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Columns

  • TRUITT: Finding hope in the eyes of a newborn

    Fifteen years ago, we celebrated my mother’s life at her funeral.

    Because she was a school teacher, it was a grand funeral with hundreds of people in attendance.

    The memory that stands out most is of her third-grade class tearfully singing a song in her honor. They had only been back from spring break one day when she fell ill at school and was rushed to the hospital.

    She died at the age of 47.

    In four years, I will be 47.

    The closer I get, the more I realize how truly young my mom was.

  • MUELLER: The dignity of living

    So many people feel insignificant, unworthy and unimportant.

    The truth of the matter is there are no unimportant people and no unimportant events.

    A man sat in the shade of a tree and saw an apple fall and discovered the law of gravity. His name was Isaac Newton.

    Another man sat in the kitchen and saw a teakettle steam. It was a significant experience because, seeing that teakettle, he discovered the principle of the steam engine. His name was Robert Fulton.

    There are no insignificant people or insignificant events.

  • GINGER: Am I middle-aged?

    At 43, it’s probably time to stop saying, “when” I become middle-aged, and accept that I’ve arrived. I don’t know what the official marker is for middle-aged, but I seriously doubt I’m going to make it to 86. 

  • The three Rs of youth: Role models, rebellion and relationships

    We all had role models growing up. Maybe you still do.

    Who was your role model? Why did you choose the person? What qualities did he/she possess?

    Did your role model fall in your eyes over time? 

  • MUELLER: Showing compassion

    Mayor Greg Fischer has proclaimed Louisville to be “Compassion City.” 

    What a noble thing to do! For compassion is the unique human ability to care about other people, to be considerate of others and sensitive to their needs. 

  • COLUMN: Packing peace of mind

    Nestled inside a grocery sack filled with pint-sized cartons of shelf-stable chocolate milk, four containers of banana yogurt and other kid-friendly snacks is a book about being scared that I hope my daughter will never open without me.

    I recently shopped for supplies to keep our daughter, Harper, happy and well-fed for at least 24 hours in the event of an emergency that prevents us from reaching her preschool.

  • MUELLER: A shift in thinking can change your view of yourself, others

    Are you conscious of the chatter in your mind? For the next few minutes, pay attention to it.

    Maybe you are making a grocery or “to-do” list. Perhaps you are passing judgment on the person who just walked past you at the mall and comparing how you measure up to her. Now your mind is wandering off to how you have never been good enough or smart enough or pretty enough.

  • GINGER: Cherished memories of Grandma

    My dad recently decided to sell the old family homestead.

    The last time I was there was right after the death of my precious grandmother. The house was to be rented, and my job was to clean it before the new tenants arrived. The task proved to be more difficult than I had imagined.

    When I was a child, I always knew grandma would be waiting for me on the front porch. As she got older, she would greet me at the door.

  • COLUMN: New editor joins familiar territory

    My wife, Sarah, and I moved to Oldham County nearly 10 years ago.
    Having grown up here, I knew the area quite well.
    For Sarah, the outsider, the learning curve was more precipitous.
    When needing to get somewhere in Crestwood, La Grange or Goshen, Sarah would often come to me for directions. Those conversations sometimes went like this:
    Sarah: “How do you get to (fill in the blank)?”
    Me: “Do you remember where (fill in the blank) used to be?”
    Sarah:  “No.”

  • EDITORIAL: The era of an unprecedented election

    This week, thousands of parents, teachers, volunteers and staff members who contribute to the success of students in the Oldham County district received a 1,000-word tirade from Superintendent Will Wells.

    His message? He combined criticism of the local newspaper for publishing differing opinions with yet another pat-on-the-back for the Oldham County Board of Education’s five elected officials.