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Columns

  • Fall’s racing toward finish line in a hurry

    Haven’t the sunsets been magnificent?
    As the sun gets lower in the sky and the wind blows particles into the air, the colors of Earth’s spin out take on a rosy glow. At least it’s a great climax to our ever shorter days.
    By next week we’ll have just over 10 hours of daylight each day. Those precious hours begin to dwindle quickly as we move closer to the winter solstice. All the more reason to hurry up and get those outside chores done.

  • A chance to meet living history

    Ella Belle Overstreet Baxter graciously welcomed me into her home.
    But what she didn’t know what was that I wanted her secret to long life.
    Saving that, her portal to the past.
    Ella has watched Anderson County evolve for about 100 years.
    She’s been alive for both World Wars, minor and major military conflicts abroad.
    She watched distilleries flourish, then wilt; lacking liquid courage they needed during the years of Prohibition.
    The clicks of Morse Code transformed into the pings of incoming text messages.

  • Lousy winter prediction means time to prepare

    I love nature. The beautiful sounds of the morning birds serenading me, joined by the magnificent sight of fall leaves bordering the bright green hay fields, makes me stop in my tracks every time. Then, I remember that winter is coming.

  • Yes, you do need a flu shot

    Getting a flu shot often protects you from getting the flu virus.
    And while the flu shot doesn’t always provide total protection, it’s still worth getting.
    Influenza (the flu) is a contagious respiratory infection that is caused by the influenza virus.  According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), an average of 5 to 20 percent of the population in the United States gets the flu.

  • Gardening doesn’t have to end with fall and winter

    Last week I felt like I was starring in “Gone with the Wind,” repeating that famous line “I don’t know nothin’ bout birthing no babies! I had 10 charges, waiting to come out into the world, each with a different due date. I was babysitting the butterfly nursery, and it was totally cool!
    The butterfly nursery is in the rain garden at the library, with numerous Monarch butterfly chrysalis inside. The Monarch is considered the “king” of butterflies because of its beauty, hence the name “monarch.”

  • Need some exercise? Try a Zumba fitness class

    I feel like I’ve been let in on one of the best-kept secrets in Lawrenceburg. It’s for dance fanatics or anyone who likes to have fun and learn something new, and its name is Zumba.  
    I am a closet exercise-aholic. I try not to talk about it too much, but it has saved me, mentally and physically, over the years. I’m addicted to movement — Yoga, Pilates, walking, and my true love, dance.

  • To spur job creation, cut the fat in Washington

    A few years ago, the federal government issued a regulation requiring banks to change their disclosure statements so that solid vertical lines separated columns on the sheet.
    Some small community banks were not able to easily create these vertical lines in their new electronic forms as required, so to improvise they used lines made of asterisks instead.
    Regulators charged the banks for being in violation of the regulation.

  • With veggies harvested, time for firewood

    Well, there was a little frost on the pumpkin last weekend.
    Happy October, everyone. It’s time to celebrate the end of the harvest season, at least the vegetable side of things.
    The full hunter’s moon is Tuesday, Oct. 11, and folks in camo gear and orange caps will soon be dotting the hills to begin their own harvesting. If you’re a fall hiker be sure to wear something bright.

  • Developer can teach local government a lesson

    Larry Cann and his attorney certainly don’t need nor have they solicited my advice, but I’m going to give it to them anyway.
    Were I them, I wouldn’t waste my time, money or effort squabbling with Harry Wise Road residents who are fighting Cann’s efforts to build a subdivision. Instead, I’d go to court have a judge declare invalid the planning and zoning commission’s recommendations to deny that subdivision, and here’s why.

  • Fall’s arrival brings with it plenty to do

    It’s official. Fall has arrived and the colors won’t be far behind, we just have to wait for cooler temperatures for the more colorful pallets.
    The dogs are patiently waiting for the leaves to fall so they can play in the piles. I think it’s going to be a spectacular fall and we have the weather to thank for it.
    Weather is the main factor in the brilliance and longevity of fall leaves. As the length of sunlight falls, the chlorophyll levels fall as well. The chlorophyll then gets blocked by a cell layer.