Ark City Voices

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 […]

Worth checking out: The sweet, sad singing voice of “Sad Clown” Puddles

There seems to be a large section of the population that suffers from coulrophobia, the fear of clowns. I’ll admit that with some of the crazy things out there, such as It‘s Pennywise and the weird clown prank that happened last October, I can’t really blame people for mistrusting clowns. […]

Financial Freedom: Can you free yourself of investment-related taxes?

Tax Freedom Day generally falls around this time each year. This year, it was April 23. This is the day when the nation as a whole has earned enough money to pay off its total tax bill for the year, according to calculations made by the Tax Foundation. So you […]

Depression-era macaroni and cheese recipe packs oozy punch

My great-grandmother raised three children during the Depression, so certain items either weren’t available or weren’t purchased. Macaroni and cheese was not then the staple it seems to have become today, thanks in part to Kraft. But uncooked pasta always has been a staple item in kitchens in my family. […]

“Chef Ward” debuts foodie column with homegrown steak extravaganza

Apparently, word has gotten out that in addition to being a police chief, I am something of a foodie. I am not sure if it is my ever-increasing waistline and cholesterol levels that have led to this thinking, or the fact that the city manager often drops the “i” in […]