Guest Columns

  • Bullying warning signs

    Dear Readers,
    In continuing to address the topic of bullying I want to first make a correction from last week’s article. There was a typo that made the statement “Bullying will be resolve without adult intervention.” In fact it should have said, “Bullying will not be resolved without adult intervention.” This is a very important point to be clear on. Bullying needs to be reported immediately.

  • Crossover moment to becoming a Christian

    I love a good conversion story, that moment or series of moments that lead up to a person going from not belonging to Jesus to belonging to him.
    I remember telling my friend Mike that it was like getting married. Either you are or you aren’t. I told him you can think you’re married, say you’re married, live with another person as if you’re married, but unless you’ve signed the marriage license and said, “I do,” you’re not married.

  • When Americans proved their worth

    By Heather French Henry
    Commissioner, Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs
    They were untested. Young, green American troops. To the eyes of the British and French soldiers, worn out by four years of trench warfare, the Americans looked highly unlikely to hold the line against the Germans marching on Paris.
    As Jim Yardley wrote last year in the New York Times:

  • Kentucky veterans have contributed to freedom’s cause

    On November 11th, our nation will come together as it has for nearly a century to pay tribute to those who have sacrificed their time, talents and even their lives and limbs to preserve our freedom.
    Altogether, there have been more than 40 million men and women who have been part of the U.S. Armed Forces since the Continental Army was first established 240 years ago this past June. Tens of millions more have served, or still are serving, as members of the National Guard and the Reserves, both of which trace their history back even further.

  • Deciduous Toenails

    Since my husband and I married I have gone through several sets of toenails. Sets may be a bit of an exaggeration, more like the same toenails over and over again. I’ve recently shed a big toenail; right before the trees began to drop their leaves. Another similarity to the autumn leaf is the color change. Leaves become beautiful shades of yellow, red and russet; toenails go black….

  • Bullying defined

    Dear Readers,
    Several years ago I was privileged enough to attend a training on Bullying presented by Dr. Allan L. Beane. Dr. Beane has been one of our nation’s leading experts on the topic for many years and having been exposed to his teachings I can vouch for his expertise.
    The topic of bullying is so important that it may take more than one week for me to address it so in the upcoming weeks there will be more information provided. I hope that it helps you as parents to be more aware of whether your child is being bullied or if your child is the bully.

  • We are all ‘millennials’

    Since last year I’ve gotten three new podmates at work, all millennials (those born in the 1980s to the early 2000s).
    One just turned 30, one just turned 27 and one, at 22, is younger than my favorite denim jacket that I still wear.
    I call them my pod kids and they call me their pod mom.
    Of the three, the 30-year-old was horrified to learn that she is a millennial. She had me watch a “Millennials in the Workplace” You Tube video that hilariously portrayed her generation as, among other things, always expecting a reward for doing their job.

  • Domestic violence, sex crimes, bullying addressed by forums

    As a matter of public policy, domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking and bullying were seldom discussed for much of our country’s history, much less adequately addressed. 
    Thankfully, that era is largely behind us. Today, society is much more aware of these acts of aggression and how to stop them, and as a result, we’re seeing a greater number of victims get the care they deserve.
    In many ways, Kentucky has been a leader among the states in this regard, and 2015 is poised to be remembered as a high-water mark in this journey.

  • Dangers of social media

    Dear Readers,

  • Hope, like light, scatters the darkness

    The other morning I ate breakfast in the moonlight.
    The temperature outdoors was several degrees cooler than the temperature indoors, so I took my bowl of Cinnamon Chex/Fiber One with unsweetened almond milk and my cup of coffee, opened the sliding glass door that separates the living room from the back screened-in porch and sat at the high-top tile table.
    It was early — I’m a ridiculously early riser — and it was still dark out except for a sliver of a moon.