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Columns

  • Skunks on the move

    It is that time of year again and I am reminded because of the smell and road kill left behind. Plus, a strong scent of skunk has been lingering in the pasture this past week; and I got an Instagram video from my niece as she was clearly backing away from a lumbering black and white rodent down by the river!  
    We used to get them circling the house on winter evenings but our livestock guardian dogs’ presence has kept them from bay the last few years.  Their presence is not surprising, however, because it is mating season for skunks and they are on the move!

  • Can we trust our news media?

    Did Donald Trump mock a disabled reporter?
    Surely you saw the video of President Trump appearing to mock a disabled reporter as it was all over the news media and social media. Hillary Clinton made reference to the video during the campaign.
    The video is still being shown and people are believing, even today, that he mocked a disabled reporter simply because they “saw it”.

  • Winter gardening restores

    There is something about working in the garden on a sunny winter day:  it clears debris from both the perennial bed and the gardener’s head.   There is clarity to the winter landscape that is quite different than any other season.  On a clear day, the sky is a true blue, you can see all the birds flitting about the leafless trees.  

  • Favorites of last year’s reading season

    Yes, I have a reading season, and each year the season gets a little longer as I reject television and radio listening more and more.  The current state of our news cycle has helped push me back into books and this year I came across four titles that I particularly liked because they deepened my understanding of food and farming.  
    “First Bite: How We Learn to Eat”

  • Boys don’t like girls who bite their nails

    For as long as I could remember, I was a nail-biter. Like the compulsive, bite-down-until-they-bleed kind.  
    I know, it’s a dirty, disgusting habit. You don’t have to tell me.
    In middle school, my older brother endowed me with the timeless wisdom, “Boys don’t like girls who bite their nails.”  
    Thanks, brother. Nice pep talk.

  • Ready to hear your stories

    Graduating with a journalism degree in 2016 can leave one feeling fearful of the future.  After all, journalism is a notoriously hard career to break into due to the industry’s current transition from print to online platforms.  
    So when you land a position at a respected news organization like the Grant County News, it certainly makes the countless hours of hard work feel worthwhile.

  • Good tools make great gifts

    Amassing a good set of gardening tools usually takes a while and the holiday season, with various traditions of gift giving, is a perfect time to help gardeners achieve that goal.  Good tools don’t come cheap but if you buy right the first time the investment pays off in the life of the tool and the efficiency of the job.  The right tool often means less time spent on tackling the chore.

  • Make your holidays green

    Often we associate environmental topics with spring time, but you can be environmentally friendly any time of the year. Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, household waste increases by about 25 percent in the United States. The holidays are a great time to reduce your waste and get young people interested in the environment.
    Here are some ways you and your children can reduce your impact on the environment while still enjoying the season and showing loved ones that you care.

  • Early voting is not the answer

    I read with interest recent editorials from various newspapers stating it is too difficult to vote in Kentucky and that the Commonwealth should pass a law allowing “early voting” to increase the number of participants in our state and federal elections. I am always supportive of increased voter turnout; early voting is not the answer.

  • Where are you Christmas? Why can’t I find you?

    “Where are you Christmas?” That is the title and first line of a song by Faith Hill.
    Does that describe you? Unfortunately, for the past few years, that’s how I’ve felt.
    It wasn’t always that way. In fact, in the old days, I started listening to Christmas music in October, followed quickly by five video versions of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.”
    After we moved to Kentucky from Ohio, my mother and sister came for a brief visit shortly before Christmas.