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Columns

  • Better ways to combat diabetes

    Whether you have been recently diagnosed or have had diabetes for a long time, the eight-week class on Taking Ownership of Your Diabetes will help you learn about living with and managing diabetes.  Treatment of diabetes has changed over the past four decades.  
    It was once common to severely restrict sugar and almost anything that was tasty was off the eating plan for someone with diabetes.

  • Take appropriate precautions this summer when heat is on

    The heat is on! No, I’m not referring to the recent NBA championship of the Miami Heat basketball team, but rather the high heat index across Kentucky this summer.
    The recent heat wave accompanied by high humidity has created a dangerous environment in Central Kentucky and in Anderson County. At least one heat related death has already been reported in the state this year.

  • Gardening offers control of nutrition

    Life on the farm is filled with antics and anecdotes and all I have to do is watch.
    Well, I do occasionally stand in as a humane scratching post for Zeus, the newest member of the family. At 95 pounds, he is a mountain of muscle with a profound preference for butt rubbing.
    Spanky is half his weight, but pure muscle as well.
    To watch those two go racing down the hill to chase some critter, be it rabbit, bird or butterfly, is a spectacle all its own. It’s like watching greyhounds race.

  • Teach children to ‘follow the money’

    Back to school shopping is happening now. School supplies are in the stores and most families are looking at clothes. Back to school shopping is second to holiday shopping as the busiest season of the year.

  • Recipe good use of blackberries, peaches

    The peak season for blackberries in Kentucky is June and July. Look for firm, dry berries whether you are picking or purchasing.
    Avoid containers that are stained because that may indicate crushed or overripe berries.
    Blackberries should be shiny and black. Avoid berries that have a dull appearance or have a reddish color. Moisture will increase spoilage. Don’t wash berries until you are ready to use them.

  • Effective ways to battle beetles, other plant yuk

    There are lots of words to describe the weather we’ve been having. Saying you can wear the air or cut the air with a knife are just two. When the humidity got this high in the olden days, my Grandma would say it is “close” out.

  • Stop swindlers from targeting seniors

    Protect yourself and your family from becoming victims of elder financial abuse.
    Information for this column comes from MetLife Mature Market Institute. In cooperation with Virginia Tech and the National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse, MetLife has completed a study of Elder Financial Abuse — Crimes of Occasion, Desperation and Predation Against America’s Elders.
    The purpose of this column is to increase awareness of elder financial abuse, symptoms, safety and what you can do to protect your family. I encourage you to read the entire study.

  • Beware of the summertime grinches

    I love dusk. It’s that special time between daylight and dark, that allows me to just stand and admire life around me. That evening light gently deepens the green and then the lightning bugs come out.
    I love watching those little flares of brilliant yellow. They flash on and off so fast that you can hardly find the spot before it’s gone. They’re Mother Nature’s own Christmas lights.
    We really should celebrate a little Christmas in July.  

  • Real Key lime juice is key to wonderful pie

    I’m teaching a class on American regional cooking. In this column I usually use recipes that feature Kentucky products.
    However, everyone in the class loved this recipe and it does make a very nice dessert for summer. It isn’t low in calories or high on good nutrition but it does taste good.     

  • Organic isn’t always certified organic

    I love a good rainstorm, especially at night.
    We sure got some rain last week. The night of the big blow I ended up with over 2 1/2 inches. It thundered and rumbled and lit up the sky and I slept like a baby. In Arizona, I sometimes used a CD of rainstorms to help me fall asleep. Arizona rarely has what we call thunderstorms. It is a desert.