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Columns

  • COLUMN: Begin your day with breakfast

    Breakfast is perhaps the most underappreciated and overlooked meal of our day.  We tend to skip it altogether or grab something that is not very good for us –like a doughnut. 

    But, just as mom used to say, breakfast is the most important meal of the day for all of us, especially children and teens.

    Here are the Super 7 reasons why you should include breakfast in your daily routine:

    1. Breakfast provides an energy boost to start the day. We all need to kick our day off by eating as many vitamins and nutrients as possible.

  • Remembering Mae Burden: A tribute to a friend

    My heart and prayers go out to the family of Mae Burden.
    Mae was a wonderful woman who never seemed to meet a stranger. She loved her family fiercely and she treated her friends like family. Mae taught me many things through the years. She taught me how to diagram a sentence in junior high and how to type in high school. During my senior year of high school she was the yearbook advisor and I was one of her co-editors. Mae became a close friend that year and taught me many life lessons in addition to how to crop a picture and what organization personified looks like.

  • Shameful: Kentucky is tops in child abuse

    It’s not always a good thing to be at the top of a list. In a region ranked among the best in the country for college sports, places to raise a family and start a business, there is one ranking many of us may not be aware of and one we must change immediately. Kentucky is one of the top – meaning worst – states in the nation for frequency of child abuse and deaths due to non-accidental trauma.

  • In these tough times, an idget is born every minute

     One of my husband Bud’s favorite TV shows is “Pawn Stars.”

  • COLUMN: Social media is not the place for political rants

     During Sen. Rand Paul’s marathon of a filibuster, I couldn’t help but notice all of the ranting tweets and Facebook statuses my friends and acquaintances posted — negative and positive.

    Obviously, as a writer, I’m a strong believer in freedom of speech, which sometimes gets me in trouble, but when you post obnoxious opinions on your personal social media websites, odds are you are probably offending several people.

  • COLUMN: 'The Real Truth about Beauty'

     Last week, while fighting with myself over what to wear to work because nothing I owned fit, I overheard a news story that broke my heart.

    A mother in Australia stumbled across her 7-year-old daughter’s diet plan. The girl was allowing herself to eat “appals, keewee and yoget.” She also had an exercise regimen.

    It was a testament to how hard we are on ourselves as a global society, how much emphasis the world puts on body image, how easily influenced children are, especially girls. And it made me re-think my state of mind at the time.

  • COLUMN: Every woman is simply amazing

     In your most country accent, peer into your looking glass, (mirror), and say out loud, “I am amazing.” There is no doubt in my mind that I am an amazing woman, and you know why? Because I said so!

    We all have special gifts, talents and qualities that make the word “amazing” appealing to our vocabulary.

    I think about some of the women who have graced my life with their “sweet aroma of wisdom, strength and compassion,” in the words of my good friend and sister, Monica Bland.

  • COLUMN: Local ordinance is meaningless - but Frankfort took notice

     I don’t care for politics.

  • SUNSHINE WEEK: Open government is a three-legged stool

     My mom used to have a small, three-legged wooden stool. I don’t remember the stool being used for any reason, just something to set a newspaper or magazine on for a minute.

    It was small and thus not sturdy enough to hold anything of weight.

    But no matter if it was strong and sturdy, the three-legged stool was no good if something happened to one of the legs. It couldn’t stand on just two.

    You’re probably already wondering what a three-legged stool has to do with the newspaper business.

  • Black History Month: Honoring Rosleen Price

     This year the Black History Month Citizen of the Year goes to a lady who has been an inspiration to many people in the community. She is rather quiet until you get to know her and never does anything for “show” or a “pat on the back.”