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Time to Care about Education

That email headline really caught my attention — “Louisville Turns up the Heat on Education.” It was one of those cheeky emails from the Friend of Lou bunch touting the 55,000 Degree project. It’s a goal set by education leaders last year to increase the number of people with college degrees — the goal is 40,000 bachelors and 15,000 associates degrees by 2020. The logic is simple — the more smart people around, the more money they’ll make and the more prosperous the entire community. It’s a public-private partnership financed by local foundations — they’ve somehow come up with more…

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Meet Another ‘Invisible Bicyclist’ – Alan Sweeny II – car-free and loving it

Alan couldn’t have picked a harder time to go car-free. He admits the past winter’s weather was a big challenge, but he has made a game of it. “It’s really not that bad. In fact, it’s rewarding. Every time I get to work it’s a fun to look back at what I went through to get there,” he said. Overcoming the elements gives him a sense of victory.

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Solutions: School Assignment Plan

Many have issues with the JCPS school assignment plan, whether it be logistical, geographical, or the performance of the school one’s student is assigned to. My suggestions? Well, we’ll get to that. This is hopefully the first of a weekly series where I present an issue affecting our fine city, and you, dear readers, will suggest solutions in the comment section. I, along with Rick and the other contributors, want this to be a site where readers and contributors interact with one another. All the better if our conversations lead to something more. I’m not much bothered about the feasibility…

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Walking, Jogging or Running Your Way Back to Health

  By Barbara Day, M.S., R.D., C.N. It’s time to get outside and take advantage of all the really great parks we have available to us in the Louisville area. You can walk, jog or run. Walking burns less calories unless you can walk fast and raise your heart rate. Jogging and running burn more calories in less time but if you have not exercised at all start walking and then walk, jog and then you can begin running. You can use the following calculator to determine how many calories you have burned walking, jogging or running. . There…

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Uniforms in JCPS Have Got to Go

Uniforms have been a staple of JCPS for years now. Though it’s been several years since I was a student in the JCPS system I still question why exactly, school uniforms, or rather, strict dress codes, are so very popular. Of course, the argument for these dress codes rely heavily on an image of petty, brand-obsessed youth–a youth that, if allowed to dress freely, will allow pants to sag and budding breasts to pop, and will spend every moment discussing clothing rather than focusing on schoolwork. Did JCPS and other proponents of these dress codes draw their conclusions of the…

Heart Centered Event!

In this town we host many leading edge events like the IdeaFest and Festival of Faiths. We are also blessed to have  the Festival of Healing and Spiritual Awareness organized by Virginia Gilpin from Bardstown, Ky. Before coming back to Louisville I don’t believe I ever attended this kind of event. I’ll admit I was a little skeptical. A good sense discernment is of great value. And now that I have “cased the joint” for you, I am saying “come on down!”. Many great offerings for sessions, readings and products. The line up of speakers and topics is outstanding –…

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It’s Spring! But Remember, This Is Louisville, Ky!

This year, instead of checking your Blackberry for weather updates, get outside each day and see if you can tell which of the cold snaps we’re in – locust, redbud, dogwood, blackberry, linen britches, or whippoorwill. And at least until Derby, hold off planting tomatoes or storing your long sleeves away.

Energy of ALLOWING

Recently I was sent a link to an Awakening with the Masters teleconference call with Jo Dunning. Her powerful story inspired me to ask a question that has been helpful in expanding my awareness. Maybe it will help you also. Jo Dunning’s Journey She had always been curious about life and plants with a longing for knowing more. She learned a little bit about “everything” and felt she had the answers to life’s questions. But these “answers” were all from what she had read, from other people’s perspectives. She asked for a rapid change and the Universe provided it in…

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Trail Running: Save Your Legs & Get a Runner’s High

By Barbara Day, M.S., R.D., C.N.   After the Derby miniMarathon & Marathon in April, why not try a different type of running: trail running. When running on trails you can get three for the price of one: great aerobic exercise, lots of peace and quiet plus you can be entertained by some beautiful scenery. While the packed soil running surface is  much softer than the road,  there are also a number of concerns facing the trail runner: uneven surfaces, getting lost and staying well hydrated. Keeping an eye on the trail by stepping over roots and around holes will…

March Serenity Events in La Grange

March Serenity in downtown La Grange is a month of events to nourish and educate. I have been enjoying the hospitality of this small charming town for the past two Saturdays and will be there again tomorrow. Come join me! Back to Nature is the March 19th theme featuring gardening supplies, green lifestyles, healers, home-made foods, crafters, gardeners, free range chickens and eggs from local farmers. Demonstrations and talks include slow cooking, gardening and environmental films. Speakers CC = Community Center & HC = History Center 10am – How to Find and Explore Your Best Personal Strengths, Chelley Rouda, CC…