• Long-term care is often times an after-thought in someone’s financial plan. I argue that it needs to be a key component of the financial planning process from step one. But why? What’s so important about long term care?

  • “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love” (1 Corinthians 13:13, NIV).

    I hate to admit it, but we live in a consumer driven, disposable world.

    Our lives are filled with advertisements wanting our business. Consumer giants like Amazon continue to experience growth as more and more people order online. Every day something is invented, something is improved and there is something made that we just can’t live without.

  • So, this is the last time I’m writing about Jonah — I promise. Maybe.

    It’s just that his story is so chock-full of things that smack me between my eyes.

    Last week I wrote about being inside the fish. This week, Jonah’s been spit out onto the shore, alive.

    My pastor said of this recently: “The grace of God spins you like a tornado, then it throws you out.”

    He added, “It throws you back in the fray,” back in the game, back in the battle.

  • LOUISVILLE – Kentucky Science Center’s Science in Play 2Go (SIP2GO) opens March 16, 2019 at the Trimble County Public Library, 35 Equity Drive in Bedford.

    SIP2GO empowers children and families to learn together by using fun, hands-on activities and encouraging the simple principle of “playing.” The free exhibit will be open during library hours from March 16 through June 2. Field trips and group visits to Science in Play 2GO are encouraged – arrangements can be made by contacting the library.

  • “Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” – Leo Tolstoy

    Dear Readers,

    Change is a difficult thing to accept at times, yet when you take time to think of it, we are in a constant state of change from birth. It is something we should have mastered by now but most of us continue to struggle with change.

  • I’m still thinking about Jonah and the whole swallowed by a fish thing.

    Here are some of my thoughts:

    * Sometimes you’re plankton. You’re minding your own business when all of a sudden a big fish swallows a smaller fish as its lunch and you, the microscopic plankton swimming nearby, get swallowed too.

    What’s up with that?

  • For many of us, we live under the impression that there is something better around the corner.

    In fact, it is so much better that it actually matters more than what we have or where we are right now. We believe that something we desire, something we’ve been looking for, or something that’s going to bring fulfillment and meaning to our life is just around the corner.

    We believe that the thing that’s going to make the difference in our life – it’s not here, not now. It’s somewhere out there, just around the corner.

  • Our recent rainy weather has created a novel substance. Rainwater, dirt and horse contributions have joined to create a special kind of mud.

    Additionally, 3,000 equine pounds provide a constant mixing process. The resulting product is unlike standard rain puddle mud. Special mud has its own personality; its own terrifying personality.

  • I recently had a reminder that appearances can be deceptive. An ancient cat took residence under our porch. This is the same porch that has managed to attract a representative or three of various species.

    Once the ancient cat introduced himself there was no question about bringing him inside. The polar vortex was imminent and he was in no condition to withstand its ridiculously cold temperatures. Our new family member was soon named Everette.

  • My church is currently going through the Old Testament book of Jonah.

    Jonah is my guy. He did it all wrong, but he still received God’s grace.

    In the beginning of the book, God tells Jonah to go to Ninevah, a wicked city filled with people Jonah hated, and Jonah says, “Nope. Not gonna do it,” and goes in the opposite direction, hitching a ride on a ship.

    That turns out to not be a good choice for Jonah, because it leads him into a violent storm, gets him thrown overboard by the crew and then swallowed by a fish.

  • “When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.’ 20 So he got up and went to his father.

  • For my whole life (so far) I’ve been ridiculously healthy.

    In spite of that, as I’ve mentioned before, I suffer from occasional bouts of hypochondria. To me, a headache means a brain tumor, a twinge anywhere means cancer or some rare, as-yet-to-be-identified fatal disease.

    As I write this, I’m concerned about leprosy.

    Actually, I just learned that I have a case of functional leprosy — and most likely so do you.

  • I know this is late, but I just made a New Year’s resolution: I resolve to take more days off from work and not fret about wasting time.

    I resolve to go out for coffee or ice cream or a burger — or maybe even Indian food — with at least one other person, preferably more than one.

    I also resolve to accept more hugs, to “let not (my) heart be troubled” and to eat more maple syrup because it’s a perfect food.

  • Throughout my entire educational experience reading, writing and spelling have always come naturally to me. Thanks to my mom, I could read before I started school and never looked back.

  • BY CHARLES LISTON | Special to the Banner

    A cooperative Rotary/Trimble County Schools project begun last fall to develop Monarch butterfly habitat demonstration sites has drawn interest from other Rotary clubs in Kentucky and from other groups nearby working towards similar objectives: increasing pollinator habitat and raising awareness of the importance of pollinators to our food production.

  • BEDFORD – Signature HealthCARE of Trimble County is celebrating a landmark step in the international culture change organization for health care, the Eden Alternative Registry. The achievement reflects the center’s commitment to the person-directed care philosophy and empowering both elders and stakeholders.

  • Recently, the youth pastor at my church gave the sermon.

    One of the things he said: Hope doesn’t always look the way you expect it to or want it to.

    I’ve been thinking about that a lot.

    Last year I wrote about his daughter, Blakely.

    She was born with a rare and fatal brain abnormality, and the fact that she was born at all is a miracle.

    The youth pastor, Michael, and his wife expected a stillborn birth and didn’t even bring a car seat to the hospital when it was time for the baby’s delivery.

  • Ivy Tech names dean’s list students

    More than 120 students were named to the dean’s list for the Fall 2018 semester at the Ivy Tech Community College Madison campus.

    The college names to the dean’s list any degree-seeking student who has accumulated 12 or more earned credit hours, is enrolled in a minimum of six credit hours during the term involved, and earns a grade point average of 3.5 or higher. The following area students, listed by their hometowns, were among those named to the dean’s list.

  • I recently had LASIK done on my eyes. It was a Christmas present from my husband who was tired of watching me squint, lose glasses and be a hazard to myself and others when driving at night.

  • BY CHARLES LISTON | Special to the Banner

    To many of us “older” library users, which sort of defines many of our Rotary Club members, heading to the library usually means taking advantage of only a very limited set of offerings to advance our education.