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Columns

  • 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.

  • Worried about having gaseous tomatoes? Wrap ’em up

    Is anyone else surprised that fall is almost here?
    Here on the farm, there are many indicators of the changing of the seasons, but two stand out: football and furball frenzy.
    I know most look at the falling leaves and temperatures as signs the season is changing. Not here.
    I’ve already printed out my Steelers schedule for Sunday afternoon games, and Spanky and Tiller have begun their daily farm tours.

  • Lay that donkey down and rest in God’s love

    A young boy and an old man were walking with a donkey when a group of people passed by.
    “Isn’t that ridiculous that no one’s riding that donkey,” one person said.
    So, the old man told the boy to ride the donkey.
    Another group of people passed by and someone said, “That’s terrible! Look at that young boy riding that donkey while the old man walks.”

  • Small life changes can add up to big bucks

    I always get up with the birds. Thankfully, they’ve been sleeping in lately.
    As summer comes to an end, our daylight wanes and plants and animals adapt. It’s the cycle of life and adapting is the key to survival. If I didn’t get to hibernate a little in the winter, I’d never survive. I’d be too pooped.
    Sadly, hibernation is months away and we still have lots to do before then. Motivation is still the ticket to get us through. All I have to do to get my motor running is remember my relatives.

  • Get motivated for fall, winter chores with images of a well-stocked pantry

    Can you believe it’s almost the end of summer? The stand is now closed and I’m spending Labor Day laboring in the kitchen.
    It’s the time I finish my canning, freezing and drying of the harvest, and it’s the picture of a beautifully stocked pantry that motivates me. Well, that and the knowledge that I know what I’ll be eating, where it came from and how it was grown.

  • A view of Lawrenceburg through the curious eyes of a newcomer

    The most popular question people have asked me since I moved here—besides “Are you sure you’re 22?”— is “Where are you from?”
    Due to my nomadic past, I never know exactly what my answer should be.
    I’m like one of those hanging hydroponic tomato plants whose roots just sort of dangle there, never touching permanent soil.
    Sometimes I wish I had stronger roots to the places I lived.
    To make up for it, I try to surround myself with history of others.

  • No rest for gardeners planning for next year

    Well, it’s the end of another month and fall is sneaking in on us. I know each season has the same amount of months in it, but summer sure seems to go by quicker. Like a $20 bill, once you break it, it goes fast.
    Those of us who garden big time are pretty tired by now. Unfortunately, our work is not done, and motivation is tough to find. So, let me help.

  • A haunting in Lawrenceburg

    Ghosts haunt downtown Lawrenceburg.
    I’m not the only one who can see them.
    They’re empty, lingering shells of the lives they once led, cut short by a death that cannot be easily be explained or understood.
    In all the places I’ve lived, I’ve never seen restaurants open so hopefully and die so quickly.
    In my quest to find the answers to downtown’s problems, including the extreme lack of restaurants on Main Street, I thought to go directly to the source — the restaurant owner.

  • Consumers should be wary of greedy sharks

    I will get off the topic of religion this week.
    I have a different bone to pick with companies gouging consumers.
    Last year I installed gas logs to heat with propane to offset the unbelievably high electric costs I’m charged.
    I truly enjoyed the propane heat last year and filled my tank in the early fall to save some money.  The cost to fill 400 gallons was $1.69 per gallon, or roughly $700, last September.