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Columns

  • Legislative spotlight turns to budget

    Frankfort was abuzz this past week as the spotlight turned to budget negotiations, last-minute bill filings, and movement on critical pieces of legislation.
    The men and women who served in World War II are our parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents. They are also our heroes — members of “The Greatest Generation” that grew out of the Great Depression and went on to win the world’s freedom in battle and on the home front.

  • When landscaping around house, think permanent

    I finally got to play in the dirt. My free time and good weather don’t always coincide, so Saturday was a real treat. I uncovered the strawberries from the weeds and straw, planted zinnias and generally picked and put. A drone would have captured me in jeans, tank top, muck boots and a giant smile.

  • Know the keys to creating good grazing system

    Rotational grazing can help producers increase forage productivity, which can increase the profitability of an operation.
    Additional benefits to implementing a rotational grazing system include: reduced supplemental feed costs, improved animal distribution and forage utilization, improved manure distribution and nutrient use, and many more. While many producers want to achieve these benefits, many struggle with implementing a system to achieve their grazing goals.

  • Springtime is perfect for salads, tasty desserts

    In the world of a cook, each season brings a new and exciting menu full of fresh ideas to bring to the table. When I think of fall, I think of hearty soups and seasonal desserts full of aroma and spice. Christmas is all about indulging in rich delicacies such as aged cheeses and meats, and nostalgic meals that make us all warm inside. Spring time, for me, means salads of all kinds.
    Colorful pasta salads, bright green bean salads, tart and sweet fruit salads, and light and tasty desserts, all so beautiful and each with the hint of color that springtime brings.

  • Take another look at God’s ‘Amazing Grace’

    “Amazing grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me.”
    Most of us would be familiar with the words of that well-known song, and I find the combination of those words to be very comforting.
    But what really is grace in the life a believer? Many books have been written on the subject. I was much surprised to find in the “Webster Student Dictionary” as one of many definitions; “A power coming from God that enables one to achieve such a state.

  • Running low on empathy for addicts

    Column as I see ’em …
    Drug addiction is a disease, they say. It’s an illness, they say.
    Drug addiction is the fault of society, poor parenting, bullying, low self-esteem and a panoply of other excuses, each of which disabuse addicts of whatever personal responsibility they might be assigned for sticking needles in their arms or crack pipes in their often toothless mouths.

  • Want to help children? Support CASA

    Every child needs a safe, supportive, nurturing family in order to grow and develop into a productive and nurturing adult. But regrettably, not all children are so lucky. That is where the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program comes in. Our programs save children’s lives, and by doing so, they also save Kentuckians’ money (more about that in a minute).

  • Rejoice because spring has nearly sprung

    Come on sunshine!
    I get so much more accomplished when the sun is shining, both inside and outside. I don’t know quite what it is, but the sun seems to motivate me. Maybe there is some secret energy booster in vitamin D. My body likes to do the opposite of what the warning labels say. If it may cause drowsiness, it hypes me up. You should have seen me the first time I took Nyquil.

  • Learn to protect trees from emerald ash borer

    Kentuckians living in counties where emerald ash borer has been detected should determine the numbers and sizes of ash trees on their properties and decide which trees, if any, should be protected.
    Managing Emerald Ash Borer: Decision Guide is a good tool to use in the evaluation process.
    Emerald Ash Borers were first detected in Anderson County in 2012.

    Management

  • Freezer meals: Prepare ahead, pop in oven, enjoy

    Freezer meals are very popular these days, and we all know why.
    It seems like we are just too busy to prepare a big meal during the week and it’s so nice to have something ready in the freezer to just pop in the oven and enjoy.
    This weekend, I wanted to make a big breakfast, but my daughter had an early basketball game so I didn’t have time to make what I wanted. Thats when I realized, freezer meals shouldn’t just be for dinner, they can be for breakfast, too!