Today's Opinions

  • Some things you just can’t plan

    I’ve always been a planner. I have a precise schedule in my head, a physical copy in a spiral-bound book and several alarms set in my phone. I guess you could call it a control problem, but I would call it preparedness.

    I plan down to the minute of my day.

    This is when I have to be at work. This is when I eat. This is when I go to the gym. This is when I go to sleep.

    I even plan in my personal life. A phone call goes out to my mom at 5 p.m., my best friend at 6 p.m., dinner with friends at 7 p.m., favorite show at 8 p.m.

  • Cultivating the spiritual gift of faith

     A small boy riding a bus home from Sunday school was very proud of the card he had received, which had a picture and a caption that read, “Have Faith in God.” 

    Then to his
    dismay the card slipped from his hand and fluttered out the window. “Stop the bus!” he cried. “I’ve lost my ‘faith in God!’”

  • Healthy holidays

    By Karen Wyatt

     The countdown to New Year’s has begun and with all the merriment ahead, it’s easy to lose track of your good habits. We so often overindulge, only to drag ourselves back to our salads and workouts on Jan. 1. 

    This year, why not make a resolution to adopt some healthier habits through the holidays? 

  • Ballerina named grace

    By Ginger Lumpkin

     I like to think of myself as a graceful ballerina, but the fact that it has been 40 years since I took ballet, coupled with the ever-darkening bruises on my backside, tell a different story.  The only time I’ve ever been referred to as graceful is when I would trip over my own feet, and my father would remark, “Way to go, Grace.”  

  • Is it time to wash your windows?

     It was a gorgeous sun-filled day. I drove through the country to see her.  

    She was in her 90s.  She was a hospice patient and had been at home confined to one room for close to a year.  She complained to me how gray a day it was.

    I noticed then that her one window must not have been cleaned in almost a year.  When I said this, she chuckled, as only someone her age could, and uttered with her German accent, “Got a dirty eye, see a dirty world.”

  • Letters to the Editor - Nov. 19, 2015

     Thumbs up to local restaurant

    I would like to thank Applebee’s of La Grange for their outstanding service to me and my fellow veterans on Veteran’s Day.  

    Patriotic decor, a table set up for the missing soldier and, I might add, a Bible. Greeters and servers shaking my hand and thanking me for my service.  

  • Why does God remain invisible and silent?

     I was on a prayer retreat in the woods camping in an open-air cabin with screens all around. I was all by myself, and enjoying the solitude. As darkness fell I relaxed in bed as the air turned a little cool with a slight breeze. It was a perfect night to sleep soundly.  

  • Go see the show

    By Tom McShane

     Are you tired? Had a long day? Don’t you just want to flop on the couch with a beverage and turn on the tube? Maybe have a little fun playing in the yard with the kids/pets beforehand. Do you want to do something different once in a while? Something to break the ‘pattern’, or even to begin a new ‘family trend’? Why don’t you check out what’s going on in your neck of the woods?