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Columns

  • Words we live by

    One of the joys of my life has been the opportunity to speak to various groups about “Positive Living,” “Inner Peace,” and similar topics. Along the way I have met some wonderfully generous individuals who shared articles, books and quotes they knew I would enjoy.

    I recently received the 1947 classic Words To Live By. This book was published at a time when Americans were readjusting from wartime conditions to the uneasy terms of atomic peace.

  • An uncomfortable election experience

    Election day was a bit unsettling for me. As I stood in line at the polling place at North Oldham High School, I noticed that there was someone sitting between the two election workers writing in a spiral notebook and typing on an iPad. As I got a bit closer, it was apparent that this fellow was writing down the names of everyone who was voting. He would raise up and look at the identification card the voter produced and write down their name.

  • Ich bin ein Berliner: I am a Berliner

    With broad grins, and open hearts, they tell their stories to anyone who takes an interest.

    “I was six years old when I woke in the middle of the night, and found that my parents were gone. They were at the wall…celebrating!”

  • Where did we get the Old Testament?

    Perhaps you have seen it in a store or someone emailed it to you. I have a copy of the HillBilly Ten Commandments. We can all appreciate the simplicity they reveal. There are a number of versions, but mine go like this: 1) Just one God. 2) Put nothin’ before God. 3) Watch yer mouth. 4) Git yourself to Sunday meetin’. 5) Honor yer Ma and Pa. 6) No killin’. 7) No foolin’ around with another fellow’s gal. 8) Don’t take what ain’t yers. 9) No tellin’ tales and gossipin’. 10) Don’t be hankerin’ for yer buddy’s stuff.

  • The changing dynamics of Oldham County Schools

    We are entering a time of change here in Oldham County Schools. Our commitment to excellence and to ensuring the learning of every child remains constant, but who those children are continues to change.

    This summer, I shared some of these changing demographics with principals to prepare for the school year. Many of us see these changes on a small scale — in our child’s school or in our neighborhood, perhaps — but never get to see the big picture.

  • Knowing how to say thanks in any language is a blessing
  • Learning to have faith

    What is going to happen in the future? A lot of people are wondering and a lot of people are afraid. I find many who are haunted by discouragement and despair. They see nothing good ahead. Many people see no reason to live, but one does not have to be the victim of tomorrow. I believe one can take a firm hold of the future and be the master of it.

  • Cooking Thanksgiving vegetables

    Thanksgiving, one of the best truly American holidays, is fast approaching, with food, fellowship, family and fun. Food is the highlight followed by being thankful for all of our blessings. The typical Thanksgiving meal consists of turkey with dressing (stuffing), vegetables and pies. There are lots of instructions for cooking turkey so I won’t instruct you.

  • Ghosts,mediums and the occult

    What did one ghost say to the other ghost? Answer: Do you believe in people? People in our country wonder if there are really ghosts. In most of the rest of the world, where the cultures are older by hundreds, even thousands of years, most people are certain there are ghosts. However, popular wisdom is a poor source of authority. There are many things that a majority of people believe in that time and/or science have proven wrong. The wisdom of the scriptures has proven to be reliable, so that is where we should turn for an answer.

  • The British Perception: blending in across the pond

    The interesting thing about being in certain parts of Europe is that as a white, middle-aged, American woman it is entirely possible to blend. There are a few dead giveaways: blonde highlights, chubbiness and loudness are stereotypes that Europeans immediately attribute to American women. But if I wear the right coat, hat and scarf, keep my mouth shut and don’t make any sudden movements, chances are no one will know I was not born and bred here.