Happy New Year! It isn't often that my column appears in the January 1, issue so I will take advantage of the opportunity to share a thought or two about plans for the New Year. No doubt you have been thinking about something you would like to resolve to do in the coming year. Many times resolutions focus on things like weight loss, getting out of debt, or breaking a bad habit. Research shows that success in achieving these resolutions is often low. In fact, studies show that after six months, fewer than half the people who make New ...
I hope this holiday season has given your family some unhurried time to enjoy simple pleasures. Maybe it is a family game or puzzle going on in the family room or singing carols around the piano. Or after finishing your Christmas Eve meal piling in the car to view the amazing Christmas light displays around town. Whatever helps create special memories for your family is exactly what you need to take time to do today.
I am continually amazed at the diligence and physical toughness displayed by waterfowl hunters. The temperature is about 8 degrees, blowing snow, 15-20 mph wind, and very little open water that is very tedious (we won't even discuss safety issues) to access-and away they go. Pulling a sled with decoys and shooting gear is a way of life and passion for these guys and a few ladies. Yikes! I can recall making a few feeble attempts at this sport when I lived in Kansas City and made trips out here to hunt. At that time I never dreamed ...
December 23, 2016|
Special to the Tribune
We should do things that scare us. When we are uncomfortable we have a chance to grow. If we keep doing the same things over and over we get very practiced at them, but we don't learn anything new. When we're doing something so different that it scares us we have the opportunity to learn. We figure things out. We grow.
Each year at this time I like to reflect on the positive things that are happening at Barton County Extension. Everywhere we turn the media bombards us with negative news about the economic downturn, an increase in chronic health issues, or threats of terrorism. What can be done to change the negative news into positive thoughts? Take on a Life is Good attitude. To do what you like and like what you do really is the best way to have an attitude adjustment.
A startling statistic came across my computer screen this week. "The average American child can recognize 1,000 corporate logos, but can't identify 10 plants or animals native to his or her region." While I do not know the exact accuracy of this statement, it probably is true and probably should not surprise me.
December 17, 2016|
Curtis Wolf, KWEC site manager
This time of year can get a bit challenging for those who have many names on the gift list but a limited amount of money to spend. I came across a quote the other day that said: "I think as you grow older your Christmas list gets shorter, because the things you want can't be bought." I can certainly relate to that quote and I want to make that the theme of my column today.
There are many individuals who share their time, talent and resources with the Barton County 4-H program without any expectations of payment. The 2016 Friend of 4-H awards were given to dedicated individuals who went above and beyond to assist the 4-H youth. The 4-H clubs have an opportunity to nominate a person they believe is deserving of this prestigious award and then 4-H Council members each have a vote. The two couples honored this year were Bruce and Carrie Bitter and Jeff and Sally Mauler.
Busy families often fall into the trap of preparing convenience foods or going through the drive thru after a hectic day. Especially during the winter months it is nice to come home from a busy day at work and be greeted with the smell of supper ready to serve. If some fresh ideas for freezer ready slow cooker meals are what you are looking for then the upcoming program at the Great Bend Public Library is one you will not want to miss.
Thanksgiving this year was very special for us. We had friends of many years appear in Hoisington for the holiday. We have watched the kids grow and go to college and have seen gray appear in our hair. It seems like time flies, but the quality moments are so good as we renew the relationships that they slow the pace. The new babies and the rapid evolution of the older kids still take our breath. New people appear as kids start looking for mates. These offspring are learning so many new things with new technology-it is terrific to see ...
The saying, "A picture is worth 1,000 words" is so true. In the case of our four grandchildren the texts and FaceTime minutes help us manage in between visits. Still nothing compares to actually seeing, hugging and interacting with the kids. As we enter the holiday season, families across the country hardly need a reminder that Nov. 20 through the 26th, is designated as National Family Week.
More and more baby boomers are reaching age 65 each year and have an opportunity to apply for Medicare benefits. People under 65 with certain disabilities, and people of any age with End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) are also eligible for Medicare. As a SHICK (Senior Health Insurance Counseling for Kansas) counselor, I can help Medicare recipients take a look at their Part D (Prescription Drug Plan) and hopefully find them a more affordable plan.