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  • Have you ever noticed that when you are in a hurry, everyone else moves too slowly?  Or when you are laid back and taking it easy, everyone else seems to be in such a rush?  The other day I was running late to meet my wife and let’s just say I was pushing the speed limit.  I got behind this car that just seemed to be poking along, and I got a little frustrated, then I looked at my own speedometer!  I decided I’d better back off a little bit!

  • Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has declared August 3 through 9, 2014, “National Farmers Market Week”. Throughout the week, USDA will celebrate our nation’s thousands of farmers markets, farmers who make them possible and the communities that host them.

  • The story is told of the colorful, nineteenth-century gifted violinist, Niccolo Paganini, who on one occasion was performing before a packed house, playing a difficult piece of music, accompanied by a full orchestra giving him magnificent support.

  • Dear Savvy Senior,
    What are the cheapest cell phone options available today to seniors living on a shoestring budget? I only need it for occasional calls.
    Seldom Calling Senior

    Dear Seldom,
    For financially challenged seniors who only want a cell phone for emergency purposes or occasional calls, there are a number of inexpensive no contract plans you can get. Or, depending on your income level, there are also free cell phones and monthly airtime minutes you may qualify for. Here’s where to find some of the cheapest deals.

  • I get to take out the trash.  Occasionally I’ll be the one to gather the trash up in the house, but I admit, my wife is usually quicker at that.  But I’m almost always the one who hauls it out to the street. Once a week I roll that big garbage can up the hill and get it ready to go.

  • In the parable from Matthew 13, Jesus compares sharing the Gospel to planting a crop. It seems that the farmer in this parable had some mixed results from his planting efforts. Let’s take a look at the text and see what we can learn.

  • Maintaining a controlled breeding and calving season can be one of the most important management tools for cow-calf producers. Uniform, heavier and more valuable calves are key reasons to keep the breeding season short. Plus, more efficient cow supplementation and cow herd health programs are products of a short breeding season. However, you shouldn’t convert from yearlong breeding to a shortened breeding season without a lot of planning.

  • Why is it that the perfect time to dig and divide your iris bed is in July at the height of the season’s heat? For bearded iris it’s because they go through a dormant period in the summer. This hardy perennial is a beautiful spring bloomer that is virtually immune to diseases. But to ensure health and vigor you should divide your bearded iris every three to five years. If they receive adequate sunlight (at least 6 hours a day) but do not bloom well then it is definitely time to divide.

  • This week, a reiteration of facts about local history for you to chew on. They concern people and events not questioned over the years because research has shown them most likely to be based on absolute truth.
    Historical stories, articles and books are only as accurate as the research that was used to produce them. If the research was faulty, the product of the research is also likely to be porous.
    So, here we go:

  • 60 years ago

    July 22, 1954

  • Dear Savvy Senior,
    Since retiring, my husband and I love to travel but hotel costs eat up our budget so fast we can’t stay as long, or go as often as we’d like to. I’ve heard that there are alternative lodging options like short-term apartment rentals or even house sitting that offer a much cheaper way to travel. How can we find these?
    Retired Travelers

  • Assertiveness is an attitude and a way of acting in any situation where you need to do something like:
    • Express your feelings (without being harsh/mean!)
    • Ask for what you want, or
    • Say “no” to something you don’t want.
    But, you say, “To become assertive seems to have the belief that’ have the right to ask for what I want”!

  • Open Door Christian hosting Vacation Bible School
    Open Door Christian Center at 2345 Taylorsville Road in Bloomfield is hosting Vacation Bible School July 21-24 from 6-8 p.m. Children age 12 and younger are welcome and the event is free. This year’s theme is “God’s Backyard Bible Camp.”