• Holy Darkness

    “In your deepest hour of darkness
    I will give you wealth untold.
    When the silence stills your spirit,
    will my riches fill your soul.”

    Lyrics to Holy Darkness
    Whenever I feel down, when I feel that I’m not just beat, but beaten, there is a touch from God which lets me know he’s still there.  It comes from the sound of children’s voices singing praise to our loving Almighty Lord in timeless messages through timeless songs.

  • Tiger Woods: A good role model?

    Do as I say, not as I do.
    I’ve heard people older than me use that phrase from time to time since I was a young boy. I don’t agree with it in general, but it could possibly be worth listening to after all.
    This time last year, Tiger Woods had it all together. He was the top golfer in the world, and he enjoyed a flashy, jet-setting lifestyle that almost anyone would envy. He had a beautiful wife and two children. Oh, and he was also listed as the first professional athlete to earn more than $1 billion in his career, according to Forbes Magazine.

  • Gracious gifts from God

    “My Uncle Mordecai saved my father by shooting an Indian who was creeping up on him with a tomahawk.”

    Abraham Lincoln

    You might know that Abraham Lincoln was president when he issued his famous 1863 proclamation establishing a day of thanks for the “gracious gifts of the Most High God.” This officially recognized what we know today as “Thanksgiving.”

  • Forgotten things remembered

  • S. Wiley: Theater carpenter

    It was breakfast last Saturday at the Ken Begley house. Everyone was asleep except for me and my 89- year-old former New York City financial advisor, Mr. S. Wiley. I’ve been holding Mr. Wiley hostage for the last few years, ever since he lost all my retirement money in the stock market bubble when it popped.
    Mr. Wiley was drinking his coffee and reading the paper when he said, “My, my young man, I’ve lived 89 years I’ve never seen such a shellacking in all my life.”
    “You mean Obama and the Democrats in the last election?”

  • Protect your home from bed bugs

    Remember the nursery rhyme – “Good Night, Sleep Tight, and Don’t Let the Bed Bugs Bite?” No longer is this just a nursery rhyme. Bedbugs are considered to be public health pests by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). Recent complaints about bed bugs are increasing and have prompted a joint statement on bed bug control by the CDC and the EPA.

  • Overstuffed with stuff

    I have too much stuff. I know I do.
    But on second thought, do I? How do we know when we have too much stuff? Who is the judge of that?
    My guess is, I’m not alone in thinking I have too much stuff; most Americans would join me in the “I’ve got too much stuff” confessional.  In our consumer driven society, owners of speciality stores make money helping us find ways to store more of our stuff so they buy more stuff for themselves.

  • A word from Begley's better half

    Being the wife of Ken Begley has led to my mention in his weekly column more than once.  Many people come up to me and ask what keeps me from killing him.  I just smile and say that it is all in fun, and I take everything he says with a grain of salt.  So many read his columns and believe everything he has written is the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.  I have to explain to them that Kenny has a very overactive imagination, and most things he writes about never happened the way he described in The Springfield Sun.  

  • A crime that needs more punishment


    By Francesca Tabor-Miolla, Guest Columnist
    Animal cruelty and pet abandonment are due to ignorance, stupidity and lack of compassion and the act is unconscionable.
    On a 100-degree afternoon in August, a lone car pulled into the Lebanon Wal-Mart parking lot, opened the door and dragged a poor unsuspecting seven-month-old pup out of the car taking off her collar and simply drove away.

  • Show your support to military families

    Veterans make up 10.4 percent of Kentucky’s population according to the 2008 figures from the U.S. Census Bureau.
    We have military members, including active duty, National Guard and Reserve, who are called up and deployed as the state and country need their help.
    Deployment may be sudden or expected. When a deployment happens, it leaves a large hole in the heart and in the family’s daily habits, tasks and activities.