• It's time to talk seriously about violence

    I used to work with someone who would on rare occasions step into my office and ask, “Can we talk?” I immediately knew something was seriously amiss and therefore needed to be addressed in order to avoid potentially disastrous consequences.

  • Spirit of season is familiar in her Muslim home

    White snow fell gently and quietly on the ground. Lights strewn around the front porch looked like miniscule bright stars which had fallen from the sky. A fully decorated tree stood proudly in the window as wrapped presents lay lazily underneath.

    A scene such as this was more than common in most homes back in the 1970s. But this was no ordinary home: This was a Muslim home, my home. 

  • Take time to consider your life's impact upon others

    With the birth of Jesus Christ, we are reminded of the potential of every human being and then in a few short months we see the sacrifice of his life for the forgiveness of our sins. I believe the Lord intended this short time frame between these monumental events as a reminder of just how short life on earth is for us. 

  • Food marks festive celebrations at holiday and all year

    Have you ever noticed how much food there is around Christmas? Everywhere you look and even in the great classic movies — tables of food and desserts. 

    I probably notice food a little more than most people because of my work, but if you take a minute to look around, it won’t be long before you start noticing how your office, bank and other places turn into a giant cruise ship buffet the next couple days.   

  • Seeking to discover the true joy of good news

    “But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.’”

    I first heard that Christmas proclamation as a child but remember having serious doubts about the great joy of Christmas by the time I had reached junior high. Even though joy was a dominant theme of the season, it always seemed elusive. I just did not get it because I did not understand the difference between joy and happiness.

  • Rejoicing over a Merry 'Army' Christmas

    "City sidewalks, busy sidewalks, dressed in holiday style ...” A stroll through the streets of Fort Knox today could evoke the Norman Rockwell imagery that typifies our often idyllic aspirations for the holiday season.

    Like their civilian friends and neighbors, American service members and their loved ones cherish opportunities to celebrate the incarnation of the Christ. And like civilians, Army families struggle to maintain a healthy perspective on the reason for this season.

  • Reflecting on the impact of 81 Christmases

    Christmas started off for me in the Depression era: A red fire chief truck and toy soldiers.

    Years later after high school, a letter from the local draft board in Ashland arrived and I was a real soldier.

    I was 21, sent to Korea in an infantry unit working in ordnance.

  • Making the holidays enjoyable when a loved one has Alzheimer’s

    With all their potential for joyous reunions with beloved family members and friends, the holidays also can generate a great deal of angst at the prospect of visiting a loved one diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or another memory disorder. The upcoming visit may lead to several questions:

    How should I respond when Aunt Mary tells the same story over and over, or when she forgets who I am?

    How can I help Dad deal with his anger and frustration over Mom’s behavior?

  • Cherishing the moments and mementos of Christmas

    As a child growing up in Summit, age 4 or 5, I remember walking a short distance with my mother to visit my Aunt Belle on Christmas Eve night and a miracle happened. When we returned home, Santa had been there with toys, fruit, orange slice candy and a big peppermint  stick.

  • Keeping alive the story of one D-Day survivor

    This December weekend is becoming a second Veterans Day here in Hardin County.

    It started four years ago with the Wreaths Across America observance at the Kentucky Veterans Cemetery-Central in Radcliff. This year, more than 2,500 grave sites received a wreath of honor.

    Later on Saturday, the second official ceremony at the new Hardin County Veterans Tribute honored all branches of service by placing commemorative wreaths at the monument’s statues.