How to Be a Green Landscaper

Your lawn probably looks green this time of year, but the real question is if it is green—or sustainable, that is. As our climate warms, our water sources dry up, and chemical pollutants seep into our soil and water. The newest trends in landscaping revolve around environmentally conscious choices that work to eliminate non-natural elements from your yard. Everything, from which plants you put in your yard to how you maintain them, affects both the local and global environments.

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Adult Daughters and Mothers

Mothers and daughters, just the phrase can conjure up the image of a little girl looking up at her mom, trying to glean the mysteries of adulthood. Flash forward 20, 30 or 40 years and it’s a different scene. Maybe they are still holding hands, but now it’s Mom looking for guidance. Or maybe Mom is on one side of the picture and the adult daughter is on the other side, both cold and distant.

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Personality Disorders

All of us, from time to time, experience mood swings, anxiety, and poor self-esteem. Occasionally we even have difficulty controlling our emotions and impulses. But what amount of this kind of behavior is acceptable before our personality deviates from contemporary societal expectations? 1 in 20 people find themselves trapped in inflexible patterns of these behaviors while suffering from a personality disorder.

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Who's Inspecting Our Food?

Surely you’ve heard the joke . . . a customer is dining out, looks down and sees a fly in his soup . . . He says to the server “What’s this fly doing in my soup?” . . . The server responds “It looks like the backstroke”. Okay, so most restaurants would not be so cavalier, but who makes sure restaurants, grocery stores, and those ubiquitous elephant ear trailers are meeting health regulations?

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The Interplay of Art and Spirituality

Art has the ability to move us to tears, laughter, anger, joy. For many people experiencing art, as an artist or a patron, is a spiritual experience. And as anyone who has visited a place of worship knows, art is everywhere in the observance of faith. What is it about art that touches our spirit?

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Taking Sexy Back

When you think of hitting the sheets at the end of a long day, is it catching up on sleep that you’re excited about, or something racier? Would you rather have a few extra hours in the week to reconnect intimately with your partner, or your own body – or would you rather have more time to catch up on errands? For many of us, when the scarcest commodities are time and energy, the demands of daily life can put intimacy on the back burner. And the messages we get from TV, movies, magazines, and marketing tell us that even when we do have the time and the inclination, our bodies aren’t good enough.

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Fitting In: Immigrant Children in Louisville

Being a kid can be tough under any circumstances. Peer pressure, parental pressure, academic pressure, let’s face it, childhood isn’t all roses. Add in the complicating factor of being an immigrant living in a new country and you have a whole new set of challenges. Immigrant children can find themselves living in two worlds, the one of school and native born peers and the one of their parents and the “old ways”.

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Understanding the Issues: The Kentucky Retirement System

ensions, pension reform, the budget, shortfall, special session, HB 1, what do these terms have in common? They’ve been used in combination over the past few years when talking about the retirement benefits for state employees. But what exactly is the pension system for Kentucky state employees? Who is covered and who is not?

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Looking at the Courier-Journal

How many articles, radio pieces, and television reports have you heard prophesying the imminent death of the newspaper industry? It’s true that ad sales are down, circulation is falling, cutbacks are being made, and some major US papers have ceased publication or gone to online-only models. But some industry analysts say this is simply a time of transition for newspapers and a new business model is what is called for, not the abandonment of the industry.

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