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Opinion

  •  Ready or not, the holidays are upon us. Everywhere you look there is a flurry of activity to “get ready” for them. 

    For many, “get ready” means, shopping, cooking, cleaning and more shopping. All this activity creates a great amount of stress and a certain dread. 

    Personally, I dread the thought of crowds, traffic, rude people and in some cases, near fights over parking spaces or that last item on the shelf. 

  • Sorting clothes and wondering what happened to my other sock is my cue to practice mystery. Passing a funeral home or a cemetery, I am reminded to contemplate mysteries. 

    Whenever I hear someone apply a system of explanations for good fortune or illness, I vow to respect the complexity and mystery of life.

    I have an abiding respect for the great mysteries of life – the profound distinctiveness of other souls, the strange beauty of nature and the animal world, the complexity of our inner selves, the unfathomable depths of the Inexplicable One. 

  • Transformation usually involves the shedding of old ways, especially those that have become burdens. This practice proclaims that no matter who you are, no matter what has already happened to you, no matter what you have done, it is still possible to be and do something new.

    Watching ice melt into water is a cue for me to practice transformation. When I witness the movement from sickness to health, I vow to be happy with all the changes I have undergone. Looking at photographs of myself when I was younger, I vow to be happy with all the changes I have undergone.

  • Christian store known for personal service

    To the editor:

    For those of you who are not familiar with “The Open Door Christian Store” in Crestwood, I urge you to stop by and check it out. For years, it was necessary to drive into Jefferson County to find such a retail store, but not any longer.  

  • We children of the Internet and the cell phone and the Weather Channel think we are the enlightened ones. We aren’t fooled by anything. We just want the facts. We think we are on the right trail. 

  • Every now and then I get to use my college undergraduate degree. This may sound odd as most of us have guided our career choices to complement our educational achievements. 

  •  Lions Club, Rotary host successful community event

    To the editor,

    This past Halloween, the North Oldham Lions Club and the Prospect-Goshen Rotary Club once again partnered  to sponsor a community-wide Halloween event, which featured barbecue and homemade sides for dinner, games, prizes, treats for all, and a scary back road hayride through the park, arriving at the Haunted Forest and Enchanted Woods.  

  • As Veterans Day is upon us, we must remember that our country stands tall because of what veterans did and the values they've always stood for. Although many of our country's giants were veterans, it's important to remember that many of the veterans who pledged their lives for our freedom are quiet heroes, common folk that we know as neighbors and friends and family members.

    In my time in the state Senate, we've taken a number of steps to make sure our veterans are recognized, appreciated and get the help they deserve after the sacrifices they've made for our nation.

  • I recently saw a bumper sticker that read, "Life never seems to turn out the way you think it will, about 90 percent of the time." No kidding. Haven't we all got a story that goes with that little bumper sticker?

    For some 20 years now my goal has been to write motivational, inspirational articles that are lessons of hope.

  • Teacher is grateful for community support

    To the editor:

    To the North Oldham community, thank you for braving the cold temperatures, wind, and rain in order to make the Walk 4 Will such a tremendous success. 

    It is humbling to see such consistent and widespread support from the community for my battle against cancer.  The myriad number of students, parents, and school groups that participated really reflects the love, faith, and cohesiveness of the community that it has been my pleasure to serve over the past six years. 

  • Oldham County Schools have successfully continued our commitment to students over the past many years. Thanks to the community, the board of education, parents, teachers, administrators and the entire support staff we have moved forward improving in all areas that support ongoing excellence in both academic and extracurricular student achievement. 

  • Seeing sports fans cheering for their team or an audience clapping for a performer is a cue for me to practice enthusiasm. Looking up at the radiance of a star, I am reminded to let my enthusiasm for life shine brightly. While watching someone who obviously relishes what he or she is doing, I vow to live life with passion.

    The energy and persistence of a motivated person are truly marvelous. The work that nourishes us, the work that is a form of rapture, is magical. 

  • Contributions – It’s what my job as fundraiser for Hosparus (the non-profit community hospices of Louisville, Southern Indiana, and Central Kentucky) is all about. Contributions are the necessary element to sustain hospice care for the future, especially for our bereavement and children’s programs. My role makes me mindful of the importance of making a contribution.

  • Kids’ Fishing Derby was a success 

    To the editor:

    The La Grange Police Department hosted its fourth-annual Kids’ Fishing Derby Sept. 26 at Eagle Creek Golf Course. 

  •  ACT scores above the national level. The district and 11 of 17 schools above the state’s 2014 goal of 100 – certainly a clear signal that Oldham County students continue to demonstrate strong academic success as seen in recent national and state assessment results. 

    A brief look at two sets of recent test reports absolutely give students, parents, teachers and administrators reasons to celebrate. 

  • There’s no place like home for Rocket man

    To the editor:

    I would like to thank the Oldham County Chamber of Commerce for selecting Rocket Man Inc. as the winner in the large business category of the OCTA Awards.  

    We sincerely appreciate this recognition and are proudly displaying the award in our new offices. 

  • In my 20 years as a chaplain and as vice president of development at Hosparus, there are two important lessons I’ve learned.

    Back in the early 1990’s I was in a training session for hospice workers where I learned my first vital lesson. Each of us was given 16 index cards and asked to write on each the names of people, abilities, things and values we hold dear. In the course of our imagined life-limiting illness, we had to surrender cards or somewhat abruptly have them taken from us.

  • 1.  What kind of vegetable is sometimes referred to as “music roots” in Southern Kentucky?

    2.  Where was golfer Gary Player’s first American tour victory?

    3.  Who was the first Kentucky governor directly elected by popular vote?

    4.  In what city is the oldest continuously operating bank in Kentucky located?

    5.  What natural resource with recreational value does Kentucky rank second only to Alaska in?

    6.  Who was the first Catholic priest to live in Kentucky?

  • To the editor:

    The 10th annual Westport River Daze festival was a huge success.  We couldn’t have asked for better weather and a prettier day.  

    Friends of Westport would like to publicly thank this year’s sponsors for their support: Baptist Hospital Northeast, Farm Bureau Insurance and Tri-County Ford.  

  • Below are excerpts from former staff writer John Foster’s blog about his adventures in Peru. Foster and his wife, Lori, left the Bluegrass state Sept. 15 and traveled to Peru where they’ll spend nine months working in an orphanage. 

    Staffers of The Oldham Era were particularly moved by a photograph taken by Foster of a young boy listening to a volunteer’s iPod in a garden outside the orphanage, and the image of the boy’s toes poking through the bottom of his shoe soles.