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Today's News

  • What Is This Mystery Plant?

     By John Nelson

    “And this our life exempt from public haunt

    Finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks,

    Sermons in stones and good in every thing.”

    Shakespeare, “As You Like It”

    This is the vine that the Girl Scouts tell us to recognize by its compound trifoliolate leaves (that is, with three leaflets) and that we are obliged to leave alone because it is poisonous.

  • Blue space restores your soul

    By Linda Arnold

    The kickoff to summer has arrived! And you’re likely taking in a little more nature. Green space. Walking in the woods. Flora and fauna. We all know how these things can restore our souls. Now scientists have given a name to the restorative health effects of being around blue space — water.

    Water, water everywhere

  • A Second Look: Living on the brink of everything is not for sissies

    Hopefully, this is the last of a trilogy that began by falling over the brink of something.

    The finality includes a reassessment to discover a sprained finger is, instead, a broken digit requiring hand therapy and more patience than I can sometimes muster.

    However, the incident was made more significant when Hubby Dear asked one of his multi-layered questions. Equally important was the reason for the inquest, a choice hidden behind his bemused demeanor and continued insistence for my studied reply. No rash statement would be acceptable!

  • Worms! The Big 5 canine internal parasites

    Each spring, veterinarians begin receiving calls from frantic pet owners describing “worms,” “spaghetti” and “slugs” in their pet’s feces. Gross. I thought I’d give you an overview of some of the common internal parasites that can infect your dog. Let’s tackle the Big 5: roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, tapeworms and heartworms.

    Are there different sorts of internal parasites or worms?

  • It’s time for summer squash

    We’ve all heard the saying, “summertime and the living is easy.”

    I’ll add to it. “It’s summertime and eating couldn’t be easier or more healthful.”

    With so many vegetables in season, there’s no excuse for not having meals loaded with fresh produce.

    My neighbor just recently gave me some summer squash from her garden. Fresh. Local. Love it. 

  • Indoor pet exercise games
  • What is this mystery plant?

    By John Nelson

    “Nemo me impune lacessit.” [In English: “Nobody messes with me and gets away with it.”] – Motto of the Scottish Order of the Thistle.

    Scottish history? Tradition has it that a long time ago an invading band of Norwegians took off their shoes to quietly sneak up on a band of brave, defending Scots. The Norwegians ran into a big patch of bristly thistles and of course “ouch-ouch-ouch” and the invasion plans were off.

  • One word helps with all complaints

    By Linda Arnold

    You may not think you complain very much, especially out loud. But what about that constant chatter in your head?

    About 70 percent of the information we take in from the outer world is negative. And then there’s that inner critic. It can take a lot of energy to get ourselves back to neutral, much less get into the positive zone.

  • A Second Look: When graduation becomes commencement into new life

    As usual, Hubby Dear had an idea for a column. He was reading a section from the book he’d received for his birthday when he declared it would be a great column for this graduation season. Also, as usual, I read the passage but was inspired to go a different route. 

  • The food delivery business is booming

    Everyone seems to be jumping on this bandwagon from subscription complete meal kits to mail-ordered foods or simply food delivered from a local grocery store. You can even get gourmet ice cream delivered.

    It is easy and convenient to get food delivered to your door, but it’s important that safe food handling methods are used in the packing and delivery of this food. This is particularly important if you are buying the food for someone who is more likely to get food poisoning; these are older adults, children, people with weakened immune systems and pregnant women.