• 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.

  • I don’t mind a gloomy day here or there, I actually find them somewhat restorative. Too many in a row, though, can be sort of depressing. So, when the winter sky moves in I search out the plants in the landscape that have color.

  • It was so cold in these parts 37 years ago, creeks and rivers, including the Ohio River at Louisville, froze over.
    I was driving to work, headed for the Associated Press in the Courier-Journal building when I went by the mighty Ohio to see how much ice had formed.
    It was Wednesday, Jan. 19, 1977. People were walking across the frozen river (frozen over, not frozen solid). I snapped a few pictures of the walkers, then within minutes police arrived and ordered everyone within sight to stay off the river.

  • 30 Years ago

    Dec. 22, 1984

  • Knights of Columbus to host dinner
    The Knights of Columbus–All Saints Council in Taylorsville invites you to their all-you-can-eat chicken dinner on Sunday, December 21 from noon until 2:00 p.m. at All Saints Church on Main Cross in Taylorsville. They feature broasted chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans, butter noodles, and all kinds of desserts. They have their dinner the 3rd Sunday of each month at the same time. Drink and dessert are included. Proceeds go to the All Saints Council of the Knights of Columbus to fund their charitable work.

  • Maybe I am a little out of date, but what on earth is a mid-season finale? I was watching TV the other night and an ad came on promoting the “mid-season finale” of some other program. It sort of made my head spin.
    If it is “mid-season” then it can’t be a finale, can it? I mean finale, according to the Oxford Concise English Dictionary, means the last part of an entertainment. In other words, it means the last show, the last act, the final curtain. Can you have a finale before the show is over?

  • A Reading from Psalm 95:1-7