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Give A Day By Giving A Book

Mayor Fischer’s “Give A Day” Week of April 15 – 22 is coming up. Have you scheduled some time to give to someone else as volunteer? It’s hard, or it can be hard to fit it in. Some people I know are natural “givers” and are much better at volunteering their time than I. Here is just one of the inventive ways I have come across to give. Earlier this week, The Jefferson County Public Schools sent home a letter to past volunteers asking for support for the goal to send every elementary and middle school student home for the…


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Unplugging One Kid At A Time

Everybody is basketball crazed but this weather really makes me want to golf. There’s nothing like popping some allergy medicine and hitting the course to be in the great outdoors for a few hours. The opportunity to be outside and unplugged is really the enjoyment I get out of golf. It certainly isn’t my mediocre putting skills or the slice off the tee. Let me reiterate my love of being unplugged from technology while on the golf course.  I first started playing golf on a semi regular basis a couple of years ago. The best decision I ever made was…


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Crayons for Hope

Do you remember the best part of going back to school was getting that new box of crayons! I know school supplies are far from any of our minds except for the occasional replacement folder needed at this time of year. Imagine no crayons, scissors, backpacks, wide ruled paper to begin the process of learning again after such a tragedy as the recent tornadoes. The fabulous folks at 102.3 The Max and Panera Bread have teamed up to help the kids in Henryville get their school supplies back. This Friday morning at 6am The Lambert & Lindsey Show will kick…


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JCPS Stands Up to Over-Protective Parent

I was looking through the news trying to find something to get worked up over. I was bummed that the Ravens and 49ers lost yesterday, preventing a Harbaugh vs. Harbaugh Super Bowl and plenty of media stories about their time helping their Dad at Western. There’s the fact that Newt Gingrich might actually be president.  Then there was another embarrassing incident involving our own U.S. Senator, Rand Paul.  I’m no UK basher, but there’s the fact the the Wildcats will be named the new #1 in the country today, while U of L should be dropped from the Top 25….


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Look at ALL of the Snow

Well, another Louisville fiasco with letting schools out early because we MIGHT get just a sprinkling of snow.  When I was young (save the groans for another time) I remember walking to school almost up to my knees.  This isn’t a ‘pre-depression’ story of a country school.  I’m talking about in the 1960’s, and schools in Louisville.  For us to get a ‘snow day’ there had to be a LOT of snow on the ground.  Now, if the news just ‘mentions’ snow, everyone starts freaking out and wanting to send the kids home early or cancel altogether. I went for…


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The Cecil New Transcripts – Below and Beyond for Local News?

I was transfixed as the words and voice of sex offender and murderer Cecil New were aired on WHAS 11 last night. It’s not every day you can wander down the psyche of such a monster and I’ll be damned if I didn’t take in the whole thing. Interviewed last year by the now-retired LMPD’s Troy Pitcock along with several detectives who went to the KSP at Eddyville, New gave them more than a few comments. Whether his story is true or not,we’ll never know. What we heard was disturbing. The range of reaction is wide. It may have been…


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JCPS Up Next in Mismanagement City

Is anyone out there surprised by the new report from JCPS that found the giant organization is overpaying its administrations, has flawed hiring policies, that nepotism is rampant, and that it needs to trim its staff significantly? I’m not. Like MSD before it, there just seems to be a pervasive attitude by administrators in these public positions that they’re entitled to operate the way they want, that they can hire whoever they want for whatever job they choose. Excess is king. And it’s all because it’s not THEIR money. You remember the WLKY report by Duane Pohlman on the ridiculous…


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Mega Cavern Lights Under Louisville – Start a New Holiday Tradition

For the past 10 years my family has had a Holiday tradition to head over to Lexington to the Kentucky Horse Park’s Southern Lights.  The light display, animal petting barn, craft exhibits, Kentucky Horse Park gift shop and the Kentucky Train Associations model train display has been just the ticket to get us in the Holiday spirit.  Listening to Christmas Carols on the way over and stopping at Claudia Sanders on the way back has always been a family favorite. However, this year we altered our Christmas light tradition and decided to head to The Mega Cavern’s Light Under Louisville…


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JCPS Too Little Too Late?

I received an email from JCPS wanting my opinion on the Student Assignment Plan. [Are you SURE you want MY opinion?!?!]  If you’d like to leave a comment, you may do so here, but only until the end of today (December 5, 2011). And by the way, just because you don’t have kids doesn’t mean you shouldn’t pay attention to this. You pay the same taxes on public schools as those of us with kiddos. On that same link, there are snippets  of what the plan “changes” are. I say “changes” lightly, as it looks as if their big “change” is reducing…


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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…