• Gleanings and leanings

    By Bobbi Lanham

    When I drive down the road, I am always looking over the fields and roadsides for gleanings. I find a lot of produce, herbs and possibilities that way. I dug asparagus out of my cousin’s fencerow. I collected popcorn out of a field after the combine went through.

  • Passwords are good for you

    By Dr. Bob Spencer

    You hate creating passwords, you hate remembering passwords, you just hate passwords! Let’s face it, you are not alone. There are many things in this world that I dislike too, but I have to do them anyway, because they are good for me. Passwords are good for you!

  • WWJD? You might be surprised

    By Nancy Kennedy

    A few weeks ago, a woman called me with an idea for my column.

    She had just read “In His Steps,” a book written in 1896 that sparked the “WWJD” (What Would Jesus Do?) phenomena in the 1990s, which included the WWJD bracelets, bumper stickers, refrigerator magnets, etc.

    The book, written by Charles Sheldon, is a fictional story about a pastor who challenges his congregation not to do anything for an entire year without first asking, “What would Jesus do?” and then do that.

  • Believe and recieve

    Belief can be life-changing. Daniel’s belief gave him the courage to face the lion’s den. The three Hebrew children had belief when thrown into the furnace. It is belief that controls our actions.  To receive the blessings of God we must believe right.

  • Spencer joins as correspondent

    Dr. Robert H. Spencer, a.k.a. Dr. Bob, has more than 45 years experience in accounting, business management and technology consulting. He was an adjunct associate professor at the University of West Florida for more than a decade and retired as a principal of a regional Pensacola, Fla., accounting firm in 1995.

    He has spent the past 20 years traveling internationally and lecturing on technology in business while authoring more than a dozen books on accounting software, risk management and best technology practices.

  • The things we do for our children

    When my daughter Natalie was young, she wanted to get her ears pierced. And even though she wanted her ears pierced, she was afraid of needles. Her solution, one that was clever and smart, was for me to get my ears pierced to show her it did not hurt.

  • Happy Father's Day

    Well it’s almost time to celebrate dad again with ties and cards that are funny or made from the hands of the littlest of these to show just how special Daddy really is.

    My Daddy, named John Samuel, was always called “Jack.” He used to say, “all great men named John are called Jack,” and he was one of the great ones.

  • Where did the time go?

    It’s that time of year when we get to watch cash strapped, teary eyed, last minute, emotional moms and dads of this year’s senior class, come in to the office to put that graduation ad in, or get a copy of the paper for somebody that lives out of town, or for the random, “I’m not sure where my paper went,” as we watch everyone trying to hang on to any memory of these big moments in their child’s life.

  • COLUMN: It's a duck thing, you wouldn't understand

    Over the years I’ve written more stories than I can count about tragedies, court cases, local government, closings, openings and even a few features. Some are forgettable – in fact, I’ve forgotten them myself. But the story – or more accurately, a column – that readers have asked about more than all the others combined was one of the first I penned.

  • COLUMN: Remembering Harvey Lee DeSpain

    Dream as if you’ll live forever. Live as if you’ll die today. James Dean (Feb. 8, 1931 – Sept. 30, 1955)

    My cousin Harvey was 23 when I was born. He was the son of my Aunt Marie – my dad’s sister – the one I was named after.

    Harvey Lee DeSpain spent the first years of his life in LaRue County, but he had already moved to the big city of Buechel when I met him. He didn’t visit us often, but his visits were memorable.