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  • Two Sundays ago I was in a flat mood. That’s the best way to describe how I felt. I had no interest in any of the activities that typically take up most of my days.

  • August 6, 1967 (30 Years Ago)
    An afternoon swimming outing quickly turned into tragedy when two girls, Joyce Michelle Stivers, age 9, and her sister, Hectoria Stivers, 7, drowned Monday evening in the Little Kentucky River near the vicinity of the bridge, known as the creek crossing. The accident occurred at about 6:15 p.m. The bodies were later found in five feet of water. The two girls were the daughters of Joe and Linda Stivers, Bedford.

  • I have a long, unfortunate and adversarial relationship with sharp-edged objects. The list of the things I’ve managed to hurt myself on grows longer by the month. Yes, I said month. Many companies have signs to highlight how many days the employees have gone without an accident. Any sign of mine would be embarrassingly short, if not blank.

  • Today I have the heebie jeebies.
    I’ve been listening to a podcast (that’s like a radio program that you download from the Internet) about fear: Why are people afraid? How can they get rid of fear?
    The podcast began with a story about woman with Urbach-Wiethe disease, a rare condition that has three symptoms: a scratchy voice, raised dots around the eyes and absolutely no sense of fear.
    The part of her brain that registers fear is calcified. She can be happy, sad, angry, feel love and feel hate, but she can’t feel fear.

  • July 30, 1987 (30 Years Ago)
    Donald “Skip” Meisner, executive director of the Kentucky Indiana Regional Planning and Development Agency (KIPDA), attended the regular meeting of Trimble County Fiscal Court last week to outline the agency’s services. Meisner said he had flown over the county by helicopter, viewing its terrain and studying its potential. “The county has tremendous appeal in natural beauty. The physical environment is gorgeous.” Meisner stated that the Ohio River had particular development potential.

  • An unnamed force in the universe seems bent on stripping me of any ego I may have possessed. As a young person I was able to take horrendous spills and walk away uninjured. The chill of winter was no deterrent to a day spent playing outdoors. Bare feet were made to run over rocks with the same immunity to pain as were shoes. Finally, I could roll around in poison ivy with absolutely no reaction.

  • July 23, 1987 (30 Years Ago)

  • I have resigned myself to the fact that most attempts I make at outdoor chores are certain to be spoiled by rain. The amount of rainfall increases exponentially in comparison to the degree of work required to complete the task at hand. I can summon the rain by gathering the water hose, bucket, sponge, car shampoo and a look of determination. Mentioning how badly the flower beds need to be weeded will cause a torrential downpour. The mere thought of mowing the grass will trigger flash flood warnings.

  • One of the great pleasures in life is being able to say, “I told you so.”
    I don’t get to say it often, but when I do, especially when I can say it to my husband, I do it with immense glee. I may even dance around and sing.
    Moms get to say I told you so a lot.
    Remember Ralphie’s mom in “A Christmas Story”? Ralphie kept asking for Red Ryder BB gun and his mom kept saying, “You’ll shoot your eye out.”

  • July 16, 1987 (30 Years Ago)

  • At my church this summer we’re learning about the “hard sayings” of Jesus.
    He said stuff like, “I have not come to give peace but division,” “Judge not” and “Let the dead bury the dead.”
    He also said we could ask for stuff -- “Ask and it will be given to you” and that “everyone who asks receives” (Luke 11:9-10).
    He said, “You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it” (John 14:13-14).
    My pastor called it “the big ask.”

  • July 9, 1987 (30 Years Ago)

  • Very large birds seem to be attracted to me. I like birds but I have never gone to any major efforts to all attention to myself. This situation began with the appearance of a vulture.

  • I’ve lived in Florida long enough to know that sometimes we have drought conditions and sometimes the water in the rivers and lakes gets so high it overflows.
    About five years ago, this area of Florida was bone dry. It was so dry that a local man who lived on a canal -- “waterfront property” -- converted the dried-out canal off his boat dock into a golf course, complete with putting green, fairway and a tall grass hazard.

  • July 2, 1987 (30 Years Ago)
    Jeanette McCreary, daughter of John and Diana McCreary of Bedford, was crowned the 1987 Miss Trimble County Saturday among eight other contestants. Selected to grace her court were Shelley Hankinson, First Runner-up and Miss Congeniality; Melani Tingle, Second Runner-up; and Christel Gibson, Third Runner-up and talent competition winner.