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Columns

  • Daddy knew heaven is for real

    By Janie Bowen

    I’ve not seen the movie “Heaven Is For Real” but I have read the book.

    It’s probably been a year or more since I read it but with Father’s Day coming up, I’ve had it on my mind, probably because of my reaction to the book as I read it.

    My hair stood up on the back of my neck as I read certain passages, not because it was scary but because it was oh soooooo awesome.

  • U.K. canning workshop will teach basics of food preservation

    By Joan Martin

    Why do people grow gardens then preserve the food? The number one reason Americans preserve food is because they’ve grown it and don’t want to waste it.

    They like the way the home produced food tastes. Some people want to know that there are no preservatives or pesticides in their canned food. Some people have a family tradition of food preservation and want to pass it along to future generations.

  • Keep gardens thriving with these tips

    These lovely evening temperatures are perfect for raising the windows to enjoy a cool night of sleep.

    Unfortunately, our tomato plants don’t find it so enjoyable.

    Nighttime temperatures below 60 degrees have a tendency to make tomato plants drop their blossoms. Since our tomatoes start with the blossom, that is definitely not a good thing!

    The only cure is to purchase something called Blossom Set. It’s a hormone that you spray on the blossom clusters.

  • Fathers need to draw strength from God to lead their family

    As we approach Father’s Day I want to issue a challenge to the dads in our community. We need to wake up and stand up in defense of our families!

    If you have not recognized that our families are under attack, you are out of touch with reality.

    While your individual family unit may be faring well, the institution of the family, as God ordained it, is under distress.

  • I like being blessed, just not when I sneeze in a meeting

    Today, a hodgepodge of thoughts.

    It’s spring and you’d think it’s August and the ragweed is blooming.

    I’m sneezing my head off, wiping my nose raw and daubing the tears from my eyes, sometimes because of the allergens that are viscously attacking me and other times because I’m just sad that my annual allergy season has been expanded by a few months.

    Still, I never forget that many people have year-round allergy symptoms and I typically only suffer through ragweed season.

    I’ve been blessed, I suppose.

  • Unsolicited advice from a Type A, overachiever

    I remember my first journalism class with Joseph Boyce, former senior editor of the Wall Street Journal.

    One of the first things he said to us is, “the Midwest is the land of good enough.”

    I was enraged.

    “Good enough? Who does he think he is,” I thought.

    I was a straight A student who also worked a full-time job to pay rent and support myself. Good enough wasn’t in my vocabulary.

    As the years went on, I understood the weight of his words.

  • Homemade repellents are easy

    Happy June! Summer is practically here and I am loving it! Gorgeous green with bright colored flowers and gobs of gardens sprouting up food! What’s not to love?

    OK, so there are a few drawbacks to summer.

    When I’m driving home in the evenings and pass a newly cut lawn, I smell watermelon. It makes me so hungry. I can live with that one. The only other drawback, for me, is the bug population.

  • Instead of seeking blame for Isla Vista shootings, seek God

    Elliot Rodger’s premeditated rampage of carnage in Isla Vista, Calif., wherein he killed six people before finally taking his own life, has reignited the flames of the gun-control debate in our country, which has never really died out but, instead, lie under smoldering coals of apathy until something else happens that stirs the national consciousness.

    Richard Martinez, the grief-stricken father of Christopher Ross Michaels-Martinez, one of Rodger’s victims, pleaded for the madness to come to an end.

  • Soon, cars will drive themselves…no, really they will

    Okay, I’ll admit I’m an ‘80s kid. I grew with movies such as “Robocop” and “Total Recall.”

    Do you remember in the movie “Total Recall,” where there was an automated taxi driver called “Johnny Cab” that would have entire conversations with Arnold Schwarzenegger’s character?

    Well, that glimpse of the future might be on point now with the new Google driverless car.

  • Try this Thai Peanut Chicken and Noodles recipe

    I received several calls in response to my recent column about depression.

    There aren’t any classes scheduled now but I am available to speak to your group. I think it’s more effective to meet with small groups (8-12 people) that usually know each other instead of larger groups.

    Call the Anderson County Extension Office at 502.839.7271 to schedule a program on one or more aspects of depression or contact me at joan.martin@uky.edu.