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Opinion

  • We humans live with failure. We often experience more failure than success. When failure is respected and appreciated, it responds with great generosity, delighted we have not turned away from the substance of our own lives and happy to do whatever it can to forge the deepening of our experience. Onward and downward we go.

  • Thanking school board members

    This month, Kentucky celebrates School Board Recognition Month — a time to recognize the five dedicated members of our board who focus on putting children first. Jennifer Beckner, Larry Dodson, Joyce Fletcher, Walt Schumm and Kevin Woosley put in countless hours to do what is best for our kids.

  • As a collegiate and religion major in the 1970’s I encountered a book that had many people wondering about the future. “The Late Great Planet Earth” by Hal Lindsey took a speculative look at a variety of historical events and tried to blend sections of scripture that are difficult to understand with those events to come up with an approximate date of when the end history as we know it on earth would occur. This is known as the eschaton and the study of the end of time is known as eschatology.

  • Let’s talk about choice.

    The term choice has gotten a bad rap the past few years. Especially “Pro-Choice,” because it has come to define the abortion issue. Pro-choice has come to identify those people who have little or no problem with aborting unborn children. As much as I believe such a choice is wrong, and that it involves killing a human being, that’s not what I want to discuss today.

    Today I want to talk about choice in our political leaders. Specifically about having a choice in whom we elect.

  • For every hour that a stroke is untreated, 120 million irreplaceable brain cells die and the brain ages 3.6 years.

    Your quick response in recognizing stroke symptoms and calling for help is vital to your future health. Stroke is very treatable if you recognize the situation and seek help immediately.

    If you notice any of these signs, don’t hesitate. Call 911 immediately.

    • Severe headache

    • Sudden dizziness

    • Trouble seeing in one or both eyes

    • Sudden confusion

  • How do you wake up in the morning? Do you dread the day ahead every day? Wake up with anticipation.

  • School Bus Issues

    In the past few weeks, many parents have expressed concerns about late buses. We’d like to explain what is causing those issues and what we’re doing to alleviate them.

  • Most of us have had the experience of working with clay. The lump of clay feels good in our hands as we work it and make it soft. Then we make it into something of our own creation. It probably isn’t very good by worldly standards, but we were probably impressed with what we made because we made it.

    One thing I can guarantee you is that the clay never told us what it wanted us to make it into.

    Jeremiah is inspired by God to use the powerful image of God as the potter and you and I as clay.

  • It is true that our kids come first in Oldham County, not just in our school district, but across our entire community.

    Our general assembly has raised the bar by adopting higher standards of achievement — however, our legislators have not held themselves accountable by making the courageous decisions necessary to fund our education system at a level sufficient to meet these expectations. A lack of support at the state level is crippling our district, making it more and more difficult for us to do what we do best: ensuring the learning of every child.

  • After spending my entire married life on hand-me-down mattresses, except for that brief period with a rent-to-own deal, I was ecstatic about choosing a brand new set. We had been discussing it for ages, knowing instinctively that a number of our aches and pains would subside if we weren’t constantly fighting for the one spot in the bed that didn’t sag to the floor.

  • Well cold weather is here and I feel it more than I used to feel it. As a youngster I could stay out all day playing in the snow. Even cold weather activities like ice skating, skiing, ice hockey, hunting or football games didn’t bother me.

    This is the best time of the year for soup; it is good all year but there is nothing better than a hot bowl of soup when it’s cold outside. Soup makes a good meal with some good bread or crackers.

  • Special election

    The Oldham County Clerk’s Office wants to take this opportunity to inform all voters of upcoming special election information.

    A special election in Precinct H106 (South Oldham Fire Station) will be held Tues, January 28, 2014, to permit the sale of alcoholic beverages by the drink at Yew Dell Gardens.

  • I have been told that I have a good sense of humor, but not at the expense of others. I do not laugh at people’s mistakes, distresses or misfortunes. I feel compassion and look for ways to be supportive. I am less and less apt to engage in ridicule or sarcasm. I resist using comebacks when others are sarcastic toward me. I seek simply to feel the pain in both of us and look for ways to bring more mutual respect into our communication.

  • I want to have some fun and use math to discover just how much God loves us. Athletes like to talk in percentages about how much they give to help their team win. They talk about giving more than 100 percent, but is that even possible since 100 percent is as much as we can give? Does the same apply in everyday life?

    To help make my point I want to give every letter of the alphabet a point value with “A” getting one point and “Z” getting 26 points and the rest correspond to their place in the alphabet. What equals 100 percent in life?

  • I am most thankful for the set of values I received in the course of my life from so many sources. At the same time, I am examining the scaffolding of beliefs, values and assumptions that I inherited from my family, school, religion and society. One by one and on an annual basis, I seek to dismantle and discard those that are not in keeping with mature adult living and cherish those that are.

  • As a resident of Madison Park Condominiums, among the many reasons I had chosen to live at this particular location were as follows: overall aesthetics of our facilities, proximity to Highway 71, significant open space areas, peace and tranquility of the neighborhood environment, low-to-no crime, ease of movement and low traffic congestion to name a few.

  • What does an angel look like? The most famous pair of angels is perhaps Santi Raphael’s cute pair of cherubs. Type in angels on Google and there is no end to the cute, white faced, pink cheeked, precious winged, little creatures that have been drawn. They make us happy. Isn’t that what angels are supposed to do?

  • Pastor Joel Gregory tells the story of a seminary professor who taught the Christian graces of love and forbearance for forty years until he retired. Occupying himself in his retirement years, he poured a new concrete driveway to his house. Finished, he went in to rest and get a glass of iced tea. Returning later to view his proud achievement, he discovered that the neighborhood kids were putting their footprints in the wet concrete.

  • I have to admit, I’ve had a hard time getting into the Christmas spirit this year.

    Typically I am that annoying person who starts playing Christmas music the day after Thanksgiving, while I put up the tree and decorate the house. Usually, I’ve started Christmas shopping in October and would be pretty much done before Dec. 1. By now my coworkers and friends would be tired of the baked goods and yummy snacks I would have inundated them with on a daily basis.

    But this year is not typical for a number of reasons.

  • Someone pointed out that we live in two worlds – the world that is and the world we want it to be. Faith takes hold of the world that is and makes it what we want it to be. Faith takes the possible and makes it real. It was the great William James who said, “As the essence of courage is to stake one’s life on a possibility, so the essence of faith is to believe that the possibility exists.” By believing that a better tomorrow is possible, we have the courage to give our best to the creating of that tomorrow.