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  • In my garden

    On particularly stressful days I find myself needing to unwind and release anxieties that tend to build up. I walk through the yard and most often find myself in the garden. Shoes off, bare feet planted in the dirt, tools in my hand; my little way of getting a handle on life (no pun intended).

  • Clean up your Outlook Mail

    Outlook is the most widely used e-mail application today. So if you are an Outlook user, this article is for you. If you have noticed Outlook getting slower and slower over time, this may not be a problem with your computer, so before you run out and buy a faster computer, consider a little clean up work first.

  • Keep him from the bees

    Imagine driving down the road and pulling in your driveway to find a man wielding a broom swinging it wildly in the air. This is exactly what happened to me one evening. I came home to find my dear husband trying his best to eliminate the carpenter bee population around our log home. In addition to the log house there was an expansive wrap-around deck, which the bees didn’t touch. I guess the logs were tastier or they didn’t like the pressure treated wood on the deck.

  • Myth or reality: The Walter Mitty Life

    So many of us judge our own lives to be boring and uneventful. We long for something, anything, to happen. We long to be SOMEBODY. To accomplish something. We long for a fiction. I always think about “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” the short story by James Thurber in which the main character entertains himself with imaginary fame and glory.

    The short story was made into a 1947 movie starring Danny Kaye and then remade in a 2013 movie starring Ben Stiller.

  • Microsoft Windows gets a 10
  • Plan for your retirement savings

    Working hard, paying bills and putting money aside for your needs and wants in the “now” are so often automatic in our day-to-day lives. However, you also need to think about your future retirement plans. According to the 2015 Retirement Confidence Survey from the Employee Benefit Research Institute, nearly one-third of workers have almost no retirement savings or investments (under $1,000) and a staggering 57% are underprepared with less than $25,000 for retirement.

  • Protect your private information

    Illegal computer hacking of your personal information is so prevalent today that many people simply feel defenseless to protect themselves. But you are not totally defenseless! While you might not be able to protect yourself in every situation, there are still a few things you can do to lessen your risks.

  • Life lessons learned from Lincoln

    I have been studying about Abraham Lincoln more in depth since I started working at the LaRue County Herald News.

    I think we can all agree that Lincoln was a successful man who made a positive impact on millions of lives. As president, Lincoln abolished slavery and led our country through the Civil War, which was one of the most trying times in our nation’s history.

  • Float my boat
  • Pows and wows!

     I don’t know why God does what he does. But we are always comforted by the adage that there is a reason for everything or the saying that God can make lemonade out of lemons. We Christians ask our questions and then wait for His answer. That works for us. We pause, and we learn. I get that.