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Don’t take things for granted

We don’t realize how much we use or need something until it’s gone. Being without, whatever it is, sure makes us appreciate it all the more when we get it back, doesn’t it? Case in point, the water at our house was out for a day last week, and I am so thankful to East Knox Water...

Unusual Ingredient in Candy

Are you a spud eater? Spuds, potatoes, or as I like to call them, taters, are probably America’s most favorite vegetable. Potatoes, which are made up of 80% water and 20% solid, are one of the most versatile vegetables you will find in the garden. There are over 200 different...

Get Help for Addiction, Abuse or Suicidal Thoughts

Alcohol and drug addiction has risen 13 percent, and overdoses have spiked, since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Substance abuse problems have roots going back thousands of years, but the traumatic isolation and extra stress created by the COVID lockdowns, and widespread...

Something in his eye

While out running errands with my husband Saturday, we fell into a conversation about David’s grandparents. Hearing him talk about his grandparents warms my heart, as I really didn’t have much time at all with any of mine. My grandfather on Dad’s side passed before I was born,...

Cast-iron cookware is making a comeback!

What pan do you use to bake your cornbread? Can you use that same pan to fry eggs, brown a steak, sauté onions, or bake a cake? Well, if you use cast-iron cookware, you probably do. Cast-iron cookware is the most durable and dependable cookware one can own, and at one time, it...

Take a stand against trash

Driving around, I see trash strewn from one end of town to the other. It’s sad and reminds me of movies of less developed countries or those depicting the future, close to or after an environmental collapse. Looking at the trash, I can’t help but be reminded of the commercial of...

Who can you trust?

Receiving mail used to be a fun thing. It’s like when you first get married or move away from home and you have an actual address and mailbox of your own. To walk out to the mailbox and check the mail every day, it was exciting, right? You never knew what you were getting and you...

Snipe Hunting

A young person asked me the other day about snipe hunting. I snickered as my mind went back to when I was a young girl, and I remembered hearing of a young teenager who visited from the city and was taken out snipe hunting. I was curious about it. I later found out what it was,...

COVID takes life of two-time kidney transplant survivor

We can only hope, when we pass away, that we leave pleasant memories and positive imprints on the lives of our dear family and friends. Occasionally someone touches so many lives in our little community, in such a profound way, that it is overwhelming. Such was the life of...

Remembering full-service gas stations

This weekend while we were out running some errands, my husband offered to fill my vehicle with gas, so that I wouldn’t have to get out in the cold and pump it this week. How sweet was that? Who remembers when we had gas stations with attendants that came out to pump the gas,...