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Columns

  • Making in-home care decisions

    Basically, we all travel down the same road of life. As we transition from children to adults, we make many key decisions regarding careers, families and well being. We decide where to settle and live out our years and, hopefully, will be able to decide who will help us as we grow older.

    Caring for yourself or an older family member as the aging process happens is not a new concept. Families have been doing this for generations; in fact, it was an expectation of family.

  • In presidential politics, Kentucky is largely invisible

    Politics can be interesting and fun.

    And with that opening statement, many readers quickly turn the page.

    I know it’s not a widely held belief but some of us enjoy the process. The art of getting elected involves convincing others that your motives are pure, your ideas are sound and you’re capable of delivering. It’s a form of real-life theater and the results have impact on the future.

    Having started my career covering ballgames, I think the process of reporting about politics is much the same.

  • Bridal guidelines for a smooth show

    SHOW INFO
    A 40-page special section previewing the annual Bridal Showcase will be inside Friday's edition of The News-Enterprise. The free event is scheduled from noon to 4:30 p.m. Sunday at Pritchard Community Center in Elizabethtown.

    The wedding planning season is in full swing - and bridal expos are headed to the Louisville area in the coming weeks! Your Better Business Bureau has helpful tips for future brides and bridesmaids attending a show.

  • Surprised by a daughter's prayer

    “Why don’t you go with me?”

    I asked my daughter to accompany me to the Abby of Gethsemani. She was home with us for a few days during the Christmas holidays, visiting from New York City. Mary had been to Gethsemani with me before.

    “Sure, I’d love to,” was her ready response.

  • Redistricting means less than experience

    Political shenanigans take place once a decade as legislators in power attempt to gain an advantage by redrawing district boundaries in ways considered beneficial to the interests of their allies.

    Recent decisions in Frankfort that turn the map of Hardin County into a jigsaw puzzle are nothing new. Complaints about having the county's influence diluted, seeing precincts sliced into three pieces or Radcliff split into four districts are not new.

  • For Tim Tebow, it's all in the numbers

    “Why can’t you do something like that?” My friend jokingly posed that question to me while we were waiting for a church deacons meeting to begin.

  • Managing the stress of caregiving

    Stress. It’s amazing what a small, six-letter word can do to a person’s physical, mental and emotional health. We have all felt stress at different times, and know the havoc it can cause, from the headaches to the ulcers to the fits of uncontrollable crying.

    For many of us, and especially for the caregivers of a loved one with a chronic illness such as Alzheimer’s disease, negative stress often is the leader of other undesirable feelings. Stress, along with guilt, despair and anxiety quickly can eat away at a family caregiver’s entire being.

  • Struggling with what you choose not to do

    Very often, the most difficult question is not what to put in the newspaper but what to leave out.
    Despite being pummeled by rumors and cries of outrage, the newsroom staff made what I consider a difficult yet appropriate decision in October. I couldn’t tell you about it then because it involved Natalie Gentry, an Elizabethtown resident and LaRue County High School teacher.
    She was charged with sexual abuse Thursday, almost three months after she was discharged by the school district.

  • Calendar of photos emphasizes daily value of the unit

    The New Year already has flown, leaving its newborn status lying flat in the nest.

    And I’m left with all these extra calendars — two from local businesses, two from churches which somehow think I will be interested in adding their agenda to my schedule and another complimentary calendar from a company wanting me to buy calendars to give people next year, assuming, I suppose, that I somehow believe others will be interested in my agenda next year.

    But I like the pictures on these calendars, anyway.

  • When alone time becomes uncomfortable

    The house never seems more empty than after the holidays.

    All the Christmas clutter is gone and decorations stowed again on basement shelves. But that doesn't account for the emotional emptiness.

    The kids and grandkids also are gone. Somehow, an after-holiday home seems a lot less homey.

    As a person who always has cherished "alone time," it's surprising to realize how quickly solitude can swell into sorrow. Why does being alone sound so inviting when a shade too much of it is so very lonely?