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Opinion

  •  One month ago today, I finally did something I’ve always wanted to do.  I hired a personal trainer.  I have worked out sporadically over the years, but have a really hard time staying motivated. Out of the 16 years I have carried a membership, I have probably only spent a total of 36 hours at the gym.  This includes dropping kids off in the childcare center, socializing with other moms and spending extra time in the locker room so I could have a few minutes of peace before picking the kids up again.  

  • Charlie Brown’s dog Snoopy is typing a letter on top of his doghouse.

    “Dear IRS, I am writing to you to cancel my subscription. Please take my name off your mailing list.”

    We read in Romans 13:8a, “Let no debt remain outstanding.” We know about money, and way too much about debts. This verse reminds us to pay our bills, as if we need any help remembering that. Most of us will probably agree that not only do we know a lot about money, we probably think too much about money.

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    Too much tax

    When we first moved to La Grange almost six years ago, I stopped by Kroger’s to buy a six-pack of beer to share with the movers after they had finished moving all the furniture into our new home. I was surprised to find not only did they not sell beer, but no one else in La Grange did either. Wow. What kind of a place did we move to?

  • Love is that grand emotion that makes your life feel full. The reason love works is that it takes your attention off of you and focuses it on someone more important. To love is to wish the other’s highest good.

    Blessed are those who cultivate intimacy which is at the heart of love. I believe that there are five ways to cultivate intimacy. I have watched many loving relationships blossom in these ways.

    Altruism. This means that I care about you and not just about myself. The best way to compliment each other is frequently.

  • Last week, I took the little ones on a short trip to visit hubby during a training seminar he was attending. The decision was made on the spur of the moment. When I woke the kids at 7 and told them I had just bought tickets to Boston, and we had to pack and be at the airport in three hours, I was surprised at their enthusiasm.

    “Can we go on the ships where they threw tea overboard?” asked my seven-year-old son.

    “I bet there is a museum about the Boston Tea Party!” exclaimed eight-year-old daughter.

  • The Tea Party Republicans; a group of Republican members of the US House of Representatives’ has seemingly become too wishy washy and fraught with liberal thoughts for some members of the group.

    A splinter group of these Tea Partiers has established themselves as the Freedom Caucus – apparently because “The Sons of Anarchy” was taken.

  • By Karen Wyatt, of the YMCA

     

    A healthy lifestyle is important for everyone, but especially for cancer survivors. Healthy behaviors may lower the risk of cancer recurrence and improve survival. And it makes a person feel better in so many ways!

    A healthy lifestyle includes: Maintaining a healthy weight, eating a healthy diet, being physically active and not smoking. The YMCA of Greater Louisville offers the Livestrong program for cancer survivors that helps adult cancer survivors achieve their holistic health goals.

  • Community newspapers are unique creatures in the printing world.

    When print publication reached its peak and took a southern nose dive in the early aughts -- leaving the massive metropolitan outlets to shed staff and cut pages -- media scholars and moguls scratched their heads. They couldn’t figure out how these small-circulation, local-specific, mom-and-pop papers seemed to be getting along without them.

  • Snow plows

    I received an email regarding vehicles parked in the streets making it difficult for the road crews to plow the snow. I wish cars could be ticketed because in my neighborhood people constantly park on both sides of the street, making it difficult to even drive in between the cars, much less get a snow plow through! It’s one thing to have an occasional visitor park on the edge of the street, but residents should keep their cars in their driveways. How about a little write up in the paper?

    — Pat Giles, La Grange

  • One of the most memorable places I’ve ever been is the House of Anne Frank in Amsterdam. One of the most startling lines I have ever read in any book was the quote in Anne Frank’s book The Diary of a Young Girl that read: “I do believe that deep within his (her) heart, every person is good.” She made this statement as she was being hunted down by the Nazis.

  • Our kids are not perfect. Neither are parents for that matter. I believe with my entire being that my faith in Jesus Christ, and the truth of the scriptures has been the key to just about everything I have ever done right as a father.

  • Occasionally, I will see someone whose height catches my eye. It doesn’t happen very often though, because I live with tall people. So, if someone appears tall to me, that means they are extraordinarily giant like.

    At 6’4”, hubby is a full foot taller than I am. For years, he was the tallest in the family until our son bypassed him, topping out at 6’6”. Our daughter tried to catch up, but stopped growing at just over six foot. None of them play basketball, but thank you for asking.

  • Buy it or cook it yourself

    Almost every country in the world has fish as a major food source.  Fish as a food source has a history thousands of years old. 

    Ancient Romans, Vikings, and Pilgrims that colonized America ate fish. 

    All of the immigrants that came to America brought recipes for fish from Ireland, France, Italy, England, China, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Greece and hundreds more. 

    Over the thousands of years of fish as food catching fish included hand gathering, spearing, netting, angling, and trapping. 

  • Hey there, Oldham County!

    A few of you have already met me, but for those who haven’t, I’m the new sports guy.

    Let me share some things about this new guy.

  • As I finished up my seminary training and entered into ministry I was full of questions about the authority of scripture. Regrettably, I would pretend parts were not there that I didn’t like, “de-mythologize” other parts that seemed to be based on unscientific world views or superstition, and explain away parts that I disagreed with. With my background in Hebrew and Greek I could even overwhelm anyone who might disagree with me through my brilliance. All this fed my arrogance which made me a much less effective minister than I imagined in my own mind.

  • I’m not really a fan of goodbyes.

    No one ever knows how to finish one, there’s always awkwardness and it’s just really a difficult situation altogether.

    And it’s not much easier when you have to put it in print.

    If you haven’t guessed by now, this is my goodbye as editor of The Oldham Era. Rest assured, I’m leaving the place in great hands. Publisher Melissa Blankenship will still be at the helm, as will reporter Taylor Riley.

  • 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.

  • By PATRICE M. SMITH

    Let’s talk about your plants’ basic needs so they may flourish and grow healthy, promoting longevity.

    The number one basic need of any plant is light. Many plants such as Irises, Roses, and trees require full light. Other plants such as Azaleas, Rhododendrons and Hosta, require little direct light or shade. Whichever type of plant, the leaves need light because they are the plant’s food factory and light is the power source that helps them manufacture food from air and soil.

  •  I would like to take a moment to thank some very generous hearts that have continually volunteered and gathered donations to assist in meeting the needs of those that are in crisis. Sumpatheo Services is a crisis intervention ministry ­— small — but reaching out in a big way for over six years to meet the challenges of those in crisis. 

  • Last week, many of our schools celebrated Engineering Week with innovative projects and guest speakers. This is reflective of the emphasis on STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — across the country as we look ahead to a future in which one million STEM jobs will be available by 2018. However, the United States is projected to only graduate 200,000 students qualified for those same jobs.