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Columns

  • Gift giving advice: give from heart

    By Cheryl Steenerson

    Columnist

    A week before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. OK, so there was plenty of stirring of dog hair, but no mice so far this winter.

    I must have found all the nooks and crannies, because unlike last year, I haven’t seen a drop of evidence. The cat has been really bored.

  • Parents: It’s OK to say no to overindulgence

    By Joan Martin

    Guest Columnist

    As the calendar creeps closer to the winter holidays, it is worth asking the following questions: Isn’t it good to give children what they want, when they want it, and won’t they love us more if we do that?

  • Poinsettias remain a beautiful holiday staple

    By Tommy Yankey

    columnist

    Poinsettias are synonymous with the holiday season. Their bright red, pink or white leaves are beautiful as standalone plants or as components of bigger holiday displays.

    It may surprise many to know that in their native climate, this subtropical plant can grow to lofty heights of more than 10 feet. In the United States, poinsettias are grown as indoor potted plants, most in heated greenhouses.

  • From newlyweds to future oldlyweds

    Sunday marks my one-year wedding anniversary. OK, granted in the grand scheme of things a paper-wedding anniversary isn’t as flashy as a gold, silver or diamond anniversary.

    You won’t see one-year anniversary announcements in the local paper. Nor will you see awe-stricken people eagerly approaching a couple that has been married a year to ask their secret.

  • When we help others, we also help ourselves

    The good news is that we’re not dashing through the snow. However, it’s a pretty sure bet that we are through the stores.

    Dang, it gets busy this time of year. There are parties and presents and punch, cookies and candles and cake. Between all the running and wrapping, please, please, please make time for a little resting. There are bugs among us.

  • Experience love of a Christmas child

    During a chapel service before meals at the Salvation Army on Brook Street in Louisville, the topic of my sermon was Solomon’s division of the child when the true mother gave up her claim to the child and the false mother was revealed.

    A woman confronted me with a question that rattled me. She asked, “Will you take my child to live with you and your wife? You being a preacher here at the shelter, I trust you.” She explained that she had broken some rules and was asked to leave the shelter.

  • Try these recipes to get rid of turkey leftovers

    Turkey leftovers should be in the freezer now. While you can substitute turkey for chicken in almost any recipe, it is nice to try new recipes. If you have already used all that turkey, then keep these for planned over meals another time.

  • Learn to understand power of plants

    Happy December. What a wacky last day of November we had. It got up to 69 degrees here on the farm. If only we could keep of few of those days on tap. I’d like to just sprinkle them in when we needed it. Let’s hope Mother Nature is kind to us this winter.

  • Kentuckians have right to make their own destiny

    By Jim Host

    Guest Columnist

    Election season is special time in Kentucky. Next to basketball season, there doesn’t seem to be a time that gets Kentuckians more excited.

    But what happens when it’s over and the last ballots have been cast and counted? Then it’s time for Kentucky to get down to the business of the initiatives that move the Commonwealth forward.

  • These tips will help save on electric bill

    As the calendar starts to creep up on Christmas, I thought this would be a good time to focus on saving a little green. The cold temperatures have made for some chilly days and nights, and that means electric bills will be going up as fast as the Christmas trees.