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SIGNIFICANT RIPPLES ON THE WATER

Posted: 12/06/2010 - There are several truths that I hold dearly that converge in a children's book introduced to me this week. Sandra Johnson, my librarian friend, went out of her way to find this book, The Boy Who Changed the World,to give to my grandchildren. What a powerhouse it is!

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Are we really communicating?

Posted: 12/06/2010 - Since I had just read an article about the attempted assassination of Ronald Reagan, in 1981, I felt that I had the perfect example to show the importance of infrastructure.

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How much time do you really have?

Posted: 11/12/2010 - Recently, my friend, Neil Middleton, put on Facebook Benjamin Franklin’s quote, ”Lost time is never found again.” That is an awesome thought, when I realize how easy it is to take time for granted, waste it or use it selfishly.

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Spirit is willing flesh is weak

Posted: 09/20/2010 - The words, "The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak," have a new meaning to me these days as there are fewer and fewer things that I am able to do with speed and without pain.

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Boys and dogs make life sparkle

Posted: 09/01/2010 - We went to the horse show, and I thought to myself as I saw a little mutt running around, "We would have demolished this whole thing if we had brought our new pup along." Just the thought of chasing TobyMac at the horse show made me feel the need to sit down.

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My Aunt Janie, an angel on Earth

Posted: 09/01/2010 - No one who knew Janie Katherine Huey Wiley would or could capture the essence of her personality and spirit with words. Most wouldn't even try.

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How Does Our Character Develop?

Posted: 08/24/2010 - As we raise our children, there are many things to do and to consider as we walk out our busy days. We have to feed them, clothe them, keep them safe, and provide recreation and education for them; how and when do we instill character? What is character, and how do we get it? Is character taught or caught?

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WHO WOULD INVITE A HURRICANE IN?

Posted: 08/24/2010 - A couple of weeks before he married, Jeffrey invited me to go along to help choose the perfect pup for Christina and him. They knew they wanted to start their married life with each other and with a puppy and a kitten (her love of animals is one of a thousand things that makes her a perfect fit in our family).

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Three ‘easy’ steps to success

Posted: 08/13/2010 - I can’t pass a bookrack without looking at the titles, always searching for information to fill the many holes in my store of knowledge. Last week, I saw a title that promised a successful child if you applied just three principles

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I'VE NEVER SEEN CANADIAN GEESE FLY

Posted: 07/28/2010 - Since I have never been very interested in geese or very curious about large birds, I am indebted to others for information concerning geese and their flying habits. To study these unusual birds that seem to show loyalty, empathy and co-operative behavior is very intriguing, even extraordinary and inspirational.

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Mothers, who are your heroes?

Posted: 05/13/2010 - One of my mother’s heroes was Helen Keller; she made sure that my sister and I knew Helen’s story, and she made a great effort to take me to hear a speech given by her in Memphis when I should have been too young to remember it.

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Promote world peace...love family

Posted: 04/30/2010 - Before her death, Mother Teresa said, “What can we do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family.” That is an interesting twist to the thought of world peace. In a way it seems too simple, but I can see if multiplied by millions, it just might work. Families are about the most important resource that we have in Harlan County. I used to feel really left out because I didn’t have relatives here, but we are pretty much filling up our little corner of Harlan now, and it feels really wonderful.

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Be careful...You’re making tomorrow

Posted: 04/21/2010 - John Maxwell is one of my favorite writers; he is very wise in the ways of business and in the ways of living. He is the one whose quote, “Only do what only you can do,” has helped to form my work philosophy.

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We can let fear rob us every day

Posted: 04/09/2010 - Martin Luther King Jr., who in his last years had every reason daily to fear for his life, said, “COURAGE FACES FEAR AND THEREBY MASTERS IT COWARDICE REPRESSES FEAR AND IS THEREBY MASTERED BY IT.”

