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Columns

  • Cultivating intimacy: a practical guide

    Love is that grand emotion that makes your life feel full. The reason love works is that it takes your attention off of you and focuses it on someone more important. To love is to wish the other’s highest good.

    Blessed are those who cultivate intimacy which is at the heart of love. I believe that there are five ways to cultivate intimacy. I have watched many loving relationships blossom in these ways.

    Altruism. This means that I care about you and not just about myself. The best way to compliment each other is frequently.

  • Monarch mother reigns in the little troops in Boston

    Last week, I took the little ones on a short trip to visit hubby during a training seminar he was attending. The decision was made on the spur of the moment. When I woke the kids at 7 and told them I had just bought tickets to Boston, and we had to pack and be at the airport in three hours, I was surprised at their enthusiasm.

    “Can we go on the ships where they threw tea overboard?” asked my seven-year-old son.

    “I bet there is a museum about the Boston Tea Party!” exclaimed eight-year-old daughter.

  • Freedom Caucus like Kardashians

    The Tea Party Republicans; a group of Republican members of the US House of Representatives’ has seemingly become too wishy washy and fraught with liberal thoughts for some members of the group.

    A splinter group of these Tea Partiers has established themselves as the Freedom Caucus – apparently because “The Sons of Anarchy” was taken.

  • What do you owe in light of the price Jesus paid?

    Charlie Brown’s dog Snoopy is typing a letter on top of his doghouse.

    “Dear IRS, I am writing to you to cancel my subscription. Please take my name off your mailing list.”

    We read in Romans 13:8a, “Let no debt remain outstanding.” We know about money, and way too much about debts. This verse reminds us to pay our bills, as if we need any help remembering that. Most of us will probably agree that not only do we know a lot about money, we probably think too much about money.

  • Livestrong comes to ymca

    By Karen Wyatt, of the YMCA

     

    A healthy lifestyle is important for everyone, but especially for cancer survivors. Healthy behaviors may lower the risk of cancer recurrence and improve survival. And it makes a person feel better in so many ways!

    A healthy lifestyle includes: Maintaining a healthy weight, eating a healthy diet, being physically active and not smoking. The YMCA of Greater Louisville offers the Livestrong program for cancer survivors that helps adult cancer survivors achieve their holistic health goals.

  • The distinction between Christianity and religion

    Our kids are not perfect. Neither are parents for that matter. I believe with my entire being that my faith in Jesus Christ, and the truth of the scriptures has been the key to just about everything I have ever done right as a father.

  • Pratt: Who’s the new guy?

    Hey there, Oldham County!

    A few of you have already met me, but for those who haven’t, I’m the new sports guy.

    Let me share some things about this new guy.

  • Short story about a tall family

    Occasionally, I will see someone whose height catches my eye. It doesn’t happen very often though, because I live with tall people. So, if someone appears tall to me, that means they are extraordinarily giant like.

    At 6’4”, hubby is a full foot taller than I am. For years, he was the tallest in the family until our son bypassed him, topping out at 6’6”. Our daughter tried to catch up, but stopped growing at just over six foot. None of them play basketball, but thank you for asking.

  • In the Service of Print

    Community newspapers are unique creatures in the printing world.

    When print publication reached its peak and took a southern nose dive in the early aughts -- leaving the massive metropolitan outlets to shed staff and cut pages -- media scholars and moguls scratched their heads. They couldn’t figure out how these small-circulation, local-specific, mom-and-pop papers seemed to be getting along without them.

  • Parting is such sweet sorrow

    I’m not really a fan of goodbyes.

    No one ever knows how to finish one, there’s always awkwardness and it’s just really a difficult situation altogether.

    And it’s not much easier when you have to put it in print.

    If you haven’t guessed by now, this is my goodbye as editor of The Oldham Era. Rest assured, I’m leaving the place in great hands. Publisher Melissa Blankenship will still be at the helm, as will reporter Taylor Riley.