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Things people never say in hospice

Four years of my professional life were spent working in hospice. Director of bereavement and pastoral care. Simply put, four of the best years of my life. Creative, energizing and a daily learning curve. A downer? Absolutely not! Quite the opposite. More hopeful, inspirational, meaningful.

Louisville: 5 free things for visitors to do

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — When it’s Kentucky Derby season in Louisville, money seems to flow faster than the Ohio River. Hotels and restaurants fill up; bars serve mint juleps and fine Kentucky bourbon. Shopping includes a hunt for the colorful hats worn as a Derby tradition. Parties are thrown, and wagers are plunked down on can’t-miss colts and longshots alike as fans guess which horse will win the famous race at Churchill Downs.

Garden pest control naturally

Gardeners worried about the safety of synthetic pest-control products sometimes turn to botanically derived compounds instead. But many of those also contain toxic ingredients, such as nicotine, rotenone and pyrethrins.

Human Matters: Pain, physical and otherwise

I fell in love with basketball at a summer baseball camp at Northern Arizona University. I was 8 years old. We happened by the gym during “free time,” and I found myself in a pickup game. It was like I’d played this game in a previous life. I became impassioned.

Garden Guy: When you begin, think of the end

Driving around town, I often see newly planted yards. Even though certain trees such as podocarpus, can grow more than 40 feet tall with a spread of 30-40 feet or more, yet sometimes they are planted 3 or 4 feet apart. Knowing the ultimate height and spread of the tree will help to determine how close to plant the young trees. This is also true for other ornamental plantings and even vegetables.

Let’s Talk Food: Malasada Day is next week

Mardi Gras is celebrated on Fat Tuesday, or Malasada Day, which is March 4. Fat Tuesday is the day before Ash Wednesday, which is the first day of Lent. So before foregoing eating meat, your favorite food, drink or bad habit, Mardi Gras is the last chance party before making sacrifices for a six-week period.