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Columns

  • The changing dynamics of Oldham County Schools

    We are entering a time of change here in Oldham County Schools. Our commitment to excellence and to ensuring the learning of every child remains constant, but who those children are continues to change.

    This summer, I shared some of these changing demographics with principals to prepare for the school year. Many of us see these changes on a small scale — in our child’s school or in our neighborhood, perhaps — but never get to see the big picture.

  • Knowing how to say thanks in any language is a blessing
  • Learning to have faith

    What is going to happen in the future? A lot of people are wondering and a lot of people are afraid. I find many who are haunted by discouragement and despair. They see nothing good ahead. Many people see no reason to live, but one does not have to be the victim of tomorrow. I believe one can take a firm hold of the future and be the master of it.

  • Cooking Thanksgiving vegetables

    Thanksgiving, one of the best truly American holidays, is fast approaching, with food, fellowship, family and fun. Food is the highlight followed by being thankful for all of our blessings. The typical Thanksgiving meal consists of turkey with dressing (stuffing), vegetables and pies. There are lots of instructions for cooking turkey so I won’t instruct you.

  • Ghosts,mediums and the occult

    What did one ghost say to the other ghost? Answer: Do you believe in people? People in our country wonder if there are really ghosts. In most of the rest of the world, where the cultures are older by hundreds, even thousands of years, most people are certain there are ghosts. However, popular wisdom is a poor source of authority. There are many things that a majority of people believe in that time and/or science have proven wrong. The wisdom of the scriptures has proven to be reliable, so that is where we should turn for an answer.

  • The British Perception: blending in across the pond

    The interesting thing about being in certain parts of Europe is that as a white, middle-aged, American woman it is entirely possible to blend. There are a few dead giveaways: blonde highlights, chubbiness and loudness are stereotypes that Europeans immediately attribute to American women. But if I wear the right coat, hat and scarf, keep my mouth shut and don’t make any sudden movements, chances are no one will know I was not born and bred here.

  • Being caught up in the ‘seven deadlies’

    The “seven deadly sins” are seven common ways many people continue to deaden themselves to life’s goodness. They often use pride, lust, laziness, envy, anger, covetousness, and excess to gain satisfaction and fulfillment in areas where they will never find it.

  • Biblical preparation for Halloween

    Comic Jim Gaffigan shares some humorous thoughts about Halloween. He says, “My favorite holiday is Halloween, and not because women use the opportunity to dress like prostitutes… As a kid Halloween was amazing. You dress like a super hero, bang on your neighbor’s door and they give you some candy. If I do that today then my neighbor wants me arrested.”

  • Ask the Expert: Long term care questions

    The best place to start with long term care is to understand all levels of care and where your loved one falls in that category to make a decision for placement. Every individual is different and so are the needs of that person.

    Kentucky has four levels of care. I look at it like a step ladder:

  • Fellowship and friends are more important

    When I was in seminary my parents wrote to me every week. I can’t remember most of what they wrote. Inside the letter would be the latest family news, sports updates and occasionally a dollar or two. Letter writing then and emails now are a wonderful way to communicate with those we love.