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  • Don't be the unprepared mom As my daughter’s face fell, I felt an all-too-familiar churning in my stomach that signaled I had blown it. Again. The 4-H project instructor was asking attendees to pass forward the baggies they were to bring to the meeting. Daughter’s face burned with embarrassment when she had to say that she forgot hers. Then she glanced at me for help. I had nothing. Even the emergency baggie we kept in the van had been used just that morning when a straw poked through the bottom of a cup. It was one of those days.

    March 19, 2014

  • The harsh truth about results Want to change your body? How it moves, how it looks, how it feels? If so, there are lots of right ways to go about it, but all of them will fail if they don’t lay on these foundational principles.

    March 19, 2014

  • Family tree rooted in Irish soil St. Patrick's Day always inspires me to think about my Irish roots.

    March 12, 2014

  • Slice of humble pie with side of crow I am about to conclude my fourth year of writing this column and until last week hadn’t really received any feedback, good or bad. That dearth of feedback ended last week with what I understand was quite a bit of feedback to my editor, and none of it was good.

    March 12, 2014

  • Road salt can damage landscape plants The practice of salting the earth to destroy, at least symbolically, the productivity of a defeated enemy’s lands has been in existence since ancient times. During a winter such as we have “enjoyed” this year, large amounts of salt have been used to clear streets and highways of snow and ice. Additional salt may have been used as a melting aid for driveways and sidewalks. While salt today does not have the kind of symbolism it did back then, it can still result in damage to landscape plants.

    March 12, 2014

  • Proper drug disposal is important Aspirin used to be the panacea for almost any ache and pain. Now there are drugs for every disease and dysfunction. While that is a good thing, drugs are also easily over-used, over-prescribed and stockpiled.

    March 12, 2014

  • Indiana prosecutors lose longtime advocate INDIANAPOLIS – When Steve Johnson, longtime advocate for Indiana’s county prosecutors, died unexpectedly recently at the age of 66, I tweeted that the Statehouse had lost “a quiet voice in a place of bombast.”

    March 12, 2014

  • Slow learners need not apply One of my coworkers was training a new person last week, and the new person didn’t appear to be gathering the new information very quickly. Listening to them made me realize two things: First, I am extremely glad I didn’t become a teacher. Second, and perhaps most important, I am thankful my children are quick learners.

    March 5, 2014

  • Lugar’s legacy: cooperation to save the world INDIANAPOLIS – In October 2012, at a dinner with friends, I found myself sitting next to a woman who’d grown up in Russia. Finding out I was a reporter, she demanded to know why Indiana Republicans had months earlier cast aside longtime U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar.

    March 5, 2014

  • Burn fat, not muscle Most of us, at one time or another, have followed a diet and intentionally tried to shed a little fat from our bodies. I talked about jump-starting your nutrition and GI tract to promote fat loss in the last column, but, if you are trying to lose fat, there is another major component of your body you must account for — your muscles.

    March 5, 2014

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