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Columns

  • Raising awareness of childhood obesity

    September is Childhood Obesity Awareness Month and while the dangers of childhood obesity are well-chronicled, many children who are overweight or obese don’t realize it. That’s why the Oldham County Family YMCA — a leading voice on improving health — wants families to understand the role weight perception plays in childhood obesity and ways to reverse course through increased physical activity and improved eating habits.

  • Experiencing an Indiana Friday Night

    For the first time in our 22-year parenting career, hubby and I attended a Friday night high school football game. Never having a kid on the team, I have not been compelled to spend my time on cold, metal bleachers.

    But this past Friday was an entirely different matter. Our daughter was on the homecoming court, so I donned my heaviest sweater, grabbed a couple of blankets and we headed to the game. I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect, so I asked, “Where is the best place to sit so that we have a good view?”

  • Cherish each moment in life

    Since I began working at hospice in 1989, I have developed a new awareness of cherishing each moment. I have gained this awareness from the elderly and from individuals who are close to death.

  • Have you been born again?

    One day, when Vice President Calvin Coolidge was presiding over the Senate, one senator angrily told another to go “straight to hell.” The offended senator complained to Coolidge as presiding officer and Coolidge looked up from the book he had been leafing through while listening to the debate and wittily replied. “I’ve looked through the rule book,” he said, “You don’t have to go.”

  • Gay marriage a ‘foregone conclusion’

    I don’t have any gay friends. At least I don’t think I do. I don’t really even know any gay people. I have some acquaintances who I suspect may be gay or that someone may have told me were gay. But no one has ever personally told me they were gay, so I don’t “know.” How would I know unless I asked them and that would just be rude and none of my business.

    So I have no close knowledge of the gay marriage issue and no personal knowledge of gay people yearning for marriage equality.

  • It’s fresh veggie season

    This is the perfect time of year to cook with fresh vegetables. Most vegetables are in season now, so cook, can and freeze those vegetables. What is in season? Squash, eggplant, potatoes, tomatoes, corn, lettuce, cabbage, greenbeans, peppers and cucumbers... almost every vegetable.

  • Christianity and the Old Testament

    Christians like the Old Testament stories that have mercy and inspiration in them, but some Christians find the stories of wrath and destruction to be offensive.For example, Samuel instructs King Saul to completely destroy the Amalekites.

    “Now go and smite Amalek and utterly destroy all that they have; do not spare them, but kill both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass” (I Samuel 15:3). Usually what Christians try to do is forget such texts are in the Old Testament, focus on the New Testament and pretend everything is alright.

  • State neglect leads district to ask for tax increase

    When people think of Oldham County, many think of our schools. This is something of which we should all be proud because the successes and reputation of our schools serve as a reflection of our community and the value we place on education. Oldham County, when compared to the other 119 counties throughout the state, ranks among the highest in median household income and educational attainment.

  • My greatest blessing: my wife

    Next to the salvation of my soul and my birth, marrying Kathy was the most important thing and the best thing that ever happened in my life. Our years together have been my greatest blessing.

  • This apple didn’t fall far from the family tree

    I frequently notice random bruises on my legs, arms and torso, and have absolutely no idea how they got there. It could be that I bruise easily, but the truth is, I am a total klutz. I am so accident prone that it hardly registers anymore when I bump into inanimate objects or trip over my left feet.