July 25, 2014

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“Funerals” Print E-mail

Funerals in our society are supposed to be sad. In many cases this analysis is correct if the deceased is a young person, but for an older person such as I, who is approaching seventy, death is not a tragedy. Death is a natural part of life and should be accepted. If we really believe, like we profess, this stage of life should be a celebration and not a moaning process.

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month but you can act to support families and protect children all year round Print E-mail

The future prosperity of any community depends on its ability to foster the health and well-being of the next generation. When a community invests wisely in children and families, the next generation will pay that back through a lifetime of productivity and responsible citizenship. Yet, when not all children have equal opportunity for healthy growth and development — due to experiences of child abuse and neglect — we put our future at risk.

While April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, you can make a big difference year-round through small acts that help protect children, strengthen families, promote traits that help protect families — and, ultimately, prevent the abuse and neglect of children.

“Poor Ol' Thing” Print E-mail

The Scripture says, “Once a man, twice a child.”  I believe that statement because I see myself in its message. If one lives long enough this truth becomes a fact for all of us.

One of our aunts had a saying about old people. In fact she was an old person herself at that time.  When she would be talking about her sister, who was a year or two older, she would comment, “poor ol’ thing.” My wife and I joke about this label and have included ourselves in the “poor ol’ thing” theory.

What you need to get ready for the warm weather and those delightful Spring hummingbirds Print E-mail

As spring weather begins to appear in Kentucky, many of us begin to think about flowers and birds. Hearing the singing of our feathery friends brings the promise of warmer weather, lots of sunshine and days outdoors after a long winter trapped inside. A new sense of freedom  begins rising up in our souls.

Digging out the hummingbird feeder is one of the first springtime chores to be done. Getting hummingbirds humming around the deck or garden gives one the feel that summer is just ahead.

Hummingbirds in the U.S. and around the world have the benefit of being garden and backyard favorites. Many people put out hummingbird feeders or grow flowers that attract hummingbirds in the warmer months that allow these birds to refuel during their long migratory journeys. What's in sight is often in mind, and many fans of hummingbirds are doing what they can to keep every backyard, park and garden a friendly place for these beautiful birds.


There are very few advantages in heading toward old age.  First of all, one doesn’t have to worry about his reputation as much as when he was young. The few people who know you will think you are a crazy old man, and the other 90% just don’t even know you or care.  I have heard old men say, “When I was young, I was a ‘rip snorter’, but when I got older I got smarter.

They didn’t know it, but they didn’t get smarter; they just got older.  If they had life to live over, they would probably be crazier the second time around.

Most young folks do silly things, thinking it is a sign of maturity.  Today’s youth try alcohol, drugs, tobacco, tattoos, piercings, baggy britches, and vulgar language.  Now, I’m not saying all young people are in this category.

Taking the stress out of annual Spring cleaning Print E-mail

Throw open those doors and windows - there is no better cure for months of winter than some fresh spring air.

But with spring, comes spring cleaning. And if the thought of pulling out mops, buckets and brooms brings on more stress than serenity, remember that a few tricks and some great tunes can make cleaning easier and perhaps even fun.

It's Spring: The sun says new season, despite lingering winter cold Print E-mail

By: Justin Grieser

At the equinox, all latitudes see about 12 hours of daylight and darkness as Earth rotates on its axis.

It still feels like winter in many parts of the country, but Earth’s orbit says otherwise.

At 7:02 a.m. last Wednesday, March 20, 2013, astronomical winter ended as spring officially began in Earth’s northern hemisphere.

Astronomically, the spring equinox marks the moment at which Earth’s axis tilts neither away from nor toward the sun, resulting in nearly equal periods of daylight and darkness across the globe. An observer on Earth’s equator will see the sun at zenith before its direct rays shift northward toward the Tropic of Cancer over the next three months.

“Prayer” Print E-mail

Prayer is the most important concept in our spiritual relationship with the Creator.

Without communication not much meaning is present in that relationship.

If communication is missing in a marriage, a partnership, a friendship, or even a business the foundation is weak and the longevity is short.

Stay safe while traveling this Spring Print E-mail

Spring travel can offer a much-needed cure for cabin fever. Whether you’re planning to head to the closest national park or sunny beach, or you’re trekking around the globe, there’s no question that technology has made traveling easier than ever before.

What many travelers don’t know, however, is that the technology they use in the vacation planning stages or on the trip itself can actually put them at risk for cybercrime or even identity theft. These days, keeping yourself protected means more than just wearing sunscreen.


One of the most interesting professions I have had the opportunity to experience has been the auction business. For some thirty-five years, David Butcher and I have worked together selling anything one can imagine, but the biggest and most profitable commodity has been real estate. We were fortunate during that time, because real property continued to increase in value over those years.

Farming was on a decline and building and industry was on an increase. Therefore we could divide large farm tracts and market them in smaller parcels.  These smaller parcels offered the low income buyer an opportunity to purchase a mini farm for a home.


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