The children are watching

My usual upbeat attitude has been faltering of late. Increasingly, I worry for the future of our nation and the world. My gravest concerns, however, a...

July 17th, 2016 |  


Working in garden yields multiple benefits

Working in garden yields multiple benefits

Question: This year, I greatly enlarged my vegetable garden. I enjoy it, but it’s a lot more work than I realized. People tell me that gardening...

July 14th, 2016 |  


Spider mites a concern in soybeans

I have started seeing signs of Twospotted Spider Mites (TSSM) in some soybean fields around the area. The hot, dry weather is very favorable for large...

July 13th, 2016 |  



Boomer Blog: Hooray for ducks!

This long-ago rhyme popped up the other day: “I never saw a purple cow/I never hope to see one./But I can tell you, anyhow/I’d rather see ...

July 10th, 2016 |  


Keep your kids drug-free this summer – start talking!

Keep your kids drug-free this summer – start talking!

Summer break is upon us, and for tweens and teens this means no homework, plenty of free time and less supervision. While a majority of youth will fin...

July 7th, 2016 |  


Strain common between parents, adult children

Strain common between parents, adult children

Question: We are in our 50s and our only child is in her 30s. There’s a lot of tension in our relationship, and recently she seems to be avoidin...

July 6th, 2016 |  


Boomer Blog: Extraordinary moments with ordinary people

A former colleague, a glass-half-full kind of guy, commented recently that his several flight delays had afforded him major people-watching time. His ...

July 4th, 2016 |  


Pack kids’ snacks with nutrients, variety

Pack kids’ snacks with nutrients, variety

Question: I know my kids eat too many cookies and chips. What are some healthier snack options for kids?Answer: Thirty years ago, children ate, on ave...

June 28th, 2016 |  


Boomer Blog: A little of this and that

It seems the forces of nature wanted to extend an appropriately warm welcome to summer this year. Many of us spent the last weekend of spring dealing ...

June 26th, 2016 |  


Keep food safety in mind when camping

Keep food safety in mind when camping

Question: We are planning to go camping for a long weekend this summer and I want to be sure we’re smart about the food we bring and prepare. Wh...

June 23rd, 2016 |