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Columns

  • Lay that donkey down and rest in God’s love

    A young boy and an old man were walking with a donkey when a group of people passed by.
    “Isn’t that ridiculous that no one’s riding that donkey,” one person said.
    So, the old man told the boy to ride the donkey.
    Another group of people passed by and someone said, “That’s terrible! Look at that young boy riding that donkey while the old man walks.”

  • Small life changes can add up to big bucks

    I always get up with the birds. Thankfully, they’ve been sleeping in lately.
    As summer comes to an end, our daylight wanes and plants and animals adapt. It’s the cycle of life and adapting is the key to survival. If I didn’t get to hibernate a little in the winter, I’d never survive. I’d be too pooped.
    Sadly, hibernation is months away and we still have lots to do before then. Motivation is still the ticket to get us through. All I have to do to get my motor running is remember my relatives.

  • Get motivated for fall, winter chores with images of a well-stocked pantry

    Can you believe it’s almost the end of summer? The stand is now closed and I’m spending Labor Day laboring in the kitchen.
    It’s the time I finish my canning, freezing and drying of the harvest, and it’s the picture of a beautifully stocked pantry that motivates me. Well, that and the knowledge that I know what I’ll be eating, where it came from and how it was grown.

  • A view of Lawrenceburg through the curious eyes of a newcomer

    The most popular question people have asked me since I moved here—besides “Are you sure you’re 22?”— is “Where are you from?”
    Due to my nomadic past, I never know exactly what my answer should be.
    I’m like one of those hanging hydroponic tomato plants whose roots just sort of dangle there, never touching permanent soil.
    Sometimes I wish I had stronger roots to the places I lived.
    To make up for it, I try to surround myself with history of others.

  • No rest for gardeners planning for next year

    Well, it’s the end of another month and fall is sneaking in on us. I know each season has the same amount of months in it, but summer sure seems to go by quicker. Like a $20 bill, once you break it, it goes fast.
    Those of us who garden big time are pretty tired by now. Unfortunately, our work is not done, and motivation is tough to find. So, let me help.

  • A haunting in Lawrenceburg

    Ghosts haunt downtown Lawrenceburg.
    I’m not the only one who can see them.
    They’re empty, lingering shells of the lives they once led, cut short by a death that cannot be easily be explained or understood.
    In all the places I’ve lived, I’ve never seen restaurants open so hopefully and die so quickly.
    In my quest to find the answers to downtown’s problems, including the extreme lack of restaurants on Main Street, I thought to go directly to the source — the restaurant owner.

  • Consumers should be wary of greedy sharks

    I will get off the topic of religion this week.
    I have a different bone to pick with companies gouging consumers.
    Last year I installed gas logs to heat with propane to offset the unbelievably high electric costs I’m charged.
    I truly enjoyed the propane heat last year and filled my tank in the early fall to save some money.  The cost to fill 400 gallons was $1.69 per gallon, or roughly $700, last September.

  • Tackle your garden bounty with new recipes

    It occurred to me the other day that I haven’t thanked you all lately for reading this column so faithfully.  
    Your questions and comments are always wonderful and I really appreciate hearing them.  I know you don’t all live in Anderson County, but I got a question the other night all the way from Wisconsin and a comment from Texas a couple of weeks ago.   Now that is dedication, or maybe desperation.
    The most frequently asked question lately was what can I do with all this .... you fill in the vegetable.  

  • Opinion on mega churches is God’s, not man’s

    Two weeks ago I wrote a column encouraging readers to ponder how Christians locally and nationally spend a vast amount of the churches resources on buildings that are not prescribed in the New Testament.
    I furthermore pointed out the church is however commanded to spread the gospel and care for the poor.

  • Work continues on free community medical clinic

    A committee of community volunteers has been working steadily over past months on the establishment of a free community medical clinic for Anderson County. The project originated in 2009 within the Health and Nutrition Committee of the organization known as Anderson County Community of Promise. Community of Promise, which was organized in 2002, is made up entirely of volunteers who share the goal of identifying and addressing human needs within the community.