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Columns

  • A look at OC youth

    “Kids these days.”

    It’s almost a mantra lately. Folks shaking their heads at the next generation, exasperated by what they’re up to. 

  • Learning to live with uncertainty

    “What’s it all mean?” 

    “What a mess!” 

    “I can’t handle it!” 

  • God, can't you stop the suicide bombers?

    Job had seven sons, three daughters, 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 oxen and 500 donkeys, and the Bible says he was blameless, upright, feared God, and turned from evil. 

  • Our freedom was bought and paid for by veterans

    Like many Americans, my celebration of Memorial Day in the past was a relaxed day off, until my eldest son, Lee, enlisted in the Army. His brother, Brian, and sister, Catie, followed in his footsteps, and it completely changed the way I viewed Memorial Day.  

  • A guide to enjoying and appreciating art

    When you encounter a painting, a novel, a song, a movie, or just a piece of verse, there are several ways to enjoy it. I’m no expert on this subject, but four main approaches come to mind.

  • The Kentucky Derby is like no other

    For a long time, I’ve compared Derby to Mardi Gras in New Orleans, but I didn’t really think it was a good comparison until I actually went. The Derby you see on TV is a very classy, dignified type of thing. It’s quiet, attended by well-dressed and well-composed people. You can almost hear the classical music playing in the background.

  • My personal journey with fasting

    Jesus never demanded that His followers should fast. In the Old Testament, the Jews were commanded to fast on the Day of Atonement (Leviticus 23:27-32). Since all of Jesus’ disciples were Jewish, it was more noteworthy that they didn’t fast when He was with them (Matthew 9:14-17).  

  • Total perspective

    Every year for the last 22 years I have attended the Festival of Faiths, a nationally acclaimed multi-faith festival of music, poetry, art, film and dialogue with internationally renowned spiritual leaders, practitioners and teachers held here in Louisville. I come annually to gain wisdom or total perspective.

  • Internet doctors and the living dead

    By Ginger Lumpkin

    As part of my ongoing plastic surgery saga, allow me to give you a rundown of my day thus far. It has been nearly a month since I had the third set of procedures that were intended to correct the original botched surgery. 

  • Only in the South

    By Ginger Lumpkin

    I had just a few minutes to run a quick errand before checking into the hospital for surgery. I pulled into a downtown Chattanooga parking garage, and the attendant, an older woman, struck up a conversation. When she found out I needed to park for less than 30 minutes, the following dialogue ensued: