• Gardener Gal 2/1/15: Hardscape gives a garden personality

    Dear Gardener Gal: Quick question about a gardening word. What is hardscape? Is it a specific style of gardening or simply adding rocks for decoration? — Betsy

  • Pay no mind to the crazed man chasing a boat

    The wind was hollowing last Saturday morning in Crystal River. The rain was still falling, and when I walked onto my back deck I could see that we had one of the highest tides in a very long time.

    In fact, the river water was all the way up to the street and as high as it was with some of the hurricanes we had back in 2004. Small waves were breaking over the top of my dock.

  • A year of change for the better

    By Jim Farley

  • Foster families deserve better

    By Cortney Stewart

    I want to tell you a story about a little girl I know.

    She’s spunky with a beautiful light to her eyes. She’s witty and clever and full of smiles. I mean, she’s 4, so she has her annoying moments. And she has a stubborn streak that won’t quit.

    But at the end of the day, she is playful and sweet. She loves and wants, more than anything, to be loved in return.

  • Free classes offer chance to better your business

    Business is best when there is a marriage of practical experience and some formal business education. SCORE Citrus promotes the importance of this combined approach because it leads to success. Our countywide SCORE chapter, in partnership with the College of Central Florida, has assembled a series of interactive “Practical Business” workshops funded by the Xcel-IT Program. The classes, which are free, are held at the Lecanto campus of the college.

  • Robins, cows and beans

    By Georgi Davis

    It didn’t take me long to realize that when the robins arrive in my backyard, winter begins officially up north. When the robins return again to my yard, spring is on the way up in Ohio.

    Several weeks ago, a whole flock of those red-breasted flying creatures again made their appearance in my yard. As usual, I called one of my daughters in Ohio to tell her that the robins were here, and that she should get ready for winter where she lives.

  • By any name, Medicaid expansion a bad idea

    By Chris Hudson

    There’s an old saying that a pig with lipstick is still a pig. So it is with the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion in the Sunshine State, which was unveiled in recent weeks as the so-called “A Healthy Florida Works” plan.

  • New Year's resolutions continue

    By Georgi Davis

    In keeping with my New Year’s resolution, I decided I needed to extend it to the clutter in the house and also the dirt. It was a little early, but I decided that spring cleaning was the phrase of the day.

  • Secret codes in a password-protected world

    I butt-dialed a lieutenant colonel the other day. During a recent visit to our daughter in Providence, she managed to dump a glass of wine into my iPhone. It was a merlot and the phone preferred a chardonnay, so in protest it stopped working.

    Right after Christmas I became the proud owner of an iPhone 6, and my life has been a living hell ever since.

  • In 2015, success means meeting market's needs

    By Cortney Stewart

    Americans, by and large, like different. Our superheroes are the geeks and nerds who didn’t fit in with the popular kids. We marvel at people with crazy fashion senses or unique taste in art or music. We aren’t always willing to choose it for ourselves. We may not even like it. But when push comes to shove, in most cases, different is cool.