never be filled.

Ritchey, the longtime county clerk, and Smith, a walking encyclopedia of local history and former postmaster, were two shining examples of what life in a small town is about.

Simply put, they cared about their hometown and the people who live there.

Ritchey, the affable clerk seen jogging or walking around town morning, noon and night, passed away last Monday after collapsing while jogging on Broadway.


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Hi-tech desert hiking

By Jay Cason

I occasionally receive books or articles about hiking, backpacking and river rafting from friends and relatives who are aware of my passion for those activities.

My brother, who is the very antithesis of an outdoorsman (he believes the great outdoors is the space between the car door and the house door,) recently forwarded a story about Dan Neil's solo sojourn in a desert park west of Los Angeles.

Neil, a Los Angeles Times staff writer, recently embarked on what was intended to be a 75-mile springtime hike through Joshua Tree National Park.


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A purr-fect homecoming for a furry friend

By Shannon Brock

He'd been sitting under that desk for hours - basically since he got home ... well, to his new home.

He was scared and in an unfamiliar place, so he felt safest curled up in that corner. But he couldn't stay there forever.

So I did what any loving mother would do. I got under there with him. I smiled, rubbed his arm and told him everything was fine.

And then, the most amazing thing happened.

He started to purr and put his little paw on top of my hand. Izzy Sebastian Canterbury Mason had finally come home.

OK, now that you think I'm crazy, I'll explain.


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A modern Civil War

By Jay Cason

My one sibling, Jeff, and I seldom agree about anything. It has always been that way between the two of us.

I'm three years older and have always been larger and stronger than him. As many big brothers are wont to do, I'm embarrassed to admit that I bullied him a time or two or more.


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