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Opinion

  • My wife Kathy and I love our dogs. In fact, it’s a three dog night at our home. We have a lhasa apso (Sadie), a Cavalier King Charles spaniel (Stella) and a maltipoo tripod (Tigger). Over the years we have had four poodles (Niki, T-Bear, Toby and Tucker) and a lhasa (Sassy). I like to say that dog is just God spelled backwards.

  • My appreciation for food started when I was very young. I grew up exposed to great food from my Italian grandmother and German Irish food from my other grandmother. My mother cooked with an American and international flare. Family gatherings were about fun and really great food.

  • Like it or not, conflict and adversity are as much a part of life as eating, drinking and breathing. Conflict and adversity serve very important purposes in our lives that are rarely accomplished by any other means. If you deal with them correctly, they will produce positive outcomes and strengthen your relationships at work and at home. If you don’t handle them correctly, they will produce negative outcomes and harm your potential for happiness and success.

  • The upside of being in my mid-forties is that I don’t particularly care anymore what people think of my behavior or my clothing. This gives me the freedom to push against what is expected from a woman my age. For the most part, hubby is totally on board when I try new things, change my style or randomly buy a house after living in the same place for 18 years. But sometimes, he’s a little too honest about my attempts.

  • Does God still use natural disasters to punish people for disobedience and evil? Pat Robertson of the 700 Club apparently believes God does. Just following the earthquake in Haiti he said, “Something happened a long time ago in Haiti and people might not want to talk about it. They were under the heel of the French. They got together and swore a pact to the devil…But ever since, they have been cursed by one thing after the other.”

  • Editor’s note: This is a new column as part of a partnership between The Oldham Era and Oldham County Chamber and Economic Development to give expert advice to the community. The views are those of the experts. Questions and answers submitted by Chamber personnel.

    Question:

    “After this harsh winter I am trying to liven up my landscaping in the front of my home. What flowers or plants would look really attractive from the street but would be really easy to upkeep? Are there flowers or shrubs that would especially thrive in this area?”

  • In a most pleasant turn of events, hubby came home Sunday night. When he left on July 5, we didn’t expect to see him again until the end of September, but now we have two wonderful weeks to spend together.

    I told our teenaged daughter, “Daddy has a lot of summery things he wants to do over the next 14 days, so whatever he suggests, we are gonna be excited about it.”

    She agreed that we would make his time at home as carefree and fun as possible, then she asked, “What exactly causes a midlife crisis?”

  • A vacuum salesman was making his first call in rural Tennessee. He had his vacuum cleaner and excitedly knocked on the first door. A kind-looking lady answered the door and he said, “I’ve got the most exciting vacuum cleaner you have ever seen. It will clean your house from top to bottom. You only have to pay so much down.”

    The lady acted interested so he said, “You see that big pile of dirt right there on the floor with all those fur balls and bugs and things. This vacuum cleaner will pick it all up or I’ll eat it.”

  • Pastor Bob Russell writes in his book Jesus, Lord of Your Personality, that having a lot doesn’t tend to produce a grateful spirit.

  • It is unfortunate that people had an accident and were hurt and killed, but I disagree with my fellow Oldham County residents’ opinions in the article that say the intersection of 53 and Old Sligo Road ‘has become too dangerous.’ That’s ridiculous. It’s no more or less dangerous than it ever was.

  • Acting in my role of “Mom the Chauffeur,” I hauled my teen daughter to Grand Rapids, Iowa last week for her Rotary Youth Conference. That gave me three days to fill with my six and seven-year-olds, so I was pleasantly surprised to find that Grand Rapids offers a number of family-friendly activities. Our time there was only slightly marred by an old man so cantankerous he made Archie Bunker look like Happy Goodman.

  • On a summer afternoon I was listening to a radio broadcast of a Cincinnati Reds vs. St. Louis Cardinals baseball game. I heard the announcer say, “It’s a brand new ball game.” That meant the score was tied. It’s like starting all over again.

  • We are now in the second month of the Interim Period – the time period between June and December during which Interim Joint Committees (IJC) meet and discuss various topics within their respective scopes. I am chairman of the IJC on Transportation and also a member of five others.

  • A pastor thought God gave him an idea and he presented it at the church board meeting. After giving his most impassioned plea and really “selling” the idea, the board voted down the pastor’s proposed changes 12-1. The head elder looked at the pastor and said, “Well pastor, its 12 votes to 1. It looks like you’ve been outvoted and it is time to go home. Will you please close in prayer?”

  • Twenty years ago this month, our son Trent was murdered as he sat celebrating his 21st birthday on his front porch in Lexington. The aftermath of such tragedy was, as you can imagine, devastating to our family, but it was also devastating to our local community.

    Because Trent was a University of Kentucky football player and that the crime went unsolved for so long; this case played out over the following 20 years with many twists and turns, even making the local and national news as recently as last month.

  • For the past quarter of a century, I have been with the same bank. It is a fine, loyal institution that has seen me through good times and bad. They were there for me with a low interest car loan when no one else would even look at the credit of a waitress struggling to make ends meet for her three kids.

    More than once, they removed overdraft charges when I inadvertently made a mistake in my checkbook.

  • I spent 12 years in the seminary: six years at St. Thomas Seminary, a minor seminary here in Louisville and six years at St. Mary’s Seminary & University in Baltimore. I ended up with a degree in philosophy and a master’s in theology. Most importantly the seminary experience taught many life lessons that far exceeded the degrees. Here are 10 of these life-changing insights that have guided my path.

  • Hanging over my office desk is a picture of General George Washington in humble prayer in a pine grove, with his horse, at Valley Forge. It is an inspiring picture of an inspiring man of prayer. Skeptics want to claim that all representations of our first president as a devout man of faith are false.

    Here are some of the things George Washington said about God. They are taken from the book, George Washington, The Writings of Washington, edited by John C. Fitzpatrick.