A recent report by the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV News for Jan. 30 at: www.nnedv.org ) indicated that in 2012 69 percent of 56 state and territorial domestic violence coalitions experienced cuts in funding, while 88 percent of these coalitions experienced increases in requests for services.
On a late afternoon during harvest last fall, I was in my garden enjoying the opportunity to unwind after a busy day by meditating while picking beans, pulling a few weeds and appreciating the outdoors.
Most historians believe President Abraham Lincoln struggled throughout his life with bouts of melancholia, the term used for depression during his time. He had to find behavioral remedies because there were no antidepressant medications.
More readers responded to “Gardener’s great rutabaga experiment falls flat” than any of my other columns thus far. The article was published earlier this fall.
For the first time, I grew rutabagas this year and harvested a good bunch. Every way I cooked them, they smelled up the entire house and tasted strong.
In comparison to their urban neighbors, rural residents of the U.S. have a greater need for, but reduced access to health care, especially behavioral health services.
By behavioral health services, I mean counseling, prescription of psychotropic medications, addiction treatments and any other professional services aimed at helping people deal with emotional turmoil.
The holiday season, stretching from Thanksgiving Day until New Year’s Day, is one of the happiest periods for many farm families. Although harvest is usually not finished when Canadians celebrate Thanksgiving Day in October, by Thanksgiving Day in the U.S., most farm crop work is done.
In the 40-plus years that I have been gardening (not counting my childhood years when I was forced to help my mother in our family garden), I have often experimented with different crops and vegetables.
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