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Columns

  • 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
  • FAKE SYRUP AND CHILLED RED WINE

    When I asked the German flight attendant for ice water, he responded, “One U.S. drink, coming up! You Americans think you are healthy, but your drinks are very unhealthy. You drink everything so cold. Sometimes, even your red wine!” 

    It was the first time in my life I had been told that ice water was unhealthy. I refrained from pointing out that he hails from a country where pork is served for three meals a day, plus snacks; and sometimes that pork is raw.  If anything cold is unhealthy, raw pork tops the list. 

  • A NEW ‘VIEW’ FROM NEW COLUMNIST

    Have you ever thought that everyone in the world is screwed up, except you?  That if more people were like you that things would be oh so much better?  If you could just explain your side of things, surely they would all understand?  Haven’t we all?

  • DEFINING YOUR PERSONAL PHILOSOPHY

    Each of us has a personal philosophy, but few of us have defined what it is.  Although you may never have sat down and defined what your philosophy is, it is operative and working in your life at all times. 

    It deals with what you believe about the world in which you live, about its people and events, about how events and circumstances affect you and how you affect them.

  • PUTTING A TWIST ON BUCKET LIST

    Last Wednesday, my younger sister completed her 30x30 list; a list of thirty items she wanted to accomplish by the age of thirty.  Friends and family cheered from the sidelines, occasionally joining her adventures as I did when she went zip lining. 

  • TRY SOMETHING DIFFERENT AT THE NEXT GAME

    Tailgating season is upon us.  College football comes to mind when you think of tailgating, but many sporting events have tailgating - professional, college, and high school football, soccer, and baseball and also auto racing, horse shows, three day eventing, etc. 

  • 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.