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Columns

  • Pledging resolutions that don’t involve the gym

    New Year’s resolutions are always a tricky subject.

    We all know the normal ones: weight loss, get a better job, try something new, etc. And for most of us, those resolutions are broken usually within six weeks.

    Luckily, I’ve been able to keep my personal resolutions of the last two years (I’m showing off, I get it), and so as editor of your weekly paper, I wanted to make some public resolutions for the Era for 2015.

  • Creating a good community

    We all know the nature of ripples. We throw a stone and it causes ripples. We say something and it causes ripples. We take action and it causes ripples. We belong to a community or an organization or a workplace (small or large) and our behavior there causes ripples. All those ripples affect other people. All those other people are throwing their stones as well, and their ripples are affecting us.

  • Fighting back the noogies of time

    Another year is coming to a close. It happens so quickly anymore. Year after year passes like an older brother who can’t walk by without frogging your thigh or putting you in a headlock. Time itself isn’t painful, but the swiftness with which it passes leaves me feeling like I just encountered a vicious older sibling. And I’m left wondering, “What did I do to deserve that?”

  • Reasons not to attend a church

    A man called his parents to wish them a happy New Year and his dad answered the phone. He said, “Hi Dad, what’s your New Year’s resolution?” His Dad answered proudly, “To make your mother as happy as I can all year.” When Mom got on the phone he asked her the same question and she answered, “To see that your dad keeps his New Year’s resolution.”

  • McConnell reflects, looking forward to new Congress

    Last month, the people of Kentucky elected me to be their Senator for the next six years and in the process helped me become Senate Majority Leader. I am deeply honored and humbled by the faith the voters have placed in me.

    The message from the electorate in Kentucky and nationwide could not have been more clear: the public wants a change in direction and expects things to get done in Washington. I am pleased to report that just in the past several weeks, I have been able to fight for and secure a number of positive measures to help improve the lives of Kentucky families.

  • Dealing with emptiness

    My goal in life with my work at Hosparus and in my ministry projects is to care for others with great conviction and passion. But sometimes I have to be reminded by my dear wife to take care of myself. Sometimes I have to tell other hospice workers and ministers to take care of themselves.

    Many of us who are care providers are far more anxious about having to confront whatever will come up in the empty space, when we are quiet and alone. Who knows what terror lurks in the anonymous solitude? What voices will arise in the silence?

  • Midlife letter to Santa

    Dear Santa,

  • Ask the Expert: Arthritis

    Ed. note: Ask the Expert is a column submitted by the Oldham County Chamber. The question and answers are solicited by them.

    QUESTION: My arthritis is worse in cold-weather months. Tips on how I can manage this?

    ANSWER: “Many people experience a worsening of arthritis symptoms in cold, wet months during the fall and winter,” shared Jeremy Statton, MD, who is with Baptist Northeast Orthopedics, part of Baptist Health La Grange. “The arthritis itself isn’t worse but the pain associated with arthritis is often more intense.

  • Let God use you in a miracle

    I don’t know where this story came from, but I love the way an unsuspecting traveler finds himself in the middle of a miracle. Jerry is on his way to Chicago on business and prays, “Please God, do me a favor. Let there be an empty seat next to mine, I don’t need any distractions.” Instead, he is seated next to a young boy named Michael, who is traveling unattended and he is scared. As the jet prepares for takeoff Jerry says to Michael, “Right about now, I usually say a prayer. I ask God to keep the plane safe and to send angels to protect us.”

  • From the peaceful nativity to the Lion of Judah

    The prophet Isaiah writes, “This is what the LORD says to me: “As a lion growls, a great lion over its prey - and though a whole band of shepherds is called together against it, it is not frightened by their shouts or disturbed by their clamor - so the LORD Almighty will come down to do battle on Mount Zion and on its heights” (Isaiah 31:4). Who is this great lion, the Lord God Almighty, who fights these great battles?