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Today's Features

  • By Linda Arnold

     

    We’ve all been there.

    Someone we know is going through a tough situation, and we don’t know what to say — or do.

    Some people do nothing. Others try to “fix” things. The best advice I ever got was, “Just hold me when I cry.”

    And then there are the varying degrees of closeness to a situation. You may only know the person professionally or casually. Or, you may be a close friend. Awkwardness knows no bounds.

  • By John Nelson

  • Ever wonder how vinegar came about? I’ve read it was accidentally discovered more than 10,000 years ago by a person whose batch of wine had just gone bad, or sour. Whether that’s true or not, they must have thought that it was good for something other than throwing to the hogs! We'll never know who that inventive person was, but thanks for your discovery.

    A byproduct of wine making, vinegar has worked its way through virtually every culture and has become a standard item on our kitchen shelf.

  • Those who donate blood or platelets with the American Red Cross this September by can get get a free haircut coupon from Sport Clips Haircuts. Blood and platelet donors of all blood types, especially type O negative and O positive, are urgently needed to replenish the blood supply following a critical summer blood shortage.

  • One of the best ways to beat the heat in the garden is to cast a little shade on the situation. Not only will you make things more pleasant, you’ll also save 25 percent or so on your home cooling costs if that shade tree is located properly.

  • I bet you have one or two in your purse, briefcase, car or gym bag. What am I talking about? A snack bar or energy bar of some sort. Prepackaged and ready-to-go bars are popular for busy people to grab and take with them. But the question is, are these any better for you than a candy bar?

  • “Dr. Ward, are you certain we’re alone? I can’t tell you what’s wrong with my dog unless we’re absolutely alone. Are you sure no one can hear us?”

    I was positive we were alone. The only things capable of hearing in my small exam room were the pet owner, her 9-month old puppy dozing at her feet and me. I was considerably less confident about what would happen next.   

  • I was stopped in my tracks when I saw … more than read … these words in Chapter 9 of the Matthean gospel, “When the demon was driven out the mute man spoke.” Surely, I had read this sentence many times. Yet, this time I saw beneath and beyond the words. It was a vision of possibility I had never before encountered in this way.

  • By Linda Arnold

    How many furlongs are in a mile?

    Who is the only U.S. President to never marry?

    What geological era are we in right now?

    If any of these stumped you, you’re not alone.

    I spotted a book a couple of weeks ago with Jeff Foxworthy’s photo on the front. I immediately connected him with the television show, “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?” And I thought this would be a fun gag gift for an upcoming birthday celebration.

  • Grilling fish is easy and fast. It’s the perfect meal after a hard day’s work. Within minutes, you can be taking your fish off the grill and enjoying your flavorful and juicy meal. Fish is meant to be grilled!

    Cooking the fish fast over direct heat will allow it to retain moisture. But to be sure that it doesn’t stick to the grill, you’ll need to oil the grill’s cooking surface and/or brush the fish lightly with a little oil.