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  • BE ALERT AND ATTENTIVE

    The ring of my cell phone is a cue for me to be alert.  When I watch a musician, I am reminded of the importance of focused attention.  Greeting a family member, friend or colleague, I vow to be attentive to his or her needs today.

    Attention or alertness is also known as mindfulness, concentration, and recollection.  We must stay alert or we risk missing critical elements in life – moments of grace, opportunities for gratitude, evidence of our connections to others, times of inspiration.  

  • NEW PLACE, NEW FACE, PLENTY OF STORIES

    For the past week, I’ve been driving around Oldham County as just another face in a place people apparently call the OC? I’m still trying to find the beach.

    We could start from the beginning, but that was 25 years ago and I don’t remember much of it. So we’ll start with this: I’m a lifelong Kentuckian who has made his way to “The OC” to write about the faces, places and people that make up these communities.

  • RELIVING BEST DAY EVER

    I celebrated twenty-two years of marriage last weekend.  I say “I” instead of “we” because hubby was seven thousand miles away, celebrating independently. 

    I had been anxiously looking forward to this particular anniversary because it fell on a Saturday, the same as our wedding.  My plan was to relive the day moment-by-moment, and I was ridiculously excited about it. But what can I say?  I’m a girl.

  • Just do your very best

    There’s not a day that goes by I don’t think of something my Dad said.  My Dad instilled in my brother and sister and me the adage: “Just do your very best.”  Other ways of saying this for Dad were: “Focus on your maximum effort,” or “Give beyond what is required,” or “Everyone loves a person who does his very best.”  Because of Dad’s insistence I think all of us embrace doing our very best in everything we do.

  • Time well spent in the OC

    I don’t get to spend much time in the place I call home anymore, so I’m always envious of people who have a sense of belonging attached to the place their minds, hearts and bodies reside. Over the summer I realized Oldham County residents embody the feeling of pride and belief in the sense of community I long for.

  • Church cookbooks create spread of memories

    Over the years, I have amassed quite a collection of church cookbooks, starting with one handed down from my grandmother, all the way through last week when I purchased four from the church I now attend. 

    They are generally bound with black, plastic, binding combs. Although, some of the newer ones are in fancy three-ring binders, you know, in case you get crazy with a hole-punch and decide to add your own recipes.

  • New publisher ready to fill 'big shoes' left behind

    I know I have some very big shoes to fill. I never knew Tony Cotten, but he did leave me an inheritance.

    Just one week into the job as publisher here at The Oldham Era, I’ve heard so many wonderful comments about Tony.

    “Tony had a big personality.”

    “Tony had a dry wit that would knock you over.”

    “Because of Tony, the dreams of my fourth-grade storyteller’s heart came true.”

  • Rival schools? Mom’s got it figured out

    My college daughter and I were chatting on Facebook when, for some reason, she decided to text me. Apparently, it takes two modes of technological communication to equal the satisfaction of one real-life conversation. 

    I responded, “I like how we are simultaneously Facebooking and texting each other. One of these days, you will need to cut the technological apron strings.”

    She asked, “Is that a term you’re trying out for your next book?”

  • Live with ‘abundance’ mentality

    My wife Kathy has taught me many things over the years. One of her greatest lessons is telling me to have an “abundance” mentality.

    In a nutshell, people with a scarcity mind set believe in life, there’s only a limited supply of anything to go around, whether it’s money, opportunities, resources or whatever. They see the world as a pie with a limited number of slices. Once they’re gone, that’s it. As a result, they fight to get their piece of the pie. Once they have it, they protect it.

  • What ‘sequestration’ really means for Kentucky

    We may be a little more than halfway through 2013, but in Washington and state governments across the country, the focus is increasingly on federal actions taken in 2011.