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  • When you can't say it, try singing it

    She was struggling to tell me something but her words wouldn’t come. All she could do was mumble and that only with great frustration.

    I was holding her hand, trying as best I could to comfort her in her agitation.

    Her son had called me in the early morning hour, his voice quivering. “Could you come to the hospital as soon as possible?” His elderly mom was not doing well: She had apparently suffered another stroke.

  • Swept up in a dynamic educator's approach to learning

    Mr. and Ms. Employer: Please picture for a moment an ideal world in which new, young employees came equipped with an established work ethic, a history of reliability and a success with the dynamics of team work.

  • Tips for finding a summer camp

    Have you decided where your child is going to go for camp this summer? The Better Business Bureau has tips and business reviews that can help parents find camps that provide safe, rewarding experiences for children.

  • In this abduction story, only the roast beef disappears

    know how easy it is for a child to be abducted. That’s because when I was a child, I invited a stranger into my home.

    It was 1963, I was in second grade and Mom was at a PTA meeting. I had been allowed to come home and stay by myself rather than wait at school until the meeting was over.

    That’s when the stranger rang the doorbell.

  • Seeking patience to sort through the pieces

    Autism is a mystery.

    There’s no known cure and no confirmed cause.

    Diagnosis has increased dramatically in the past two decades. It now reportedly impacts one in 110 children in the U.S.

    You might recognize I’ve been doing some research on the topic. But it didn’t start here in April, which is designated as Autism Awareness Month.

    It’s been a topic of particular interest for some time. My primary instructor is a 6-year-old redheaded boy who calls me Grandpa.

  • Focus on Finance: What's your financial IQ?

    By Michael Bateman

  • Tribute to a teacher who provided lifetime of inspiration

    I was skinny then, with toothpick legs, curly hair, freckled cheeks and two front teeth that were longer than the others. I was, therefore, quietly self-conscious as a seventh grader, and even though I appeared to be confident enough, I was insecure on the inside.

    Instead of standing out and looking people and life straight in the eye, inside the urges to blend in and look away can keep dreams from being reached and personalities from unfurling.

  • One senior reflects on day of service

    On a cold, rainy Saturday morning, 51 students of my senior class braved the weather, gave up their Thunder over Louisville weekend and lost some sleep to catch a bus to help residents of Henryville, Ind., on the National Day of Service.

    As a student on the trip, I witnessed events which affirm what I always have believed — North Hardin is a school of pride and one that truly cares about its tradition of excellence.

  • Power of friendship can start something

    When a child in need is matched with a Big Brother or Big Sister, it doesn’t take long to notice the changes: Parents say their children start focusing on school work, they get along better with their siblings and – best of all – they start talking about the future.

    I asked a group of parents, “Why? Why do your children respond so quickly and dramatically to this one friend in their life?”

    One parent said, “That’s easy. They start to feel accountable.”

  • Shift into moving season with confidence

    Following a few simple rules when selecting a mover will go a long way toward protecting yourself from being victimized by scams this moving season. Better Business Bureau and American Moving & Storage Association recommend doing your homework before selecting a mover.

    As we approach the busiest time of the year for changing residences, BBB encourages consumers to know their rights and the red flags of moving scams. Every year BBB and AMSA receive thousands of complaints from consumers who have fallen prey to dishonest and often unlicensed moving companies.