• Social media, percolator coffee and a carnival

    Have you ever gotten worn out from too much information? So much comes at us from all different directions. I’ve become numb as a result of oversaturation of social media and hyper-connectedness.

  • Virtual Machines - The trend of the future

    Virtual Machines have been around for literally decades, but reached widespread popularity in the last few years. Virtual Machines give a high level of security and flexibility. I use products from VMware.com, but there are many to choose from, and many of these are free, such as VirtualBox by Oracle, Microsoft has Hyper-V, and Parallels is very popular for Apple computer users.

    What is a Virtual Machine, or VM? The VM has a fancy title of hypervisor; it is software that works with your local host (real) OS and hardware to manage one or more “soft computers.”

  • Everyone needs caregiving at some time in their life

    Caregiving, in some capacity, is in all of our futures. At this moment there are approximately 40 million people providing unpaid care to someone over the age of 65. It’s a tough job that can affect your physical and mental health as well as your professional goals. You may struggle to find a balance between the needs of loved ones, your work and yourself.

  • Frankfort Focus - Making sure veterans receive the benefits they deserve

    One of the ongoing challenges our country faces is making sure our veterans receive the full benefits they have rightfully earned.

    Unfortunately, as we discovered during a legislative meeting earlier this month, there are still some who are either unaware of what is available or who have become mired in bureaucracy. The good news is that, thanks to the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs (KDVA), we are making great strides in closing these twin gaps.

  • Small Business Disaster Recovery Tips

    Imagine you are enjoying a nice family dinner and your cell phone rings. You answer and a hysterical voice screams into your ear, “The office is on fire!” What is your next step? Retirement is not an option!

  • Have Americans lost their way?

    I was searching through the TV channels last weekend and spotted the epic war movie “Saving Private Ryan” on one of the channels. I couldn’t help but stop everything I was doing and watch it.

    For those of you who haven’t watched the movie, the film was directed by Steven Spielberg starring Tom Hanks, who played a captain that led a group of soldiers who were searching for another soldier, played by Matt Damon, in an effort to return him home safely because he was the last surviving brother of four brothers who were fighting in World War II.

  • Like a good neighbor

    It has been an interesting few weeks for me. A few weeks ago a deer hit me. I didn’t hit the deer; it quite literally ran into my van. It happened so fast I didn’t even realize the deer was coming out of the woods until it was too late and I was looking at the face of a very large doe right at eye level. It shattered my windshield, dented my fender, driver’s door and the sliding door. Fortunately, I have a husband who works on things and loves doing so to save money. My van will soon be back on the road.

  • Computer ransom scheme costing millions

    I have written so much about privacy and protection the past couple of months that I am beginning to feel like the technology equivalent of the grim reaper. But the truth is, malicious software attacks are costing businesses millions annually, no matter if they are in Hodgenville, Bardstown or Elizabethtown, Kentucky - or New York City! If you have a computer connected to the Internet and you receive email, you are a potential target.

  • Lessons learned across our great land

     What happens when you put a mom, dad and their two children in a minivan for 10 days? 

    Well, you learn a lot about each other.

     You laugh at things that normally wouldn’t be funny, you eat  junk food  because it’s something to do, and take bathroom breaks every 150 miles, whether you need to go or not. 

  • Transitions: Difficult but good

    One thing I’ve found to be true about life is that everything is in constant motion, moving forward as time rushes on.

    This motion of time causes things to change and brings us through transitions. We begin our earthly journey with a major transition, birth. It causes the mother difficulty and pain to transition the child from womb to world, but the end result of this transition is beautiful and miraculous.