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Erin McIntyre

Some items on this year’s fall to-do list

I hate to say it, but fall is just around the corner. The asters I planted by the front door are blooming. The little buds burst open like popcorn and the whole plant explodes in little pink ...

Dennis Hill

Several ways to take care of lavender, but be wary

I have quite a few lavender plants. They are at least 4 years old. How much can I prune them down and when should I do it? — Ann You need to be a bit careful about pruning ...

Gary McCallister

Sound and fury signifying ... is it fire?

There is no subject, no matter how complex, which when studied long and carefully, does not become more complex. Take motion, for example. Have you ever noticed that nothing is ever very ...

Rock Cesario

Triple Played: A great song starts with a songwriter. Who’s your favorite?

Who is your favorite songwriter? I recently took a look at Rolling Stone Magazine’s Top 100 songwriters and thought it would be fun to explore. I do not subscribe to Rolling Stone any ...

Steve Beauregard

Kid question: birds or bees. Best answer: 
ice cream!

It’s suppertime and my 6-year-old daughter is unusually quiet. I can see the wheels spinning. She is incredibly insightful for her age, so I know her burgeoning curiosity will soon be ...

Dave Buchanan

Boulder Creek embarks on final trip to Winefest

Special wine dinners, winery tours and the ever-popular Festival in the Park on Sept. 19 are among the attractions of the 24th annual Colorado Mountain Winefest, Sept. 17–21, presented by ...

Tammy Gemaehlich

Your Town, Sept. 6, 2015

As the season draws to a close and I savor the last few morsels of corn-on-the-cob, one question comes to mind: How do you eat your Olathe Sweet, Sweet Corn? Grandpa used to have a ...

Gary McCallister

The case for the five-string banjo

Do you know what the difference is between a South African macaw and a banjo? One is loud, obnoxious and noisy, and the other is a bird. Okay, my grandson and I are getting pretty sick of the ...

Erin McIntyre

Weird-shaped veggies a unique find

Harvesting root vegetables feels a little bit like Christmas. There’s no telling what lies beneath the surface of the soil, and when I yank a carrot out of the ground, there’s a ...

Dennis Hill

Three clues will determine the ripeness of squash

I have a butternut and spaghetti squash, and I don’t know when they are to be picked. Also, my watermelon and cantaloupe have several blooms, but no fruit is setting. Is there a spray or ...

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