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To Sen. Rand Paul – Dude, Follow Up On Your Oath!

After all, sidewalks and bikeways are basically a matter of public health, safety and national security, all of which our leaders have sworn to protect and defend. When my roadways are unsafe for walking and cycling, my elected officials prove themselves guilty of malpractice and breach of their sworn duty to protect and defend my life, liberty and safety.


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The Secret to Living Longer

Interested in dying early and unhappy? I recently spoke to the Pathways Class at Second Presbyterian Church about issues related to retiring, and my personal journey into retirement. Afterwards, many in the group talked to me about “how successful” their retirement was.  But some told me about friends or acquaintances of theirs whose retirement was not going well.  They said some appeared to be aging faster and others were “bitter” about their lives in retirement. There are a number of reasons why many Americans find themselves unhappy in retirement.  Often it involves unforeseen financial issues which are very difficult to…


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Warning: Retirement Ahead

  “Retirement kills more people than hard work ever did!”  Malcolm Forbes said that. And it seems that lately, as I talk with people who have just retired or are about to retire, we often reflect on Forbes’ comment.   Retirement. What we started out thinking of as a time when we would be able to do all those things we dreamed of doing while we were working, for many people has turned out to be less than fulfilling. Just think about what happens when a person  no longer has a steady job to go to every day. The `retiree…


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TGIF Local Lunch Post – There’s a Troll Under the Bridge!

It’s not every day you can utter the word “bridge” in this neck of the woods and get a positive response but this week, it’s all good at the Troll Pub Under the Bridge. Located at the historic corner of 2nd and Washington, this establishment offers stacked sandwiches to rib eye steaks, regional favorites and vegetarian offerings. The architectural miracle in itself is mesmerizing yet the affordable, diverse menu will hold your attention and appetite. Step back into time and greet the spirits in the rafters of Whiskey Row while digging into a juicy half-pound bison burger with sides of…


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Retirement IQ

In all the excitement leading up to Halloween, I very nearly forgot about another national event. The week of October 16-22 is National Save For Retirement Week.  Five years ago Congress designated this week in order to encourage Americans to think about what financial needs they may have when they retire. And the results of the 2011 Retirement Confidence Survey is an indication we aren’t spending nearly enough time thinking about our retirement needs. While 59% of those surveyed said they are now saving for retirement, 56% said they had less than $25,000 in savings and investments (not counting the…


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Benefits of Volunteering

  Did you hear the one about the woman, the priest, two ministers and a rabbi? Sounds like the lead-in for a joke, doesn’t it? Here’s the real story.  It was a woman, a priest, two ministers and a rabbi who founded the nation’s very first United Way campaign in Denver, back in 1887.  They raised $21,000 for local charities that year. Volunteering is an American tradition.  Ben Franklin founded the first volunteer fire department in Philadelphia back in 1736.  The American Red Cross dates to 1881. Where would our communities be without volunteers? Last year 63 million Americans volunteered…


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Doulapalooza! Music, Midwives, Moms….More!

      A doula is a trained professional who accompanies a woman, a couple, through labor with continuous physical, emotional and informational support. We offer non-medical care with comfort and focusing measures and support the woman’s desires in goals for the birth of her child in both hospital and home environments. Just over 12 years ago, I trained to become at doula- labor coach, if you will, via the Seattle Midwifery School. One of my decisions to return home to Louisville was Birth Care Network was getting organized and I wanted to become a part of the birth advocate community…


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Life Should Imitate Artist

                  Life Should Imitate Artist   I recently returned from a trip to New York city to visit my son, Matthew, and take in a game of our beloved Yankees.  While there I also visited the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA).  I used my son’s “artist pass” for admission. (The museum owns one of Matthew’s artworks). On display at the museum was Willem de Kooning: A Retrospective.  De Kooning was a founding member of the New York School of abstract expressionism- not everybody’s idea of art, but certainly mine. What struck me about de Kooning was how prolific he was…


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Spunky 82-year old Woman Wins the Optimal Aging Award

By Barbara Day, M.S., R.D., C.N. Picture: left to right: Dr. Christian Furman, vice chair for geriatric medicine, University of Louisville; Gold Standard Award for Optimal Aging winner Rachele “Rae” Guernsey of Louisville; and Dr. James O’Brien, chair of the Department of Family and Geriatric Medicine at the University of Louisville. I recently attended the First Annual University of Louisville’s Geriatric Gold Standard Award for Optimal Aging luncheon and award ceremony. Mac McClure, Chair of the UofL Geriatrics Advisory Board, introduced his wife, Tori Murden McClure as the keynote speaker. Tori Murden McClure is the current president of Spalding University….


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Sexy, Saucy, Sassy,,,,, (and funny too)

This week the Comedy Caravan offers up a unique opportunity to see a beautiful & funny comedian, performing for her PREMIER week as a headliner.  Jodi White is stunning, as well as funny, and will be performing this week at the club.  You can go to our website to order your tickets, or call the club at 459-0022 if you’d rather.  Don’t miss this week at the club.  Jodi will be the subject of the talk around the water cooler, and you don’t want to be the only one who wasn’t there.