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I intended to write round-by-round predictions for the NHL playoffs, but higher priorities changed my plan. With the semifinals now underway and the Montreal Canadiens finally being able to cross the U.S.-Canadian border for the first time in a year, things are finally beginning to look a lo…

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Having a wanderer’s soul and being a military spouse, I have lived in 20 homes in six states and two countries before settling here in Athens and was shocked at the cost of water and sewer. For the first few years that we lived here, I was sure we had an underground leak. Heck, I had a home …

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A toothless smile and twinkling eyes were a stark contrast to her wrinkled and worn face, but the diminutive sprite we called Grammaw. She was always busy yet managed to take time for anyone and everyone she encountered.

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When I was pregnant, I anticipated the birth of my precious babies, but I dreaded the pain of the actual experience. Hey, I’m human.

I certainly don’t need to point out that football is a big deal down here. I knew that from afar, but now that I live here in the great state of Alabama, I have the opportunity to witness it firsthand, and man, is it sweet. The season is still months away and I'm already starting to feel lik…

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There are a lot of plants that can be propagated by placing a cutting into water so that roots will form. There are also a few plants that can live in water indefinitely as long as they are provided with nutrients. I have five or six water-filled vases that are spilling pothos, the oldest of…

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They were my great-grandparents, but everyone in the holler called them Grampaw and Grammaw Osborne, pronounced "Orsbun."

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Life can seem complicated sometimes. Because it is. There are responsibilities and deadlines. Work is demanding. Home life is demanding. There are never enough hours in the day — or the night, for that matter. Sleep deprivation is real. The threat of COVID-19 is real.

I have been a resident Alabamian since late February. As I have mentioned before, I have moved around a lot having lived in eight states so far in my 27 years on this earth. While I had my dream job as a sports reporter in Big Sky country out in Montana, I was not enjoying my life outside of…

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Have you ever had a really smart pet? We’ve had several, mostly canine, but such intelligent critters. So far, they have all lived up to the old wives' tale that the darker the roof of their mouths, the more intelligent they are. A few not-too-smart ones I’ve known followed suit.

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In some ways, we are all hurting. We are all grieving. Regular readers of this column know I’m experiencing grief as a result of the sudden and unexpected passing of my husband, but grief doesn’t have to involve someone dying and leaving this earth.

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A few weeks ago, I was down in South Alabama at a friend’s farm. He was planting watermelon in a plot about the size of a football field. Of course, being that he planted such a large number of watermelons, they will be sold to local groceries and at farmer’s markets — and at least one will …

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Visits to or from doctors was a rarity in my youth and long before, and, yes, doctors really did make house calls in those days.

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My husband left this world in November. I miss him every day, in every way. Of course I do. I had someone tell me it would be weird if I wasn’t sad right now. She was right.

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Last week, I was having a conversation with some friends about the foods that each of us didn’t particularly like. Of the foods I have tried, there are very few that make my list; I’m not a fan of liver, black licorice, runny eggs and peas. Most of the foods I deemed undesirable were apparen…

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Several years ago, while sitting in church in another state, my oldest grandchild, Jack, sent me a lengthy and sentimental text. Being unsure of the sermon topic, something stirred within him, and he elaborated his appreciation and love for me.

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I often receive feedback and notes from readers via email or Facebook. I love messages from people who read this column. Each one is appreciated.

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If you’re reading a gardening article, chances are you are a plant enthusiast, as I am. There is something very satisfying about creating a garden full of healthy, thriving plants, shrubs and trees. But, what do we do when one of our babies shows signs of disease?

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A year and a half ago, I found myself in a new role — family matriarch. Somehow, it had never occurred to me that it was in my future. Despite planning ahead, the present is where I dwell.

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It’s been five months. Five long months, but there are still so many things to do. So many goodbyes left to say. Most of them are symbolic and silent, but they are goodbyes, nonetheless. Between just him and me.

