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Columns

  • Were gardening gadgets under your tree?

    Well, it’s here, the end of the year. There were moments when it seemed like it would never get here. Then time would speed up and we couldn’t believe it was December.
    Life is time. Some days it’s a slow stroll, others it’s a sprint. But it’s always a marathon filled with memories along the way.

  • Hoping almanac gets rest of winter wrong, too

    Well, this sure has been some weird weather.
    The library’s alliums are sprouting like it’s spring. I’m just thankful that all this precipitation has been in the form of rain and not snow.
    I guess that’s a good way to end the fall.
    Winter officially arrives tomorrow with the longest night. From then on, the sun will rise earlier each day and we’ll begin the slow roll back to spring.
    We’ll just get a little flakey between now and then.

  • Things to consider as year comes to close

    As we approach the end of the year, here are some topics that relate to that very subject.  
    Buying and selling a vehicle at the end of the year
    If you have sold or intend to sell a vehicle before the end of the year, be sure that the buyer transfers the vehicle at the county clerk’s office.  Just signing the title will not remove your tax obligation for the next year.

  • Cold aside, winter does have its upside

    We must be living right or we’re just plain lucky.
    That’s the only way to explain the recent warm temperatures and rain. Can you imagine what it would have been like if all that rain would have been snow? Makes me shiver just to think about it.
    Many of you came in to groan about my winter prediction last week, at the library. I’m right there with you, but my friend Ginny reminded me that we need the cold to kill off all these germs that are making people sick. I agree winter does have its upside, but that doesn’t mean I have to like it.

  • 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.