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Columns

  • The blessing of the hands

    “I don’t think he’s going to make it through the ceremony,” my daughter Madi predicted of her two year old son, Eli.  We were standing in the foyer of Ransdell Chapel for Madi’s Pinning Ceremony.

    She was graduating from Campbellsville University’s School of Nursing.

  • The richest man I know

    “The blessing of the Lord makes rich, and he adds no sorrow with it.”
    - Proverbs 10:22

    As a young man, I was always proud of my father.

    I have not equaled him in anything in my own eyes to this day.

    Long after he’s gone, I will continue to respect the life that he has lived.

    Yet, he has folks that he looked up to over this long 88 years, and counting.

    I know he deeply respects someone when I hear him say this simple sentence: “He’s a good man.”

  • Old man Potter comes to town

    “George, I am an old man, and most people hate me. But I don’t like them either, so that makes it all even.”
    - Mr. Henry F. Potter
    Banker
    Bedford Falls

    Watch out kids!

    If you’re bad at Christmas you won’t get a lump of coal in your stockings. You’ll get old man Potter to come live with you.

    That Christmas classic, “It’s A Wonderful Life”, is coming to the Central Kentucky Community Theatre for the next couple of weekends, and you don’t want to miss it.

  • 3...2...1...blast off!

    Because I was born and raised in Los Angeles County, Calif., I’m used to some pretty horrible traffic. Usually, I would have to leave at least 30-45 minutes earlier than I would normally have to just to get somewhere on time.

    The habit stuck with me over the years, and even though the worst thing I have to worry about for traffic here is a tractor on the road, I still manage to leave 30-45 minutes earlier than I would normally have to.

  • A simple way to prep for Christmas

    The Bluegrass country around Lexington, not far from where I live in Lebanon, is home to some of the finest racehorses. It’s exciting to watch the horses bolt from the starting gate, and the sound of their hooves thunders across the track.

  • Who's the party for?

    It was our first foray into Christmas shopping, 2014, the day after Black Friday.

    I meandered aimlessly through the department store, my wife’s words echoing in my ears: “We’ll just stop for a few things after we take Mary to the airport. At least we’ll get some Christmas shopping started. Don’t worry. I want to get back early, too.”

    That was an hour a half ago, a passing moment for a shopper; an eternity for me.

    The truth is, she is a conflicted shopper: She loves to shop but doesn’t like to have to shop.

  • Forgetfulness

    There are three surefire signs of getting old. The first is forgetfulness.

    I don’t remember what the other two are.

    Must not have been important.

    Anyway, now that I’m past middle aged, I can tell you that my memory isn’t what it used to be. If I didn’t, then Cindy would.

    Unlike myself, Cindy has a photographic memory and never forgets anything. It’s something that comes in quite handy for her when we have “loud discussions” at home. Any of you other guys have that problem out there?

  • Becoming an effective leader

    By David Donathan

    Administrators often comment on what effective leaders they are, but true leaders do not reflect on the administrative acumen. This dichotomy is reflected in the difference between administrators and leaders. Administrators are process/policy focused whereas leaders are outcome focused. As long as an issue is being researched, studied, reviewed, revised, administrators are satisfied that progress is being made.  Leaders, on the other hand, understand that achievements, not intentions are of paramount import.

  • The warning label

    Years ago I when I was on active duty with the Army, I met a guy that had a poster in his office of a beautiful young woman in a bathing suit smiling back at you.

    I was a young fellow then and I have to admit I stood staring at it for a minute when the guy looked up and said “Read the warning label.”

    I didn’t see anything written on it and said “What warning label?”

    He then pointed down to a sentence so small that you literally had to use a magnifying glass to read it.

  • Is it ever going to end?

    I do not envy the Washington County School Board when it comes to making yet another decision regarding the opening of the new high school facility.

    I’ve followed the progress of the school closely and it’s been an ongoing story in The Sun for more than a year now. Even after everything that has happened — the delays, the vandalism, the disputes between all parties involved — it’s, at best, questionable whether the December move-in happens as scheduled.