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Columns

  • Obsession with consumption gives food for thought

    We were eating pizza — thin crust, perfectly crisp, topped with ooey gooey decadent cheesy goodness that was just the right degree of meltiness.
    As our eyes rolled back in our heads in pizza ecstasy, my friend Tara said she had recently read that the sign of a culture in decline is its glorification of its cuisine and deification of its chefs.

  • Can’t save them all, but walking dogs is a start

    If the idea of walking dogs appeals to you, but you are not interested in dealing with hassles such as obtaining licenses or procuring clients, volunteering to walk dogs for your local Humane Society can be a perfect opportunity to express your love and compassion for animals.
    Offering your services makes a positive impact on your community and a huge difference in the lives of many homeless dogs.

  • Fat bunnies, foggy August mean rough winter

    Happy December, everyone.
    Let the race begin. You now have 18 days before Christmas. Winter will officially arrive on the 22nd of this month and before you get too concerned, we normally only have a little snow by then.
    Sinc, we’re nearing the end of the year, I thought we should take a short stroll down memory lane.
    Last December, we had had only 1.6 inches of snow by Christmas, but it made for a white one. By the end of January we had another 1.26 inches fall. It was the month of February that got us.

  • History continues to be made at Salt River Independent Baptist

  • Vegetables, like families, share certain traits

    Here it is, the end of November already. I can’t believe it has flown by so fast.
    We’re about to sit down to a big meal and a day of rubbing elbows with kin. It doesn’t matter if you like them or not, you’re family, you’re going to spend the day with them, so don’t stress. One day does not a lifetime make.
    Thanksgiving is all about family and believe it or not, yours is not the only one there. Vegetables have families, too, and they didn’t get to the table by hanging out together. They have their own likes and dislikes.

  • Here’s a way to learn more about organic gardening

    Well, November is already half over and Thanksgiving is just around the corner.
    So, I’d like to take this time to say “Thank you!” I don’t think there’s a week that goes by that I don’t hear nice things from you. It really means a lot to hear your comments and have feedback on my columns. Thanks to you, I always learn something and for that I am very grateful.

  • A message for people who don’t like church

    I saw this on a billboard in Cincinnati a couple of years ago. At first glance I was offended, but the more I thought about it the more I realized what the ad was saying.
    The ad said people have grown tired of churches which are lifeless in nature, ran by the pastor, an elder or some prominent family or individual rather than relying on God and his word to direct the church.

  • Multi-tasking isn’t just for office anymore

    This is the time of year that I really start cooking, literally. My kitchen counter is finally clear of various vegetables and seeds, making room for dough and pastry.
    Cooler temperatures make me hungry and when I’m hungry I cook. Plus, the oven heat is much more enjoyable this time of year.

  • Will hemp be the new ethanol?

    Ingenuity is important in today’s economy, especially in agriculture.
    But harvesting hemp?
    That’s a new one.
    In 2011, I would have thought we’d replace cotton and polyester with more futuristic materials.
    Like recycled seat covers from our flying hover cars.
    Rather, we’re looking back to renew modern agriculture, with a species of plant that doesn’t come without high expectations and mixed connotations.

  • Like time, snowflakes will soon fly by

    It’s the little things that count, you know.
    The delightful giggle of an innocent child, the playful antics of a puppy or a simple compliment from a friend are all examples of little things. Little things make you laugh, smile and generally feel better.
    It’s the minutes that make the hours and the hours that make the days, that combine to make the ‘Oh my gosh, it’s November!” moment.