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Columns

  • Make your salad dressings at home for healthy flavor

    I hope everyone had a nice Mother’s Day. I spent the day planting and gardening. My husband and I worked on stone edging for the flower beds. I love being outdoors, so for me it was relaxing and fun.

  • Getting played

    In the photos, Minister Lavrov and Ambassador Kislyak are right there on center stage, yucking it up with President Trump in the Oval Office.

    It might be our White House, but Russia set the meeting parameters, Russia snapped all the photos, Russia did the publicity release, and Russia got our president to bar U.S. media from the event altogether.

    So much for America First.

  • Find your joy on a tractor, in a garden, with a neighbor

    What a beautiful weekend! The days have been long and the nights just flat gorgeous. I love watching the sun go down. Even after that is done, the waning moon still provided enough light to watch Mother Nature shine. The tree frogs provided the audio and the lightening bugs the visual. Heaven on Earth!

  • Hiprocrisy over Foster Care

    In an op-ed dated May 2, Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear demonstrated both breathtaking hypocrisy and a fundamental lack of comprehension of Kentucky law. Beshear suggests that the Bevin administration should stop defending the Commonwealth in court against a judgment that, unless overturned, will cost Kentucky tens of millions of dollars not appropriated in the current budget.

  • Angels in disguise

    Even in the final scene, I am not at home.

    I am alone in a friend’s basement, pulling my graduation gown over my head. The game room is bright with lights as I stare into a wall of beer-themed mirrors, the contents of my makeup bag rolling across their pool table as I line my eyes with a kohl pencil.

    My friend’s dad walks in, surprised, and jokes, “Hey kiddo. You moving in?”

  • Keep your eyes on the road buddy!

    You see ads on TV all the time about safe driving.

    Over the last few years, I have met countless people that are not paying attention to their driving. How do I know this? They are on my side of the road!

    It happens too often. In fact it happened Friday afternoon.

  • Mother Nature is ready, are you?

    Well, we got plenty of rain. Here on the farm it was the good kind. Gentle, consistent rain allows for water to be soaked up, instead of running off. Thankfully, I had done a little fertilizing so the rains worked it into the soil and the plants have shot up.

    The winds were not so friendly. They beat the daylights out of some of my transplants. They’ll recover, but my one container tomato plant, that I over wintered, took a beating. The tomatoes are still hanging on though and I should be eating my first tomatoes this week.

  • Gearing up for dog days of summer

    Last week was a scorcher. I’m hoping this week will be a little cooler with the rain. I’m trying to gear myself up for the dog days of summer. The kids go back to school, traffic picks up, and I feel less and less like cooking. It’s time for big dinner salads, cold soups, lighter fare, and as much as possible on the grill. (no cleanup) .

    I like to use leftover corn that I’ve grilled previously. If using fresh, uncooked corn, you can char the outside in about 5 minutes over a gas flame.

    Roasted corn soup with avocado

  • sanity to fireworks use

    Column as I see ’em …

    First a little house cleaning. For those who care, I’m still in the Buffalo area, caring for my mom. Her will to live is incredible, and I’m a better man for witnessing that.

    Thanks to the tech wizards at our corporate headquarters in Shelbyville, I’m just about fully functional from here and able to access the computer on my desk as if it where in front of me, hence me filing some copy this week from afar.

  • Are you remaining silent as evil and sin run rampant?

    I saw an interview this week with a man who owns an orchard and family farm near Lansing, Michigan.