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You’ve probably heard the word "superfood" and believe it to be a half-priced, 16-ounce porterhouse steak that has been cooked to perfection — not kale. While I wholeheartedly agree with that statement, not all of the superfoods are tough on the palate. Salmon, blueberries, almonds, sweet po…

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I love just about everything that has to do with summer — early morning sunrises, butterflies flitting, birds chirping, the smell of fresh-cut grass and suntan lotion, and flowers in every size, shape and color imaginable, all working together to provide a little Zen to my soul.

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More than 30 years ago, a genuine treasure fell into my lap — but what to do with it? We took a trip to visit my birthplace in southeastern Kentucky.

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Yesterday, I changed a light bulb. It was the overhead one at the entrance to our basement stairs. I had to use a stepping stool in order to reach it.

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Ah, I love spring! The birds are chirping, lawns are greening up, trees are budding and sleeping perennials are starting to poke their heads from their underground beds. Three years ago, I planted tulip and daffodil bulbs around the base of a dogwood tree. The idea was that these spring bloo…

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True friends' hearts are always open for each other, regardless of time apart. True friends experience sunshine in one another’s company even when it’s stormy and they share an umbrella. True friends share ups and downs, and they cherish the memories they have made together.

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Our electricity went out suddenly without warning recently. Always prepared, though literally pitch black, especially with heavy cloud cover; it didn’t take long to light a few candles.

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If grief itself weren’t bad enough, she often is accompanied by another formidable beast. I’ve encountered him lately, and his name is guilt.

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More than 20 years ago, I married my military husband and started out on an adventure that I never thought would be mine. Our first move came about a year after we were married, and we have moved seven more times since.

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Yes, I am old-fashioned, but if you knew me way back when, you might have thought that 50 or more years ago, too. Easter is a sacred and holy day for many Christians worldwide. A treasure trove of memories floods my brain with Easters past.

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When a person thinks about the backdrop of a magnificent flower, the setting is probably one of it being surrounded by dense green foliage and bathing in glimmering sunshine. That is probably true for the most part, but there are a few plant species that worship the moon over the sun. One of…

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Finally, spring is in the air, and with it comes that old tradition of spring cleaning. After having the house shut up all winter, it is exhilarating and invigorating to air it out — perhaps except for the pollination season upon us.

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Spring cleaning is one of my favorite chores. OK, so I’m being a little sarcastic. While I may not particularly care for the chore of cleaning out closets and ridding the house of the staleness of winter, I love it when it is all done. The air smells a little fresher, and all I need to do af…

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Each of us knows many excellent cooks as well as some that, well, just don’t quite qualify. So what is the difference?

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A few months ago I was attacked by something so powerful I didn’t know if I’d survive. My husband of 33 years died much too soon, much too young. I was left here, alone. The lone survivor, except this was no reality show. It was the real deal. And it sucked. Still does.

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Garden beds are a wonderful addition to any home. When properly laid out and maintained, they add a visually appealing element to the landscaping, which ultimately increases the value of your home. When we bought our home, the backyard didn’t have any flower beds. We immediately started to m…

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That seems like easy enough counsel to follow, right? Then why is there so much mudslinging, name calling, rudeness and disrespectful and downright mean conversation going on?

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I’m still struggling, but I know I have to step forward on a path I wouldn’t have considered six months ago. Because it didn’t exist six months ago.

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It should come as no surprise that, since I have a culinary background, the first element that I added to my yard when we moved into our home was an herb garden. Dried herbs are good in a pinch, but nothing beats the taste of fresh herbs.

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Our recent cold snap reminded me of winters past. Living in Michigan for more than 40 years, I gleaned a bit of experience in surviving bitter temperatures.

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We all experience different seasons in life and those seasons are accompanied by emotions — joy and sadness and everything in between.

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Over the years, I have discussed my observations and concepts of the two different roles or routes taken by a U.S. Senator or Congressman during their tenure in Washington.

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It should come as no surprise that this week’s article is dedicated to the flower of choice for Valentine’s Day, the rose. It is also a timely subject, being that from January to early spring is rose planting season.

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Appalachian mountain folk speak differently. Having their language often mistaken for uneducated ignorance is actually a uniqueness they are proud of. One such word used is "Valentimes" for Valentine.

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We all have something that seems just out of reach, just beyond our grasp. Whatever it is — you’ve got this.

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