Fast and Easy Ways to Cook Vegetables

The gardening season is picking up. Some of you are probably starting to bring in the fruits of your efforts—literally. Ready to try out some new and creative ways to use your fresh vegetables this year? Here’s a Storey Country Wisdom Bulletin that contains some ideas that you might like experiment with: Fast and Easy…

Cross Timbers State Park

Cross Timbers State Park was once the home of the Osage tribe. Settlement was slow in this region because the homesteaders realized that it was unsuitable for farming, thanks to thin, dry soils. Toronto Lake, the reservoir showcased by this park, was authorized under the Flood Control Act of 1941, as were many other Kansas…

3 Tips for Playing Rhythm

Most musicians in a group setting aren’t going to be playing lead 100% of the time.  Sometimes you will be expected to back up a singer, while other times you will be playing rhythm while another instrumentalist takes a turn. Playing rhythm really can be enjoyable, whether you are on the guitar, the mandolin, or…

The Two Subspecies of Cattle

Did you know that cattle breeds are commonly categorized into two different subspecies? While the two subspecies can breed and produce fertile offspring, they do come from different parts of the world and have very distinctive characteristics. The species names are: Bos taurus taurus. Bos taurus indicus. Bos taurus taurus Simply put, Bos taurus taurus…

The Banjo Encyclopedia

If you want to teach yourself how to play the banjo, don’t buy a songbook—try this instead. Master your instrument. The Banjo Encyclopedia: Bluegrass Banjo from A to Z by Ross Nickerson teaches you how to build your knowledge of the five-string banjo from the ground up. First come the basics: Parts of a banjo….

Crawford State Park

The land that makes up Crawford State Park has long been the scene of government activity.  Before white men settled in Kansas, present-day Crawford County belonged to the Osage Indians.  A series of treaties changed this forever. In 1827, the government requested the Osage Indians to stay out of the area, which would be set…

Manual Pest Control

For minor to moderate insect problems, there is one pest-control solution that works every time: hand-picking the bugs. Gardeners still swear by this time-honored method of controlling pests.  Many people patrol their gardens daily, scouring the plants for signs of unwelcome visitors. With some types of pests, in fact, hand-picking the bugs is the best…

A Sheepdog’s Glossary

Watching sheepdogs at work is amazing, isn’t it? Of course, the desire to herd is pure instinct.  But most of the sheepdogs that you have seen have probably been taught how to channel that instinct in the desired direction in response to spoken commands. While commands do vary from handler to handler, the following is…