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  • Celebrate Memorial Day with these recipe ideas

    Make your Memorial Day memorable. This is always such a busy time of year with graduations, weddings and getting ready for summer vacations.

    Whether your hosting a party this weekend or going to one, these recipes are easy and fast to prepare and you’ll look like a star.

    Red, White and Blue Salad

    5 ounces package of baby kale

    1 pint strawberries, quartered

    1 6 ounce container blueberries

    1 5 ounce container crumbled feta

    1/4 cup salted roasted sunflower seeds

    1/4 cup buttermilk

  • Losing my mother, gaining a brother

    My mom’s dying, and I’ve been gone for a few weeks spending time with her before it happens.

    When that will be God knows; the rest of us are left to sit, wait and be thankful for the short time we have to be with her.

  • Fire blight symptoms visible

    Fire blight is the most important disease of apple and pear in Kentucky.

    Symptoms have begun to appear throughout the Commonwealth; however, initial infections occurred at bloom. The pathogen survives winter in dead, dying, and diseased wood and in cankers. Removal of these pathogen sources can reduce spread of fire blight and should be completed in late winter while the pathogen is dormant.

    Fire blight facts:

  • The lowdown on Bill Best’s beans

    Well, Mother Nature seems to have entered her schizophrenic stage. We’ve had sweltering heat and cold rains, dry nights with high temps and wet nights with cool temps. For our summer vegetables, it’s the equivalent of entering the cold and flu season, making them vulnerable to disease.

  • Shelburne concert organizers, donors deserve praise

    It’s never easy to pull off something as difficult as a music concert. If it was easy, many people would be doing it.

    That, in itself, makes what Joani Clark did in bringing some Nashville music to Lawrenceburg Friday night so special.

    While a day of rain considerably hurt the turnout for Nashville Live on the Green, there is no doubt the event was a huge success.

  • Getting played

    In the photos, Minister Lavrov and Ambassador Kislyak are right there on center stage, yucking it up with President Trump in the Oval Office.

    It might be our White House, but Russia set the meeting parameters, Russia snapped all the photos, Russia did the publicity release, and Russia got our president to bar U.S. media from the event altogether.

    So much for America First.

  • Find your joy on a tractor, in a garden, with a neighbor

    What a beautiful weekend! The days have been long and the nights just flat gorgeous. I love watching the sun go down. Even after that is done, the waning moon still provided enough light to watch Mother Nature shine. The tree frogs provided the audio and the lightening bugs the visual. Heaven on Earth!

  • Make your salad dressings at home for healthy flavor

    I hope everyone had a nice Mother’s Day. I spent the day planting and gardening. My husband and I worked on stone edging for the flower beds. I love being outdoors, so for me it was relaxing and fun.

  • Hope — we all need it

    A week or so ago, I spoke at a fundraising event for the George Washington Carver Community Center in Crystal River, Florida, near where I live.

    The center is built on the footprint of the historic all-black George Washington Carver School.

    I spoke to them about hope.

    On Thursday, I also spoke about hope to some ladies at a local Presbyterian church.

    Hope is one of my favorite topics, if not my very favorite. Without hope, I would shrivel and die.

    I suspect you would, too.

  • Hiprocrisy over Foster Care

    In an op-ed dated May 2, Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear demonstrated both breathtaking hypocrisy and a fundamental lack of comprehension of Kentucky law. Beshear suggests that the Bevin administration should stop defending the Commonwealth in court against a judgment that, unless overturned, will cost Kentucky tens of millions of dollars not appropriated in the current budget.