• It’s only hair, y’all

    Stevie Lowery

    “Is your hair naturally curly?”

    I have been asked that question hundreds of times.

    “You’re so lucky,” is the response I often receive after confirming that, yes, my hair is indeed naturally curly.

    Apparently, from what I’ve been told, many women would pay good money to have curls like mine.

  • A ‘do-over’ on resolutions

    How are those New Year’s resolutions working for you? If you’ve already reneged on them, don’t panic. You aren’t alone.

    According to a survey reported in Forbes magazine, 36 percent have broken their resolutions after one month, 54 percent have failed after six months, and only 8 percent actually reach their New Year’s goals.

  • Who is Carrie Fowler?

    If you don’t know the answer to that question then you need to attend the Central Kentucky Community Theatre’s presentation of the Frank Wildhorn musical, “Jekyll & Hyde.”

    If you read my column regularly, then you know that about every third one contains a review of the latest play by our local community theatre.

    There’s been a changing of the guard over the past few months and it’s brought about a renewed vitality along with the new blood running the shows.

  • Faith and the threat of eminent domain

    On a frigid afternoon this past Tuesday, December 10, some 65 people representing different expressions of faith gathered on the Boone Farm in Nelson County, affirming their belief that God is not pleased with what hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) is doing to his creation.

  • Good hand hygiene promotes good health

    Ashley Spalding, A.P.R.N.

    As the winter season begins, individuals will be exposed more often to the germs that cause colds or the flu.  It is always better to prevent an illness than to deal with its symptoms and possibly spread it to someone else.  The single most effective way to prevent the spread of dangerous germs is by following good hand hygiene.

    Individuals should wash their hands often, especially during the winter months, and always at the following times:

    · Before, during and after preparing food

  • Holiday family portraits

    My family went down to Wal-Mart the other day to get the “$5.95 Family Photo Special.” I have a sharp eye for a bargain, however, you have to be firm to actually get it.

    They’re just hoping to lure you in with a ridiculously low price. Later, they’ll try to sell you some wildly expensive packet of photos. I’d never allow myself to be hoodwinked because I’m Mr. Firm!

  • The joy is in the journey

    I pressed on, hiking about 50 feet in front of Mary, who was straining to keep up. Dave, not in any particular hurry, lagged behind her another 15 yards or so.

    “I just know the clearing in the woods was right about here,” I shouted back to my two grown children.

    Still unable to find the clearing, I picked up my pace even more, stretching the distance between the three of us.

  • The 12 days of Christmas

    Christmas is upon us.

    Everybody knows the song “The Twelve Days of Christmas”. Have you ever wondered what it’s all about? Is it just a nonsensical song that has repeating lines? Or could it be a coded message to those that know of a much deeper meaning?

    Its origins are debated to this day.

    It’s agreed the song started in England but there’s where the agreement ends.

  • Small Business Saturday

    Nell Haydon
    Director Springfield Main Street/Renaissance

    Small Business Saturday is an American shopping holiday held on the Saturday after Thanksgiving during one of the busiest shopping seasons of the year.  The day was created and marketed by American Express in 2010 to promote shopping at your small, locally-owned independent businesses on the day after Black Friday.

  • Thanksgivukkah, Franksgiving, or Thanksmas?

    It won’t happen again until the year 79811. That’s 77,798 years from now. So if you’re Jewish, enjoy the moment.

    I’m referring to the concurrence of Thanksgiving and Hanukkah. Some American Jews are calling it Thanksgivukkah.