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Columns

  • If you can't control it then don't fret over it

    Meteorology was my favorite class in college, which is odd considering I was an English major. The class, taught by a brilliant but stern and somewhat scary professor, was like a breath of fresh air compared to the four literature courses I was also taking that semester. Instead of plodding through all of Jane Austen's books, I got to learn about the jet stream, tornadoes, thunderstorms and what causes the wind to blow. The information seemed refreshingly relevant compared to the British writers who dominated my last semester of college.

  • If you can't take it with you, what should you do?

    Have you ever heard the expression, “You can’t take it with you”?

    It brings about an attitude of living life to the fullest and spending your fortune on what you want while you still can. As the saying implies, no matter how much money you save, you can’t take it with you when you die.

  • Chicken had one drumstick, but was all heart

    It was a strange funeral.

    Just me, my husband Bud and a one-legged chicken.

    I was blubbering like a baby; Bud was punching at the rock-hard ground with a pair of post hole diggers and the chicken, wrapped in a soft towel and sprayed with ammonia to keep the neighbor’s dog away, was going in the hole.

    My sweet little Crippie chicken died. She was daughter of Russell Crow — who also survived various maladies before being mauled by a passing opossum — layer of many large brown eggs and a good companion.

  • Week of reading is month's worth of mourning

    During the past week I have been simultaneously residing in two worlds. The first is the world in which I interact with the people around me. The other world, I was sucked into a little unwittingly. It is a fictional world of teenaged vampires and werewolves. It may sound silly, and in some ways I agree that it is. But these are not any ordinary vampires. They are non-human harming creatures.

    Reading the book “Twilight” has held my interest, invigorating me as the sights and sounds of the world fade, transforming me into a silent observer someplace else.

  • Music can impact our journeys through life

    One morning while I was exercising (asceticism is not dead!), someone on the radio was interviewing a man who had made a 9-minute musical piece directed to people to use while traveling.

    Abstracting from all his assumptions about the very short time needed to get from many Points A to B, his offering has evoked some thoughts about music and travel, whether for our daily journey or life's pilgrimage.

  • Celebrating 40 years of marriage and life

    In 1968, "The Year That Changed the World," according to TIME Magazine, my uncle and aunt were married Sept. 7.

    Lyndon B. Johnson was President of the United States. Gasoline cost 34 cents per gallon. "The Beatles" and "Rolling Stones" topped the music charts. Top movies for the year included the likes of "The Graduate" and "Bonnie and Clyde." See-through blouses and mini skirts swept the fashion scene.

  • Real trick is finding all the pieces for a project

    Each day I drive by the area in front of the Nelson County Justice Center that the county government is reverting to green space. And each day I see a little more progress.

  • Freshest face in the race for the highest office

    Sarah Palin, vice president pick of Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain, has been the week’s newest topic of discussion. The choice seemed to come out of nowhere as she stepped up to accept the vice-presidential nomination for the Republican Party. In her acceptance speech Wednesday, she introduced herself at the Republican National Convention, as if everyone in America hadn’t already spent the week looking up her profile on Wikipedia and googling her name.

  • Obvious gimmick shouldn't sway your vote

    Shortly after John McCain announced his choice for running mate, Sarah Palin, the news broke that her 17-year-old daughter is pregnant. TVs, radios and the Internet have been buzzing since about whether Bristol Palin’s pregnancy is a black mark on Sarah Palin.

  • Some things, like peppers, get better with age

    The aging process of humans may not get better with time, but the process of many foods and beverages benefit from aging anywhere from a few weeks to several years.

    Three weeks ago, my boyfriend decided to be what he called “domestic” and learned to can vegetables like our grandmas used to do.