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Columns

  • I am a mumpsimus

    I tried to hold onto what I knew to be absolute truth, but the hardcore facts were staring me in the face.

    I pride myself on my vast knowledge of Barry Manilow lyrics. I became a fan over 30 years ago, at an age when my hearing was intact and my thirst for pop culture knowledge was at its strongest. So, I was a bit surprised when someone stated that “dictuend” is not a word.

    “Oh, yes it is,” I argued. “It means to dictate or orchestrate.”

    “Use it in a sentence,” they challenged.

  • Holiday Hors d’oeuvres

    Holiday season is here, there is not a better time to focus on food like Christmas sweets and Christmas meals. Maybe your memories are of ham, turkey, venison, sauer bratten, tamales, ravioli, pierogies or whatever. We all have memories of Christmas that may include special cakes, pies, gingerbread or candies. Fellowship with family and friends with good food is what makes the season special. It seemed like we ate all day on Christmas.

  • The four dimensions of life

    There are four dimensions of life (length, breadth, depth and height) that we must consider as we take advantage of continued learning. The beginning of power and wisdom is consciously opening our minds and being receptive to the countless wonders that abound.

    Length

    In response to the question, “How long do you want to live?” I always reply, “As long as I can.” One dimension of life is length, and most people want to live in that dimension.

  • Can Santa survive Christmas Eve?
  • State’s best gets better with new certified teachers
  • Oldham support needed for regional college

    Oldham County has been issued a $250,000 challenge. If this challenge is met, it will help set more Oldham County youth on a strong path toward higher education and career success. It also will ensure the county’s current and emerging workforce and training education needs are addressed for many years to come.

  • Elections are about winning, not party line

    The recent midterm election can be counted as a success by the Republicans. Mitch McConnell defeated Alison Grimes by 15 points, Republicans will control the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives remains firmly in the grasp of Republicans.

    In Oldham County, I believe it was a clean sweep by Republicans. If there is a Democratic office holder, I’m not sure who it might be – although there are some in the Republican Party that think a few of our local office holders are posers and are only Republicans so they can get elected.

  • Fancy pants tea party

    Last weekend, my daughters and I were invited to a fancy tea party at a fancy house in a fancy neighborhood. I kinda always wanted to be fancy, but it doesn’t come naturally to me. Truthfully, it doesn’t come at all.

    Example: I recently had an extremely important business meeting. So, I forced myself out of my blue jeans and into my fancy business clothes, complete with silk stockings and black pumps.

  • Looking for inspiration

    I’ve been trying to come up with a subject to write about for my first column for weeks now. It’s been the same deal: I sit down with a cup of coffee on a Sunday morning while in bed, trying to rack my brain for a good idea…any idea.

    And…nothing.

    Writing blog posts and columns are easy for me…but only at times.

  • A Santa miracle for the Christmas season

    Always believe in miracles. That is what all of us need to remember as we enter into another Christmas season. There is plenty of cynicism and skepticism to go around, but I say focus on the miracle that God became human in Jesus Christ and that miracle can give us hope no matter what situation we find ourselves in. I found an old story from Guidepost Magazine’s book Christmas Miracles, c. 2008. The story is edited, for this article, but the full version can be found on the internet. It always brings a tear of joy to my eyes.