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Opinion

  • Every day I get older, but am I really wiser? I think most of us carry on being just as clueless, still making plenty of mistakes. It’s just that we make new ones and different ones. We do learn from experience and may not make the same mistakes again, but there is a whole new world of fresh ones just lying in wait for us to mess up and fall into. The secret is to accept this and not to beat yourself up when you do mess things up. Be forgiving and accept that it’s all part of that growing older but no wiser routine.

  • I often reference my weight struggles in this column, and then sometimes, when I meet someone, they will say, “You are not fat. I don’t know why you wrote that.”

    I accept their words with a smile, but in my mind I am insisting, “three weeks ago when I wrote it I weighed at least 12 more pounds than I do now! You should see me naked. It’s hideous.”

  • Last week I gave a very brief overview of where we got the Old Testament. There are just as many questions about the New Testament and just as many theories that seek to undermine the authority of the New Testament as a reliable witness to the life and ministry of Jesus Christ and the emergence of the Christian Church.

  • I was in college getting ready to head to campus for finals when I got the phone call no military wife wants to get.

    “There’s been an accident. Eight of our men are dead. Your husband could have been one of them.”

    I waded through the rest of my day as if I were walking through quicksand. I took my finals, but have no idea what I answered. And I spent every break in between classes in the bathroom crying. I couldn’t even verbalize what was wrong to all those well-meaning friends who noticed my demeanor.

  • One of the joys of my life has been the opportunity to speak to various groups about “Positive Living,” “Inner Peace,” and similar topics. Along the way I have met some wonderfully generous individuals who shared articles, books and quotes they knew I would enjoy.

    I recently received the 1947 classic Words To Live By. This book was published at a time when Americans were readjusting from wartime conditions to the uneasy terms of atomic peace.

  • Election day was a bit unsettling for me. As I stood in line at the polling place at North Oldham High School, I noticed that there was someone sitting between the two election workers writing in a spiral notebook and typing on an iPad. As I got a bit closer, it was apparent that this fellow was writing down the names of everyone who was voting. He would raise up and look at the identification card the voter produced and write down their name.

  • With broad grins, and open hearts, they tell their stories to anyone who takes an interest.

    “I was six years old when I woke in the middle of the night, and found that my parents were gone. They were at the wall…celebrating!”

  • Perhaps you have seen it in a store or someone emailed it to you. I have a copy of the HillBilly Ten Commandments. We can all appreciate the simplicity they reveal. There are a number of versions, but mine go like this: 1) Just one God. 2) Put nothin’ before God. 3) Watch yer mouth. 4) Git yourself to Sunday meetin’. 5) Honor yer Ma and Pa. 6) No killin’. 7) No foolin’ around with another fellow’s gal. 8) Don’t take what ain’t yers. 9) No tellin’ tales and gossipin’. 10) Don’t be hankerin’ for yer buddy’s stuff.

  • We are entering a time of change here in Oldham County Schools. Our commitment to excellence and to ensuring the learning of every child remains constant, but who those children are continues to change.

    This summer, I shared some of these changing demographics with principals to prepare for the school year. Many of us see these changes on a small scale — in our child’s school or in our neighborhood, perhaps — but never get to see the big picture.

  • What is going to happen in the future? A lot of people are wondering and a lot of people are afraid. I find many who are haunted by discouragement and despair. They see nothing good ahead. Many people see no reason to live, but one does not have to be the victim of tomorrow. I believe one can take a firm hold of the future and be the master of it.

  • Thanksgiving, one of the best truly American holidays, is fast approaching, with food, fellowship, family and fun. Food is the highlight followed by being thankful for all of our blessings. The typical Thanksgiving meal consists of turkey with dressing (stuffing), vegetables and pies. There are lots of instructions for cooking turkey so I won’t instruct you.

  • Every person who joins the service must take an oath to our Nation. Some are a little different if you’re an officer but all must take this oath “I (your name) do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic. And that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.”

  • What did one ghost say to the other ghost? Answer: Do you believe in people? People in our country wonder if there are really ghosts. In most of the rest of the world, where the cultures are older by hundreds, even thousands of years, most people are certain there are ghosts. However, popular wisdom is a poor source of authority. There are many things that a majority of people believe in that time and/or science have proven wrong. The wisdom of the scriptures has proven to be reliable, so that is where we should turn for an answer.

  • The interesting thing about being in certain parts of Europe is that as a white, middle-aged, American woman it is entirely possible to blend. There are a few dead giveaways: blonde highlights, chubbiness and loudness are stereotypes that Europeans immediately attribute to American women. But if I wear the right coat, hat and scarf, keep my mouth shut and don’t make any sudden movements, chances are no one will know I was not born and bred here.

  • The “seven deadly sins” are seven common ways many people continue to deaden themselves to life’s goodness. They often use pride, lust, laziness, envy, anger, covetousness, and excess to gain satisfaction and fulfillment in areas where they will never find it.

  • Comic Jim Gaffigan shares some humorous thoughts about Halloween. He says, “My favorite holiday is Halloween, and not because women use the opportunity to dress like prostitutes… As a kid Halloween was amazing. You dress like a super hero, bang on your neighbor’s door and they give you some candy. If I do that today then my neighbor wants me arrested.”

  • The best place to start with long term care is to understand all levels of care and where your loved one falls in that category to make a decision for placement. Every individual is different and so are the needs of that person.

    Kentucky has four levels of care. I look at it like a step ladder:

  • Support Feeley

    Oldham County has a great opportunity on Nov. 4 to re-elect a judge that has proven himself to be fair, extremely knowledgeable and effective: Family Court Judge Tim Feeley.

    Judge Feeley represents a lifetime of public service. He is a U.S. Army veteran and was elected to the Oldham County School Board, elected to four terms in the Kentucky House of Representatives and most recently, elected Family Court Judge after he was appointed in 2005.

  • When I was in seminary my parents wrote to me every week. I can’t remember most of what they wrote. Inside the letter would be the latest family news, sports updates and occasionally a dollar or two. Letter writing then and emails now are a wonderful way to communicate with those we love.