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Columns

  • A message for people who don’t like church

    I saw this on a billboard in Cincinnati a couple of years ago. At first glance I was offended, but the more I thought about it the more I realized what the ad was saying.
    The ad said people have grown tired of churches which are lifeless in nature, ran by the pastor, an elder or some prominent family or individual rather than relying on God and his word to direct the church.

  • Multi-tasking isn’t just for office anymore

    This is the time of year that I really start cooking, literally. My kitchen counter is finally clear of various vegetables and seeds, making room for dough and pastry.
    Cooler temperatures make me hungry and when I’m hungry I cook. Plus, the oven heat is much more enjoyable this time of year.

  • Will hemp be the new ethanol?

    Ingenuity is important in today’s economy, especially in agriculture.
    But harvesting hemp?
    That’s a new one.
    In 2011, I would have thought we’d replace cotton and polyester with more futuristic materials.
    Like recycled seat covers from our flying hover cars.
    Rather, we’re looking back to renew modern agriculture, with a species of plant that doesn’t come without high expectations and mixed connotations.

  • Like time, snowflakes will soon fly by

    It’s the little things that count, you know.
    The delightful giggle of an innocent child, the playful antics of a puppy or a simple compliment from a friend are all examples of little things. Little things make you laugh, smile and generally feel better.
    It’s the minutes that make the hours and the hours that make the days, that combine to make the ‘Oh my gosh, it’s November!” moment.

  • Remember guidelines when going out to vote

    With less than a week before Election Day, I thought I would address some key issues that will help the process run smoother.
    Many voters don’t know which precinct they live in. There are several ways to find out. You may call our office at 839-3041 or you may go to the state Board of Elections website at www.elect.ky.gov. You will then be able to see which precinct you are in and where you go to vote. A map of each precinct in Anderson County can be viewed on our website at http://andersoncountyclerk.ky.gov.  

  • Mourning having missed memorable Game 6

    I missed the most memorable game in World Series history.  
    And it’s killing me.
    You’ve all probably moved on from last week’s Fall Classic.
    But I haven’t.
    If I were a true fan, I suppose I would have moved mountains to watch the late night Game 6 dramatics between the Texas Rangers and St. Louis Cardinals.  
    But I can’t bear the start and stop of slow online streaming and that dreaded spinning rainbow wheel.

  • Fall’s racing toward finish line in a hurry

    Haven’t the sunsets been magnificent?
    As the sun gets lower in the sky and the wind blows particles into the air, the colors of Earth’s spin out take on a rosy glow. At least it’s a great climax to our ever shorter days.
    By next week we’ll have just over 10 hours of daylight each day. Those precious hours begin to dwindle quickly as we move closer to the winter solstice. All the more reason to hurry up and get those outside chores done.

  • A chance to meet living history

    Ella Belle Overstreet Baxter graciously welcomed me into her home.
    But what she didn’t know what was that I wanted her secret to long life.
    Saving that, her portal to the past.
    Ella has watched Anderson County evolve for about 100 years.
    She’s been alive for both World Wars, minor and major military conflicts abroad.
    She watched distilleries flourish, then wilt; lacking liquid courage they needed during the years of Prohibition.
    The clicks of Morse Code transformed into the pings of incoming text messages.

  • Lousy winter prediction means time to prepare

    I love nature. The beautiful sounds of the morning birds serenading me, joined by the magnificent sight of fall leaves bordering the bright green hay fields, makes me stop in my tracks every time. Then, I remember that winter is coming.

  • Yes, you do need a flu shot

    Getting a flu shot often protects you from getting the flu virus.
    And while the flu shot doesn’t always provide total protection, it’s still worth getting.
    Influenza (the flu) is a contagious respiratory infection that is caused by the influenza virus.  According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), an average of 5 to 20 percent of the population in the United States gets the flu.