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It saddens me to see people spending money on little vegetable plants in unrecyclable plastic containers -- because most vegetables are so easy to grow from seeds. Yet the trend away from seeds and … more
A lot has been reported about COVID-related deaths in the past year. The numbers are horrific and few have been untouched by this pandemic. Other causes of death have taken a back seat during this … more
Dear Mayor Selby and Council Members, There is an item on your consent calendar that is not "routine" and should be the subject of a public discussion and vote. Resolution #21-0431 authorizes … more
It seems to me that there are two parts to getting anything done.  One, deciding what to do and two, doing it.   And deciding what to do is sometimes the harder part.  Do I go … more
Dear Lexis, I read your last article on unmet needs and I wanted to follow up with a question. What if your unmet needs can’t be met by just one person, what if you need additional people in … more
You might be wondering what the new emphasis on crime stories is about. Several readers have asked. Three have UNSUBSCRIBED to The Daily JOLT newsletter -- and griped, too. [If you read to the … more
Tomatoes are the royalty of the vegetable garden, and they demand to be treated accordingly. They worship the sun and want it all. They demand your most compost- or manure-rich soil, the support … more
About a year and a half before the COVID-19 pandemic struck, when she was around the age of 40, Army veteran Elizabeth McDonald and her children began building ‘sharing gardens’ in front, … more
Dear Lexis, I find myself unfulfilled in my relationship lately. I feel like we’re drifting apart and I’m not sure what to do about it. It seems like nothing I do helps. My husband … more
Picasso would like my garden right now; it’s at the height of its Blue Period. Little blue scilla is blooming everywhere. In the largest and longest flower bed, where the daffodils are over, it … more
When you think about home safety what comes to mind?  Locks on your doors and windows? Alarm systems?  Bushes and trees trimmed back so they can’t break windows or cause damage to … more
We seem to have entered a world view full of absolutes, strident, uncompromising, us vs. them with very little room in the middle for a nuanced discussion of complex issues.  This … more
Dear Lexis, I’m having a hard time getting projects done. I have so many things I want to finish, but when the time comes to spend some time on any of them, I feel like I have to force … more
The great spring surge of growth is gathering momentum. Buds are opening, the grass is taller with every passing day, and every unpaved inch of earth – even the cracks in the pavement – … more
Hoe long does it take you to get ready to go somewhere these days? For many, many, years, I envied the women who got up, dressed, washed their face, brushed their teeth, ran a comb (or their … more
Dear Lexis, I just had a really hard week. Everything seemed to go wrong. I swear, whatever could have happened, did and now I find myself feeling drained, upset, and hopeless. What would you … more
In the garden, failure is often the best teacher, but only if you have the patience to learn from it. Last year, in the early months of the pandemic, people stripped the grocery store seed racks … more
      Kathleen Anderson writes this column each week.  Contact her at  kathleen@theJOLTnews.com or post your comment below.  more
I recently read A Promised Land by Barack Obama and learned that my perceptions of many of his actions had been based on lack of context and sparse information. He does an excellent job of explaining … more
Dear Lexis, I’ve been told I need to quarantine for two weeks, but it’s not even Day One yet and I’m already going stir crazy. Do you have any suggestions about what I should do … more
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