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Columns

  • Snow days are perfect days to indulge

    I could write you a column this week full of healthy recipes I made during this snowy week but that wouldn’t be entirely accurate. You see, in my house, there is something about snow days and holidays that are very similar. They both have an “anything goes” feeling.

  • Tips for those raising grandchildren

    Are you a grandparent who is raising a child with drug-abusing parents? You likely know that you are filling an essential role of protection for that child by providing a healthy, safe and loving place for him to grow.  At last count, there were 352 other grandparents in Anderson County who were raising their grandchildren.

  • Turning your problems over to God is difficult, but worth it

    Since my friend Mike has been sober, he’s taken me to one of his AA meetings every so often.
    I don’t struggle with alcohol, but I have my own compulsions and obsessions. In my opinion, every one of us is addicted to something and that those somethings can and do change, sometimes daily.
    Simplyput, it’s about running from God and to everything and anything that’s not God. Some of our somethings are more socially acceptable and less physically damaging than other somethings, like drugs or alcohol, but they all play havoc with our souls.

  • Keep firewood insects out of your home

    Every time you bring a load of firewood inside this winter, you may be opening the door for wood-infesting insects to make your home their home.

    Most insects brought into the home on firewood are harmless, but you can greatly reduce their numbers by following a few simple steps.

    When stacking wood outside, avoid stacking it directly on the ground. This will keep it from getting too wet and reduce the chances of infestation by such insects as termites and ants.

  • No need to wait for spring to grow food

    I believe this is the most restful winter I’ve had in Kentucky. Honest to John, I’ve not had to hike up and down the hill, chop or carry much wood, or shovel paths so I can get up and down the drive. I’ve even gained weight.

    The calendar tells me I won’t have much more of this, so I’m taking full advantage now. Lounging around, paging through seed catalogues and listening to books is my idea of a good day. Free time is a rare gem to be appreciated and I do.

  • Cooking teaches children valuable life skills

    I remember the first food I cooked, chocolate drop cookies. I was 7 years old. I remember making cookies, cake, fudge and tuna noodle casseroles.

    Anyone else remember wacky cakes? In seventh grade I started cooking dinner a few times a week to help my mother.

    From my cooking experiences as a child, I learned skills that stayed with me for life.

    I think I have become a better cook since the day of the garlic disaster. There is a significant difference between a garlic clove and a garlic bulb. I’ll never forget that experience.

  • Public pensions top state legislature’s agenda

    By James Tipton, State Representative

    When the 2016 session of the General Assembly convened Jan. 5 the unfunded liability crisis facing our Public Pension Systems was front and center. During my first year in the legislature, I have spent many hours reviewing the history of how this situation came about and studying options as we move forward.

  • Need a healthful hobby? Try gardening

    Happy 2016 to all. The holidays are over and life is returning to what passes for normal. For some, this is a depressing time of year. May I recommend gardening? Gardening is one of the most healthful hobbies you can have.

    Though just starting seeds indoors doesn’t provide for much physical activity, it will potentially lower your blood pressure, increase your mental acuity and reduce your stress. And there is also the reward factor of watching positive growth.

  • Vaccine good first step to prevent calf scours

    Neonatal calf diarrhea is defined as scours when it occurs within the first three weeks of a calf’s life.

    Bacteria, viruses and parasites can attack the lining of the calf’s intestine and cause diarrhea.

    The decrease in absorption of essential nutrients from milk leads to weight loss and dehydration. If the disease level is severe, calves often die, but even calves that survive will perform poorly for the remainder of their lives when compared to healthy calves.

  • These projects need your support

    By Jane Sinnett, Guest Columnist

    A new year, a new beginning, another chance to make our mark, do our best and be of service to that great cause that is so near and dear to our hearts.

    So how can we pick one cause from the many that tug on our consciousness almost on a daily basis? Just ask yourself how you can truly help and where your contribution be used.