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Columns

  • Walk a mile in strange shoes

    A couple weeks ago I attended the community forum (in Nelson County) on the proposed natural gas pipeline coming through Kentucky. For the record, on what I have heard and studied, I am opposed to this project and hope it doesn’t happen, but as a realist, I know it will happen anyway because big business and big money rule the world. But that’s another story.

  • Labeling an entire subgroup is a mistake

    A few weeks ago, the buzz on some news outlets and online was about Michael Jeffries, the CEO of Abercrombie & Fitch. It wasn’t really news, but rather statements Jeffries made to Salon magazine in 2006 in reference to the clothing brand not including women’s sizes bigger than large.

  • Statistics are brutal when they hit home

    One-in-five Ethiopian babies will die before reaching age 5.

    Some websites say it is one-in-11.

    Either way – what a brutal statistic.

    According to the National Institute of Health, Ethiopians have large families that suffer from a lack of basic needs such as food, clothing, housing, and health care and education.

    Too many children – not enough resources. It’s no wonder so many Ethiopian children die so early – while others are orphaned.

  • Is your child ready for kindergarten?

         In Kentucky, the Governor’s Office of Early Childhood defines school readiness to mean that a child enters school ready to engage in and benefit from early learning experiences that best promote the child’s success. You want early learning in a child’s preschool years to make children entering school eager and excited to learn.

  • Jamboree: Music is an opportunity to share faith

    “Loving God, loving each other,
    Making music with my friends;
    Loving God, loving each other,
    And the story never ends.”

    The above Gaither Vocal Band lyrics pretty much sum up my 46 years as a keyboardist and singer at the Lincoln Jamboree.

    It is something I love to do – getting to witness through singing gospel songs; getting to make music with some of the most talented entertainers; and getting paid to do it.

  • Proposed Bluegrass Pipeline poses serious risks to Kentuckians
  • Pass the potassium, please

     Two out of three American adults have hypertension or prehypertension, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Hypertension, or high blood pressure, increases your risk for heart disease and stroke, the two leading causes of death in America. Fortunately, most cases of high blood pressure can be improved or prevented through diet changes. 

  • Groundhog Hill - June 26, 2013

    Perfection can be found in the green, green grass of home

  • June is Elder Abuse Awareness Month

     An estimated three to five million older adults in America were victims of abuse in 2011. Elder abuse often occurs at home, with a family member or caregiver causing the abuse. In many instances, it can go undetected for some time. 

  • 30 years of Merry Sunshine brings international blessings

    Thirty and a half years ago, I dragged my parents to a photography studio to have their pictures made.

    Mom, as always, was cheerful and smiling. Dad was there, begrudgingly, but he wasn’t going to smile for the nice lady with the camera – for Mom – for me – or anyone else.