• 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.

  • The fender bender

    I hate cars.

    To me a car is just a big expense on wheels.

    I hate buying them because I never really know if I got a good deal or not.

    I hate paying the humongous insurance bill you get when you have teen drivers.

    I hate the funny sounds they make right before something major blows a hole in your pocket.

    I hate the endless maintenance bills and climbing under the engine to change the oil.

    I just plain hate cars.

  • Voice behind the cry for help

    The recently released video showing the rescue of 18-month-old baby, Lily Groesbeck, is dramatic. The rescue team works frantically to flip the car, submerged in the frigid waters of the Spanish Fork River outside Salt Lake City, Utah, so they might rescue any survivors.

    They had heard a voice---a woman’s voice softly but desperately crying for help.

  • House painter

    My church believes, and probably many others, in a lot of counseling before a couple gets married.

    It’s a good idea.

    It’s not really counseling. It’s more like getting to intimately know the person you want to live with forever. You get into all sorts of areas that never come up in normal dating. You know, things like money, where’re you going to live, how about kids, and so on.

    It’s a great idea.

  • Not one, but two for the ages

    Well, that was a whopper. two whoppers to be exact. I’ve never seen anything like the two winter storms we just experienced and I don’t think that’s strictly my age talking.

    After the snow three weeks ago, it was said that it was the largest in the area since the 1990s, maybe even since the storm of 1978 dropped 18 inches in two days.

    After last week, the comparisons seem to have ceased. I’m not sure many of us can say we’ve seen anything like the two storms we just experienced, especially around these parts.

  • Snow lovers, haters and laters

    Since the last snow storm trounced my part of the country, I’ve come to the conclusion that the world can be neatly divided into three distinct groups of people:  snow lovers, snow haters, and what I’ve dubbed snow “laters,” laters being a combination of those who both love and hate snow.

  • The Miracle Man called home

    “God gives his hardest battles to his toughest soldiers.”
    - Unknown

    I like that quote.

    My wife was coming home from the hospital last Thursday after her father died. It was late at night after a very long day. We waited up for her so we could give her a hug and let her know that we love her so very much.