Let’s talk about one of my favorite things to grow: radishes. Not only are they one of the easiest vegetables to grow, they can reach maturity in as little as three weeks. In our zone (zone 8), you can direct sow seeds from early spring all the way until the end of November. Radishes are a v…

Texas isn’t like other places. Seasons may change here, but the differences are subtle. The amount of sunlight may lessen in the fall, but there’s no shift in the air, no change to the taste of the wind until winter itself arrives for a short stay. Nature is cautious and reserved in Texas, n…

Am I the only one excited to spring clean my house? OK, so maybe you don’t enjoy the process as much as I do, but there is no arguing that the end result is definitely worth celebrating.

OK, so let’s be honest. You’ve got a few things in your pantry you’re not proud of. I’ll fess up too. I keep a warehouse worth of chocolate in my pantry — for emergencies, of course. On the flip side, the pantry is also the place where it can be easiest to make some healthful improvements. T…

Are you last on your priority list? We often go through the motions of our everyday lives by meeting the needs of our loved ones and the demands placed on us either by work or school. Oftentimes, at the end of the day there is no time left for us to catch our breath. If we’re not careful, we…

February often brings boxes of mystery chocolates and other treats that break the monotony of winter. Sweet treats are fun, and no one avoids them completely despite those still-fresh New Year’s resolutions. So how can sweets fit into a healthy diet and not wreck it?

The new year always offers an opportunity to set new goals, or revive old projects that ended up on the back burner in years past.

I’m sure when you read that word, just like myself, you think of bare rooms decorated with one chair and a single frame on the wall. Has this imaginary couple not yet moved in their stuff? Are they moving out and did they forget these two well-placed pieces of décor?

I think we can all agree that in order to have a successful game plan for the New Year, we need to have a positive mindset. What if I told you there is a tool that can help you detoxify your mind of the self-doubt that can hinder your journey? Essential oils can help. Essential oils come fro…

For many of us, stress is an unfortunate part of our day-to-day lives. We have schedules that leave us no time to breathe and very little time to relax. There’s always a busy day ahead or a strict deadline that we are trying to meet. For the new year, try to make time each day to practice a …

Eat better. That’s what we all plan to do at the start of every year after coming off the holiday binge on all things delicious. If we could just eat better, then we might fit into that pair of jeans we’ve been keeping around just in case, and with all that extra energy we might even get aro…

So many times I’ve heard and seen the hardships and the failures of life, but are there as many as we think or do we not notice the little things in life that are so much greater?

Know someone who has everything? Give them something and help your community at the same time! Here are some charities and organizations to donate to in their honor.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. It’s a season for celebrating traditions and enjoying family recipes passed down from past generations. Hot chocolate by the fire, calendars full with Christmas parties, even the smell of Christmas is unique and enticing, but surviving the holidays w…

"It feels like moving through honey, like you’re in a big bathtub of honey. You have the right intentions, you remember how it is to go for a jog, but you’re slowed down despite yourself.”

Becoming a physical therapist was not Dale Botsford’s first choice in a lifelong career. It was all business for Dale as he was pursuing a business degree at Texas Tech University.

What is it with the guy who rarely, if ever, chooses to exercise, whose healthy food choices are mostly limited to eating chips at every other meal, and yet he just doesn’t seem to gain a pound? Ladies, I know what you’re thinking: “It’s unfair.” But men have it harder than you think.

I go to the movies — a lot. It’s my happy place, and has been for as long as I can remember. When I was a kid, I could get a ticket and some popcorn for under $5. The thrill of settling back in that theater seat and waiting for the lights to go down so that the movie can start is the same ev…

Over 20 years ago, when I graduated from Lufkin High School, the internet hadn’t even been invented yet. Computers were mainly used for a good game of Oregon Trail and I still used a typewriter to type my research papers. The words blog, search engine, laptop, Facebook, social media and Goog…

Stephen F. Austin State University lecturer Brad Maule shares words of advice and lessons he learned when he portrayed Dr. Tony Jones on the daytime soap opera “General Hospital” for 20 years. He has portrayed numerous roles throughout his acting career both on stage and on screen, including…

Search #selfie on Instragram and you will yield over 200 million selfies. Yes, many people know how to take a selfie, but do they know how to take the most flattering selfie?