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  • 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.

  • Newspaper theft a costly choice

    When it comes right down to it, we all make choices everyday that greatly impact our lives and the lives of others whether we realize it or not. Last week I made a choice to help with our vacation Bible school at our church. The choice was easy. The decisions I had to make throughout the week, not so much. Being the leader of 13 four year olds in itself is a job. Dealing with a few children that were having difficulty being part of the group, exhausting.
    We talked a lot about making choices. Sometimes we make good choices, and sometimes we make bad choices.

  • For want of an aspirin, a battle could be lost

     Like millions of other baby boomers, I’m on a daily aspirin regimen.

  • Stay safe while you’re grilling

    Now that warmer weather is here, many will head outdoors to barbecue their favorite cuts of meat. This time of year always brings questions about the safe purchasing, storage, handling and cooking of meat.  

    The most effective way to prevent food borne illness is to prevent contamination.

  • Prayer at graduation?

    For the first time in memory Lincoln County High School in Central Kentucky will not have a planned prayer as part of its graduation ceremony, after six students, some who called themselves atheists, protested the move.

    That prompted a story by Editor Ben Kleppinger for the local weekly paper, The Interior Journal, published by Schurz Communications. The school allows a planned prayer at graduation as long as the senior class votes unanimously in favor of it.

  • COLUMN: May 23 is 'Lucky Penny Day'

    May 23 is Lucky Penny Day.

    I am sure we have all heard the saying “See a penny, pick it up, all day long you’ll have good luck.”

    The first time I heard it was on the movie “Grease.”

    Who knew the coin we all love to hate had its own day?

  • Learn to curb those impulse buys

    Are you an impulse shopper? Try to never purchase expensive items on impulse. Instead, think over each expensive purchase for at least 24 hours. Acting on this principle will help you have far fewer regrets about impulse purchases. Also, indulgences can put a dent in your finances.

  • Weather is hot, humid, crazy

    Crazy weather seems to be the normal description for Kentucky’s weather patterns … simply because there really isn’t one.
    Unlike more temperate climates, which are used to bearing with rain for days on end, or more tropical or desert climates that are used to dry seasons, Kentucky is a combination – an odd and unpredictable one.
    Of course we do not have to deal with hurricane force winds, earthquakes and surprisingly enough – not a whole lot of tornados.

  • Ready to survive cancer

    Never in my wildest imagination would I have thought I would be diagnosed with cancer.
    How could this happen to me?
    As a woman, being told I had rectal cancer was very embarrassing, and let’s face it, none of us like to talk about that part of our bodies. Suddenly, reality set in and I felt as though that I had been punched in the stomach, and I was forced to confront my situation head on.