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  • Being considerate of others good for you

    Your life is as big as your capacity to consider others.  Caring about other people is essential to your own happiness.  So is letting other people care about you, and making that easier for them.  Beyond the fleeting happiness that pleasure can bring comes the lasting happiness that caring about others can bring.  The happiest people are always the most altruistic.

  • What is a Good Day?

     So often people will tell me to have a good day. Just what is a good day?  

    To have a good day is to find our pristine momentum while cherishing and balancing each of the elements of our lives. By balancing purposefulness with moderation, people with tasks and discerning our pace of grace, we will achieve this not-so-modest goal.

  • New Year, new opportunity

    By Taylor Riley

     It’s that time of year again! You know, the time that everyone you know invites you to use his or her guest pass at his or her overcrowded gym facility. It’s the time to jump on the bandwagon of wishful thinking that this year will be YOUR year.

    Happy New Year!

  • The body is the temple of the Holy Spirit

     Hostess Twinkies were invented in 1931 by James Dewar, manager of Continental Bakeries’ Chicago factory. He envisioned the product as a way of using the company’s thousands of shortcake pans which were otherwise employed only during the strawberry season. Originally called Little Shortcake Fingers, they were renamed Twinkie Fingers, and finally “Twinkies.”  

  • Trusting God with impossible things

    One of the great parenting lessons I learned from my parents was to set firm limits and keep them.  

    With those limits were clear opportunities to receive more freedom and responsibility if I showed I was ready.  

  • The gift of life

    By Rick Rash

     This time of year, toy stores are crammed with loving parents, aunts and uncles and grandparents trying to find the perfect gift for their favorite little ones. 

    Last Christmas season, Jace’s mom was praying she would have her son long enough make Christmas memories.  She dreamed of having the opportunity to simply see him walk, watch him open Christmas gifts, sing songs and enjoy holiday treats. 

  • YMCA recalls changed lives

    By Peggy Kilgore

    As a holiday gift to our Oldham Era readers, we would like to offer some inspiration and motivation. We are always hearing great stories of achievement and determination from our Y members, many of whom have had life-changing experiences by getting on the path to better health.

    Here are a few of our favorites:

  • The sweetest victory celebration of all

     When my children were all teenagers and young adults, Christmas had lost its magic.  

    No grandchildren were blessing my life yet, and I was going through the motions of being excited about Christmas.  

    Truth be told, I couldn’t wait for Christmas to be over so things would slow down and I could relax.  I knew that as a minister this was an inappropriate response to Christmas, but I wasn’t going to just start making up feelings either.  

  • Three sobering realities

     Sometimes when my ego or the ego of others becomes too prominent I find that I have to remind myself of three sobering realities.  It’s all about humility.  The moment you think you have acquired humility is just the moment you have lost it.

    The first reality is that everything I am, I have received from others.  

  • Three sobering realities

     Sometimes when my ego or the ego of others becomes too prominent I find that I have to remind myself of three sobering realities.  It’s all about humility.  The moment you think you have acquired humility is just the moment you have lost it.

    The first reality is that everything I am, I have received from others.