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Monday's Man

  • Some lessons learned result in embracing family and a couch

    There is a simplicity to life when you’re nearing 54 years of age.

    I guess I get that from my parents.

    They never worried about living in a big expensive house or having new vehicles in the driveway. Shoot, they never even had a credit card.

    So I have never worried about material things as a means of satisfaction. But, we do have a few credit cards that remind us we have them once a month.

  • Navy veteran Jarrett gives back to others who served

    Dave Jarrett is a U.S. Navy veteran in a sea of Army veterans in Hardin County.

    Jarrett, 66, began his Navy career at the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Md. After graduation in 1969, his first ship went to the Middle East and he visited many ports on the Indian Ocean.

  • Eye of the storm uncovers heart of a volunteer

    Eight years ago, Hurricane Katrina took many things away from former Louisiana resident Doug Frederick: his home, his security and most of his personal belongings.

    But the devastating storm also gave him something: an appreciation for each day and the motivation to volunteer.

    “You know where you’ve been, so you know you can give back,” Frederick said.

  • Pawley: Heart of Bruin athletics

    There is no doubt Justin Pawley loves Central Hardin High School athletics. Pawley, who has Down syndrome, has been involved with Central Hardin sports since he was a team manger in high school and became an honorary coach after graduating in 1999.

    He’s been with the boys' soccer team for 20 years and the boys' basketball team for 18.

    “All I ever wanted to do is coach,” Pawley said.

    Soccer coach Mike Wiersema said his pregame talks are legendary.

  • Volunteer focuses on service, not disability

    When you first meet James Best you might see a name badge that signifies he volunteers at the Elizabethtown American Red Cross.

    Or you might notice a black rubber wrist band that sports the name of a favorite wrestler.

    You might even see him driving down the street.

    Or if you’re like others Best meets, you might see only his disability.

  • From the cheap seats: Email can bring a quick smile at childhood memories

    It all started with a Friday morning email at 9:36 with an attachment from nearly a thousand miles away.

    Whenever I get an email from John St. Germain, I know it is going to be pretty good. This one didn’t disappoint.

    On the attachment was a patch that we won for finishing second in a summer baseball tournament in Quebec back in 1977. Opening it rushed back a flood of memories from that one tournament, a few games among dozens over a lifetime.

  • The Art of Performance: Imagery lets you see success on the way

    Mikaela Shriffrin shocked the world at the Winter Olympics in Sochi. As an 18-year-old skier, she was the youngest winner ever in the slalom racing event.

    She is a well-known skier and is not shy in talking about the secret of her success. For her, it begins with hard work and practice but it prominently includes imagery.

  • The Art of Performance: The resilience challenge of the winter season

    By DR. KEITH WILSON

  • For Your Health: Take these steps to stick to your goals

    The New Year is just a month old and hopefully your resolutions still are going strong. If they’re not, here are some tips to sustain your 2014 goals.

    Just start. There are some days when you don’t feel like heading out the door for a run, or figuring out your budget or whatever it is you’re supposed to do that day to meet your goal. Instead of thinking about how hard it is and how long it will take, tell yourself you just have to start.

  • From the Cheap Seats: Fun outdoors always beats Xbox session

    Kids today really don't know what they're missing by opting for indoor games over what you can do outdoors.

    When was the last time you saw a bunch of kids walking to a ball field to just play baseball or softball? How about soccer or football?

    Rarely, I would guess, is your answer because it certainly is mine.