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Columns

  • Keys on how to handle conflict and adversity

    Like it or not, conflict and adversity are as much a part of life as eating, drinking and breathing. Conflict and adversity serve very important purposes in our lives that are rarely accomplished by any other means. If you deal with them correctly, they will produce positive outcomes and strengthen your relationships at work and at home. If you don’t handle them correctly, they will produce negative outcomes and harm your potential for happiness and success.

  • Riding a bike like a ‘cute, European girl’

    The upside of being in my mid-forties is that I don’t particularly care anymore what people think of my behavior or my clothing. This gives me the freedom to push against what is expected from a woman my age. For the most part, hubby is totally on board when I try new things, change my style or randomly buy a house after living in the same place for 18 years. But sometimes, he’s a little too honest about my attempts.

  • Does God still bring judgment through natural disasters?

    Does God still use natural disasters to punish people for disobedience and evil? Pat Robertson of the 700 Club apparently believes God does. Just following the earthquake in Haiti he said, “Something happened a long time ago in Haiti and people might not want to talk about it. They were under the heel of the French. They got together and swore a pact to the devil…But ever since, they have been cursed by one thing after the other.”

  • Ask the expert: Landscaping tips after harsh winter

    Editor’s note: This is a new column as part of a partnership between The Oldham Era and Oldham County Chamber and Economic Development to give expert advice to the community. The views are those of the experts. Questions and answers submitted by Chamber personnel.

    Question:

    “After this harsh winter I am trying to liven up my landscaping in the front of my home. What flowers or plants would look really attractive from the street but would be really easy to upkeep? Are there flowers or shrubs that would especially thrive in this area?”

  • Addressing budget shortfall
  • Home is where the heart is

    In a most pleasant turn of events, hubby came home Sunday night. When he left on July 5, we didn’t expect to see him again until the end of September, but now we have two wonderful weeks to spend together.

    I told our teenaged daughter, “Daddy has a lot of summery things he wants to do over the next 14 days, so whatever he suggests, we are gonna be excited about it.”

    She agreed that we would make his time at home as carefree and fun as possible, then she asked, “What exactly causes a midlife crisis?”

  • Rejecting the Holy Spirit is the unforgiveable sin

    A vacuum salesman was making his first call in rural Tennessee. He had his vacuum cleaner and excitedly knocked on the first door. A kind-looking lady answered the door and he said, “I’ve got the most exciting vacuum cleaner you have ever seen. It will clean your house from top to bottom. You only have to pay so much down.”

    The lady acted interested so he said, “You see that big pile of dirt right there on the floor with all those fur balls and bugs and things. This vacuum cleaner will pick it all up or I’ll eat it.”

  • Children who play sports develop better habits
  • Thankfulness in adulthood and childhood

    Pastor Bob Russell writes in his book Jesus, Lord of Your Personality, that having a lot doesn’t tend to produce a grateful spirit.

  • Truitt: Riding the rails with grumpy

    Acting in my role of “Mom the Chauffeur,” I hauled my teen daughter to Grand Rapids, Iowa last week for her Rotary Youth Conference. That gave me three days to fill with my six and seven-year-olds, so I was pleasantly surprised to find that Grand Rapids offers a number of family-friendly activities. Our time there was only slightly marred by an old man so cantankerous he made Archie Bunker look like Happy Goodman.