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  • By Ned Way

  • Do you ever feel weak? I don’t mean physically weak, though I am sure that happens sometimes. No, I mean a kind of deep weakness that steals into your heart and life. The kind of weakness that makes everything an effort. The kind of weakness that might be called depression or exhaustion. The kind of weakness that robs color from your day and paints everything in shades of grey.

  • A Reading from Luke 2:40 and 52
    And the child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom. And the favor of God was upon him… And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man.
    I find this passage of Scripture fascinating, because sinful man and God both had favor on Jesus. Think about that for a moment, sinful man and God agreeing on something…Jesus being favored. Wow. I find this surprising because many people in this world only favor those who are wealthy, famous, beautiful, athletic, or intelligent.

  • Plant collectors have long appreciated orchids and African violets for their winter bloom cycle. I have amassed a collection of both, and they help me get through the winter with their colorful interest. But violets and orchids are not the only classes of plants that can deliver in the winter; think succulents.

  • Standby generators provide emergency electrical power during disruptions caused by winter storms and other disasters. However, you need to take some special precautions to ensure safe, efficient operation of these generators.

  • James Clellon “Jimmy” Sharp has enjoyed seeing his musical compositions recorded by big name artists and has also faced the frustration of having his work stolen, but he’s still writing songs when he’s not working on carpentry projects.
    Jimmy, the son of Alfred and Ella Sharp of Taylorsville, was born in Bloomfield. He and his wife, Martha (Curtsinger) live in Spencer County, down on Ky. 48 where Nelson County is just across the highway.

  • Dear Savvy Senior,
    A coworker was recently telling me about a tax credit she got last year for simply contributing to our company’s 401(k) plan. What can you tell me about this, and who’s eligible?
    Over 55

  • I just looked at my desk and realized, not for the first time, that it is a mess. It seems to work for me most of the time, but lately it seems to have gotten out of hand. I just did a quick count and I have 27 books that I can see sitting on my desk. There may be more, but they are buried under envelopes and labels and sermon notes and receipts and who knows what else.

  • By NED WAY

  • I use this annual reflection to track our record of animal husbandry since we began raising a few hens for a personal egg supply in 2007. Those few hens turned into over 100 in a few short years. It was contagious, I suppose, as our taste for productivity grew and we added not only more eggs but meat chicken and lamb to the mix.

  • It was the roaring 20s and prices were down right cheap, but people didn’t have much money to spend.
    Take, for instance, the prices 93 years ago at Wakefield in Spencer County where J. M. Rogers, M.H. Briggs and F.J. Donovan were operating a general merchandise store.
    They advertised the “Highest Price Paid For Country Produce.”
    Warren G. Harding was inaugurated March fourth, 1921 as the 29th President of the U.S. and a fire burned down a barn on the James Heady Wakefield farm a year later.

  • For U.S. Postal workers, 1994 has come full circle.
    As they organized, sorted and stuffed the millions of Christmas cards and letters last week, many possibly thought back to January when they were once again swamped with mail but for a different reason.
    The snow storm of 1994 shut down everything for five days, including schools, businesses and even the one service thought unstoppable: the mail.
    When they finally returned to work, the mail carriers’ bags must have swelled as large as any Christmas Eve.

  • We all have bad habits. Some people chew their fingernails; others mow their grass too short in the summer. You can guess which one bugs me the most. The odd thing about many of the worst bad habits in the garden is that they have become so commonplace. The worst offenses are repeated everywhere to the extent that gardeners think they are the rule.

  • If you need incentive to dig deep this year and get your finances under control, consider a recent study that concluded that 18 percent of adults expect to battle debt for the rest of their lives and die in debt. The research, done by CreditCards.com, says that it’s not that we’ve gone crazy accruing debt, but that the Great Recession lasted longer than financial experts believe, which was 2007 to 2009. For many consumers, the effects of that recession are still going on.

  • Dear Savvy Senior
    What can you tell me about lung cancer screenings? My husband was a long-time smoker, but quit many years ago, so I’m wondering if he should be checked out.
    Concerned Spouse

  • First Christian to host Christmas Eve service
    First Christian Church, 403 Main Cross St., Taylorsville is hosting a Christmas Eve church service this evening at 5 p.m. All are welcome to attend the service.

  • What are your favorite Christmas memories? Do they revolve around family? When I was a kid, I remember my grandparents always came over for Christmas breakfast, then that evening we would have dinner at my Aunt’s house. Christmas always included family.
    And then there is the food! Those family times were special, but I sure do remember those family meals and all the goodies that only showed up at Christmas! Ham and turkey, creamed corn, and then of course the cookies and fudge and apple pies, cakes and candies, do you remember those things?

  • A Reading from 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24
    Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. Do not put out the Spirit’s fire; do not treat prophecies with contempt. Test everything. Hold on to the good. Avoid every kind of evil. May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it.

  • courtesy of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture

  • Record keeping may not be every farmer’s favorite activity, and probably not the reason you got into farming as a career. With time, patience and a commitment to get it done, it can make your financial life a lot less worrisome.
    Record keeping doesn’t have to be stressful. It’s a way to discover things about your farm that will help you make better long-term decisions. You can use a ledger book or a computer—whatever helps you maintain consistency. Software programs can make your data more meaningful.