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Columns

  • GINGER: Stupid or just being funny?

    Hubby arrived home on Friday evening from a three week business trip to Tokyo. 

    I was unable to join him, but we did give the option to our three teenage children. 

    They all chose to forego the trip, citing fear of radioactive fallout as their number one concern. 

  • BOB MUELLER: Here's the way life works

    To draw a picture of the average life is not difficult. 

    We begin early in life looking forward to what we want to do, what we want to accomplish and what we want to possess. 

  • GINGER: Chocolate makes the road less rocky

    I am filled to the brim with Mackinac Island fudge, and yet I am still going to eat one more sliver. Then another. Then another. 

  • GINGER: Sharing Jesus Juice with youngsters

       “I really want that juice,” my 3-year-old son whispered as the communion trays were passed.

  • BOB MUELLER: The three elements of a personality

    The human personality is a constant interplay of three elements – inertia, energy and harmony. 

  • GINGER: And God said, ‘It’s not about you’

    In all the years we’ve been traveling to Central America, only once have I had to go to a hospital.
    Our daughter had developed an unusual rash on her arms and I needed to make sure that it wasn’t serious.
    We wouldn’t be back in the states for another month, so I warily proceeded to the local emergency room.
     It was dismal, to say the least. It was similar to what I imagine U.S. hospitals were like in the 1930s, only not so clean. The sounds reminded me of old, scary movies set in asylums.

  • BOB MUELLER: Lead by empowering others

    It’s probably easier to herd fish in the open ocean than to lead people effectively. This is proven by the mountain of books on successful management techniques and the popularity of leadership seminars.
    I don’t agree with modern advisors that people need to be managed or controlled. Do people really need to be managed? Who on earth wants to be managed? How many people want to work like a chicken in a coop that will be turned into a stewing fowl if it fails to lay an egg a day?

  • BOB MUELLER: Open your mind

    Native Kentuckian Abraham Lincoln has always been my favorite president. I have read countless books and articles about his universal empathy. Lincoln demonstrated time and time again “a singular ability to transcend personal vendetta, humiliation or bitterness.”
    Emulating Lincoln’s magnanimous empathy is not easy. The key to developing the same open-mindedness in ourselves is to start small.
    If people make you angry, instead of immediately spouting off, put yourself in their shoes.
    Why are they behaving the way they are?

  • PUBLISHER: Great communities are informed communities

    The older we get, the more we realize the importance of our parents’ influence upon us. Growing up, a normal evening at the Cotten household included supper at the kitchen table with mom and dad, followed by time to relax.
    At the time, I did not know the repetition of a normal evening would play an important role in a life observation at 46.
    The observation is one of my dad after supper, pulling the arm of his recliner with a squeak and spring locking out the footrest. In his hands would be our local newspaper with a cup of coffee on the end table next to him.

  • GINGER: Electronics have a short life span around our house

    Electronics have a fairly short life span around our house. Just yesterday, I washed an iPod with a load of laundry.

    I heard a clunking sound, so I stopped the washer and tried to sort through the wet laundry. There were two blankets, heavy with water. I figured maybe the clunk was the edge of one slapping around.

    Later, as I was transferring to the dryer, I spotted the iPod. My jaw dropped in surprise, and I quickly devised a plan.