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Columns

  • Deciding whether or not to believe in miracles

    The mother asks her son what he learned in Sunday School and he tells her a story about how Moses and his people had the Red Sea in front of them and the Egyptian chariots behind them. So Moses calls the Army Corps of Engineers up, they build a floating bridge in short order, the people race across the bridge and then cut it loose just as the chariots arrive and they escape certain death.

    The mother looks on in horror, and exclaims, “That is not really what they taught you in Sunday School is it?”

  • OCS reading program helps prevent ‘summer slide’

    Reading is a skill that is crucial to student success, both in the classroom and beyond. In fact, it is a skill so important that reading is one of our board of education’s six goals. We know that identifying and intervening with struggling readers as soon as possible can help get them on track before the gap becomes too broad.

  • Children, husbands and boyfriends

    Several years ago, on a trip from Berlin to Indianapolis, I learned the hard way, that I should never fly without chewy granola bars. Just like the commercial suggests, whenever one of the kids starts saying too much, I pull one out and feed it to them.

    When my daughter was three years old, she took a liking to the Italian woman sitting across from us, and fortunately, the woman took a liking to her. Initially, there was a bit of an accent barrier, but by the end of the nine-hour flight, they understood each other perfectly.

  • Old-fashioned obituary for modern mom

    Several years ago, I was given my great-grandmother’s scrapbooks. They are filled with newspaper clippings, including many obituaries from the 1920s and 30s and I am thoroughly enjoying them.

  • The twist of being human

    “Love your crooked neighbor with your crooked heart” (W. H. Auden). Our hearts are not necessarily crooked in the criminal sense; but they are battered and bruised and wrenched – or likely to become so without much warning. They need compassion, even from themselves, for themselves.

  • Earley: Do you hate sin?

    I think one of the best definitions of sin is anything we do that separates us from God. When we talk about sin we find that humans make very little of sin and God makes so much of it. People joke about it, even brag about their sins. Much of our entertainment glorifies sinful life choices.

    God hates sin (Proverbs 6:16ff.). God says that the “wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). God says that sin is a very serious matter.

    A fellow named Willie was deep in debt and was thinking of committing suicide.

  • Earley: Salvation by works or faith?

    Elmer Towns tells about a motorcycle gang member who was dramatically converted to faith in Jesus Christ. The next Sunday he did the only thing he knew he should do and went to church. Nobody in the church knew him and he walked down to the second aisle and sat in the pew. The people stared because he looked the part: big and burly, bearded, long hair, black jacket and lots of tattoos.

  • Raising awareness of childhood obesity

    September is Childhood Obesity Awareness Month and while the dangers of childhood obesity are well-chronicled, many children who are overweight or obese don’t realize it. That’s why the Oldham County Family YMCA — a leading voice on improving health — wants families to understand the role weight perception plays in childhood obesity and ways to reverse course through increased physical activity and improved eating habits.

  • Experiencing an Indiana Friday Night

    For the first time in our 22-year parenting career, hubby and I attended a Friday night high school football game. Never having a kid on the team, I have not been compelled to spend my time on cold, metal bleachers.

    But this past Friday was an entirely different matter. Our daughter was on the homecoming court, so I donned my heaviest sweater, grabbed a couple of blankets and we headed to the game. I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect, so I asked, “Where is the best place to sit so that we have a good view?”

  • Cherish each moment in life

    Since I began working at hospice in 1989, I have developed a new awareness of cherishing each moment. I have gained this awareness from the elderly and from individuals who are close to death.