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  • COLUMN: A past – we’ve all got one

    My past, your past — everybody has one. You grew up in a family that you may consider to be normal or healthy, but many have grown up in a family that would be known as subnormal, abnormal or, at best, dysfunctional.
    Well, now that you are an adult, do those childhood experiences continue to have a negative effect on you? Maybe this column, and the one following on May 8, will help you or someone you know develop a way, or several ways, of not letting it continue.

  • SAVVY SENIOR: Retirement planning resources for women

    Dear Savvy Senior
    What retirement planning resources can you recommend to women? I’m 58 years old, divorced and living on a tight budget and need all the help I can get.  
    Financially Challenged

    Dear Challenged,
    When it comes to planning for retirement, most Americans could stand to brush up on their financial knowledge a bit, but it’s especially important for unmarried women. Here’s what you should know.  

    Retirement Struggles

  • COLUMN: A new science: gadgetology

    I have not yet witnessed it, but I may soon be able to relate how I saw two people walking toward each other, each of them “gadgeting” to someone about something (important or not), so engrossed in what they were doing, they didn’t realize they were walking toward a head-on collision. I guess that is what is happening in our highly induced “gadget” world.

  • First sewing bootcamp dubbed a success

    Long, intense workouts that take place over a few weeks – popularly known as bootcamp - have been a popular exercise strategy among people looking for a kick-start to becoming fit. The phenomenon spread from the fitness world to sewing this spring in Spencer County.

  • SAVVY SENIOR: How to shop and where to look for a hearing aid

    Dear Savvy Senior,
    What tips can you offer people who are shopping for hearing aids?
    Overwhelmed Senior

    Dear Overwhelmed,
    With so many choices and options available today, shopping for a hearing aid that meets your needs, lifestyle and budget can be challenging. Here are some tips that can help you locate a good hearing aid provider and choose an appropriate aid.

    Choose a provider

  • COLUMN: Are you an emotionally healthy family?

    "Oh, I can’t wait to read this one.” I hope you are saying this to yourself because that is why, in fact, it is the title and content of this week’s column. My whole purpose for doing the work that God has allowed me to be engaged in for more than four decades is to help develop healthy marriages and healthy families.

  • COLUMN: All aboard for the Kentucky Railway Museum

    Like most young children, my daughter has always been fascinated by trains. She talked about trains. She watched the trains go by when we were driving (the trellis at Pope Lick is especially popular). We watched TV shows about trains. And several years in a row, she received pieces to a train set.

  • Jeneen Wiche to speak at ‘Gardens and Goodies’ event

    What do the Spencer County Homemakers Garden Club, Jeneen Wiche and the Spencer County Cooperative Extension office have in common? They’re all key parts of a fun, fundraising event this weekend for Spencer County Habitat for Humanity.
    The Garden Club is hosting its Second Annual Gardens and Goodies event at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Extension office.
    Wiche will be the featured speaker and proceeds from the tickets ($8 in advance and $9 at the door) will benefit Spencer County Habitat.

  • SAVVY SENIOR: Choosing a Medigap supplemental policy

    Dear Savvy Senior,
    I’ll be 65 in a few months – Medicare enrollment age – and am thinking about getting a Medicare supplemental policy to help cover things outside of Medicare. Can you give me some advice on choosing a plan?
    Shopping Sam

    Dear Sam,

  • COLUMN: What’s the reality behind your closed doors?

    The phone rang late one Saturday evening. It was an unusual call from someone I had known for quite some time.
    With halting voice, and occasional sobs, he said, “Do you have a few moments to talk with me?” I answered, “Of course, what’s wrong? You sound very troubled. Is your wife alright?”
    He said as calmly as he could, “Yes, she’s alright. It’s not about her, it’s about me.”