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Columns

  • I challenge you

     When I attended seminary each student was assigned a spiritual director. And I am thankful every day for the challenge my spiritual director gave me when I was in college which forms the basis for the challenge and the promise I extend to you.

  • Good parents prevent abuse

    By Oldham County Cooperative Extension

     April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. Let’s use this time to reflect on this problem and to recognize the importance of good parenting.

  • McConnell plans to address drugs

    By Mitch McConnell

     Across Kentucky, one topic of conversation dominates: the presidential election. People are captivated by the spirited campaigns and candidates in both parties. In my travels through the Commonwealth, I am often asked for my opinion or to make predictions about the race.

  • Easter is a love story

     The drama of Holy Week, Good Friday and Easter is a love story. It is the story of God’s love. 

    I think the parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32) is the love story Jesus told during his life to help prepare the disciples to understand how his death could be used by God to redeem the world. 

  • FSA tips: growing organics

    By Val Dolcini

    The strength of the rural economy rests upon growing, making and creating products that people want to eat, buy and use. Over the past seven years, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack has worked to enhance the range of products made in rural America and to expand the domestic and international markets for those products. These changes strengthen traditional agriculture, be it promoting biofuels or bio-based products, improving animal genetics or even developing more plant varieties.

  • The grieving process

     Years ago when I served in parish ministry I used to visit all of my parishioners’ homes.  It was a great way to get to know people, do a parish census and find out what the real needs were.

  • Kasbah to rooftop: finding peace

    By Ginger Lumpkin

     I can’t stop smiling. 

    It started when I rode that camel on the beach in Morocco, and continued as I followed my intuition wherever it led. 

  • Holy Week: a spiritually intense time

     If you were in church last Sunday there may have been palm branches. If so, it would have been just like it was about 2,000 years ago in Jerusalem, the week before Jesus’ resurrection. 

  • Be kind

     Recently I asked multiple folks what they had learned in their lives.  The best answer I received was from a fellow Rotarian who said: “I’ve learned that the best advice you can give anyone is, ‘Be kind.’”  Love and kindness are essential parts of our being.

  • Generations of national adventures

    By Mark Hoard

    This is the second of a two-part column dedicated to the influence of “America’s Greatest Idea” – the National Parks – on my life.

    I searched far too long for a famous, thought-provoking quote to start off this column; eventually my head was swimming with them before I realized I just need to go ahead and dive into it and see where the keyboard (road) takes me.