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Columns

  • COLUMN: In cold, keep animals’ needs in mind

    Happy November.
    October must have been flying on a broomstick, because it sure went by fast. This month is just chocked full of stuff to do, including finally bringing in the hoses and laying down extra mulch. I got 1.38 inches of rain here on the farm and I’m grateful for every drop.
    It’s amazing how fast the grass greened up. We still need lots more of the wet stuff to bring us out of this drought, but I’m pretty sure we’ll get it soon enough. The temperature drop will help as well.

  • COLUMN: A shout out to kindly old Uncle Chuck

    And I thought the suspected puppy killer drew a harsh public reaction.
    That is until I started catching the fallout of last week’s front page that featured a woman getting seven years in prison for sending disgusting photos to a 12-year-old boy, and a former youth minister getting probation after being charged with rape, sodomy and other horrifying acts.
    Most of the outrage centered on the fact that the woman never laid a finger on her victim, but the youth minister laid a finger, and more, on his. Yet she goes to prison and he goes home.
    Fair enough.

  • COLUMN: I'm a rare breed, indeed

    On days like this past Tuesday, I certainly feel like a rare breed of sorts.
    Early — too early — Tuesday morning, I woke up to start the process that is deadline day at a weekly newspaper.
    As I was getting ready to come to work, I tested out a few tunes from the new Taylor Swift album, “Speak Now,” while waiting for 6 a.m. to roll around.
    You see, Mike and Mike in the Morning on ESPN Radio doesn’t start until 6.

  • COLUMN: Cold weather means more food on the table

    Ah! Crisp mornings have arrived. Each fall, I start the great closet wash. Warm clothes that have been hanging in the closet for months, are systematically washed to be ready for the winter season. I only have one load left, the long underwear.
    I believe there are two camps of people in this world, those who would rather be cold than hot and those, like me, who would prefer hot over cold. Consequently, I have enough layers to dress up as the Mr. Michelin Man all winter.