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Columns

  • Onward and downward

    We humans live with failure. We often experience more failure than success. When failure is respected and appreciated, it responds with great generosity, delighted we have not turned away from the substance of our own lives and happy to do whatever it can to forge the deepening of our experience. Onward and downward we go.

  • Eschatology: The study of the end times

    As a collegiate and religion major in the 1970’s I encountered a book that had many people wondering about the future. “The Late Great Planet Earth” by Hal Lindsey took a speculative look at a variety of historical events and tried to blend sections of scripture that are difficult to understand with those events to come up with an approximate date of when the end history as we know it on earth would occur. This is known as the eschaton and the study of the end of time is known as eschatology.

  • Choice isn’t a bad thing for Oldham Countians

    Let’s talk about choice.

    The term choice has gotten a bad rap the past few years. Especially “Pro-Choice,” because it has come to define the abortion issue. Pro-choice has come to identify those people who have little or no problem with aborting unborn children. As much as I believe such a choice is wrong, and that it involves killing a human being, that’s not what I want to discuss today.

    Today I want to talk about choice in our political leaders. Specifically about having a choice in whom we elect.

  • Stroke is an emergency, know the signs

    For every hour that a stroke is untreated, 120 million irreplaceable brain cells die and the brain ages 3.6 years.

    Your quick response in recognizing stroke symptoms and calling for help is vital to your future health. Stroke is very treatable if you recognize the situation and seek help immediately.

    If you notice any of these signs, don’t hesitate. Call 911 immediately.

    • Severe headache

    • Sudden dizziness

    • Trouble seeing in one or both eyes

    • Sudden confusion

  • Wake up with anticipation

    How do you wake up in the morning? Do you dread the day ahead every day? Wake up with anticipation.

  • The potter and the clay: God is working on you

    Most of us have had the experience of working with clay. The lump of clay feels good in our hands as we work it and make it soft. Then we make it into something of our own creation. It probably isn’t very good by worldly standards, but we were probably impressed with what we made because we made it.

    One thing I can guarantee you is that the clay never told us what it wanted us to make it into.

    Jeremiah is inspired by God to use the powerful image of God as the potter and you and I as clay.

  • Legislators should step up for education

    It is true that our kids come first in Oldham County, not just in our school district, but across our entire community.

    Our general assembly has raised the bar by adopting higher standards of achievement — however, our legislators have not held themselves accountable by making the courageous decisions necessary to fund our education system at a level sufficient to meet these expectations. A lack of support at the state level is crippling our district, making it more and more difficult for us to do what we do best: ensuring the learning of every child.

  • Out with the old: Mattress makes a big difference

    After spending my entire married life on hand-me-down mattresses, except for that brief period with a rent-to-own deal, I was ecstatic about choosing a brand new set. We had been discussing it for ages, knowing instinctively that a number of our aches and pains would subside if we weren’t constantly fighting for the one spot in the bed that didn’t sag to the floor.

  • Cold weather cooking

    Well cold weather is here and I feel it more than I used to feel it. As a youngster I could stay out all day playing in the snow. Even cold weather activities like ice skating, skiing, ice hockey, hunting or football games didn’t bother me.

    This is the best time of the year for soup; it is good all year but there is nothing better than a hot bowl of soup when it’s cold outside. Soup makes a good meal with some good bread or crackers.

  • Knowing what’s good and bad humor

    I have been told that I have a good sense of humor, but not at the expense of others. I do not laugh at people’s mistakes, distresses or misfortunes. I feel compassion and look for ways to be supportive. I am less and less apt to engage in ridicule or sarcasm. I resist using comebacks when others are sarcastic toward me. I seek simply to feel the pain in both of us and look for ways to bring more mutual respect into our communication.