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Monday's Man

  • The Art of Performance: New Year’s challenge: Follow the Jimmy Fallon example

    Jan. 1 presents a new challenge each year. We feel compelled to set up resolutions, which sound so good and usually fall by the wayside very quickly.

    The problem with New Year’s resolutions is the process used to create them.

    Most people create them as a response to pressure other people put on them. It is one of those “should” things. We “should” make New Year’s resolutions. There is not much commitment to this style of goal setting.

  • The Art of Performance: Give yourself a holiday gift

    The holiday season brings with it many joys and challenges. It is supposed to be the time when families gather and share in the cheer of the season. There are many ways to celebrate during the holiday season and each of them has its own special heritage and meaning for the participants. Many share gifts as part of the season.

  • For Your Health: Take everyday meausres to fight flu

    The Centers for Disease Control recommends a three-step approach to fighting flu.

    The first and most important step is to get a flu vaccination each year.

    But if you get the flu, there are prescription antiviral drugs that can treat your illness. Early treatment especially is important for the elderly, the very young, people with certain chronic health conditions and pregnant women.

    Finally, everyday preventive actions can slow the spread of germs that cause respiratory — nose, throat and lungs — illnesses such as flu.

  • The Art of Performance: Big Papi finishes first

    We often think high-level performers cannot be nice or compassionate people. The World Series provided a great example of high-level performance and a positive personality working together. David Ortiz has been an invaluable player for the Boston Red Sox for more than 10 years. He is known as “Big Papi” because he is 6 feet 4 inches tall and weighs 230 pounds.

  • For Your Health: Don’t drive while drowsy

    Most people are aware of the dangers of driving while intoxicated, but many do not know drowsiness also impairs judgment, performance and reaction times just like alcohol and drugs.

  • One day loaded with emotional conflict

    The day of Oct. 7 is always a battle in my mind and in my heart. I dread that day each year.

    It's nothing close to the torment that my father must surely feel as he emotionally is pulled in two extreme directions. The day is his birth date and the anniversary of his wife's death.

  • Guy Wallace strives to repay hometown's kindness

    Guy Wallace grew up in Elizabethtown and set out to give back to the community that was good to him in his childhood.

    After attending Elizabethtown High School, Wallace studied biology at University of Louisville and then went on to physical therapy school.

    He came back to Elizabethtown because he liked the community.

    “The community was good to me as a youth and I thought I’d come back and be good to the community that was good to me,” Wallace said.

  • The Art of Performance: Taking on helplessness

    By Dr. Keith Wilson

    One of the big factors that undermines effective performance is helplessness.

    A sense of helplessness is detrimental to the mental and physical health of an individual. People give up when they feel helpless. They believe there is no reason to keep trying. They feel defeated. This feeling could happen in a sporting competition or a work environment where the person feels powerless to influence any part of the situation.

  • P.E. teacher exercises passion for fitness

    Doing the job he wants to do is a real workout for Kermit Olive.

    The physical education teacher at Lakewood Elementary School in Stephensburg is serious about child fitness. Olive hopes to promote physical fitness not only in the school but beyond.

    “That’s what I’m striving for,” Olive said, noting it’s good to have knowledge about physical fitness, but it needs to be put to use outside the school.

  • The Art of Performance: Performing at a high level when it matters most

    Quality performance means doing your best when it matters most. It might surprise you that on Sept. 10, 2013, a high level performance took place at the Dairy Queen in Hopkins, Minn.

    Joey Prusak,19, is the manager of that Dairy Queen. He has worked there since he was 14.