There aren’t enough of us living normal, stable lives.
A couple of years ago, I attended the 50th wedding anniversary of Glen Kleine, my college journalism professo, and his wife Joan.
I got married at age 52. Unless I live to be over 100, I am never going to have the type of unique celebration that the Kleines had.
If I do manage to make it, I’m not going to know where I am or why I am there.
Until we attain a society where most people are living “normal,” stable lives, we are never going to advance.
America has gone through economic chaos, but there are a lot of other things going on too.
A huge number of adults are addicted to drugs or alcohol. An even bigger number are obese or addicted to nicotine. All of us (I’m in the obese category) are using a substance to deal with the stresses of daily life.
If we could drastically reduce the number of addicts in the country, we would be on our way to eliminating a lot of our problems.
Economic stress is a reason that we turn to substance abuse. According to the census bureau, 14.3 percent of Americans live in poverty. It’s the highest number in decades.
Unemployment is around 10 percent and underemployment is much higher.
We have people who have maxed out their credit cards, live in fear of losing their jobs, and are not sure if they can retire.
It would be a political statement if those people could get some stability and sanity to their lives. A far better statement than attending a rally.
Abraham Maslow developed a famous hierarchy of needs.
Maslow believed that you couldn’t advance to self-actualization, which is the skill needed to lead a revolt against authority, until you had your physical, social and safety needs met first.
People are stunned when I tell them that roughly 90 percent of lottery winners run through the money in five years or less, and 60 percent of NBA players will be broke five years after they retire.
When people get big money, many hand out cash to family and friends and expect love in return.
They wind up with no cash and no friends.
The Beatles had it right. Money can’t buy love. Love is something you have to develop over a lifetime.
If you want to make a political statement, start by being a good role model for your family, friends and neighbors.
If we focused on a society where normal lives are valued and celebrated, we wouldn’t be on the verge of “Third World America.”
If our celebrities were people who were stable and honest, instead of Hollywood train wrecks, we would have a vision as to where we should go as a society.
A lot of the economic crisis can be attributed to people trying to “keep up with the Joneses.” People racked up credit card debt and took sub-prime loans to buy houses and cars they couldn’t afford. To quote Will Rogers, “they spent money they didn’t have to impress people they don’t know.”
Wall Street focused on short-term profits and big time bonuses. Same problem at a different level.
I want to bash on the people in Washington and Wall Street who contributed to the mess we are in. I want our politicians to get out of the pocket of big money lobbyists and listen to the people who elected them. I want the power elites to “wise up” and recognize that there is a world beyond Wall Street and Washington that they know nothing about.
It’s hard for an individual like me to implement widespread change. But, it is possible for me to encourage my friends and neighbors to live normal and stable lives.
The first step is for each of our us to model on how to do it.
There aren’t enough of us living normal, stable lives.
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Richmond’s Christmas parade is Friday night
Do you have most of your Christmas shopping done? If not, take a deep breath of air, make a hot cup of tea to clear your mind and schedule an upcoming day to finish your task.
Better safe than sorry with bad weather is forecast
How did you like the “snow day” on Tuesday?
Better safe than sorry, right?
According to the weather forecasters, more of the white stuff may be falling this weekend.
Ice forecast brings back memories of big storms
I am glad that this weather has been a hit or miss for us.
Al, Alice & Ruth holiday concert Friday
The Al, Alice & Ruth Holiday Musical Special is scheduled 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Berea Arena Theater. The show will feature special guest Richard Bellando. Featuring the sounds of banjo, guitar, mandolin and bass, the show will include both traditional tunes such as “Jingle Bells” and “What Child is This” and new Al, Alice & Ruth originals, “Caroling in the Snow” and “Starlit Lullaby.” Admission is $5.
Cold-weather horse nutrition
Winter may not arrive officially until Dec. 21, but wintry weather is already here.
Consider these ideas for feeding your horses this winter.
The first thing every horse owner should do is assess your horses’ body condition scores, or the amount of fat they are carrying.
This is simple numeric system, ranging from 1 to 9 that will help you adjust your horses’ diets so they are carrying the perfect amount of body weight.
Choose the right Christmas tree
When choosing a Christmas tree, freshness is the key. To ensure that your tree has optimum freshness, it is best to cut it yourself.
Now, that is not to say that you need to cut one out of your or your neighbor’s yard, but there are several tree farms in central Kentucky.
If you decide not to cut your own tree, there are several tree lots to choose from in the area. Many of the trees found on tree lots will probably not have been cut locally, but instead shipped in from other states such as North Carolina or even Colorado. Ask the vendor where the trees are from.
Winter chill means it’s soup time in Kentucky
I love the winter months because I can try some new and different soups. I use the crock pot for most of all my soups. Here are some recipes you might like to try.
Boost your energy without caffeine
When your energy level starts nose-diving in mid-afternoon, do you reach for a cup of java or that canned energy drink for help?
If so, you’re like a growing number of American men and women. In one recent USDA report, women in their 30s consume about 165 milligrams of caffeine each day, but by age 50, the daily average climbs to 225 milligrams.
While the cup of daily coffee isn’t bad ― the antioxidants in java are good for you ― a half dozen cups a day can be. Not only that, it’s like putting a bandage on the problem. Instead, combat your fatigue with these energy boosters.
Dream becomes reality only when you persevere
A young boy grew up in Berea, in a family that was blessed with a variety of musical talents.
His mother was a member of a female group who performed onstage regularly at Renfro Valley, in Rockcastle County.
This young man would routinely attend shows to watch his mother, and other artists, perform on stage. He was eager to learn from them every chance he could. He knew from a young age he wanted to pursue a career in the music industry and was willing to seek advice and mentoring from those who were experienced in the industry.
’Tis the season for giving
There is a feeling of pride that wells up in all parents when they see their children giving something of theirs to another person. It is all the more poignant when children are giving something that they greatly value and reflects a significant sacrifice on their part.
Young children are often looking for ways to contribute and help others’ out. The trick for parents is to have children continue their giving behaviors as they get older.
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