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Columns

  • Words every son needs to hear from Dad

     I had breakfast with my Dad and my brother.  We laughed.  We talked about serious things.  It was one of those breakfasts that fathers and sons are supposed to have, but rarely do.  

    The three of us are richly blessed that we can do that together, and always look forward to doing it.  A story came up that I think surprised us so muchthat we all remembered it.  

  • Learning to deal with tough times

     My main premise is that the most creative, healing and human way for a person to reckon with tough times is by living in the present with others, borrowing light from the past and hope from the future.

  • Turning over a new leaf

     Recently, I turned over a new leaf.  Once you turn a leaf over, it is sometimes hard to keep it from flipping back. But this one has stayed on the flipside for over 10 days, so I’m feeling optimistic. 

    I had been listening to friends discuss the dilemma of the toothpaste tube.  

    “Are you an end squeezer or a middle squeezer?” they asked. 

  • Now That’s Italian

     I just had the pleasure of a trip to Italy. The history, art and food were awesome. 

    My grandparents came from southern Italy to America around 1907.  Most Italians brought their culture, food and love of family with them (so do most immigrants).  Anyone who has ever seen, smelled and eaten Italian cuisine felt the cooking was an experience of satisfaction and love of the good life.  

  • Taking the fear from death

     Every one of us is interested in death because we know that some day we are going to die.  A lot of people are afraid of death, and their fear takes much of the joy out of living.  Many refuse to think about it at all.  But death is not a monster.  It is our best friend, and if we could be convinced of that, life would be so much freer and happier.  

  • Decorating with room to spare

      I stopped by my girlfriend’s house the other day and saw that, once again, she was moving furniture.  Lots of people enjoy rearranging their furnishings from time to time, but she takes it to a whole new level.  

  • It's always something

     We are tiny complex humans in a huge complex world and an even bigger universe.  It’s all so unimaginably, fantastically strange that we’ll never be able to understand everything.  And that applies at all levels and in all areas of life.  Once you grasp this rule you’ll sleep easier at night.

  • Financial Advice

     The fiduciary versus suitability standard has been a hot topic in recent months.  I was recently asked when speaking to The Pewee Valley Woman’s Club in April about the Department of Labor’s recent proposal that would require those who provide advice on assets held in retirement accounts to be held to a fiduciary standard.

  • It really is a good world

     It was the beginning of a hectic weekend.  The supermarket had been jammed.  The lines were long, and the girl’s voice was already tired and bored as she mechanically told me, “Thank you.  Have a good day.”

    “Good day?” I thought cynically, remembering all the chores waiting for me when I got home.  “Not a chance in the world.”

  • The Truitt Five

     It has been quite an exciting month around our house.  My oldest daughter, Shelby, graduated from Indiana University, and middle daughter, Abby, graduated from high school.  

    Son, Alex, is heading into his junior year at Purdue, and the babies, Hudson and Phoebe, are going into second and third grades.