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Opinion

  • What makes a good story?  What is our own story?  What nourishes us as we navigate the ups and downs of life?  How do we shape a story that encourages gratitude rather than rage, spite or self-pity?  
    Here are some elements that build our story.  None of them are sufficient on their own.
    How many of these elements exist in your story?
    The message that life is a gift.  We need stories that encourage our sense of wonder at life’s blessings and nourish our sense of gratitude.

  • What makes a good story?  What is our own story?  What nourishes us as we navigate the ups and downs of life?  How do we shape a story that encourages gratitude rather than rage, spite or self-pity?  
    Here are some elements that build our story.  None of them are sufficient on their own.
    How many of these elements exist in your story?
    The message that life is a gift.  We need stories that encourage our sense of wonder at life’s blessings and nourish our sense of gratitude.

  • What makes a good story?  What is our own story?  What nourishes us as we navigate the ups and downs of life?  How do we shape a story that encourages gratitude rather than rage, spite or self-pity?  
    Here are some elements that build our story.  None of them are sufficient on their own.
    How many of these elements exist in your story?
    The message that life is a gift.  We need stories that encourage our sense of wonder at life’s blessings and nourish our sense of gratitude.

  • Chance’s  Chance
      In your paper you have had a couple of articles on Chance, the husky.  I am the lucky person who got the incredible opportunity of bringing him into his new forever home.  He is a remarkable dog and is doing great.  If you did not know his story, you would never know that he is blind.  As I write this letter, he is asleep at my feet.  

  • My wife Kathy and I were married on February 17, 1990.  During our sacramental celebration we expressed to one another and to the congregation our “eight be-attitudes of marriage.”
    What really makes a marriage work?  Marriage is far too complex for one simple answer or secret.  For us the following eight be-attitudes express the features of a good marriage.

  • Chance’s Chance

      In your paper you have had a couple of articles on Chance, the husky. I am the lucky person who got the incredible opportunity of bringing him into his new forever home. He is a remarkable dog and is doing great. If you did not know his story, you would never know that he is blind. As I write this letter, he is asleep at my feet.

  • My wife Kathy and I were married on February 17, 1990. During our sacramental celebration we expressed to one another and to the congregation our “eight be-attitudes of marriage.”

    What really makes a marriage work? Marriage is far too complex for one simple answer or secret. For us the following eight be-attitudes express the features of a good marriage.

  • Oldham County touches Indiana.  As such we in Oldham County, through news sources both local and national know that Indiana recently passed a “Religious Freedom Restoration Act.”

  • When we come to those challenging times that we feel like abandoning our ideals, giving up the struggle and quitting life, it is a stimulating experience to ask ourselves some very important questions, such as: Can good be defeated by evil?  In view of the change that is coming to my life, is anything left for me?  Am I a completely paralyzed person?  Is there something I can do?  Should I just fold my hands and suffer patiently?

  • Since I moved to LaGrange in 1997 I have joined with a group of pastors to pray for a spiritual revival for our county.  We have not prayed for any one church in particular, or just our churches, but for all the churches of the county.  I have seen many positive things happen over those years.  Average household income has gone up, many projects have enhanced the quality of life and many people have tried hard to be strong community citizens, and our schools continue to be a bright and shining example of excellent public schools.

  • By Bob Fortunato
     Uncle Bob's Cookin'

    Hurray! Derby season is here. Spring weather and a month of festivities all lead up to the greatest two minutes in sports. I have worked at the Kentucky Derby selling mint juleps, sat in the grandstand, partied in the infield, and attended many great Derby parties.

  • Top o’ the mornin’ to ya!  I’m writing to you today from Ireland, the land of saints and scholars.  Can’t say I’ve seen either of those yet, but within the first 24 hours I did see many other stereotypical sights.  
    I’m on an Irish scavenger hunt, and I have already marked several things off the list:

    Pot of Gold
    Castle-check  
    Rainbow over castle-check
    Guinness Beer-check
    Pot of Gold
    Green grass-check
    Moss covered stones-check
    Irish Whiskey-check

  • By Patrice M. Smith

    We have encountered quite a long winter, ample amounts of snow and rain.  You have been reading my column and using your time wisely to scour the catalogues, watching gardening TV and hopefully you have made notes and devised a gardening plan.  

    That’s great and I’m very proud of you.

  • Most people are scared to death of death.  That may be a silly statement, but it is true.  Look at all the lists of what scares people the most.  Death is number one.  We feel death’s presence when we enter or leave a hospital, so most people try not to.  We reflect on mortality every time we go into a funeral home, so people rarely do.  We see death on the nightly news every night, and we try not to relate, not to take it personal, but it is.  It is very personal.  

  •  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.