For some, February is just the second month of the year, a time to let your sweetie know how much you care, when you worry about the groundhog seeing his shadow and predicting six more weeks of winter, or when you get those taxes done if you are getting a big fat refund check.
The other day posted on our newspaper’s Facebook page was a question for discussion: Do you believe in soul mates? Why or why not?
Someone replied “Yes!” Another said he believes God puts the person meant for you in your life, and another said, “No. If there’s one for me, he must be lost because I have never found him. I really think it’s a fairy tale.”
I don’t remember the first time I saw Bud Ireland.
I visited his church as a young teen – but don’t recall him. I was a friend of his cousin in middle school, but our paths did not cross.
We even worked at Sunrise Manor Nursing Home during the same period in the late 1970s – but we don’t remember each other.
I think the first time we spoke was when he was serving on Hodgenville City Council and I interviewed him for a story.
Our sons were in baseball together – and later, wrestling.
Tax time is one of the few opportunities when low-income households receive a sizable amount of money – especially if they take advantage of the earned-income tax credit <http://www.irs.gov/Individuals/EITC-Home-Page—It%E2%80%99s-easier-than-ever-to-find-out-if-you-qualify-for-EITC.
The Economic Research Service of USDA shared information about the way Americans spend their disposable income when it comes to food. The recession did see a drop in disposable income in 2009, along with a drop in money spent on food, but the amount of disposable income has risen from $8,744 billion in 2009 to $9,754 billion in 2012.
The beginning of a new year offers the opportunity to refresh and reset ourselves in a variety of different ways. Planning ahead now to get organized in the new year can help you feel more prepared for daily life and unexpected situations which may arise over the next few months.