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Columns

  • Uncle Bob’s Cooking

    The leaves are changing color, the days are growing shorter and the last of canning and freezing summer vegetables is here. Now is the time to dry herbs, hang them in bunches or lay them out on newspaper. The dried herbs can be used all winter to enhance soups, stews, etc. During the fall growing season we turn toward greens, squash, pumpkins, potatoes, root vegetables and cabbage: hearty fare.

  • No need for shame with these rules

    A new trend has caught my attention. It is called, “Passenger Shaming.” On both Facebook and Instagram, you can find accounts specifically for the purpose of posting pictures of people who should be ashamed of themselves for their behavior on airplanes.

    I looked through the photos tentatively, fearing that I might see an image of myself or one of my kids. We are diligent about being good travelers, but there are occasions when, after 20 hours of jetting around with small children, that I might let my guard down.

  • Mueller: How to protect yourself

    I regularly give blood. You can give one unit (about a pint) at a time. The Red Cross will not allow you to make another donation until fifty-six days later. The Red Cross employee told me that this policy was designed to protect the health and welfare of all donors.

  • Deciding whether or not to believe in miracles

    The mother asks her son what he learned in Sunday School and he tells her a story about how Moses and his people had the Red Sea in front of them and the Egyptian chariots behind them. So Moses calls the Army Corps of Engineers up, they build a floating bridge in short order, the people race across the bridge and then cut it loose just as the chariots arrive and they escape certain death.

    The mother looks on in horror, and exclaims, “That is not really what they taught you in Sunday School is it?”

  • OCS reading program helps prevent ‘summer slide’

    Reading is a skill that is crucial to student success, both in the classroom and beyond. In fact, it is a skill so important that reading is one of our board of education’s six goals. We know that identifying and intervening with struggling readers as soon as possible can help get them on track before the gap becomes too broad.

  • Voters should tune into the political process

    In just about a month, voters in Kentucky will take center stage in America.

    The entire country is watching the McConnell-Grimes senatorial race and I hope we don’t embarrass ourselves.

    Sadly, voter turnout is notoriously low in parts of Kentucky, Oldham County being no exception. If one-third of all registered voters actually make it to the polls, it is considered a strong turnout. I think we can do better than that.

  • Children, husbands and boyfriends

    Several years ago, on a trip from Berlin to Indianapolis, I learned the hard way, that I should never fly without chewy granola bars. Just like the commercial suggests, whenever one of the kids starts saying too much, I pull one out and feed it to them.

    When my daughter was three years old, she took a liking to the Italian woman sitting across from us, and fortunately, the woman took a liking to her. Initially, there was a bit of an accent barrier, but by the end of the nine-hour flight, they understood each other perfectly.

  • Old-fashioned obituary for modern mom

    Several years ago, I was given my great-grandmother’s scrapbooks. They are filled with newspaper clippings, including many obituaries from the 1920s and 30s and I am thoroughly enjoying them.

  • The twist of being human

    “Love your crooked neighbor with your crooked heart” (W. H. Auden). Our hearts are not necessarily crooked in the criminal sense; but they are battered and bruised and wrenched – or likely to become so without much warning. They need compassion, even from themselves, for themselves.

  • Earley: Do you hate sin?

    I think one of the best definitions of sin is anything we do that separates us from God. When we talk about sin we find that humans make very little of sin and God makes so much of it. People joke about it, even brag about their sins. Much of our entertainment glorifies sinful life choices.

    God hates sin (Proverbs 6:16ff.). God says that the “wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). God says that sin is a very serious matter.

    A fellow named Willie was deep in debt and was thinking of committing suicide.