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Columns

  • Now’s the time to start planting tomato seeds

    There are only five more Mondays until spring.
    I have to say that I have loved this winter. I haven’t had to walk up the drive even once.
    Last winter I walked for almost a month. Sure, it got me in shape and offered plenty of beautiful night skies, but slipping and sliding while carrying groceries or dog food, was not my idea of a good time.
    We should be done with the snow, if the August fog predictor is accurate. The number of foggy mornings predicted the number of snows accurately last year, so I’m hopeful.

  • Coke and Red Bull? Not with my money

    Column as I see ’em …
    I was already in a sour mood when I stopped to fill my gas tank Friday night.
    I had just reviewed my year-end tax documents and was doing a slow burn over how much money was confiscated from my family so it could be squandered by politicians bottom fishing for votes.
    My burn grew a little hotter as the meter on the gas pump charged toward $60, so I shut it off and figured a chat with the jovial cashier inside might put me in a better mood before I went home.

  • For the love of country life

    Last Saturday morning, I spent three hours watching two men trap for beavers off the banks of the Kentucky River.
    Never thought I’d write that sentence.
    I also never imagined that I’d eat barbecued squirrel. Or taste test burgoo. Or finally learn how not to panic while driving on narrow country roads in western Anderson County.
    I may be a day late in celebrating Valentine’s Day, but I figured it’s never too late to confess a secret love: my unabashed admiration for country life.  

  • Shocking realities of prescription abuse drives summit to fight

    By Tara Kaprowy
    Kentucky Health News
    Prescription drug abuse has become so prevalent in parts of Kentucky, people are buying Mason jars of clean urine at flea markets and under the table at tobacco stores so they can pass drug tests.
    Almost two-thirds of Kentuckians have used prescription drugs for non-prescription reasons, 30 percentage points higher than the rest of the country.

  • In marriage, love makes the difference

    A couple of years ago, some friends of mine reported this experience on Valentine’s Day.
    The husband forgot to make dinner reservations. The couple tried several nice restaurants but found that they were booked. Then they went to a family restaurant of a national chain. They enjoyed their dinner, had fun talking, laughing about experiences they had and celebrated being together for 23 years.  

  • Wild card tosses weather prediction for loop

    I love this weather. I’ll take 60 degrees on Groundhog Day instead of ice, anytime.
    This isn’t even close to what I predicted for our winter weather. My friend Tina asked me a while back what happened. Well, I found out.

  • Shooting the messenger

    Newspapers are easy to hate.
    Believe me, I did.
    Once upon a time, I viewed the newspaper as an old, cantankerous uncle with foul breath, whispering unwanted horror stories right before I fell asleep.
    But despite what I once thought or what disapproving finger pointers say, that’s not the newspaper’s fault.
    Blame human nature.  
    Every week I meet, interview and write about those who strive to make the community a better place to live and work.
    I like these people, and I enjoy telling their stories.

  • 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.