• Go ahead and laugh

    In 1998, I had a bad week.

    It began when my neighbor, Sandy, had asked me to feed her dogs, let them outside in the fenced-in yard during the day and put them in their kennels for the night while she was out of town.

    Any idiot can do that, I thought. Except one day I forgot the part about letting them outside and only remembered later when I discovered one of the dogs had eaten Sandy’s couch that was on the porch.

    He didn’t eat all of it — he left the springs.

  • Corpus Christi celebrated
  • Religion Notes: Aug. 22, 2014

    Wickland Baptist Church Homecoming

    Wickland Baptist Church will celebrate its homecoming on Sunday, Aug. 24. Worship services will begin at 11 a.m. Members, former members and visitors are welcome.

    Gospel singing

    River’s Edge and the Bluegrass Family Band will be the guest performers for gospel singing at Cumbo’s Old Gospel Barn, 11286 Louisville Road, at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 23. The Cumbos will also perform. The event is free and open to the public.

    24-hour Bible reading

  • Every church needs a red door

    One day last week I heard some people on a podcast talking about celebrities’ lifestyle Websites, like Gwenyth Paltrow’s “Goop.”

    Not being interested in what celebrities think I should buy/eat/wear/read, mostly all I heard was a bunch of blah blah blah — until someone said that in the 1990s Cher had a lifestyle catalog.

    Not that I care about Cher’s catalog, but its name caught my attention: “Sanctuary.” For the rest of the week I thought about that word and its meaning.

  • Religion Notes: Aug. 15, 2014

    24-hour Bible reading

    Bloomfield United Methodist Church, 126 Taylorsville Road in Bloomfield, will be sponsoring a 24-hour Bible reading beginning at 6 p.m. Sept. 5 and lasting until 6 p.m. Sept. 6. The public is encouraged to attend and participate by signing up for a 15 minutes slot. There are 96 slots available and anyone is encouraged to participate. Call Jana Shehan at (502) 252-5178 to sign up. Speaking will take place under a tent, so the event will be held rain or shine. Participants are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and Bibles.

  • Ode to the greatly offended

    One night several weeks ago, my husband said good night, ran into the bedroom and locked the door — something he’s done dozens of times, always in a playful, good-natured way, always unlocking it within seconds.

    I usually laugh, except when I don’t, like that one night several weeks ago.

    That night, for whatever reason, I decided to be Greatly Offended.

  • Religion Notes: Aug. 8, 2014

    Smith & Company at Mill Creek

    Smith & Company, a southern gospel group will perform at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 10, at Mill Creek Baptist Church, 431 Poplar Flat Road. For more information, call the church office at 348-5049.

    Bloomfield United Methodist revivial

  • God answers prayer, right?

    In 1999, I wrote a book, “Prayers God Always Answers.”

    I had scribbled that title on a piece of paper a few years before that because I was pretty much convinced that God had put in earplugs whenever he saw me getting ready to pray.

    Back then, and truthfully even now 15 years later, I didn’t and still don’t understand how prayer works. Like, if I’m praying for rain and you’re praying that it doesn’t rain, how does God decide whose prayer wins?

  • PHOTO: Archbishop speaks at outing

    The Knights of Columbus Bardstown Council held their annual outing Wednesday night at the St. Thomas Center near Bardstown. The international Catholic organization focuses on stewardship and charity. The outing is a way for members to show their appreciation for local priests. One special guests for the evening was Joseph Kurtz, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Louisville, who gave a brief message and blessed the meal. An introduction to the evening was shared by Grand Knight of the local council Jim Hourigan.

  • God’s mercy: The original GPS

    It all started when I was a kid bothering my dad and he told me to get lost.

    Ever the obedient child, I did, and I’ve been getting lost ever since.

    Oh, I jest.

    Seriously, I have no sense of direction, which for many years was a major source of contention between me and the newspaper’s photographer. In giving him directions to a photo assignment I would often get something wrong and he’d end up in a swamp or empty field.