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Supporting the Arts Center

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"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up." ~Pablo Picasso
I don't remember the first time I picked up a brush or was shown how to create something from nothing.
But I assure you, it was a great experience. My whole life, I've been surrounded by a family that enjoys creating something out of nothing. My mom and grandma were making grapevine wreaths before Martha Stewart made it cool. I would spend hours with various members of my family on one project or another.
I do remember the first time I picked up a crochet hook. I was a teenager and I had expressed to my dad how I wished I could learn that.
So he taught me.
I'm convinced my dad can honestly make anything. But that's another story for another time.
He had learned from either my aunt or my grandma when he was younger. He remembered how and taught me. He made a hat using the single crochet stitch.
I remember how excited I was. My first real project? A purse. I still have i…

Be kind

"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle." ~Believed to be said by the Rev. John Watson, who went by the pen name Ian Maclaren
Today, I met a brilliant young lady, one who reminded me so much of myself when I was younger.

On my way to interview her, my mind had been mulling around some heavy thoughts. After interviewing her, I was heading to the courthouse, to cover a case of man who is accused of murdering his wife in their home.

Yesterday, a student in another state took a gun to school, in an effort to shoot classmates. Thankfully, he was stopped. This is the third or fourth attempted (or successful) school shooting this year.

Last night and this morning, I saw two different stories of people who have stolen dogs — one in need of life-saving medication.

Recently a friend, added me to a group where the sole purpose is to share cases of child abuse.

The list goes on. My heart is so heavy. I’m so tired and exhausted at dealing with all this hard stuff.

I just…

A Proverbs 31 life

"Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised." ~Proverbs 31:30
My whole life, I’ve been told that women should strive to be the Proverbs 31 woman.
And my whole life, I thought that meant a woman who took care of her husband and kids and was the appropriate amount of respectful and submissive (as women are often encouraged to be) and just put together so perfectly.
In some ways, it is.
But have you ever really read Proverbs 31? Not just Proverbs 31:30, quoted above, but the whole chapter?
The Proverbs 31 woman is a fierce creature. She doesn’t lower herself in any way, but has the full respect of her husband. She handles her business, manages the family budget … Shoot. The woman buys a field and plants grapes.
She also cares for the poor and those in need.
“She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.” ~Proverbs 31:25
I wish I could laugh at the days to come.
In our heads, we have this image of what we thin…

Poor as church mice

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If you think nobody cares if you're alive, try missing a couple of car payments. ~Earl Wilson
This has been a stressful month and it’s only Jan. 17.

It’s really kind of a series of stressful months in our house — it always seems there’s more month than money.

Coupled with that is the feeling that we always somehow find a new and unexpected bill in our box each month.

Especially since I had surgery in September.

I certainly didn’t expect all of the bills that came from that. Due to our income, we did get a break on one of those, but we still have plenty of others to make up for it.

Does it ever feel to you like the bills, the worries, the general stresses of life are overwhelming?

For me, it does. Financially, things are tight for us. Christmas this year was a lean one, with small gifts and a lot of homemade stuff going out instead of store bought stuff.

I always feel nervous when I give someone a homemade gift. Will they appreciate the time and effort that went into it? Will they use it o…

The wonder of children

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Every child comes with the message that God is not yet discouraged of man. ~Rabindranath Tagore
There’s a permanent art installation in our Boyle County Public Library as you enter the building’s rotunda. It’s of a bunch of colored glass “balloons,” called “Time Zippy,” created by the talented Stephen Rolfe Powell.

I love working in that area, because there’s a heater, a plug and it’s actually decently cozy for an entranceway. The other day, I was sitting there working as children came in. Several, actually, came through while I was there, walking in with their families. Each one seemed more amazed at the balloons than the one before.

I’ve no way of knowing how often those kids came into the library, but each looked at the glass balloons as if it were their first time seeing them.

Isn’t it amazing how kids are amazed by everything? I loved seeing their little eyes light up in awe as they saw all the colors hanging from the ceiling. Some would exclaim, “WOW!” or something similar as they…

Carrying life's garbage

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“Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.”
~Psalm 51:10
This Saturday, I loaded up garbage at the house and headed to the dump. We don’t have regular pick up at the house and have to transport it the few miles out of town to the local convenience center a few times a month.

What I failed to connect in my brain was, it being Veteran’s Day, the convenience centers would be closed.

It was only after I got to the entrance and noticed the closed gates that I made that mental connection. That meant I had to turn around, take all of that garbage back home and unload it, to be hauled away another day.

First off, let me say, I understand the importance of celebrating Veteran’s Day. I’m the granddaughter of a veteran, the niece of other veterans and I have friends and other loved ones who are veterans. I don’t mean to negate the importance of that day at all. It just threw me off this year, as it was a Saturday and the first day I’ve not covered local Veteran’s Day even…

Thy will be done

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“Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.” ~Matthew 6:10
“Thy will be done.”

There’s a lot of power in those words.

Throughout my life, I’ve heard that phrase. I’ve said that phrase. But, honestly, I’m not sure if I’ve really understood that phrase.

When we say, “Thy will be done,” do we truly mean it? I think in many cases “Thy will be done as long as it isn’t too hard, too painful or puts us too much out of our comfort zone,” is what we really mean.

Matthew 6:10 is probably one of the most well-known verses using “thy will be done.” It’s part of the Lord’s Prayer.

“Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.”~ Matthew 6:9-13 KJV
I remember, as a young girl, my grandmother had a …