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Ten tips for holiday baking

Posted on Dec 01, 2014 in General

Stir flour before scooping and measuring. In storage, flour settles and compacts. Leveling off with the back of a knife is the best way to get the right amount; tapping the measuring cup on the counter or shaking it to level it packs the flour, so you’ll end up adding too much. Keep it cool… Continue reading.

‘Possum Power

Posted on Sep 20, 2012 in General

One of my favorite television characters was Granny from the hit 1960s series, “The Beverly Hillbillies.” Granny was a firm believer in the old-time traditions and country ways and always had a pot of “elixir” brewing up down by the cement pond. Granny would extol the value of the potions of the educated and experienced… Continue reading.

The end of the rainbow

Posted on Mar 14, 2012 in General, Kids Projects

Rainbows are something special in nature. After a heavy rainstorm, they pop up — like magic — to paint the sky with a multi-colored arc when the sun breaks through the parting clouds. And then, they disappear. They are created by the sun shining on droplets of moisture still in air. The light gets “bent”… Continue reading.

The shallow end of the gene pond

Posted on Aug 28, 2011 in General

For years, I covered the bass fishing tournaments in the Midwest for a now defunct bass fishing magazine. Like the hundreds of anglers I interviewed, I, too, believed the largemouth bass to be one of the smartest fish swimming: an opponent which could be taken consistently only by an angler with Yoda-like knowledge. Only a… Continue reading.

An angler’s depth perception

Posted on Jul 02, 2011 in General

Back in my boyhood days when I was first learning to fish, it didn’t take long for me to discover water depth had a lot to do with where to find fish. I had the advantage of swimming and wading every square foot of Big Flatrock River, and I knew the location of every drop… Continue reading.

Wringing the green

Posted on Nov 17, 2007 in Energy, General

We all hear of the “hanging of the greens,” especially as Christmastime approaches, and the “wearing of the green” around St. Patrick’s Day. Now, Indiana’s electric cooperatives would like to add one more nod to green: the “wringing of the green.” That would be the act of wringing every drop of energy — every kilowatt-hour… Continue reading.

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