Thursday, October 29, 2020
  • Tuesday, October 27, 2020 2:11 PM
    Halloween is coming right up and though it may be a bit different this year, it will still manage to be fun for many. I’ve never really been into it, but Mother Nature has been dishing up some freaky flora long before Halloween was even a thing. And I am a fan of that.

    Amy Stewart is the author of many bestselling books, including Wicked Plants, in which she dishes on over two hundred “botanical atrocities.” It’s the gardener’s perfect Halloween read. Gardening, it turns out, can be a very spooky endeavor.
  • Tuesday, October 27, 2020 2:06 PM
    Over the years I have written about my daughter Verena’s brain concussion and the almost seven years that she had post-concussion syndrome. I also wrote about our children who have limb girdle type 2 muscular dystrophy. Readers have asked why my daughters use mobility scooters. Here is Verena’s story in her own words:
  • Wednesday, October 21, 2020 8:00 AM
    Supper is over with, and I need to start writing this column. We had potato soup, side pork (from our pork we butchered last winter), cheese, and crackers. Daughters Loretta, 20, and Lovina, 16, aren’t home tonight. Loretta’s friend Dustin’s family is having a belated birthday supper for him, so that is where they are. Lovina is dating Dustin’s brother Daniel, so she’s included too.
  • Tuesday, October 20, 2020 3:58 PM
    Come the end of October, people across the country eagerly await the tricks and treats of Halloween. Plenty of fun is to be had on October 31, when hordes of costume-clad children and adults scour neighborhoods on the hunt for the best candy. But prior to Halloween comes the trickery, jokes and gags of Mischief Night.
  • Tuesday, October 20, 2020 3:57 PM
    The toothy grins of jack-o’-lanterns are as much a part of Halloween as candy corn and costumes. Even though these carved pumpkins have become synonymous with Halloween, the festive gourds weren’t always tied to the October holiday.

    The history behind jack-o’-lanterns is not entirely known and there are multiple origin stories, but people may have been making these carvings for centuries.
  • Tuesday, October 20, 2020 2:03 PM
    When I was in Ecuador for the first time, visiting our exchange student daughter, we had a big family meal at her grandfather’s house. The main course was something I’d heard they ate, but had never had myself – cuy. Guinea pig.
  • Wednesday, September 30, 2020 10:00 AM
    It is the first day of autumn! Our gardens are cleared out, being tilled, and are history for 2020. We had a frost Saturday morning that put an end to them. We have lots of tomatoes and peppers that I want to use to make spicy vegetable juice. A lot of people covered their plants to avoid the frost, but we didn’t take the time to do that. We are thankful for the harvest we did get, though. Next week we will be going to the u-pick orchard to pick grapes for grape juice. We ran out of grape juice this year, so I want to can more this year than I did last year.
  • Tuesday, September 29, 2020 2:55 PM
    It’s been several years since I’ve grown morning glories, even though I really like them. It seems like plants are for me like favorite snacks. I’ll crave a particular one for a while and then another one calls my name. I’ve got a few that are always in the rotation and so it is with some plants.
  • Tuesday, September 15, 2020 1:40 PM
    Another week has gone by, and it’s already time to write this column and get it on its way to my editors. Once again, I’m pushing the deadline . . . it must be that I work better under pressure because it seems I so often push it off until the last minute. Or maybe that is what a lot of mothers do. Is it because we decide our family is more important than anything else?
  • Tuesday, September 15, 2020 1:28 PM
    If you know the plants in your garden intimately and sometimes even if you don’t, every now and then you’ll notice something out of the ordinary. It might be subtle, but you know something’s not quite as it should be.

    I’ve encountered a few things over the years that made me stop and take notice. Usually, they’re few and far between but this year, I saw several. It is 2020, after all, and I guess my garden wanted to get in on the weirdness.
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