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Cornmeal Mush

I like cornmeal mush. It was one of our favorite breakfasts growing up on the farm. I liked it best with a splash of cream from Grandma’s favorite milking short horn cow, Libby. That old …

Where were you in 1974?

You could have seen the movie The Sting, starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford. Its soundtrack introduced ragtime music, showcasing Scott Joplin’s musical genius. 1974 the Food and Drug …

Pickle Juice Pizazz

Pickle Juice Pizazz When I was a youngling, in single digit years, Grandpa, then a young man, got hired as a schoolteacher at the edge of civilization. It suited him and Grandma, then in their …

Q: My sister takes flaxseed oil because she can’t stand getting “fishy burps” from the fish oil and insists that flaxseed is just as good for you as fish oil. Is this true? …

Grandma’s Deviled Eggs

We just had sandwiches for lunch. Grandpa was back down at the shop and Grandma, and I were watching TV in the living room. The conversation turned to sauces for sandwiches. I’ll just say this …

How to treat a heat rash

Q:        I’ve been battling a heat rash from the hot weather we’ve been having recently. What’s the best way to get rid of it? Donna, a …

Forever 20

Tacked on the wall above my desk is an etching of a name. Whenever I think I am having a bad day, I take a moment to look at it. It is the name of a college roommate, Daniel B. Christenson from …

Buckled Breezeway

Over the winter in the high snow, we lost half the breeze way roof on the little shop.  Without walls breezeways can’t collect heat under their rafters so the snow on the shady side of the …

My doctor started me on a new diabetic medicine last week. Since I started taking it, I’ve had loose stools. My wife thinks I should take some over-the-counter diarrhea medicine for it. Is that …

Beef Offal

We were setting around the dinner table last week discussing different types of tacos, ground meat tacos (beef and chicken), fish tacos, cheese tacos, tongue tacos. And that’s when the …

It's allergy season

Yesterday morning I woke up feeling under the weather. Stuffy nose? Check. Runny nose? Check. Sinus pressure? Check. Sneezing? Check. Is it a cold? That's not likely, since I have allergies to …

PANCAKES

When I was small, even before preteen, Grandpa would make pancakes on the weekend so Grandma could sleep in. It didn’t work because he always had to wake her up to ask her what ingredients to …

May reminds me of my mother, and not just because of Mother's Day. May is National Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month. During the last 10 years of her life, my mother suffered …

Definition of Money

I was driving along when I heard a radio talk show host tell me that I should get cash and put it in a safety deposit box because next year was going to be bumpy and I was going to need it. As my …

Q: How much calcium should I take to prevent osteoporosis (thin bones)?  Several years ago, after stepping out of her front door, my 75-year-old neighbor Barbara turned around and, after …

Busy Betty

I was standing in line at a hospital cafeteria last week during Spring Break when I overheard a couple of nurses ahead of me in line talking. They were a few customers ahead of me. I wasn’t …

  Q: My doctor wants me to start taking a particular medication once a week to strengthen my bones. How long do I have to take it? Our bones can lose strength as we age, making them thinner …

Positive Attitude

Driving home on a four-lane highway with Grandpa last week I almost ran over a chair. Yep, a chair. Coming around the curve; going sixty miles an hour we saw yellow flashing lights a-ways ahead. …

How to take an iron supplement

Seventy-eight-year-old Mabel became anemic after being hospitalized with a bleeding ulcer. She was discharged home on medicine to heal her ulcer, plus an iron supplement. Three months later, …

Division of Labor

Over the weekend a water leak sprang out in the closet where the water heater is housed over a round plastic water collection tray with three-inch-high sides setting over the beautiful oak hardwood …

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