Features: Columns

Apr. 08, 2015 @ 10:15 AM

Be ready for pond weeds

Spring weather means warmer temperatures, green grass, happy people and weeds growing in ponds. Calls are already coming in about controlling pond weeds, so folks who have ponds might want to take a look and see if weeds are already present and make some plans on how to deal with them.

Apr. 07, 2015 @ 02:59 PM

Adventures with lentils

Alton Brown is my hero. He’s the only TV food guy who not only shows me “how,” but teaches me “why.” He explores the science of cooking, but in a way that doesn’t put me to sleep or make me feel dumb. I can’t emphasize enough how very much I respect his knowledge—If Alton says it, it must be so. So when he suggested I get to know lentils, that’s just what I did.

Apr. 03, 2015 @ 10:16 AM

Getting ready for Easter

It is easy to get hung up on the differences between our many churches and congregations and forget those things that all Christians share. One of those practices we all hold in common is baptism. We may have different ideas about when to do it (as an infant or as an adult), how to do it (dip, sprinkle or dunk), or where to do it (outside in a river or inside the sanctuary). But when it comes down to it, all churches baptize. This season of Lent, the 40 days leading up to Easter, is a good time to think about baptism and what it means.

Mar. 31, 2015 @ 04:20 PM

Jam session

Although some people who know me (Hello Petey and The Kid) may call it an affliction, I just happen to appreciate jam and jelly.

Mar. 27, 2015 @ 03:51 PM

The secret to growing a church

Now that I have your attention, let me confess: it is no secret. In fact, it’s been lying in plain sight for two thousand years! History shows that whenever men and women, boys and girls actually put it to use, churches were filled and the kingdom of God grew by leaps and bounds! 

Mar. 24, 2015 @ 04:37 PM

Mushroom spackle

A trench coat can be worn both by an old-school, cigar-chomping private eye, and an elegant woman in a little black dress with equal aplomb.

Mar. 20, 2015 @ 03:31 PM

Knowing the truth

As a child I was always fond of vintage things, such as clothing and furniture. It seemed the older the better. Many would say that I was an old soul from birth because of this fascination at such an early age.

Mar. 18, 2015 @ 09:57 AM

Why you shouldn’t shop at the farmers market this year

It’s hard to believe, but the 2015 farmers market season is almost underway! The farmers markets in both Henderson and Warrenton open on April 18, and the Oxford market should open soon after. But before you get too excited about all that great, delicious, locally grown, flavorful produce, I wanted to share a few reasons that you shouldn’t shop at your local farmers market.

Mar. 17, 2015 @ 01:40 PM

Your toast

     In almost every facet of life there are fads.

      Don’t believe me?  When’s the last time you sat at a harvest gold-colored kitchen counter while eating fondue, listening to Milli Vanilli and wearing acid wash denim and a Member’s Only jacket?

Mar. 13, 2015 @ 03:05 PM

Leading in anxious times

Last week I attended a workshop about leading in anxious times. As I sat and listened, and I was filled with wonder on God’s timing. These are anxious times.