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Alfalfa Tea

When Grandma Lydia was a young girl, her family lived on a farm. She had eleven siblings, six brothers, five older than she; and five sisters, two older and three younger. With that many folks in the …

ELK ROAST

I spent the morning helping Grandpa put a twenty-seven-foot truss beam together in the cramped shop (like everything that is useful, the shop is big, just not quite big enough for the next project) …

How to Cook Dried Beans

Beans are one of the nicest ways to eat protein. They provide fiber for the bowels, texture to the dish and are (usually) easy on the pocketbook. I came across this method of making three bean salad …

One early September morning in 1977, I hustled up three flights of stairs to the third floor of College Hall at Washington State University in Pullman, for my first pharmacy laboratory session. I …

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 …

The rapid development of artificial intelligence has many people nervous, and for good reason. Through data input and algorithms, artificial intelligence can learn, adapt, and ultimately synthesize …

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 …

Leadership

Sonny’s been working as a non-family member at a two-family establishment, small enterprise, five guys in the shop, good people, good pay. It is, however, his first hiring in a secular job and …

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 …

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 …

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