Ark City Voices

Lavish and technically flawless, Beauty and the Beast fails to innovate

My excitement to see Disney’s new live-action “Beauty and the Beast” earlier this year could hardly be contained. I heard about it not long after the release of the live-action “Cinderella,” with which I was enamored. I love “Harry Potter” and “Downton Abbey,” so my excitement only increased as I […]

Antipasta recipe great for combating heat with chill, surfeit of Italian flavors

My grandmother grew up during the Depression and then raised four children with my grandfather. There were years when they had very little and she had to make food stretch a little further than it really should have gone. Most of the things she cooked — even after I was […]

Volunteering, house chores among summer alternatives to tech addiction

Summer is in full swing and children of all ages likely are spending more time indoors since temperatures have risen. But what are they doing while Mom and Dad are away from home? Screen time affects brain patterns similar to the way addictions do, according to a recent study conducted […]

Waldorf salad a favorite during Thanksgiving, can be enjoyed year-round

This recipe always seems to appear on our table around Thanksgiving each year, but it can be enjoyed year-round. My mother loves Waldorf salad — if it really can even be called a salad — but she won’t make it year-round, because my brother, father and I never would eat it. […]

Chicken salad an ever-flexible recipe, with or without celery

Summer is upon us, along with the season of eating freshly plucked vegetables. When I was growing up, my grandfather had an amazing garden. It seemed every vegetable I could eat was available to me, fresh from the earth. Realistically, that is not true. Many things do not grow well in […]

Butterscotch oatmeal cookies sure to be buttery delight while hot, gooey

My father’s favorite cookies are butterscotch oatmeal cookies. I can remember, from a very young age, my mother making these cookies so she could put them in his lunchbox. The recipe came from my maternal grandmother, of course. Notice that it calls for lard? Of course, the Oleo long has […]

Don’t let the tears flow: Protect computers from WannaCry ransomware

A brand new “ransomware” virus has hit several major organizations in the past week. The ransomware is called WannaCry or WannaCrypt, and it is popping up worldwide. Since May 12, the ransomware not only has hit companies within the United States, but it also has been identified in 150 other […]

Hope for Today: A commencement address for graduates, for all of life

This month, millions of students will graduate from high school and college. The majority of these graduates will be teenagers and 20-somethings. They will have achieved a worthy and important milestone for themselves. If I had a chance to speak at their graduations, here are some life lessons I would […]

Rhubarb cream pie recipe just in time for this tart plant’s growing season

While I was glancing through my great-grandmother’s recipe book recently, I came across a note in one of the pie recipes. “This has been a favorite of my three children and me for many years,” it reads. I stopped to think for a moment. Rhubarb never has been a vegetable […]

Financial Freedom: Smart investing can keep you moving toward your goals

It’s Kentucky Derby time again. Even if you’re not much of a horse racing fan, you might appreciate all of the Derby’s pageantry — mint juleps, women’s beautiful hats, the singing of “My Old Kentucky Home” and so on. But if you look beyond the hoopla, you’ll realize just how […]