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  • This past Tuesday, Americans everywhere exercised their right to vote.

    We are blessed to live in a country where we get a say in who represents us in all levels of our government. I for one, am grateful. However, in the runup to the national election, the rhetoric was downright nasty and mean. It used to be that only the politicians did the mud-slinging. Nowadays, the public seems to be just as much a part of the villifying, us versus them, behavior.

  • One of my favorite writers, Anne Lamott, recently posted on Facebook that she’s always wanted to write a book called, “All the People I Still Hate: A Christian Perspective.”

    That makes me laugh.

    This woman is a mess and has wonky theology, but she’s honest about her flaws and knows that it’s the blood of Jesus that “saves a wretch like me.”

    She wrote that she knows Christians aren’t supposed to hate, because hate is ugly and diminishes the soul of the hater.

  • To my relief the horses experienced no mishap in their new shed, so the roofing began. This is where I came in. Roofing is a multiple person job, but unfortunately for my husband, I was the only assistant available.

    I knew absolutely nothing about roofing. I knew it involved shingles, hammers and weird nails and was usually done in vicious heat. We were spared the heat but had the cold. I would have preferred the heat.

  • I’m beginning to hate driving at night. I can’t understand why the automotive industry insists on designing headlights that are exponentially brighter than the previous year. Exactly how much light is enough?

    I daresay the amount of candlepower being produced by these earthbound quasars is overkill. None of the people I know are exploring the Marianas Trench. Nor are they tunneling to the Earth’s core. I’m completely at a loss as to why anyone except an underground commuter would want illumination that rivals a welding torch.

  • The other day my daughter, Alison, received an update on her Ancestry DNA results.

    Apparently, she’s more Irish than they had originally said she was. Her Great Britain percentage decreased from 22 to 18 percent and her Ireland/Scotland heritage skyrocketed from 7 percent to a whopping 31 percent.

    The Irish is some from my side (O’Rourke) and some from my husband’s side (Kennedy).

    Her Italian DNA stayed at 22 percent, which she gets from her grandmother on her dad’s side.

  • In just a few days a day of fear and dread will be celebrated by many know as Halloween.

  • Recently I was asked, “How frequent should I be looking at my investments and making changes?” This is a great topic to discuss in today’s column.

  • I have built-in radar that detects animals in need with unerring accuracy.

    It’s caused me much satisfaction throughout the years. It’s also gotten me into a fair amount of trouble. Some people don’t appreciate a veritable pride of cats. Some people don’t appreciate a food bill of ridiculous proportions that contains absolutely nothing for humans. I attempt to hide these bills, with absolutely no success.

  • My current screen saver on my phone is a simple Bible verse, a command and a promise, eight small but powerful words: “Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10).

    That verse, those eight small, ordinary words, has been my lifeline for the past year or two as I have struggled with some difficult things within my family.

    Be still.

    Be — not pretend to be or try to be, but be.

    Whenever God gives a command in his Word, he also gives the means to do it.

  • In 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue. Sound familiar? It should!

    You learned this in school. It’s a rhyme that reminds us that in 1492 Christopher Columbus set sail from Spain to prove the world is round and to look for new worlds. Later that year he and his ships made it to the West Indies, proving that the world is indeed round and discovering new territories. This would not have in happened if in part, he hadn’t been looking to discover new truths.

  • BY STEVE MIRACLE | Superintendent of Trimble County Schools

    Recently, the Kentucky Department of Education released accountability scores for each public K-12 school in Kentucky. We wanted to take the opportunity to share some details and a snapshot of our achievement from the 2017-2018 school year.

  • In his book, Soul Detox, Pastor Craig Groeschel explains, “What you fear most reveals what you value most.” Further he states, “What you fear most reveals where you trust God least.”

    In these uncertain times we need a different perspective about worry. There are so many things we worry about: Money. Jobs. Marriage and relationships. Our health. Our kids. The future. Sometimes we worry when there seems to be nothing to worry about. We worry while waiting for something bad to happen.

  • Recently, I heard about a young dad named Dillon Moore and a Texas dentist, Dr. Kenny Wilstead.

    About two years ago, Wilstead randomly came across Moore on Facebook and noticed that he wasn’t smiling in any of his photos and offered to fix his teeth, if that was the reason he didn’t smile.

    Moore replied that he couldn’t take off work, and that was that.

  • Tragedy struck over this past weekend. Thankfully no people or animals were involved. The carpet cleaner burned up. I was attempting to rescue the carpets from the damage wrought by humans, cats and dogs; this chore was way overdue. Overdue to the point I lived in perpetual dread of having anybody coming to the house. When the unexpected person arrived I always told them, “Don’t look at the place.” A plea I learned from my mother.

  • Last week I met with Carla, a young woman who has an amazing story of how God is using her.

    But first, she had to go through a time of incredible pain and darkness. Of course, much of her darkness was the resulting consequences of her own bad choices. Still, those consequences were the very ones she needed to suffer to become the usable vessel she is today.

    I’ve heard many pastors use Oswald Chambers’ quote: “Before God can use a (person) greatly, he must wound him deeply.”

  • My household and technology have conspired to complicate time keeping in an astounding fashion.

  • For the past few years I’ve been following on social media the true-life saga of a lost child.

    The child is an adult, but he’s still a child to his frantic mother – and to God.

    The son is in his mid- to late-20s I think, and has been living on the streets off and on for a few years, depending on his drug addiction.

    When he’s sober, he works. But when he’s not, well, his mom isn’t sure how he makes his money to support his addiction or feed himself or find a place to sleep.

  • None of us live long until we discover for ourselves that not everything we encounter on life’s journey is really “real.” It doesn’t make any difference what area of life it may be, there seems to always be a counterfeit for the genuine.

  • Dear readers,

    I would like to share some very good news with you about the school district this week. The first item of good news is that Trimble County Public Schools, for the second year consecutively, has a balanced budget. It was a struggle to get there as we went through the legislative session in the spring and had more than $300,000 cut from our state revenue. Once again, however, the consolidation of our middle and high school buildings back in 2016 has been extremely helpful in allowing us to efficiently use our resources over the past two years.

  • The Trimble County Historical Society was formed in 1977. As the founding members began researching those who settled here they had to reach out to other counties to get the beginnings. The members of societies in other counties came together and decided to have an annual picnic to bond with one another.