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Guest Columns

  • The gift of wanting

    I like to tell people that every obsession I have is my youngest daughter’s fault. She got me hooked on jewelry, shoes, pedicures, purses, expensive cosmetics - I blame her, only because the alternative is to blame myself.

    But the truth is, I was born a wanter. I want this and I want that and I want more.

    In an old Seinfeld episode Kramer asks George, “Do you ever yearn?”

    George tells him, “Well, not recently. I craved. I crave all the time, constant craving. But I haven’t yearned.”

  • Kentucky ranks high in charitable giving

    If it seems that the news is often filled more with what’s wrong with the world than what’s right, the holidays give us a chance to flip that equation for a time.

    Here in Kentucky, it doesn’t take long to find some good news across the state.

    Earlier this fall, for example, we learned our citizens are much more willing to give to charitable causes than those living in most other states. According to the Chronicle of Philanthropy, we rank 15th in this category.

  • A road trip worth taking

    By TEENA DRAKE
    Special to The Trimble Banner

    Christmas lights are a tradition upheld across the United States, as families and friends travel far and wide to watch in amazement as they illuminate the night. Nestled at the end of Music Valley road in Nashville, TN. a campground has created a magical Christmas wonderland with a magnitude of lights and a beautiful arrangement of music.

  • Who is flying the plane?

    I flew a plane last week, Delta flight 837.

    Well, maybe not “flew” it, but I definitely helped.
    My daughter moved to Hawaii last week and flew from Atlanta to Honolulu, a nine hour, 14 minute flight that I tracked on my computer.

    For nine hours and 14 minutes I watched an airplane icon inch its way across the continent and then over the Pacific Ocean.

    At one point, about an hour off the California coast, the plane on my computer screen faced east instead of west.

  • States’ bottom lines stabilizing; Ky. on projected target

    As the debate in Washington rages over what the federal government should do to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff, there is some good news when it comes to state government budgets: Most are finally seeing their bottom lines stabilizing.

  • First World Problems

    Today I’m suffering First World Problems. To name a few:

    I noticed too late that the gray of my shirt does not match the gray of my pants. Also? I left the house without wearing any bracelets, so not only am I color uncoordinated, but I have naked wrists.

  • Thanksgiving at the state level

    This week, as we turn our focus to family, food and – for some – football, now is the ideal time to pause for a moment to recall all for which we are thankful.

    At the state level, the good news is that some silver linings have begun to shine through after several especially tough years.

    The 12 months between Sept. 2011 and 2012, for example, saw Kentucky add 47,000 jobs -- our highest year-to-year total since 2000. Only South Dakota had a larger percentage increase during the same 12-month period.

  • Give thanks with a grateful heart

    An open letter to God, a psalm of thanksgiving:

    My Father who art in heaven

    Truly, hallowed and holy is your name.

    As I begin to write my yearly psalm of thanksgiving, this my 12th or 13th year, I’m wrestling with where to start, what to say, how to even approach you.

    Not that I’m not thankful, because I am. But I don’t want this to be rote and same -- or worse, clever for cleverness sake. After 12 or 13 years, I struggle to be fresh. I struggle to be present, to not just phone it in.

  • It’s time we work together

    Our world is at a point of crisis that most of us could never have imagined. Factors of climate, war, culture, environmental destruction, resources, unemployment and financial decline are creating fear and uncertainty of the future. We are at what some predict as the end times.

    Whether you agree with this or not, one thing that we all agree on is the need to set aside our differences and focus on mutual goals of restoration. We can no longer divide the focus by remaining in conflict within ourselves, our families, our communities, our country and our world.

  • Phantoms and mirror magic

    A month or so ago, I met a man with part of his right arm missing -- he was a tree trimmer and had an accident involving a chain saw.

    I asked him if the missing part ever hurt. He said as a matter of fact, it was bothering him as we were talking.