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FAVORITE TIME OF THE SCHOOL YEAR

Posted: 03/18/2010 - This time of year is one of my busiest, but one of the happiest times of my school year; on top of my regular schedule, I voluntarily add the exciting world of Future Problem Solving competition. I think that this is my fifth year at this endeavor, and I still feel like a beginner.

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Your name means a lot in Harlan

Posted: 03/17/2010 - Before we moved to Harlan, we visited with my Uncle Miller Wiley and his wife, Aunt Katharine, in Dearborn, Mich.; we had enjoyed their friendship while we were in Ann Arbor for three years, and we wanted to tell them of our plans to move to eastern Kentucky.

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First year of teaching...help!

Posted: 03/03/2010 - My almost granddaughter-in-law is earning her master’s degree and has made a commitment to teach in an inner-city Memphis school for three years. I think that this is a wonderful thing, and it propels me back in time to 1960, when I began my teaching career in an inner-city Memphis school. I taught in Memphis for three years before moving from that city. As I think about describing that first year of teaching, my mind is bombarded with two thoughts, one a comment from my son, John, and one from our long-time friend, Lin Martin.

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Apologize to everyone you know

Posted: 02/25/2010 - If you know me very well, you know that my Aunt Sue was my very favorite relative and that she had a great influence in my life. Aunt Sue was my mother’s little sister and her lifelong best friend. My middle name is Sue, and I have always been proud to have been named for my daddy (Patrick) and my aunt, two people who loved me well.

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I’LL LEAVE A TOUCH OF CHRISTMAS

Posted: 02/05/2010 - Taking the Christmas decorations down is never as enjoyable or exciting as putting them up, and I usually dread that job. For one thing, the items usually expand (like I do) and don’t quite fit back into the places from which they came!

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The Sound of 50

Posted: 02/05/2010 - I am hearing 50 everywhere I go

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THE SATURDAY NIGHT GROUP

Posted: 01/26/2010 - Last week I ran into a friend at Wal-Mart, and she said, “I saw the ad in the paper about your anniversary celebration, but I didn’t understand it.” While standing in the store aisle in the midst of the pre-Christmas rush, I really couldn’t explain the Saturday Night Group; in fact with lots of time to remember, I’m not sure that I can. How can one explain a golden anniversary celebration taking place in the midst of a reunion of former teen-agers who came together every Saturday night to stay 3 or 4 hours in a simple, dimly-lit church basement whose entertainment consisted of one pool table, one ping-pong table, one table foosball game, and an air hockey game? You’d have to have been there to understand it; even if you were there, you probably don’t understand it. I was there almost every time it met for almost 20 years, and I still stand amazed at its simplicity, its longevity and, most of all, its impact.

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Prop Us Up On Our Leaning Side

Posted: 01/26/2010 - Several years ago, Debbie Venable gave me a devotional book, Streams in the Desert, which has been a real inspiration to me many times. I recently read in that book of a prayer heard in a southern church. The old man in the church thanked God and asked for help and then closed his prayer with this unusual petition, “And, Oh Lord, prop us up! Yes, prop us up on our leaning side.”

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A GOAT AND CHICKENS FOR CHRISTMAS

Posted: 01/26/2010 - I was thrilled to receive the gift of one goat and two chickens for Christmas; it gave me great joy because those animals will be sent to a third world country to help a poor family have milk and eggs for nourishment as well as the possibility of having extra butter, milk and eggs to sell at market.

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I thought I had to do everything

Posted: 12/17/2009 - The following story, told by Dr. Chuck Swindoll, shows a graphic picture of today’s society as we almost kill ourselves trying to do all things well and attempt to do everything there is to do.

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Not the teacher, she’s the mother’

Posted: 12/11/2009 - I picked up the paper a couple of weeks ago, and I saw there on the sports page the pretty face of Sarah Scruggs. The writer indicated that she had saved the game; I have watched Sarah play basketball, and I love her energetic defense. I wasn’t at all surprised that her hard work had helped to pull off the win for Harlan.

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