Depression is a very real problem for many farmers. Usually farmers and ranchers don’t like to talk about feeling depressed except when joking around. Like, “These prices sure make me depressed.”
There are many kinds of depression.
Dear Dr. Fox: The other day I decided to listen to a CD of Gregorian chants. My two formerly feral cats walked up to the speakers and stayed in a relaxed trance until it was over. I got the same reaction earlier today.
Do cats like certain kinds of music? Are mine unique?
Decades ago, Val Farmer was giving a talk on rural psychology at the South Dakota State Fair in Huron when a reporter approached him to do a story. Farmer said yes, but wasn’t entirely happy with the way it turned out – and figured he could do better.
Q: I had an oversized aloe plant that I repotted. It took three of us to tilt the pot and wiggle it out. I left the mother plant and two smaller plants in the original pot. What I had left was 15 plants. However, they are dying. The mother plant is leaking a brownish-red substance on my floor that is staining my tiles.
Dear Dr. Fox: Our 17-year-old Maltese is failing. He has limited vision and hearing, and his hind legs and hips are weak.
We feed him your home recipe, but lately he can’t seem to keep it down. We find bits of brown rice in his vomit, and his stools are loose. We took him to the vet, and he suggested a bitter-tasting medicine to stop the nausea. We’re hesitant to give him any more drugs. The last drug for incontinence made him very sick.
What is love?
Love is the expression of attitudes and behavior in which the well-being of a loved one is first and foremost in our minds. Our happiness is not complete without our partner’s happiness. This loving consideration is expressed in many ways in the constancy of our daily actions.
Dear Jim: We are retired and our interest income from bank CD’s is not what it used to be. I thought about replacing our gas furnace to lower our utility bills. What is the most efficient design available?
Q: I have a jade plant that seems to be doing very well. I’ve had it for about four months. However, I am finding bugs in the dirt around the base of the plant. What are these light- to medium-brown insects that are less than an inch in length and curl up like a snail when I touch them? How do I get rid of them without damaging the plant?
Dear Dr. Fox: I recently acquired a female Chihuahua from Canine Castaways. She is 5 years old. She can be very timid but gets quite vocal and aggravated when my husband gives me something or touches me.
Toys often were made to resemble famous people or characters in plays, books or TV shows. Sometimes the character that inspired the toy is forgotten, but the toy remains popular with collectors because it is so well-designed, unusual or lovable.
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