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  • Hot summer nights with Sticktight

    About 15 years ago a young couple with a 2-year-old boy were visiting country music superstar John Michael Montgomery at his farm. He’s a fellow with several gold and platinum records to his name. The young boy had wandered off, and when the mother called him to the cabin he came back covered in stick tights. John Michael just laughed and laughed as Mom struggled to pull them all off. Then he said “Boy, we’re gonna have to start calling you “Sticktight!”

  • Somebody's prayin'

    “Preacher,” a church member said to me one Sunday, “I was driving in front of the church this morning, and I saw you standing by yourself up there at the top of the front steps. I knew what you were doing; I knew you were praying. And I just want you to know it made me feel better.”

    It somehow makes us feel better knowing somebody’s praying, though I can’t explain exactly why.

  • Battle of the ants

    Ants - Tiny creatures with a primitive brain no larger than that of a psychic-hotline caller.
    - Comedian Dave Barry

    Several years ago I was storming around the house, getting madder by the minute. Finally I looked up at Cindy and said, “My gosh, these dang pesky critters are everywhere! Where do they come from? How do we get rid of them?”

    She looked up from her crossword puzzle and said, “You mean the ants?”
    “No, the kids. I can handle the ants.”

  • Bring on those 60 birthday candles

    At last, here’s some good news from the wide world of news. This one comes from Stony Brook University and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis.

    Researchers there have concluded that age measurements that have traditionally categorized people as “elderly” or “old” at a certain age (usually 65) are no longer valid and must adjust accordingly.

  • Class of '75

    I’m 57 now and a proud AARP card-carrying member of the noble senior citizen ranks of The United States of America.

    But I wasn’t always this old.

    Yes sir, I remember when I was graduating from Washington County High School as a member of the class of 1975.

  • Keeping losses in perspective

    “Why did you turn the TV off?  There’s still a few seconds left in the game,” I asked my son, Dave.

    “It’s over. I don’t watch the other team celebrate.”

    I didn’t argue. I felt the same way.

    It’s not fun when your team loses, especially when they get so close to the championship game and an undefeated season.

    Losses like that are disappointing. Before drifting off to sleep I thought, “If only they had…”

  • The third grandmother

    Life is not about how fast you run or how high you climb, but how well you bounce.
    - Vivian Komori

    You know, I love small town life.

    In some ways, being in Washington County is like “The Andy Griffith Show” that was first broadcast 55 years ago. It centers on the fictional small town called “Mayberry” and all of its quirky citizens, with all their humorous problems.

    It was very popular in its day and ran for eight years. It has been in reruns ever since.

    So what made this show so good?

  • Holy hilarity

    Hearing laughter from one of the rooms where a Bible study class was meeting Sunday morning, I cracked opened the door and teased, “What’s this, laughter in church?”

    They answered with more laughter.

    And why not laugh in church? There certainly is a time for being quiet and even for sadness. As the author of Ecclesiastes wrote, “There is an appointed time for everything…” including, “a time to cry and a time to laugh.”

  • Blame game is a waste of time

    There is going to be a lot of discussion surrounding road funding over the next several months, and the vast majority of it will not be pleasant conversation.

    With everything I’ve read on the topic and my interview with Washington County Judge-Executive John Settles for the road funding story you see on this week’s front page, I learned quite a bit about the specifics of the cutbacks and what they mean for each individual Kentucky county. What I learned is that the results will not be good.

  • The God of a broken people

    For God so loved the world, that he gave His only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him shall not perish, but have everlasting life.
    – John 3:16

    John 3:16 is probably the most beautiful and hopeful verse written in the Bible. I’ve been told it pretty much sums up, in one sentence, everything that Christianity is all about.

    The true beauty of the whole Easter story is not only that it happened, but also how God had it happen.

    He sent Jesus to the world as a living, breathing man, not as the powerful God he is.