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Thursday, December 18th, 2014

Class helps families support mentally ill loved ones

We often hear about the “holiday blues,” a condition some people experience around this time of year. Usually the blues are a sense of sadness that is temporary and caused by stress, loneliness or an inability to meet society’s ideal of a joyous holiday celebration. The National Alliance on Mental Illness notes that for those […]

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

Baptist church’s mission a blessing for others

At Total Grace Baptist Church, members are asked to do something kind for strangers. It could be paying for the next customer in line at a drive-through, or something as simple as giving a compliment. “That is the culture we try to create in the church,” said Pastor Michael Robinson. “It could be anything, anything […]

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

Now is the time to confront wrongs and create diamonds

Years ago, I was a member of an intentionally multicultural church. The minister himself was biracial. In that setting, you would assume we all were in agreement about racism and its negative effects on people in these United States, and our need for reconciliation. For the most part, we were. But a fellow white member […]

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

‘Saving My Sista’ shines spotlight on teen dating violence

If there had been dance cards when I was attending high school events, mine would not have been filled. In fact, the one boy brave enough to come to my house and sit on my front porch was soon scared off by my father, who chose that time to clean his shotgun, which he had […]

Monday, December 8th, 2014

All I want for Christmas is fairness

I’m told there is a banner hanging in front of a local business that says something like, “All I want for Christmas is  No. 9.” It’s a reference to a ninth NCAA men’s basketball championship for the University of Kentucky. I wish I lived in that world. Instead, if I were to hang a banner, […]

Monday, December 8th, 2014

Inmates make a difference, donating 18,000 handmade items to agencies

Many of the inmates at the ­Leestown Road Federal Medical Center have spent time sewing, quilting, crocheting, knitting and creating wooden jewelry boxes and toys — 18,000 items — which will be distributed by agencies throughout Kentucky, just in time for Christmas. And those gifts are not just thrown together, let me say. “If it […]

Monday, December 1st, 2014

Conference plans to lynch last remnants of Jim Crow

Tim Wise makes you wonder if he has black ancestry. Wise, one of the more thought-provoking white anti-racism activists in America, has traveled to 50 states challenging racism and white privilege. His mission is to awaken white people to what black people have seen and lived through for a very long time. That mission just […]

Friday, November 7th, 2014

Two nonprofits that will get my help at holidays

It has to be difficult to run a nonprofit organization this time of year. The donors who have blessed the organization throughout the year are highly sought-after during the holidays by other agencies just as desperate to make their clients or participants happy around Thanksgiving and Christmas. Because those groups are so passionate about what […]

Friday, November 7th, 2014

Many aging residents could use a few basic gifts

We are nearing the time of year when the wants and needs of children direct our emotional and financial actions. That’s fine. But I would just like to tweak that a bit. If you notice that the children in your life have an abundance of loot, consider not buying one or two items on their […]

Friday, November 7th, 2014

Woman who inspired ABC-TV’s ‘Scandal’ speaking at UK

I’ve had to watch videos of the first season of ABC’s hit political drama Scandal in order to understand how powerful Judy Smith must be. Olivia Pope, the main character in Scandal who is played by Kerry Washington, was fashioned after Smith who, for more than two decades, has been stamping out ticklish kerfuffles and […]