.....Advertisement.....
.....Advertisement.....

Columns

  • 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.

  • Strange beats normal any day

    Kentucky, you’re strange.
    Since I’ve crossed the state line, Kentucky’s fed me a steady diet of weirdness.
    Please, take that as the highest of compliments.
    I distrust normalcy, though I’ve spent the better part of two decades striving for it.  
    Perfectly hand-drawn circles.
    A flawless driver’s license photo.
    Walking and talking at the same time.
    I’ve concluded that these impossible feats must be symptomatic of the insane.  

  • Make sure to scrub garden delights

    T-Shirts and sweatshirts … it’s that kind of weather.
    Fall officially arrives this Friday, bringing both the good and the bad.
    Those who dislike hot weather, love it. The rest of us, not so much.
    Like spring, fall is a roller coaster of weather fronts, bouncing us back and forth between hot and cold, sunny and rainy and breezes and gales. We can be in T-shirts and sandals one day and bundling up the next.

  • Questions, answers as election day nears

    Although the General Election is still 48 days away, we have been receiving numerous questions, so I thought we would get an early start and answer them in this month’s column.
    Question: When is the General Election and who is running for what?  
    Answer: Nov. 8 is the date. This year’s rlection is for statewide races, which include governor, secretary of state, agriculture commissioner, state auditor, state treasurer and attorney general.
    A complete list of candidates can be seen on the Secretary of State’s website at www.elect.ky.gov.

  • Adventures in aloneness

    I linger now where I used to fear to tread — being alone.
    Stepping out into the world by myself, even for a moment, can  be a dangerous endeavor.
    They say we’re born into the world alone, and in the same way, we die alone.
    But no one talks about the in between, or how we’re supposed to be alone in the midst of living.
    My solo forays into the social wild are fleeting. You could even say they’re not risky at all.
    A trip to the grocery store. The movies. A nice restaurant.