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Columns

  • Finding Common Ground at the Manger this Christmas

     

    "What part of Christmas do you find most stressful," I asked my secretary the other day.

    "The shopping," she said, without hesitating.

    "The shopping," those two words just about cover it all.

    The traffic - trying to find a parking place, struggling to drive from one store to the next, and the crowds, rushing to get in line, scurrying by other shoppers in the mall - all come with the shopping. It's an all-inclusive non-bargain.

  • Moving Mom and Dad

     

    As I walked away from the emergency room, I felt a heaviness for my friends who had just brought in their elderly father. They were rightly concerned about his health issues. But their dad wasn’t. In fact, he was angry that his adult children had insisted on admitting him to the hospital.

    There he rested on the gurney, pouting because he wasn’t home. His lower lip was turned up, childlike, which enhanced the scowl on his face as he weakly waved me away.

    It’s not easy parenting parents.

  • Listen before telling your own beliefs

     

    We had just left the Hindu temple when I noticed the red dot on my mother’s forehead

    It was the “tilaki,” the third eye or mind’s eye, associated with many Hindu gods, also symbolizing the idea of meditation and spiritual enlightenment.

    I, a recent graduate of a high school education, feeding on my scholastic possibilities, feeling strong in my evangelical superiority, upbraided my mother: “You let them mark you! And, that’s a false religion.”

  • If you didn't vote, you can't complain

     

    Taylor County Clerk Mark Carney issued the challenge and Mannsville answered.

    In Monday’s issue of the Central Kentucky News-Journal, Carney challenged Taylor County voters to post a 50-percent turnout, double what was predicted statewide.

    And while the county as a whole posted a very impressive 34.3-percent turnout, Mannsville posted 50 percent on the nose. I tip my hat to the 331 Mannsville voters who turned up at the polls Tuesday and to the 5,856 voters across the county. Now, for the 65.7 percent who didn’t vote.

  • Life's memories in a cardboard box

     

    He snored softly, his chest rising and falling ever so slowly.

    I waited in the room as he slept, secretly hoping to wake him but not wanting to startle him.

    I visited my grandfather last weekend at the veteran's center that is now his home. If you read a previous column of mine about this topic, you know he moved there unwillingly. But now, well, he doesn't really know much of anything.

  • A culture of discontent

     

    The first time I saw one of the many people in the “Occupy Wall Street” movement holding a sign that said, “We are the 99 percent,” I thought, “That has to include me. I’m certainly not in the 1 percent.”

    There is some comfort in being in the 99 percent; at least I know I am not floating all alone on a sea of economic uncertainty.

  • Prank calls and caller ID

     

    The phone rang here in my office recently, and a man on the other end was trying to find out who had called him. He saw our number on the caller ID of his phone, so he called us back to see what we needed. Someone here had dialed a wrong number, and the call was dismissed without issue.

  • Always a reason for hope

     

    The words had inadvertently found their way on the printed page; they were obviously not meant for anyone to read. Only two words: “No hope.” But they said so much. Too much.

    They were printed next to the name of a cancer patient for whom we prayed. I flinched when I read them. No one is beyond hope - not even those who appear to be victims in the last stages of cancer.

  • Show me the candy

     

    It’s about time to see ghosts, princesses and vampires making their way down our streets.

    Halloween is a fun holiday when we are children. But when we grow up, we aren’t the ones getting candy, we’re dishing it out.

    The Campbellsville City Council discussed trick-or-treating at its last meeting.

    Safety was the focal point, and proposed was closing part of Lebanon Avenue to be sure to keep track of all of our goblins. Sounds like a great idea to me.

  • Odd news is good news

    Few things appeal to me more than the “odd” news stories of the world, tales of stupid criminals, odd feats or simply bizarre behavior.
    Here are just a few of the more recent offbeat news stories that have grabbed my attention.