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Columns

  • Using God’s unconditional love in our own lives

    Fifteen years ago God sent me on an amazing journey to China to adopt my youngest daughter, Danielle. I knew as I looked into the eyes of the bewildered little girl (she was two and a half years old when we adopted her), that the amazing journey was just beginning. I have to admit I had an element of self-pride when I thought about how we would change this little orphan’s life by bringing her to the U.S. Was I in for a great surprise when I found out God had plans to use my daughter to teach me many important Bible lessons about life.

  • Local columnist gives endorsements for November election

    Ed. Note: The selections this columnist makes in no way qualifies as an endorsement from The Oldham Era.

  • Uncle Bob’s Cooking

    The leaves are changing color, the days are growing shorter and the last of canning and freezing summer vegetables is here. Now is the time to dry herbs, hang them in bunches or lay them out on newspaper. The dried herbs can be used all winter to enhance soups, stews, etc. During the fall growing season we turn toward greens, squash, pumpkins, potatoes, root vegetables and cabbage: hearty fare.

  • No need for shame with these rules

    A new trend has caught my attention. It is called, “Passenger Shaming.” On both Facebook and Instagram, you can find accounts specifically for the purpose of posting pictures of people who should be ashamed of themselves for their behavior on airplanes.

    I looked through the photos tentatively, fearing that I might see an image of myself or one of my kids. We are diligent about being good travelers, but there are occasions when, after 20 hours of jetting around with small children, that I might let my guard down.

  • Mueller: How to protect yourself

    I regularly give blood. You can give one unit (about a pint) at a time. The Red Cross will not allow you to make another donation until fifty-six days later. The Red Cross employee told me that this policy was designed to protect the health and welfare of all donors.

  • 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.

  • Voters should tune into the political process

    In just about a month, voters in Kentucky will take center stage in America.

    The entire country is watching the McConnell-Grimes senatorial race and I hope we don’t embarrass ourselves.

    Sadly, voter turnout is notoriously low in parts of Kentucky, Oldham County being no exception. If one-third of all registered voters actually make it to the polls, it is considered a strong turnout. I think we can do better than that.

  • 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.