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Columns

  • COLUMN: Amber Thurman: She made learning fun

     Amber Thurman could act very silly.

  • COLUMN: Don't torture yourself ... that's my job

      While my husband Bud and I were attempting to find something decent to watch on television the other night – and it’s a desert out there, I tell ya – I started thinking that it has been some years since I compiled a list of my favorite movie quotes.

  • COLUMN: Holiday expectations lead to frustration

     All of us begin thinking about the holidays with great expectations. On the side of the positives, we think of how great it will be to see family, gorge ourselves on all sorts of food that isn't good for us and how much the experience will bring us closer together. It is as if we set up the scenarios in our minds of humorous anecdotes to share, the exact schematic of how the family get-together will play out and it will end in classic movie fashion wrapped in a bow.

  • COLUMN: Elf on the Shelf keeps an eye on Christmas

    The Elf on the Shelf ... If you haven't heard of this Christmas phenomenon yet, you soon will.

    Many of you already have an elf at your home. And, if you don't, well, there are some parents out there who would say you should consider yourself lucky. Apparently, there are some parents who don't particularly like having the “responsibility” of a little elf in their home.

  • COLUMN: Find value in irritants: Consider the pearl

     Perhaps the best thing about writing a column is having a forum to work out what I believe.

  • COLUMN: Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

     Dear Editor,

  • COLUMN: It's time to shed light on those who prey on children

     Joe Paterno, Jim Boeheim, and all the enablers who look away while children are molested are the big national story this Christmas. They and their failures to act, to protect, the most helpless of our citizens have been the talk of every town, every gathering where right-thinking people meet for the last month.  But in this season when we celebrate the coming of Christ, whom Christian theology teaches us was the son of the Almighty, we need a new perspective.

  • COLUMN: Nothing rinky-dink about Dinky's annual magic show

    I’ve covered Dinky Gowen’s Kid’s Day Christmas Spectacular for the newspaper for several years. I’d drop by the Park and Recreation Community Center and take a few photos of the magic show.
    It has always been enjoyable … but face it, it was work.
    It has been many years since I was accompanied by small children to the event. Watching the performance through the lens of a camera falls far short of experiencing it through the eyes of a child.

  • COLUMN: Accept holiday greetings in the spirit they're given

    My apologies. I dusted off a column that was published a couple of years ago. It seems that every year about this time, I become involved in a quest for an item that no one really needs – but many really, really want. And that usually entails witnessing an irate shopper tearing apart an exhausted sales clerk. The following contains my thoughts on the subject:

  • COLUMN: God's healing power at work

    Two and a half years ago I had a horrible accident.

    I’m sure everyone remembers the big ice storm. A few weeks after the ice cleared up, we had black ice one night that caused multiple wrecks in LaRue County. 

    On Feb. 21, 2009, I was driving home from the grocery store and hit black ice. My Jeep slammed into a tree. Pastor Knight from Family Worship Center found me. I’m not exactly sure what happened between the time Bro. Knight found me and when the EMS arrived. I was sent to U of L Hospital by helicopter.