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Columns

  • 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.

  • COLUMN: We need rain, but we don’t need meth

    Column as I see ’em …
    When the lack of rain turned brown the combination of weeds and grass that make up my lawn, I wasn’t particularly pleased.
    When my wife started compensating for the drought by hosing down her precious flowers and such with pricey city water, I edged toward anger.
    But when I hear this getting-to-the-point-of-ridiculous drought has the potential to halt deer season, I was downright steamed.

  • COLUMN: Have you met our new website?

    A member of The Anderson News team just recently underwent a facelift. No, it wasn’t me. And actually, it wasn’t even a human.
    That’s right, our website, www.theandersonnews.com, is looking a lot better these days — and younger, too, I might add.
    While there is always room for improvement, I think you’ll find it much nicer than anything we’ve had before — not to mention it’s a lot more user-friendly.

  • COLUMN: Story hour at library is for adults, too

    In this special edition, I thought it only fitting that I do a special column. It’s no secret that I love books — I’m a firm believer in lifelong learning.
    Lately, we’ve had an ongoing discussion at the library, with those on our strategic plan committees. I’m in the camp that people read for fun, aka recreation.

  • COLUMN: At least some showed to thank our veterans

    Column as I see ’em …
    It’s more than a bit ironic that the percentage of elected public officials who attended Sunday’s Veterans Day ceremony mirrors almost exactly the survival rate of a local vet’s horrifying experience in Korea.
    Get this: There were 40 or so people running for public office on the Nov. 2 ballot, and four (County Clerk Jason Denny, Mayor Edwinna Baker, Jailer Joani Clark and City Councilman Larry Giles) attended the ceremony, which equals around 10 percent.

  • COLUMN: Thankful for the ‘dark ages’

    Don’t you just love that it gets dark at 5:30 p.m. these days?
    Yeah, me neither.
    However, while staring out the office window at the moon at 6 p.m. on a Monday night, I decided not to dwell on that.
    Sure, we all hate that it gets dark so early. It’s no fun to get home from work after the sun sets, but (in the spirit of the upcoming holiday) I’ve decided to compile a list of things I’m thankful for now that Daylight Saving Time has ended.