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Columns

  • Improving your self-esteem takes work

     Years ago when I was a chaplain for an all-girls high school, I was amazed that often the most talented, gifted and beautiful girls had the lowest self-esteem.  It made me realize that reasonable self-esteem has much to do with one’s overall happiness in life and that it is important for our achievement and success.  

    Various psychological studies show that self-esteem is a key factor in a wide range of emotional problems.

  • Do all religions worship the same god?

    At a comparative religions conference, the wise and the scholarly were in a spirited debate about what is unique about Christianity.  Someone suggested what set Christianity apart from other religions was the concept of incarnation, the idea that God took human form in Jesus. But someone quickly said, “Well, actually, other faiths believe that God appears in human form.” 

  • Do all religions worship the same god?

    At a comparative religions conference, the wise and the scholarly were in a spirited debate about what is unique about Christianity.  Someone suggested what set Christianity apart from other religions was the concept of incarnation, the idea that God took human form in Jesus. But someone quickly said, “Well, actually, other faiths believe that God appears in human form.” 

  • Do all religions worship the same god?

    At a comparative religions conference, the wise and the scholarly were in a spirited debate about what is unique about Christianity.  Someone suggested what set Christianity apart from other religions was the concept of incarnation, the idea that God took human form in Jesus. But someone quickly said, “Well, actually, other faiths believe that God appears in human form.” 

  • Keep cooking, keep eating

    I have been writing this column for eight years talking about food.
    I have enjoyed meeting people who actually read and liked the column and enjoyed the recipes.
    I will not be doing the food column any more. I have some other things to do. I do hope to put together a cookbook.
    I hope people remember to buy local produce and meats. There is nothing better than sharing a meal with friends or family.
    I have a favorite Italian proverb: When baking, follow directions; when cooking, follow your heart and your taste.
    Here is one of my favorite columns:

  • Do you know GMOs?

    By Chris Name
    Oldham County Extension
    A lot of confusing terminology surrounds genetically modified organisms, also known as GMOs, and other methods of food biotechnology. Some basic information can help you as a consumer make informed decisions about the kinds of foods that are best for your family.

  • I'm gonna take a sentimental journey

     This past weekend a reunion was held at the Christian school I attended as a child, so I hopped aboard the “Chattanooga Choo-Choo” and headed back to Tennessee. Saturday turned into a “sentimental journey” as my dearest old friend and I took a lengthy walk down memory lane.  

  • The secret of life varies for all

     In my work at Hosparus I talk to many folks who are 90 years old or older and I love to ask them, “What’s the secret of a long life?”  They invariably say, “Staying active.”

    I have had that same conversation with people in their last days.  Most have told me, “Live today in the present.”

  • Is it worth something?

    By Tom McShane
    There are so many old musical instruments that are found in attics, closets or old estates, or some that have been hidden there for generations. These relics pop up during routine housecleanings, relocations, estate liquidations, flea markets and yard sales everywhere. Most of these instruments are, to say the least, not in very good playing condition; some have almost completely disintegrated over time.

  • How would you describe God to someone?

    How well could you describe God to someone else? Where would you start?
    What metaphors would you use to help someone understand who God is? Whether we use the metaphor or not, I think a lot of the ways many Christians view God is best described as a celestial grandfather.