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Opinion

  • 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.

  • I wanted to tell others of my experience with Judge Feeley and had intended to do it before any election campaign was going on.

  • There are many times when I like to be alone, close my eyes and express to God in words the feelings of my heart. That is prayer. Sometimes I pray as I am walking along the street or driving my car. I don’t close my eyes then, though I often speak the words. At other times I pray when I am in a group and don’t care to express my thoughts through speech. Though kneeling, closing eyes or using an expression of words may be helpful in prayer, one can pray without the use of any of these.

  • Hudson Charles is my loving, little boy, always showering me with kisses and hugs. He is also my worrier. His worries are much deeper than those of the average six-year-old. Many days, I take him onto my lap and attempt to wipe the creases from his brow. I can’t remove all of his fears. Fears that his heart will stop beating or that he will have a bad dream when he falls asleep. But I can help him understand that the police in Belize will not send him to jail for taking his seatbelt off that one time.

  • My friend, theologian Brad Long, tells of a Sunday when Billy Graham came to Montreat Presbyterian Church to ask for prayer for his upcoming trip to North Korea.

  • Fifteen years ago God sent me on an amazing journey to China to adopt my youngest daughter, Danielle. I knew as I looked into the eyes of the bewildered little girl (she was two and a half years old when we adopted her), that the amazing journey was just beginning. I have to admit I had an element of self-pride when I thought about how we would change this little orphan’s life by bringing her to the U.S. Was I in for a great surprise when I found out God had plans to use my daughter to teach me many important Bible lessons about life.

  • Ed. Note: The selections this columnist makes in no way qualifies as an endorsement from The Oldham Era.

  • The leaves are changing color, the days are growing shorter and the last of canning and freezing summer vegetables is here. Now is the time to dry herbs, hang them in bunches or lay them out on newspaper. The dried herbs can be used all winter to enhance soups, stews, etc. During the fall growing season we turn toward greens, squash, pumpkins, potatoes, root vegetables and cabbage: hearty fare.

  • A new trend has caught my attention. It is called, “Passenger Shaming.” On both Facebook and Instagram, you can find accounts specifically for the purpose of posting pictures of people who should be ashamed of themselves for their behavior on airplanes.

    I looked through the photos tentatively, fearing that I might see an image of myself or one of my kids. We are diligent about being good travelers, but there are occasions when, after 20 hours of jetting around with small children, that I might let my guard down.

  • I regularly give blood. You can give one unit (about a pint) at a time. The Red Cross will not allow you to make another donation until fifty-six days later. The Red Cross employee told me that this policy was designed to protect the health and welfare of all donors.

  • The mother asks her son what he learned in Sunday School and he tells her a story about how Moses and his people had the Red Sea in front of them and the Egyptian chariots behind them. So Moses calls the Army Corps of Engineers up, they build a floating bridge in short order, the people race across the bridge and then cut it loose just as the chariots arrive and they escape certain death.

    The mother looks on in horror, and exclaims, “That is not really what they taught you in Sunday School is it?”

  • Reading is a skill that is crucial to student success, both in the classroom and beyond. In fact, it is a skill so important that reading is one of our board of education’s six goals. We know that identifying and intervening with struggling readers as soon as possible can help get them on track before the gap becomes too broad.

  • LG&E says thanks

    On behalf of everyone at LG&E and our contract partners, we would like to thank the entire community for your incredible patience and understanding while we made repairs and restored customers’ natural gas service after a section of our pipeline separated on Sept. 17 along US 42.

  • In just about a month, voters in Kentucky will take center stage in America.

    The entire country is watching the McConnell-Grimes senatorial race and I hope we don’t embarrass ourselves.

    Sadly, voter turnout is notoriously low in parts of Kentucky, Oldham County being no exception. If one-third of all registered voters actually make it to the polls, it is considered a strong turnout. I think we can do better than that.

  • Several years ago, on a trip from Berlin to Indianapolis, I learned the hard way, that I should never fly without chewy granola bars. Just like the commercial suggests, whenever one of the kids starts saying too much, I pull one out and feed it to them.

    When my daughter was three years old, she took a liking to the Italian woman sitting across from us, and fortunately, the woman took a liking to her. Initially, there was a bit of an accent barrier, but by the end of the nine-hour flight, they understood each other perfectly.

  • Several years ago, I was given my great-grandmother’s scrapbooks. They are filled with newspaper clippings, including many obituaries from the 1920s and 30s and I am thoroughly enjoying them.

  • “Love your crooked neighbor with your crooked heart” (W. H. Auden). Our hearts are not necessarily crooked in the criminal sense; but they are battered and bruised and wrenched – or likely to become so without much warning. They need compassion, even from themselves, for themselves.