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Columns

  • New publisher ready to fill 'big shoes' left behind

    I know I have some very big shoes to fill. I never knew Tony Cotten, but he did leave me an inheritance.

    Just one week into the job as publisher here at The Oldham Era, I’ve heard so many wonderful comments about Tony.

    “Tony had a big personality.”

    “Tony had a dry wit that would knock you over.”

    “Because of Tony, the dreams of my fourth-grade storyteller’s heart came true.”

  • Rival schools? Mom’s got it figured out

    My college daughter and I were chatting on Facebook when, for some reason, she decided to text me. Apparently, it takes two modes of technological communication to equal the satisfaction of one real-life conversation. 

    I responded, “I like how we are simultaneously Facebooking and texting each other. One of these days, you will need to cut the technological apron strings.”

    She asked, “Is that a term you’re trying out for your next book?”

  • Live with ‘abundance’ mentality

    My wife Kathy has taught me many things over the years. One of her greatest lessons is telling me to have an “abundance” mentality.

    In a nutshell, people with a scarcity mind set believe in life, there’s only a limited supply of anything to go around, whether it’s money, opportunities, resources or whatever. They see the world as a pie with a limited number of slices. Once they’re gone, that’s it. As a result, they fight to get their piece of the pie. Once they have it, they protect it.

  • What ‘sequestration’ really means for Kentucky

    We may be a little more than halfway through 2013, but in Washington and state governments across the country, the focus is increasingly on federal actions taken in 2011.

  • Fine-tune your etiquette when visiting the sick

    What do you do and say to people who have cancer or any life-limiting illness? Early in my ministry, I had a wonderful mentor – Father Jim Hendricks. He died several years ago, but was amazing in his care for the sick. I learned from him not by pointers he gave me but by following his good example.

    When you find someone has a serious illness, hold the gasps. They’re still among the living. Simply ask, “What can I do to be most helpful?”

    Then listen for an answer.

    Here’s what you need to do:

  • New programs, upgrades greet OC students

    Your kids may disagree with me, but I think the first day of school is one of the best days of the year. It’s a day full of promise, of excitement, of change. It’s a milestone — for parents and students — that marks another chapter in life.

    When your children head off for their first day this year, know that our staff members at Oldham County Schools are committed to continuing the tradition of excellence in our district.

  • ‘Fishing’ trip leads nowhere on child’s 21st birthday

    Last week, on the occasion of my eldest child’s 21st birthday, I spent most of the day trying to garner compliments. 

    Perhaps “compliment” is the wrong word. It was really reassurance that I needed. I didn’t care who said it, I just wanted to hear those magical words: “My goodness, young lady! You do not look anywhere near old enough to have a 21-year-old daughter!”

  • Presidency to world records: Kentuckians made many firsts

    For generations now, students have been taught that Abraham Lincoln was the first native Kentuckian to be U.S. President.

    Technically speaking, however, that’s not true.

  • Fashion statement – a faux pas or just ‘fail’?

    As we were leaving for an annual bluegrass party, hubby glanced at me and remarked, “Oh. You’re wearing that.”

    “You told me you like this shirt.”

    “I do like it. I just didn’t know you were actually wearing it.”

  • Strides made, but health issues still concern in Kentucky

    Of all the challenges Kentucky can expect to face in the years ahead, few are bigger than improving our collective health.

    In some key areas, we already have a head start. Kentucky is among the top 20 states in fighting infectious diseases, for example, with the use of vaccines high and the percentage of our older citizens getting a flu shot above the national average.