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Just before spring break, I judged a beauty pageant, and they had a basket of goodies for each judge. One of the things in the basket was a local cookbook. I received several food magazines the next day. I was ready for the beginning of our break.

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You use the pantry every day, but it is easy to overlook when you are cleaning. It may seem like a daunting task but it really doesn’t take long. When you get the pantry clean, be sure to re-stock with some healthy staples.

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I have often written of my love for my pets. My husband, Steve, falls into the same category. About 10 years ago, he rescued a tiny black puppy and took her to our farm. We referred to her as Lucy, the farm dog. She loved to run and play in the woods. Every afternoon, Steve would ride out an…

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Virtually every day more research is focusing on issues impacting senior citizens. One recent example is a study that said keeping the mind active is a key to good health.

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While a lot of my job is to share interesting garden techniques and “how-to” information, sometimes I’m asked for help with interpersonal or social issues.

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Benton Academy recently hosted the State AA Basketball Tournament. I was responsible for the food in our hospitality room for all school coaches, administration and officials. It was quite an undertaking, but I enjoyed every minute of it.

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I have a collection of crosses in my den. For Christmas, a student gave me a beautiful wooden one with the word “blessed” inscribed on it. As I admired it yesterday, I thought about how truly blessed I am.

Where to start with today’s topic, of deliberately putting woody garden debris to use? It’s way easier than dragging stuff to the street and a lot simpler than composting. And it can be downright artistic.

Anxiety is the most common mental health issue in the United States, with more than 40 million Americans suffering from some type of anxiety related issue.

Last week, the cold weather just about done me in. I was longing for those hot, summertime temperatures. I will complain about those, too. For right now, however, they seem better than what experienced last week and the recent cold snap.

In celebration of Black History Month, the Museum of the Mississippi Delta will host a traveling exhibition from The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History titled “Frederick Douglass from Slavery to Freedom: The Journey to New York City.”

When Steve and I married, he quickly discovered that I don’t do yard work. I don’t mow, weed-eat or pull weeds. I will plant some seasonal blooming plants in the terra cotta pots outside and water them, but that is as far as I go.

Dreary weather is forcing me to stay indoors, but I am comforted by my cherished potted tropical plants. Some, however, are really ugly to visitors, which makes me love ‘em even more.

While cooking a pot of homemade soup yesterday, I reached for my favorite wooden spoon. It belonged to my maternal grandmother, Mamaw. She was the best cook in the world, next to my Mama. When I would visit her, she would let me sit on the counter while she cooked. I remember making biscuits…

I’m sure that we all have met someone who was deathly afraid of snakes. Or maybe it was spiders. Or bats, blood, clowns, the dentist, flying, heights, the weather, math, the dark, or even other people.

There was something wrong about my new garden. Couldn’t put my finger on it, just didn’t feel right. Then, I learned about feng shui.

New Year’s resolutions are a tradition mainly in the Western Hemisphere. They reflect a desire to change an undesired trait or behavior to accomplish a personal goal or otherwise improve someone’s life. About 60 percent of people admit to making New Year’s resolutions. Less than 10 percent a…

I love a nice lawn. I studied turf management at MSU and consult with professional turf and home lawn lovers regularly. I wrote the forward to the popular “Perfect Mississippi Lawn” book.

In the midst of a busy life and a busy time of year, Steve and I recently had the pleasure of spending the day with our granddaughter — just the three of us. We headed to Jackson mid-morning for lunch and an afternoon play at New Stage Theatre.

Over the past several months, we have been looking at types of interactions that indicate a healthy relationship as well as behaviors that are common in unhealthy ones.

Recently, in a discussion with one of my sons-in-law, I was relating how my mother rented space in a frozen locker back in the late 1940s before most people had freezers in their homes.

This Thanksgiving is the first one our family has celebrated together since my husband’s mom passed away. We recently moved into her home, and we will be hosting this family holiday for the first time. I’ve tried to mix a little of the past with the present. I have her turkey platter, gravy …

Thanksgiving is just around the corner. The main attraction will be turkey and dressing. But what about the trimmings? Today, I have a few dishes to accompany your main course. I hope these will help you in your meal planning. Thanks for reading.