• Butterfly weed

    A couple of weeks ago I discussed the need to preserve butterfly habitat, in particular that of the Monarch butterfly due to declining populations. Another member of the milkweed family I talked about is the butterfly weed, Asclepias tuberosa. You can find this plant blooming through the summer months along roadsides, but mostly in pastures and abandoned fields.

  • Understanding sunscreen

    We often hear how important it is to use sunscreen.  But have you ever wondered what all of those sunscreen numbers mean and which one is best for you?  Sunscreen is a way to protect your skin from the harmful rays of the sun.  Even when the day looks overcast, ultraviolet rays can damage your skin.

  • Preserve habitats where monarch butterflies flourish

    Many of you know that one of my hobbies is taking photos of butterflies. Butterfly populations, and that of the Monarch in particular, have been on the decline in recent years. This is due in part to the loss of habitat; plants that Monarchs and other butterflies depend upon for food and on which they lay their eggs. While encouraging farmers to control weeds in their pastures and crop fields, we have, perhaps, destroyed valuable habitat that butterfly populations need to survive. Perhaps we need to be a little more conservation minded and preserve areas where they can flourish.

  • Ways to decrease sugary drinks in children’s diets

    Sugar sweetened beverages include a variety of commonly consumed liquids, such as sodas, energy and sport drinks,  lemonade and fruit drinks, sweet tea, flavored water, and coffee. Sales from sugary drinks in the United States totaled $14.3 billion in the year 2013, making them the single largest source of calories in our diet and one of the biggest contributors to high rates of obesity.

  • Poison hemlock a noxious weed
  • Blackberry and peach crumble

    Few fruits signify summer in Kentucky more than fresh blackberries. This wild fruit has been tamed over the years, but wild or tame, they are still satisfying.

  • Soil compaction is hard on the family garden

    Gardening season is in full force. It’s a good time to think about the soil in your garden plots and beds. Soil compaction creates an unfriendly growing environment for plants and is a serious problem for many home gardeners. This is also true for crop soils as well.  But don’t worry, it is relatively easy to prevent.

  • Quench your thirst

    We sweat more in the summer. Have you ever wondered why?  Sweat is your body’s way of cooling itself.  You sweat more in the heat, while exercising, when you have a fever or when you are nervous.  Your body is trying to get back to 98.6 degrees F.
    When your body gets hot, water absorbs the heat. It then travels to the blood and eventually is removed by sweating the heated water. As the sweat evaporates, it cools the skin, adding to the cooling effect.

  • Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University Fall ‘15

    Yes, I know summer doesn’t start until June 21st, and the last thing you are probably interested in right now is financial management. However, if you want to get better control on your finances and out of debt, Financial Peace University is just what you need.

  • Tick varieties in Kentucky

    This is my second news column on ticks in the past month. The tall grass this spring provides ticks ample opportunities to hitch a ride on hikers and pets alike. Ticks can make outdoor activities very uncomfortable in Kentucky, as well as posing a potential public health threat.  Tick season extends from mid-March through August across the Commonwealth.