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Columns

  • Small changes to make addictive holiday foods healthier

    Many people overindulge on holiday foods. A small change to your recipes could result in healthier foods. Consider the change to healthier oils as a “better than” change. The food is healthier than it would have otherwise been but it doesn’t mean that it’s your best choice.

  • Viewing life outside of Lawrenceburg

    We live in a town that is surrounded by rolling hills, filled with green pastures, and influenced by agriculture. Our bluegrass territory and wild horses define who we are to other people and make us proud to live here, though we often forget that beyond these rolling hills and green pastures and through the bluegrass that there are other places that are worth exploring.

  • Tips to enjoy Cyber Monday shopping

    Cyber shopping has a lot of appeal. You can avoid the traffic and early morning deals. You can shop in your pajamas and sleep in. Last year, consumers spend $2 billion online on Cyber Monday, which is the Monday after Thanksgiving.
    Financial experts estimate that online spending in the US will increase to $327 billion by 2016, compared to $226 billion in 2012. Consider these tips to get the best deals.

  • Humane Society’s annual rummage sale is Saturday

    We’ve all had some life-changing event. My most memorable one was in high school when I went into the bank and said, “What do you mean I have no money, I still have checks left.”
    Sad, but true. I had another just last week, as I was researching what to write about a Humane Society article. Dogs can’t see! Well, not like I thought they could.

  • Avoid packing on additional holiday pounds

    The holiday season is full of wonderful tasty food that tends to add pounds to those who overindulge. The Weight Management for the Holidays program can help you avoid packing on the pounds as you enjoy the holidays with family, friends and coworkers.  

  • Learn to stay warm when old man winter growls

    Yo-yo weather is here. This time of year, Kentucky’s temperatures can go up for hours or even days, teasing us, right before it slams back down to “Where’s my coat?” temps. We go from comfortable to cold, and back again, giving us four seasons in one day.
    I think it’s Mother Nature’s way of gently breaking us into winter. Kind of like the lights in a theater dimming, to let us know the show is about to begin. I just hope it’s not gearing up for a record breaking performance.

  • Digging down to words’ roots

    As a gardener, I’m very familiar with roots. As a writer, I’m very familiar with words. I thought I’d put the two together this week and look into the origins of some of the phrases we use or hear regularly. That’s a bit unusual for a gardening column and you may think me “mad as a hatter” for doing it.

  • Sweet potatoes pack powerful punch in nutrient-rich bread recipe

    Sweet potatoes are a favorite fall food. They are savory, sweet, nutritious and versatile too. Sweet potatoes are a Native American plant that was a main source of nourishment for early homesteaders and for soldiers during the Revolutionary War.
    Sweet potatoes are excellent sources of vitamins A and C. One half cup of cooked sweet potato provides 90 calories, 3 grams of fiber and 380 percent of the daily value for Vitamin A.

  • Prepare now for college education

    College applications will be due soon for early decision/acceptance notification.
    Thanksgiving was always the target deadline in my household. Family gatherings during the holidays are also times when the relatives ask high school seniors what they plan to do after graduation.
    College isn’t the only answer for high school students. It may not be the best fit for some students and may be more expensive than justified for the student’s career path.

  • Apples are antidote to daylight loss

    Daylight’s a burnin’. Yes, I know that’s grammatically incorrect, but it’s what my family has said for years.
    My father, Jack, liked to say it to get us kids motivated. The saying is especially poignant this time of year. We just lost a whole hour. Well, not yet, but we’re headed in that direction.