One thing has not changed about game days. All of us enjoy yummy snacks while we cheer for our favorite teams! Planning is the secret to healthier game day snacks. If you consider the amount of calories in each serving, you can add these healthy snacks into your meal plans for the day. Both of these recipes are easy, low in calories, and budget-friendly to fix. Assemble them ahead of time so you can focus your full attention on enjoying the game. If you feel creative, think of other vegetables or fresh herbs that you can chop and add for color and flavor.

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I’m just fine with X-rays when it comes to taking images of body parts, even when I sometimes have to go back and have them do it again. That has only happened two times out of several dozen, but I’d rather have to walk barefoot, 40 miles, to a hospital in Lexington for an X-ray than undergo…

“Yesterday when I was young/The taste of life was sweet upon my tongue.” So go the lyrics to an old Rod McKuen song. You can find similar ones from other artists--The Beatles, The Carpenters, Stevie Wonder . . .

The pandemic cursing our globe also reveals the fruit of tremendous blessings produced by the private sector’s $1.7 trillion investment in the nation’s broadband networks over the last 20 years, which US Telecom dramatically asserts has brought most Americans access to high-speed internet.

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Our vegetable garden is way past being simply productive and the best stuff hasn’t even started seriously coming in yet. I say “our garden” rather loosely and mostly because I own the property on which it’s tended but there would be no garden if my younger brother, Andy, hadn’t done all the …

As I write this, the tumultuous month of August draws to a close, and it seems fitting to spend a few minutes thinking about the history of women's suffrage. I'm not sure where that term actually came from, but there is no doubt that the movement contained more than its fair share of suffering.

Loretta just told me that she could not understand why anyone would want to eat garden green beans, just now-picked tomatoes, corn bread and cottage cheese for supper four days in a row, especially if said eater had numerous other choices.

It’s been a few months since I last whined about my personal health issues in this column, but I’ve had several people recently asking about how I’m doing and I simply thought that a public update might be timely.

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The last time I mowed my grass at my rental house I’ve lived at for the last three years was much like my first.

We don’t normally cook soup beans on one of the hottest days in August. In fact, I seriously doubt that we had ever cooked soup beans in August before last Saturday. One or the other of us (Loretta or I) may have ordered some in August as a side dish at Cracker Barrel because they had the AC…

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As I welcomed in the big 3-0 yesterday, I find myself reminiscing on the aspects of life I use the most energy and time.

It’ll be too late by the time you read this to do anything about it, but the question is what to do with over three dozen dead ripe cantaloupes when it takes you three days to eat just one? These cantaloupes, mind you, are fresher and as large or larger than any you will find in any produce …

What is normal? Is anything actually normal? Well, of course something is, I guess. But once you start to think about it, it's sort of a meaningless word.

The closest thing our family ever did that came to share cropping was allowing a few relatives and neighbors to pick strawberries “on the halves.” Sometimes that got tricky when a picker deliberately tried to only pick the grade A berries in the bucket he was taking home and pick mostly stun…

Two young men from the other end of the state were flying to the big city for a visit. Before they left home, their father gave them some advice: “You watch those big city taxi drivers. They’ll rob you blind. Never pay them what they ask for. You have to haggle.”

Last week, I disposed of a dead possum that my dog had been eating, which graduated me to the status of bona fide Kentucky girl. But 2020 wasn’t finished making my world collide with rodents. Instead, it was just getting started.

“School days, school days, happy Golden Rule Days . . .” Well, that's how the song goes. A very old song (1907), but I wonder how successful schools ever were at actually teaching the Golden Rule. I mean, so that it was actually learned and carried out into the real world.

I’m guessing that it had been at least 15 years since the last time we pickled some beets. Actually, like several other misnamed preserves, the beets are not technically “pickled.” Genuine pickles go through a fermentation process that usually takes anywhere from 10 days to 3 weeks, dependin…

A couple of weeks ago I was remarking on the unusual abundance of songbirds we’ve had here on Charlie Brown Road in 2020. Numerous readers, from far and wide across the state, have also told me that they don’t recall birds ever being as prolific as they are this year. I’ve even had similar o…

Across the country, Americans were coping with the pandemic the best way they knew how. Unfortunately, there were sharp increases in alcohol sales, benzodiazepine drug use, and benzo prescriptions, while some states were witnessing a spike in opioid-related deaths. Pharmaceutical drug produc…

It took 15 years, but I officially became a Kentucky girl last week. This was so deigned by my friend Candice, who is from a holler (see how Kentucky I am?) in Pike County, so I trust her judgment completely.

Our language defines us. We speak “American English.” Although, of course, not all American English is the same. Regional features, such as accents and dialectical differences, sometimes make it like a foreign language.

Our vegetable garden is way past being simply productive and the best stuff hasn’t even started seriously coming in yet. I say “our garden” rather loosely and mostly because I own the property on which it’s tended but there would be no garden if my younger brother, Andy, hadn’t done all the …

Immunizations play an important role in not only protecting people from preventable diseases, but also help to maintain community health. Historically, vaccines help to keep serious diseases from spreading, and have also helped to eradicate these diseases altogether.

I recently moderated a forum on racism, justice, and the Church, where three black pastors from Kentucky and Tennessee joined me and a colleague in a helpful conversation that brought a better understanding of the black community’s response to the senseless murder of George Floyd.

Connecting the dots for health, education and safety is paramount if schools across the Commonwealth are going to re-open. It would be negligent for the Governor, the Public Health Commissioner, the legislature and the Kentucky Board of Education to recommend schools re-open without school n…

The virus may have shut down much of the rest of the world, but it sure hasn’t bothered the birds on Charlie Brown Road. Maybe it’s because I’m not physically able to do much else, other than watch them, but if we’ve ever had as many song birds in our yard as we’ve had in 2020, I wasn’t payi…

The other day, my friend Jessica posted a meme that said: “Why do I feel compelled to wave at the end of Zoom calls? I have literally never walked out of a meeting room waving.”

As our country celebrates its birthday tomorrow, the occasion is a subdued event from its normal festivities.

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If we thought that harvesting, selling and preserving nearly two acres of strawberries was some sort of practical joke related to the start of “school vacation,” imagine how we felt about taking a break from picking berries to spend the afternoon hoeing vegetables until dark.

As Kentuckians ponder their options for college this fall, I'd like to offer a suggestion: Look no further than your local community college. I know you are wrestling with concerns about health and safety, so for those who want to continue to stay healthy at home, the 16 colleges of the Kent…

By late June in the 1950s and early 60s, the strawberry patch was pretty much picked out but my mom would ask us boys to if we would run out there and see if we could still find a few for mash up for supper. If there was a single berry left in the field, she didn’t want it to go to waste.

Recently I have become aware of several conspiracy theories surrounding COVID-19. Conspiracy theories are “attempts to explain events by identifying a group of actors working in secret to benefit themselves at the expense of others.” (American Conspiracy Theories”, 32)