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Don’t put health care on hold because of COVID-19

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, a lot of things in the health care landscape have been uncertain. But one thing has always remained the same: When you need health care, you need it. Don’t put your health on hold. A study conducted by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, ...

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Garden Variety: How bitter cold affects plants — and pests

The bitter cold that accompanied recent winter storms in the Lawrence area will likely have long-lasting effects on certain trees and landscape plantings. And while many gardeners think the silver lining of the cold is a decrease in insect and mite populations, the actual effect is difficult ...

Garden Variety: Flowers’ colorful history as symbols and gifts

Fresh flowers and plants are given as symbols of caring, friendship, love, remembrance and other sentiments. And although this is true year-round, the Society of American Florists says that Valentine’s Day tops the list for sales. Have you ever wondered how flowers became unspoken words, ...

Garden Variety: Should you remove vines from trees?

English ivy, Virginia creeper and other perennial vines are sometimes found growing up the trunks of trees in landscapes and wooded areas. They are more obvious in winter months than other times of year because of the lack of greenery on affected trees. Most experts recommend removing vines ...

Garden Variety: Where — and when — to source your seeds

Seeds for vegetables, herbs, and flowers are available through a variety of sources. Those who are new to the gardening world often ask which source is best, and experienced gardeners often look for sources they might have missed in the past. The best source for your seeds depends on what ...

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Crave: Pull out the sheet pan for a homemade twist on pizza night

If you’ve gotten used to cooking at home more this year, then consider switching things up on pizza night and making it yourself on a sheet pan. Not only will the pizza taste good, but it’s a fun activity with kids. First, the crust, which is vital as a canvas for your favorite ...

Spirits: Mint juleps steeped in American social, political history

I’m sure most of us have heard of the mint julep, a bourbon-based cocktail associated with the American South and the Kentucky Derby. During the Civil War and up until 1920s, the mint julep was the drink of choice and Tom Bullock made one of the best around. Born in 1872, Bullock was the son ...

Crave: Chicken shines with dumplings and noodles

Chicken and Dumplings This old-fashioned rendition of chicken and dumplings is probably the way your grandma used to make it. Nothing extra has been added—no vegetables, no noodles—this really is just chicken and dumplings. A free-range organic bird is all you need to celebrate the true ...

Crave: Easy breads to warm up the kitchen

Bake bread from scratch with these can-do recipes. --- Wheat Bread Yields 1 loaf. Ingredients: 2 1/4 cups bread flour, packed and leveled 3⁄4 cup whole-wheat flour, packed and leveled 1 1/4 teaspoons salt 1⁄2 teaspoon active dry yeast 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 cups cool water Wheat bran and ...

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Spirits: Mint juleps steeped in American social, political history

I’m sure most of us have heard of the mint julep, a bourbon-based cocktail associated with the American South and the Kentucky Derby. During the Civil War and up until 1920s, the mint julep was the drink of choice and Tom Bullock made one of the best around. Born in 1872, Bullock was the son ...

Garden Variety: How bitter cold affects plants — and pests

The bitter cold that accompanied recent winter storms in the Lawrence area will likely have long-lasting effects on certain trees and landscape plantings. And while many gardeners think the silver lining of the cold is a decrease in insect and mite populations, the actual effect is difficult ...

Local History: Was local artist Adam Rohe a forgotten Stan Herd?

One of Lawrence’s most famous artists is Stan Herd. Originally born in Protection, he’s done crop and earthwork art around the world, and his ingenious use of nature has delighted viewers. It has always seemed appropriate to me that he is following in the footsteps of Adam Rohe, an ...

Garden Variety: Should you remove vines from trees?

English ivy, Virginia creeper and other perennial vines are sometimes found growing up the trunks of trees in landscapes and wooded areas. They are more obvious in winter months than other times of year because of the lack of greenery on affected trees. Most experts recommend removing vines ...