Winter is the season when most fruit and nut trees are planted. For those that are sold “bare root,” dormant season planting is essential. If you are interested in learning more about producing edible crops in 2023, the annual East Texas Fruit, Nut and Vegetable Conference on Jan. 13 at the Cross Brand Cowboy Church (11915 FM 2015 in Tyler) will offer both professional and amateur gardeners advice on figs, bunch grapes, muscadines, home vegetable production, peaches, plums and the growing history of the 100-plus-year-old King’s Nursery in Tenaha.

With Christmas this month, too often, I see parents and caregivers who use presents or the lack of them as a form of discipline when it's manipulation and control. I've seen numerous videos on TikTok and Instagram showing parents pretending to throw presents in the fireplace or the trash to elicit good behavior. Not to mention, using scare tactics about being watched, whether good or bad, creates unnecessary fear and anxiety around a time to be jolly and excited.

Before becoming a parenting coach, I would say, "Kids don't come with a manual." We were winging it. Our parents were winging it. Their parents were winging it, and so on. But the truth is, books exist and have for centuries. The knowledge was there. We just needed to be open to it. I became a parent in 1995 when the internet was still relatively new to the public. The library and bookstore were the main, if not only, options at the time.

For a while now, one of my twin grandsons, who is 8, has complained about stuttering, stammering and mixing up his words. His brother often chimes in with agreement saying, “me too!” I also have a granddaughter with a speech issue, who sometimes shares her frustration with me about how she talks.

This month is special to me for more than one reason. My birthday is on September 10, and Grandparents’ Day is on September 11 this year. It’s a day near and dear to my heart since first becoming a grandparent in 2014 to my twin grandsons. I’m now a grandma, known as Mimi to my grandchildren…

As you age, you may have questions and concerns about the increased risk of dementia. Are there steps I can take to prevent it? Is there anything I can do to reduce my risk? There are currently no approaches that have been proven to effectively treat or prevent Alzheimer’s disease and relate…