Today's Features

  • If you are a cocker spaniel, you may not want to look at this photo!

    Here’s a plant species with a kind of brutal winter beauty, even when dry and dead, the stems topped with a constellation of brown, spiny burs. You might have a feeling this is a plant that wants to spread itself around, if it can. And it wants you to help.

  • By Linda Arnold


    You may be feeling “out of sorts.” Or maybe nothing is jazzing you. 

    You can’t quite put your finger on it, although there’s a cloud hanging over you. And it doesn’t seem to be lifting anytime soon.

    This time of year there’s a lack of sunlight in some areas. And that can definitely impact those of you with Seasonal Affective Disorder.

  • Pastor Stephen Nobles and the Sunshine Sisters of New Britton Baptist Church in Ash celebrate the 80th birthday of Alta Mae Inman, who was born Feb. 27, 1938.

  • The New Year is already nearly two months old. So are the resolutions made with great verve and grim determination, only to be subject to procrastination or disillusion. Now, the season of Lent emerges for all of us “second-chancers.” We are given a new opportunity to be transformed into who we really are —if we will receive and accept the gift of prayerful time.

  • Baxter couldn’t stand, much less walk.

    As I looked down at the shaking German shepherd puppy, it was hard to imagine this was the same dog that only a week ago had nearly knocked me over as he bounded into my veterinary clinic. What was going on?

  • Editor’s note: Last in a series of eight columns on “Med instead of Meds.”

    For the last two months I’ve been writing about “Med instead of Meds for Better Health,“ a way of eating that can help reduce your chances of a chronic illness and needing to take medication. The “med way” is modeled after the traditional eating style of people that live in the Mediterranean region.

  • As one of the old guys in the gardening world, I’ve seen lots of changes in the last 35 years as conventional wisdom evolves and changes our recommendations. Pruning flush cuts, tree wraps and planting holes filled with Black Cow have all gone the way of the mammoth and the dodo bird. It seems our long-standing recommendation to wait until mid- to late April to fertilize warm-season grasses may be next on the scrap heap of horticultural history.

  • Did you know 2 ounces of popcorn kernels makes about 8 cups of popcorn containing about 240 calories and costs about 30 cents? Naturally low in fat and gluten-free, these numbers add up to the perfect snack to have on hand this time of the year.

    Popcorn is a simple yet satisfying whole grain and makes for a great choice when trying to lose holiday weight. The fiber in popcorn makes you feel fuller longer, which helps curb hunger.


    Stovetop popcorn tips

  • By John Nelson


  • By Linda Arnold


    Flash bulletin:  Did you know your ability to love someone else is directly related to your ability to love yourself?

    And I don’t mean in a conceited narcissistic type of way.  At your core level it’s essential that you have or develop a healthy sense of self-respect.