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Columns

  • COMMUNITY CHRONICLED IN NEWSPAPERS

    When I was a little girl, my family lived close enough to town that I could walk to the grocery store. One summer day, my sister and I decided to walk to the store for ice cream and took our dog, Hobo, with us. Hobo soon got hot and tired and demanded he be carried the rest of the way.

  • Worship that is Pleasing to the Lord

    I remember a delightful evening with friends.  Our hosts had a four-year-old whose favorite super hero was Bible man. He wanted to impress us so he got on his costume.

    He put on his Bible Man mask, his Luke Skywalker light saber, and his Bible woman cape because the purple looks cool, and his Bible man cape was torn.

    His mother asks him the Bible man questions, “Are you ready for battle?” He proclaims yes! She asks about his helmet, shield, sword, and shoes. He makes all the appropriate cute responses.  

  • Where Does Your Treasure Lie

    Our society surrounds us with a great cloud of enticement.  Wherever we turn we confront the claim that happiness is just around the corner, a matter of having more or better or newer things.  The father of American capitalism certainly endorsed this creed.  John D. Rockefeller, when asked what would make him happy, is said to have replied, “One dollar more.”

  • HeartSafe Designation Shows Progress

    By Todd Early

    Oldham County EMS Director

    Heart disease has a staggering impact on the nation, Commonwealth and Oldham County. Kentucky is eighth nationally in cardiovascular disease death rates with about 1,100 deaths annually.

    About 15 percent of all hospitalizations and 30 percent of all Kentucky deaths are related to heart disease. In Oldham County, EMS responds to an average of 320 heart-related calls annually in addition to about 100 heart rhythm disturbances and 30 heart attacks.

  • Country Comparison

    I am leaving beautiful Berlin and will soon be home again in Indiana.

    As my visit comes to a close, I find myself wondering once more why my ancestors ever chose to leave such a place.

    Make no mistake, I love the U.S. and am proud and thankful to be an American, but three hundred years ago, things were different.  It’s hard to imagine what my grandparents were thinking when they left family, community, and traditions behind and set sail for the unknown.

  • Duets, Karaoke and Grammys

    I wish I had included on my bucket list “sing in the street with a hobo” because I would now be able to mark that item accomplished. 

    While strolling the cobblestone of Vilnius, Lithuania, we happened upon an elderly gentleman. He had a long white beard and blue eyes that sparkled as he sang.  His age and the fact that he had no musical instrument, save his voice, set him apart from other street musicians.  He stood with outstretched hands and upturned face while singing traditional folk songs from the Baltic region. 

  • The essentials we need as humans

    There are several essentials which we all must possess.  The first one of these is identity.  We want to be known.  We want people to call our names.  We like to see our names in print.  One of our greatest fears is the fear of anonymity.  When people feel that they are nobodies (nobody knows them, nobody cares about them, nobody thinks of them) then defeat becomes very real for that person.

  • Photo evokes melancholy

     Today is a melancholy day.  I am sitting in Berlin, listening to the rain drizzle against the slanted windows of our attic apartment.  In the distance I can see the American flag flying over the U.S. Embassy, and beyond that, the glass dome top of the Reichstag, which is the German Parliament building. 

  • Value Fellow Workers

     The human connection is at the root of all satisfying work.  None of us works in isolation, no matter what work we accomplish.  The people we work with not only affect the quality of our accomplishments; they can greatly enhance our pleasure in the process. 

    I feel strongly about the people I work with and not only value and appreciate them.  I love them.  Just as I can’t stick with my work without becoming passionate, it is extremely important to me to deeply care about the people I work with, no matter what part they play.

  • Living a Grace-Filled Life