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Columns

  • Caring for plants, colds aren’t very different

    Having a cold is not my idea of a good time.
    Sleeping becomes particularly annoying. The nose stops up, the mouth drops open and the next thing you know you’re drooling all over your pillowcase.
    Whenever a bug has the nerve to enter my body, I go into full battle mode. Besides drinking gallons of herbal teas, water and juice, I start sucking down oranges and bananas, like ET going after Reece’s Pieces. I also take aspirin on a regular basis, eat right and try my best to sleep.

  • Make room for real people

    The writing process often looks like Russian nestling dolls.
    You may have seen them. One hollow doll fits inside another, smaller hollowed doll until you find yourself holding the smallest one in the palm of your hand.
    When it comes to framing a feature story, like the one on Mardi Gras Donuts, there are just some subplots that will never fit inside the larger scope of the story being told.
    This kills me every time.
    Journalism established itself on the cornerstone of word economy.
    Find the story.
    Establish the facts.

  • Winter a good time to stay indoors with plants

    Can you believe it’s almost the end of January?
     We’ve had more fall weather than winter weather, and I have never been so happy for being so wrong. Obviously, we still have our most wintry month left to go, but I think we’ve had enough cold to kill the bad stuff outside, so I’m happy.

  • Diabetes increases risk from flu

    Why does having diabetes put me at higher risk for getting the flu?
    People with diabetes (type 1 and 2), even when well-managed, are at increased risk of severe disease and complications, like hospitalization and even death, as a result of getting the flu. This is because diabetes can make the immune system less able to fight severe influenza disease.
    In addition, illness can raise your blood sugar level. Also, sometimes people don’t feel like eating when they are sick, and this can cause blood sugar levels to rise and fall.

  • Finding my home in stranger-filled pool hall

    I am a woman with no hometown.
    Like a magpie foraging and stealing things to bring back to her nest, I surround myself with bits and pieces of my former lives in other states to recreate a feeling of home.
    Nothing tangible, no knickknacks.
    I’m not a snow globe or porcelain doll kind of person.
    Local watering holes, like Jim’s Pool Room, are more my style.

  • Services you know about, and some you don’t

    During the course of daily operations in our office, we respond to calls regarding the duties of the circuit clerk’s office vs. the county clerk’s office.
    I hope the article this month will help clarify the county clerk’s duties. Our office is most commonly associated with the annual renewal of your license plate decal and paying yearly taxes on your vehicle, however we have many more duties.

  • Turn children’s snow days into grow days

    I thought I was ready for winter. Sure, I had plenty of wood. Yes, I had my bag of Winter Melt and the shovel handy. I had the truck inspected and prepped for everything, almost.
    The one thing I forgot to do was lube the rubber seals in the car door. Whoops.
    Last Thursday night, when we got our first winter weather, I ended up banging on the door with my little lunch cooler to break the ice, and it worked. Needless to say, I sprayed the rubber the next day with olive oil.  Standing outside, in the wind and snow is not my idea of a good time.

  • Remembering 1994’s bitter winter blast

    We’ve complained in recent years about the single-digit temperatures we’ve seen from time to time during the winter months here in central Kentucky. So far this season, the 10-15 degree range is about as cold as we’ve gotten, but even at that you can hear grumblings from folks about how spring can’t show up fast enough.
    I thought I’d do a quick little write-up about the January we experienced here 18 years ago, just to jog our memories and remind us that it could be worse — a lot worse.

  • Summer’s warmth will be here before we know it

    Boy, have we been spoiled.
    This winter’s temperatures could have been a gardener’s dream, if we’d known. We could still have lettuce, spinach, turnips and kale growing, if we hadn’t put the gardens to bed. By this date last year, we had had 2.5 inches of snow.
    What makes it snow? Moisture and temperature are the two culprits. Moisture in the air gathers into droplets and when the temperature cools enough, ice crystals are formed. As more are formed they get heavier. When it gets heavy enough, it falls as snow. So, where’s our snow?

  • It’s never too early to start selecting seeds

    Happy New Year. I don’t know about you all, but I’m feeling all warm and fuzzy.
    It’s primarily because I got lots of warm stuff for Christmas, but other things, too. I received numerous pictures of family and friends along with letters and messages catching me up on their lives. What a great way to start 2012. Now, if only I can remember to write it.