• Self-evaluations: learning how to accept it all

    Like a lot of twenty-somethings out there, I struggle with self-perception. But it’s not my physical appearance that I have the most trouble accepting.

    What I mean by this is that, often times, I have trouble with my self-evaluation of me.

    Me: at this very moment in my life.

    My usual routine when I first sit down at 9 a.m. in my oh-so-yellow office at the Era is to drink my freshly brewed coffee while scrolling all three of my favorite social media websites.

    Nothing was unusual about my routine the other day.

  • Authentic flavors half a world away

    Thanks to my in-laws’ kind willingness to babysit for a week, I was able to visit hubby in Berlin sans kids. I had never been apart from them for more than three days, so leaving was a bit of a struggle. They cried, I cried and we counted the number of bedtimes until I would be home again.

    But once I got on the plane, it was like, “Kids? What kids?”

    Three days into the trip, hubby asked, “How are the children doing?”

    “Um, I assume they’re doing okay.”

  • Why do people hate Christians?

    “Christianity is not a religion it is a dangerous mind-control program that encourages genocide.” “Christianity was made to brainwash. This is how people got power and money while others believed that all this was because they ‘served God.’ ”

    “Then my father went on to tell me that I am going to pay, and how he is going to make my life a living hell, and started threatening me with a reversed mortgage when he dies.”

  • Helpful tips to keep from breaking those resolutions

    Each year, millions of Americans resolve to get in better shape and become healthier versions of themselves. According to a recent YMCA survey of more than 1,000 adults, less than a quarter of respondents kept their resolution in 2014. An overwhelming 71 percent said they tried but fell short, and 40 percent confessed that they made it through only a couple of weeks or months.

  • Holy Land ‘private tours’

    While working in Germany this week, I decided to make the most of the weather by taking a little stroll. Temps are in the 40s, but compared to the frigid temperatures I left in Indiana, Berlin is a tropical paradise.

  • Strategies for opening your heart

    I have the privilege of officiating at many weddings. The challenge at the wedding ceremony is to always add a few personal words of inspiration, words the couple and those attending will remember. I often recommend the following strategies for opening up our hearts to one another. These strategies can be applied to any true relationship.

  • A call for Biblical repentance

    A man sent a check to the government for back taxes with a note attached that said, “I felt so guilty for cheating on my taxes I had to send you this check. If I don’t feel any better, I’ll send you the rest.”

  • Oldham County’s ‘best’ is a very deep selection

    It’s been a few years since The Oldham Era sponsored a readers’ choice awards contest and we weren’t sure how it would go over, but our readers did not disappoint.

    We printed a ballot in several issues of the Era and the Market and provided an online survey for readers to cast their votes. More than 600 voters told us who they thought represented the best Oldham County had to offer in the categories of restaurants, shopping, services, public places and events, outstanding individuals and more.

  • Senate starting quickly

    “Creating Kentucky jobs and strengthening Kentucky families” -- this is how our caucus defined the overall goals of the Senate this session, and I’m proud to report that four of our priority bills to accomplish those objectives passed the Senate in our first week, and are now on the way to the House.

    As the Senate has done in previous sessions under the direction of Senate President Robert Stivers, members of leadership were elected prior to the start of session so when the 2015 General Assembly convened, we were able to get straight to business.

  • Considering the heavens

    Have you ever wondered why the world is so beautiful, so impressive, so big? Nobody knows how big the heavens are with millions, maybe billions, of stars. Why is it that every morning the glory of a sunrise comes over the earth and every evening the quiet beauty of a sunset? It could have been arranged so the day would come and go in some less impressive manner.