• New Year, turkeys, gravy and grace

    My daughter, Alison, rues Thanksgiving 2002.

    That was her year of the perfect turkey. Prior to that, her turkeys ranged from dry to just OK.

    Then in 2002 she took a risk and brined her turkey, which turned out succulent and delicious. However, in 2003, even though she followed the same recipe, her turkey wasn’t perfect and that ruined her holiday meal.

  • Religion Notes: Dec. 23, 2011

    Candlelight Christmas Eve service

  • Reunion stories are the best

    I love a good reunion story.

    A few years ago The New York Times ran a story about then-New York Giants head coach Jim Fassel and a young man named John Mathieson.

    Thirty-four years prior to Fassel and his wife, Kitty, meeting Mathieson they had been 19 and unmarried — and the parents of a baby boy whose birth and adoption they kept secret from all but their immediate families.

    And for 34 years, every April 5 the Fassels privately wished their baby boy a Happy Birthday, adding, “Wherever you are, we hope you’re OK.”

  • Former Archdiocese leader dies at 80

    The former leader of the Archdiocese of Louisville, Thomas C. Kelly, O.P., passed away Wednesday at his home in Louisville. He was 80 years old.

    For a quarter of a century,  Kelly served as the leader of the archdiocese from 1982 until his retirement in 2007, when  the Most Reverend Joseph E. Kurtz, D.D., became the Archbishop of Louisville.

  • Religion Notes: Dec. 16, 2011

    New Beginning Christmas Eve Service

    New Beginning Baptist Church will be having a Christmas Eve candlelight service 11 p.m. Dec. 24. Everyone is invited. Christmas morning services will be cancelled the following morning.


    St. John Christmas dinner

    St. John A.M.E. Zion Church, 219 E. Brashear St., will have a Christmas Dinner 11 a.m. Dec. 18 following the morning service at the Abraham Lincoln Post 167, 202 Downs. All members present and past and their families are welcome.


    St. John Christmas service

  • Being OK with flunking sainthood

    Nancy Kennedy
    guest columnist

    This week I turned 57.

    I thought by this age I’d get the hang of the whole sainthood thing. The Protestant definition of a saint is simply a follower of Jesus.

    However, that doesn’t seem enough. There should be more to it than that. For instance, by now I should have at least the beginning buds of a halo or be able to say no to temptation eight out of 10 times — or two out of 10!

    But the truth is, I still struggle.

  • Religion notes: Dec. 9, 2011

    Nelson Christian Christmas service

  • Learning ‘rest’ of life’s story

    In the past few years, my husband and I have made it a tradition to eat Christmas dinner at a nearby inn that serves a humongous buffet.

    Without fail, every time we go I bemoan the fact that my stomach can’t accommodate large quantities of food.

    I’ve seen people eat stacks of pancakes the size of Rhode Island and whole sides of beef and think that maybe I can do that too, but I can’t.

  • Sisters of Charity of Nazareth celebrate 200 years

    Much of this history was taken from the monologue the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth used in its opening ritual ceremony Saturday. The ceremony kicked off the celebration of the congregation’s 200th anniversary.


    In 1812, Bishop David sent out a call for young women to come teach the children in Nelson County.

  • Behold, the saving lion

    Early one Saturday morning I was on the treadmill at the gym watching “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” on the TV in front of me.

    TLWW is the first of C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia allegorical series about a wonderland that’s taken hostage by an evil witch.

    In the part of the movie that caught my attention, the boy, Edmund, finds himself in Narnia, in the snow, shivering in his pajamas, robe and slippers.