When Robert, a devout reader of this column who also happens to be an accomplished researcher in matter of family lineage, offered to trace my family roots, I accepted faster than kudzu can grow on a hot summer's day.
When I was 19 years old, I injured my ankle. Badly. I was playing volleyball in someone's backyard without any shoes on (much to the consternation of my mother). I came down wrong, turned my ankle over and heard a loud "pop."
Valentine's Day has come and gone. Candy, jewelry, flowers and cards have been given and received. I have no idea how many roses were given this past Monday, but I'm fairly certain the number would be in the millions.
Valentine's Day can be a costly holiday. To reduce the cost but retain the sentiment of the day, move beyond traditions. There are a variety of ways to show loved ones how much they mean to you without emptying your wallet.
Choking can be life-threatening. According to Safe Kids USA , approximately 873 children ages 14 and younger die from airway obstruction injuries each year. More than 19,000 children were treated in hospital emergency rooms for choking-related episodes in 2005.
February is the shortest month of the year, but often the most brutal. About mid-month we begin to sniff the vague scents of spring a few weeks away. Then February smacks us with just one more "wintry event."
"The Lost Gate" by science-fiction master Orson Scott Card is a fairly standard fantasy fable. Thirteen-year-old Danny North discovers he has an unusual magical power that has been outlawed by the mage clans for centuries.
What's the most important factor in developing a beautiful and productive garden? Questions such as this one have been asked of me hundreds of times over the fleeting years. Oh, I've come back with all the seemingly correct answers, but sometimes I have wondered if I've really zeroed in on the absolute most important factor.