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Columns

  • COLUMN: Consider your talents when deciding on gifts

    Christmas is creeping up on us and I know many of you have not quite finished your shopping.
    Money and time may be factors and I’m here to give you a few inexpensive ideas for gifts from the heart.
    You’re on your own for finding the time.
    Handmade gifts can range from third-grader art projects to museum quality items, depending on your talent and, just like in gardening, some folks have a black thumb. While I can’t draw or paint, and my woodworking skills resemble a Lincoln Logs meets Superglue disaster, I can cook.

  • COLUMN: School district examining funding, spending

    By Sheila Mitchell

  • COLUMN: Hatch Act violation? Look somewhere else

    Here’s why fools should stick to the business of being fools and leave the serious work to those who know how to do it.
    Following the general election, I used this space to blow off steam about those who placed what amounted to garbage in our drop box in an effort to anonymously smear a candidate for judge-executive.
    From personal financial documents to outrageous claims about his private life, these people were looking for someone to do their dirty work, apparently for fear of soiling the reputations of their chosen candidate.

  • COLUMN: How common is courtesy?

    What is common courtesy? Well, I can tell you what it’s not.
    A little over a week ago, I was approached by one of our readers who was particularly riled up about customers who don’t tip appropriately at restaurants.
    Readily admitting that she wasn’t a nice person and saying I could most likely approach the issue with more tact than she would, she suggested I write a column about common courtesy. The little things people do that should get noticed, she said.

  • COLUMN: Waiting for Tea Partiers to burn their social security cards

    A big shout out to all my liberal Democrat friends in Anderson County who voted in this last election.
    There must be what, at least four or five of us now? Band together, brothers and sisters. Don’t lose hope.
    But we have to give it to the Republicans, however. They certainly know how to make themselves look good, and have no apologies for any blunders.

  • COLUMN: Gardening keeps us close to the earth

    Happy December. The 12th month has arrived and winter officially begins on the 21st, the same day we have the full cold moon.
    The winter solstice means it’s the shortest day of the year, with only nine hours and four minutes of daylight. To top it off, we have an eclipse of the moon taking place around 1:30 the same morning. What a great way to end the year.

  • COLUMN: Serious reasons to be thankful this Turkey day

    A couple weeks ago, I wrote a semi-sarcastic column in the spirit of the season being thankful for the time change.
    Last week, I got pretty serious reflecting on recent happenings with my father.
    This week, it’s time to combine the two and get thankful for some serious things.
    In a span of seven days, my father had a heart attack, my husband’s grandmother was diagnosed with cancer for the second time and my husband had a car accident.

  • COLUMN: Thirsty ground may get a drink this winter

    Happy Thanksgiving to you all. As we wrap up November, we can look at a few signs for our winter forecast. Benjamin Franklin wrote Poor Richard’s Almanac and in it he used the signs of nature to predict the coming weather.
    One of the signs he used was the length of time the leaves held onto the trees. The longer they stayed, the worse the winter. We still have leaves hanging on to many trees. Another sign was the temperature in November. A warm November foretells a cold winter.

  • COLUMN: A message from the heart

    Sometime around 4:30 Saturday afternoon, I checked my Facebook news feed much like I’d done about 50 times already that day, I’m sure.
    Typically, I can’t stand “chain statuses” — the Facebook equivalent of chain letters or e-mails. If it’s “best friend week,” or “pet week,” or “favorite food to eat when you were a fifth-grader week,” I just don’t care. I read just enough for the signal to go off in my head that this thought is unoriginal at best, and I move on.

  • COLUMN: Take advantage of odd November weather

    Who would have thought that we’d have 70-degree days in the middle of November?
    I just can’t figure out Kentucky’s weather and I’ve been trying for the past 14 years. Last year at this time the high was 54, with an average of 44 degrees. The year before that we had a high of 34 degrees. Maybe I brought a little Arizona weather back with me and it just took the scenic route.