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Columns

  • What’s on my mind: kids and first jobs

    Teenage years are an interesting time of transition between childhood and adulthood.
    As teens we begin to develop skills, set some goals, must have a wireless data plan, and of course, most want their own automobile. Seems these “necessities” of today are much more costly that those of the yesteryear.

  • Got cabin fever waiting for spring? Try container gardening

    Well, my hibernation time is almost at an end. I’ve rested up, stayed in shape and kept my mind busy with puzzles, books and CDs. I’ve successfully ignored those things I didn’t want to do, like wash the walls and dust the Hoosier cabinet down. I have a list of garden chores just ready and waiting for the right time. Now what?

  • A more involved father results in a healthier child

    Fathers play an important role in their children’s lives. Fathers are not disposable. I was very fortunate to grow up in a home where I was always around my parents. We had a child-friendly family business. I was always with my parents until they sold the business when I was 10 years old.
    Think about the many things you learned from your father. I learned how to drive, use a few tools, solve math problems, read and make friends. There were many other things that I learned from my father but this is enough to list here.

  • A little nitrate goes long way for fruit trees

    I love it when the temperature is a little closer to my age now than when I was born. Wowzer. What a winter we have had so far. I went 10 days without driving up the drive. It sure got me in shape.
    You can be sure that I’m going to take advantage of this warm spell to restock and reload. Carrying a 40-pound bag of dog food or 3-gallon box of water, up a 60 percent grade, on slippery snow and ice, is not my idea of a good time.

  • For health nuts, cauliflower should be new go-to vegetable

    Cauliflower is low in calories and carbs. It has crunch that contributes to a sense of fullness when we eat it raw. When compared to a potato, ounce for ounce, cauliflower has fewer calories (15 per half cup compared to 74) and carbohydrates (2.5 per half cup compared to 17.)  Cauliflower is fat and cholesterol free just like potatoes, very low in sodium and low in calories. Cauliflower is high in vitamin C and a good source of folate.

  • While waiting for the thaw, find your seeds

    Hot chocolate is cheap! Hats make your hair look good! Boots are the fashionable footwear of choice! All good things that I can think of to make winter more positive in my brain. Think of some for yourself. February is typically the worst weather month for us, so let’s try a shift in our thinking, to make it less miserable.
    I’ve actually been breaking a sweat outside.

  • Be wary of credit check scams

    Credit scores are important because the higher your credit score, the more likely you are to qualify for the most desirable loan rates. Credit scores are often used to determine credit worthiness for home mortgages, car or truck loans and credit card applications.

  • How does winter 2013-2014 stack up?

    We’re only about half way through February but I thought it would be neat to look at how this winter stacks up to previous winters in central Kentucky. So for perspective, here are a few stats:

  • With this roasted tomato soup, you won’t miss the canned version

    Comfort food at my house includes tomato soup. However, my favorite isn’t that bland canned tomato soup from the grocery store. Creamy tomato basil soup is easy to make, cheap and tastes great. You can roast the tomatoes, garlic and onions at home which will make your house smell wonderful. Or, you can take a short cut and use canned fire-roasted tomatoes. Either way you make it, creamy tomato basil soup is sure to be popular. Serve it with a turkey or roast beef sandwich, an apple and low-fat milk for a complete meal.

  • Dealing with life’s problems requires plenty of planning

    Unemployment is up in Anderson County. It’s still below 7 percent but an upward trend is not what we want to see. The economy has been showing strength but recovery has still been slow.
    The University of Kentucky specialists in family finance have written a short publication on Financial Strain and the Lemon Experience of Life. It’s publication # FCS5-452. You can find it on the internet by searching for that number.
    This column is a summary of how to make something positive out of a negative experience.