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Columns

  • The pen is mightier than the sword

    For the past quarter of a century, I have been with the same bank. It is a fine, loyal institution that has seen me through good times and bad. They were there for me with a low interest car loan when no one else would even look at the credit of a waitress struggling to make ends meet for her three kids.

    More than once, they removed overdraft charges when I inadvertently made a mistake in my checkbook.

  • Seminary lessons

    I spent 12 years in the seminary: six years at St. Thomas Seminary, a minor seminary here in Louisville and six years at St. Mary’s Seminary & University in Baltimore. I ended up with a degree in philosophy and a master’s in theology. Most importantly the seminary experience taught many life lessons that far exceeded the degrees. Here are 10 of these life-changing insights that have guided my path.

  • What did the founders of America say about God?

    Hanging over my office desk is a picture of General George Washington in humble prayer in a pine grove, with his horse, at Valley Forge. It is an inspiring picture of an inspiring man of prayer. Skeptics want to claim that all representations of our first president as a devout man of faith are false.

    Here are some of the things George Washington said about God. They are taken from the book, George Washington, The Writings of Washington, edited by John C. Fitzpatrick.

  • Learning to celebrate the Fourth outside of July

    A recent remark made by a co-worker following a World Cup soccer game got me thinking.

    He said, and I’m paraphrasing here, “I’m not really a fan of soccer, but I become nationalistic when America competes on a national level.”

    Patriotism is defined as love for or devotion to one’s country. With the Fourth of July holiday looming, I wonder if we feel devotion to and love for our country all the time or just every four years with a World Cup or every two years with an Olympics or just one day every July.

  • Summer’s here, time to cook some burgers

    Summer is here and it is time to enjoy burgers on a grill.

  • Seeking World War II vets from Oldham County

    A few weeks ago I wrote about Honor Flights. Since then, a group of Oldham County residents has begun work to identify World War Two veterans who live in Oldham County. The group wants to make sure that all Oldham County veterans that are eligible for Honor Flights are able to participate.

    Honor Flights take veterans, free of charge, to Washington DC to visit the World War Two Memorial, the Korean War Memorial and the Iwo Jima Memorial (the Marine Memorial).

  • Mueller: The art of making connections

    In a world of increasing isolation, many of us want to reconnect with the people and the aspirations that are important to us. “Field of Dreams” is a film I love about a man who does just that. Ray Kinsella, an Iowa farmer with a wife and young daughter, hears a mysterious voice telling him to build a baseball field in his cornfield. Even though this means putting his family in financial jeopardy Ray follows orders, believing, as the voice put it, “If you build it, he will come.” Actually, many people come.

  • Truitt: Please don’t take my easy bake oven

    I often say, even boastfully at times, that I don’t keep stuff. Years ago, I read a fantastic book called, Clutter’s Last Stand. It inspired me to regularly de-clutter my home, throwing away, giving away and donating things that are no longer needed. I love the satisfaction of knowing that I hauled away 16 garbage bags totaling 560 gallons of stuff, which means I have acquired 560 gallons worth of space in my home. But as much as I would like to think I’m on top of it, I was recently faced with the truth of my clutter.

  • Earley: Building others up

    A woman took her family reunion pictures to a photo lab to have them touched up a bit. While discussing the project the clerk said, “We can do amazing things with these photos. We can remove wrinkles and make you look 30 pounds lighter.”

    The woman responded, “You can? Can you put them on my sister?”

  • Earley: Why does God love us?

    Last week I wrote about how imperfect our human love is. Perhaps this most quoted scripture of the Bible is John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only son, that whoever believes in Him will not perish, but have eternal life.” But why does God love us so much?