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  • Have you seen “This is Us?”
    It’s an NBC drama on Tuesday nights that follows the Pearson family: three siblings -- Kevin, Kate and Randall -- and their parents, Jack and Rebecca.
    Actually, Kevin and Kate are two-thirds of a set of triplets. The third triplet, Kyle, died at birth.
    After Randall, born on the same day, is left at a fire station and brought to the hospital by a fireman, Jack and Rebecca adopt him and raise all three kids as the “Big Three.”

  • Jan. 22, 1987 (30 Years Ago)
    Louisville Gas & Electric’s Wises landing plant continues to be plagued by consumer groups. Last week, two of the organizations, Paddlewheel Alliance and Utility Ratecutters of Kentucky, filed complaints to the Public Service Commission. The PSC recently set a July 1991 date for LG&E to complete the new plant. Meanwhile, the PSC continues a statewide study to determine future electricity needs.

  • My car has become a hysterical mess. Like many cars it’s fully equipped with a plethora of indicator lights. For example, the car will tell me when it needs gas, an oil change, the seatbelts fastened and much more among an infinite variety of status updates. While it’s true that these lights can be extremely helpful for the motorist, my car has managed to take these helpful alerts to a new level.

  • There’s always something new to click on Facebook, and recently it’s been “What Has 2016 Taught You?”
    According to Facebook, here’s what I’ve supposedly learned this past year:

    “Forgiving is easy, it’s trusting them again that’s hard.”
    The folks or whoever/whatever at Facebook added, “The past year has changed you completely. You’ve seen your life from a completely different angle and this led you to new experiences.”
    Hmmm.

  • Jan. 15, 1987 (30 Years Ago)
    Trimble County Judge-Executive Jack Couch reported at the recent meeting of Trimble County Fiscal Court that the county housed prisoners in the Oldham County Jail 622 days in 1986 at a cost of $14 a day, for a total of $8,714. Trimble averages about 15 prisoners per month being housed at the Oldham facility. Oldham is planning construction of a new regional jail facility to house prisoners in Oldham, Trimble and Henry counties.

  • I have been betrayed! I have been in considerable pain for the past week because of my conservative attitude toward wisdom teeth. I only grew three because tooth four resolved to play coy. Tooth four would attempt to grow and retreat. This pattern continued for years until we both grew tired of the game, it went into dormancy and we haven’t spoken since.

  • For Christmas I gave my husband Psalm 91.
    Not all of it, just the first two verses:
    “Whoever dwells in the shelter of the most high will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress, my God in whom I trust.’ ”
    I found an artist on the Etsy website who hand paints scripture verses, white lettering on rustic gray paper.

  • Jan. 8, 1987 (30 Years Ago)
    The Tri-County Hospital, serving the counties of Oldham, Trimble and Henry, opened Monday in LaGrange. A full-service hospital, Tri-County has ultra-modern equipment to care for any type of ailment or procedure except open heart surgery and critically ill children. Construction of the $14 million facility began in the summer of 1985. The for-profit hospital will be operated by Basic American Medical, Inc., of Indianapolis.

  • My first attempt at Christmas cookies may well be my last. Along with vegetable gardens, flower beds, painting and large car parking, baking the iconic Christmas sugar cookie is fraught with unexpected perils. Sugar cookies are a wonderful tradition during the holiday season and I determined that I would join in on the fun. When will I ever learn?

  • It seems the older I get, the less space I have in my brain, like all the file folders in the filing cabinet are full.
    More often than I care to admit, I’ll write myself a quick note intending to develop it into a column later, but when later comes I’ll have no clue what I was thinking when I wrote the note.
    However, all is not hopeless, as occasionally I go through my folder of assorted notes and cobble together a column of bits and pieces and random musings in the hope that something might be helpful to someone.

  • January, 1952: first day back to school after Christmas break. I was in the second grade and was I excited to get back to school.

  • Jan. 1, 1987 (30 Years Ago)
    The board of directors of the Bedford Loan & Deposit Bank has announced an addition to the bank’s staff. Effective Jan. 5, 1987, Jon A. Dunlap will be joining the bank. Jon interned at the bank last summer, familiarizing himself with bank operations and procedures. “We look forward to Jon’s employment with the bank,” said President Neil Bryan. “He comes to us with an excellent blend of local knowledge and academic achievement.”

  • I was recently invited to join the Bell Choir at my church. I have seen these choirs perform and I‘ve always enjoyed the experience. I was assured that I would be responsible for a mere two notes. Two notes? How hard can that be? I was in band in school and I was responsible for a lot more than two. Famous last words.

  • When I first met Charlie Campbell, he was at the end of his rope -- the end of his hope.
    Earlier this year, his wife had a series of strokes that left her paralyzed on her right side and bedridden.
    Himself disabled, he has been caring for his wife and two daughters, one who is autistic.
    A man in the community told me about Charlie and his need, among other things, for a wheelchair-accessible van so he could get his wife out of the house so she could feel normal again.

  • The candles were lit, my favorite dish was cooking, my wife had a smile on her face……no it wasn’t THAT- but thanks for the boost to my 62 year old male ego!!!!
    “Honey,” she said, (that was a good sign) “the kids are grown….and gone (we hope). It is time we began downsizing”—awwww, I wished it hadn’t been THAT.  “You start in the garage.”