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Guest Columns

  • OK, everybody, let’s stop!

    The other morning my friend and co-worker Cristy and I devised a solution for all the major problems of the universe.

    Everybody stop.

    Just stop. Take a breath. Step back. Chill out.

    Politicians, stop politicking. Forget about focus groups and pork spending and back room deals and war room strategies. Democrats aren’t evil and neither are Republicans, so stop treating people with whom you disagree as enemies. We’re all Americans, so stop!

  • A fight for shalom

    It was a rare day off in the middle of the work week.

    What to do? What to do?

    My husband had called dibs on the computer and I had already caught up on the antics of the Real Housewives of both New York and New Jersey.

    The only thing left to do was go out and get into a fight.

    Actually, fighting topped my list, trumping reading online pop culture blogs, trumping even shopping for clothes I don’t need.

    Beyond anything else I felt the need to fight - fight for peace, for the shalom of my soul.

  • Aging Baby Boomers present challenges, opportunities alike

    Like the rest of the nation, Kentucky is seeing a definite graying trend as more and more Baby Boomers move past their 65th birthday and a growing number of citizens reach their nineties and beyond.

  • Improving your sleep patterns

    What you eat affects your ability to sleep. Avoid eating pasta and meat casserole late in the evening. Carbohydrates and protein, as well as sugary desserts can disturb restful sleep and may even keep a person awake. Sugar products can be related to moodiness and a racing mind. Poor digestion can be related to getting less sleep. Catnip/lemon balm tea and taking one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with honey or Alovera Juice for indigestion.   

  • The Prayer of Jabez

    My friend Tara recently asked me about a book that swept through the Christian culture like a Category 4 hurricane back in 2000, “The Prayer of Jabez,” by Bruce Wilkinson.

    Tara jokingly wondered aloud if maybe her pooh-poohing the book and not jumping on the “pray like Jabez” bandwagon was coming back to bite her in the butt. Maybe her life would be different if she had been a Jabez prayer pray-er.
    If you’re not familiar with the book, here’s a mini crash course:

  • State’s water supply precious commodity in drought season

    Although milder temperatures this week are certainly welcome, it will be some time before we forget the string of triple-digit temperatures and the lack of rain we have suffered through during the last month.

    Even before June began, Kentucky was on track for an especially dry year.  The rainfall from January through May was almost half of what the state got during the same period in 2011, and there have only been two years since 2000 that have been drier.

  • Fundamentals of the faith

    It seems we’re all recovering from something.
    Recovering drug addicts, recovering alcoholics - I’m a recovering nice person.

    For about a year or so I’ve been reading a blog for recovering Christian fundamentalists, “Stuff Fundies Like,” at www.stufffundieslike.com.

  • July marks start of fiscal year

    July may not be a time normally associated with a rush of legislative activity, but in a key way, no month is busier.

    That’s because it marks the beginning of the state’s fiscal year, and it also is when most of the new laws adopted earlier in the year by the General Assembly take effect.  Unless there is an emergency clause or another specified date, all enacted bills officially go on the books 90 days after the end of a legislative session.  This year, that falls on July 12th.

  • Former editor enjoys reunion with Stripes newspaper staff

    Sometimes, with the right group of people, it doesn’t matter how much time passes from the last time you were together.

    That’s the way it was for me the weekend of June 23-24, when my best friend and I took a road trip to a tiny town in the Catskills of upstate New York to reunite with some of my co-workers from the past.

  • Christians running the race

    I know I’ve been writing about my kids a lot lately, but if not for column fodder, really, what else are kids good for?

    I jest.

    My daughters are runners, Alison more so than Laura. Alison and her husband both run marathons and “fun” little 13 or 18-milers.

    Alison loves to run around her historic town, Alexandria, Va. She likes the history and the scenery and the Starbucks coffee at the end of her runs as a reward for not dying.