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Columns

  • 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
  • Frankfort update: issues take stage in interim

    We are now in the second month of the Interim Period – the time period between June and December during which Interim Joint Committees (IJC) meet and discuss various topics within their respective scopes. I am chairman of the IJC on Transportation and also a member of five others.

  • 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.

  • Mueller: It’s a whole new ballgame

    On a summer afternoon I was listening to a radio broadcast of a Cincinnati Reds vs. St. Louis Cardinals baseball game. I heard the announcer say, “It’s a brand new ball game.” That meant the score was tied. It’s like starting all over again.

  • 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.

  • Earley: When God answers prayer ‘Not yet’

    A pastor thought God gave him an idea and he presented it at the church board meeting. After giving his most impassioned plea and really “selling” the idea, the board voted down the pastor’s proposed changes 12-1. The head elder looked at the pastor and said, “Well pastor, its 12 votes to 1. It looks like you’ve been outvoted and it is time to go home. Will you please close in prayer?”