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  • COLUMN: U.S. veterans know that freedom is not free

    Memorial Day. Just another three-day weekend, right? Well, many of our younger generation may not know the actual day is May 30, although this year we celebrate it on May 27, blending it into another traditional long weekend.
    Since I am an elderly member of our society, I always knew what it was to honor our country’s veterans — I am one of them having served in the United States Marine Corps from 1957 to 1963.
    Today’s column is about the honor and pride I have for our military, both active and retired.

  • Tasty tale lies behind beginning of the bourbon ball in Kentucky

    I am not much of a drinker but I recently acquired a taste for bourbon – bourbon balls, that is. I also gained a new respect for the woman who invented them.

  • SAVVY SENIOR: Assistive technologies help elderly seniors remain at home

    Dear Savvy Senior,
    What types of new home technologies can you recommend to help me keep tabs on my elderly mother? She lives alone, about an hour’s drive from me, and I worry about her safety.
    Concerned Daughter

    Dear Concerned,
    Helping an aging parent remain independent and living in his or her own home has become a little easier in recent years, thanks to a host of new and improved assistive technology products. Here are some top rated options you should know about:

    Medical Alerts

  • COLUMN: How is your physical, spiritual, emotional health?

    In my many years as a mental health professional, I am amazed at how many people I have witnessed who spend an enormous amount of time, and often large sums of money, taking good care of their physical health with very little time spent with the balance of what also really counts — their spiritual and emotional self.

  • Tasty weeds: Garlic Mustard invasive but useful

    What is more enjoyable than spending a Saturday at the park with your family? Walking through the woods and enjoying the warm spring air seems like the perfect way to spend a weekend. Add in pulling invasive weeds and it describes a recent weekend I spent with my daughter.

  • SAVVY SENIOR: Health insurance marketplaces can help early retirees

    Dear Savvy Senior,
    What can you tell me about the new Obamacare health insurance exchanges that begin next year? I am interested in retiring early at age 61, but need to find some affordable health until my Medicare benefits begin at 65.
    Ready to Retire

    Dear Ready,

  • COLUMN: Everyone has a past, part II

    Well, I hope you read last week’s column. If not, let me briefly explain: we all have pasts, pasts that have perhaps helped us and incidences from those pasts that have hindered us in our adult years. Those instances may continue to have negative effects on our lives unless we learn how to begin “shedding” those things, which we may have struggled with in the years before emerging into adulthood.

  • Sweet summertime snack ideas

    In the warm summer months, nothing beats spending time together creating fun snacks that promote healthy eating and a little creativity.
    The summer boasts a wealth of fresh fruit to draw inspiration from — especially everyone’s favorite — watermelon. Its cool, juicy flavor speaks to your senses. Plus, it’s packed with key vitamins and minerals, so it’s a snack you can feel good about serving to your family.

    Fabulously Fresh Ideas

  • SAVVY SENIOR: How to avoid identity theft when you travel

    Dear Savvy Senior,
    What tips can you recommend to help retirees guard against identity theft when traveling? My sister and her husband had their identity stolen while on vacation last year, and I want to make sure I’m protecting myself on my trip to Europe next month.
    Paranoid Pam

    Dear Pam,
    Most people don’t realize that when you travel, your risk of identity theft increases. Here are a few simple steps you can take to protect yourself while you’re away.

  • Wiche opens farm to friends, promotes buying local ag products

    On Saturday, April 6, Jeneen Wiche and her husband Andy Smart welcomed customers and friends to their home at Swallow Rail Farm in Shelby County. Seventeen family groups, some multigenerational, attended the weekend event.