Today's Features

  • The shopping bag thudded onto the exam table.

    “These are the ones I have out on the counter. There could be a couple more I missed. I was in a hurry.”

    Good thing I had plenty of time to sort through the enormous mound of supplements, vitamins, and magic pills covering the table. OK, I’m joking about the “magic pills,” but one label promised it “works like magic.” Needless to say, I was skeptical.

  • By Linda Arnold

    New Year’s Day is my favorite holiday. Three hundred sixty-five brand new days. Twelve delicious months. Fifty-two amazing weeks.  

    It’s the ultimate new beginning. The chance to take lessons learned from last year and put them into effect. OK, I’m strapping myself in.

    New beginnings

    Whatever does or does not happen on a global level in 2018 remains to be seen. Our world is going through some big changes. And, no doubt, you’re feeling a bit unsettled with all the unpredictability.

  • By John Nelson

  • The Jan. 6 feast of the Epiphany looms large in some denominations and in many countries. This is the designated time for gift exchanges, in the manner of the Magi who traveled afar to meet, greet, and gift the Christ Child with their presence, homage, and love. In a manner far different from the commercial hustle and bustle of Christmas buying, these are the gifts of the gold of our lives, the incense of compassion, and the myrrh of suffering. They are the gifts of relationship. 

  • Pork loin roasts taste their best when rubbed with a spice mixture and then cooked on a rotisserie, barbecued over indirect heat or baked in the oven. They should not be braised or stewed, as they have a tendency to lose tenderness and will fall apart when cooked using moist heat.

  • By John Nelson

    Some of the most interesting field trips a botanist can take are right there in your own backyard: this has been proven over and over again. Right now I’m at work, sitting in my office at the university, and although it’s not exactly my backyard, our campus here in Columbia, S.C., is also very interesting botanically. I want to take you on a little “mental” tour of one part of it.

  • By Linda Arnold

    Here we are at the end of another year. A good time to take stock of our lives.

    While you may be focused on what you want to bring into your life, it’s also helpful to examine what you may need to release.

    After all, it’s a two-way street. And there’s only so much capacity. There may even be competing interests with what you say you want to bring in and what already exists on your platter.

  • One of the most essential pieces of equipment in the kitchen is the slow cooker, or CrockPot can add the worst quality (toughest) meat to a slow cooker, and once finished cooking, it will be the tenderest meat you have ever tasted!

    If your slow cooker isn’t already your favorite thing ever for cooking, it’s time for it to become that! Liquids can be decreased in slow cooking. And if your dish contains rice or pasta, one cup of liquid is usually enough. To enhance the taste, try substituting wine for some of the water in your recipes.

  • I just read an article that both delighted me and gave me pause. It called me to contemplate my winter angst. It asked for a rethinking of the statement I offer to explain away any perceived iciness or discontent. I tell everyone: “I give myself one season of discontent and that is winter!” Summer’s heat must be borne as gift. Its humidity now becomes moisture for the spirit. All is well in summertime because Winter is declared the season of my discontent!

  • Each New Year, we’re inundated with lists of things to do, buy and become. We read these lists, make promises to ourselves and then promptly forget it ever happened by February.

    This year I’m taking the opposite approach: Here are the things you definitely don’t want to do, purchase or aspire to be more like. It’s time for my “New Year’s don’ts for pets.”