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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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An Idea for School Busing

I swear I don’t understand why our “Board” thinks that busing is a good idea.  When I was a kid, in the south end, I lived where I walked to school for my first 9-10 years, including Kindergarten!!  The first time I rode a bus was going to Ahrens, in 10th grade, and THAT was a city bus, not a school bus.  How can we expect parents to attend functions and events when they are half-way across town at some school that the parents have never even seen? And it doesn’t take a genius to determine that “enrolled” and “attended”…


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Homeschooling Provides a Bonus Education for Your Child

By Barbara Day, M.S., R.D., C.N. More and more parents are homeschooling their children in the United States. Most of the reasons that parents decide to homeschool has to do with giving their child a better education at home. In 2007-2008, the Federal Government reported taxpayers paid $10,297 per student    (http://nces.ed.gov/fastfacts/display.asp?id=66)   but unfortunately U.S. students continue to perform very poorly globally no matter how much money is put into education. (In addition to the $10, 297, this report said 55% of the students are bused nationally at $854/student which adds to the cost per student). Children Love Homeschooling Because of…


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Sailing for a Cure Foundation holds regatta on the Ohio this weekend!

Many of you know I have been around boats most of my life, getting out on the Ohio is always great fun and I can handle a pretty big ship when I have to. There is one battle(ship) I haven’t faced, but some folks in our community have, and thats Leukemia & Lymphoma. I have had a few friends afflicted, and recovered, so you just never know who or how you may be touched by this disease. As we enjoy this fabulous Thursday Fall-like  weather, and gear up for a great weekend, lets “raise a sail” and head down to…


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Benefit for Kids with Leukemia on the River this Weekend!

  Many of you know I have been around boats most of my life, getting out on the Ohio is always great fun and I can handle a pretty big ship when I have to. There is one battle(ship) I haven’t faced, but some folks in our community have, and thats Leukemia & Lymphoma. I have had a few friends afflicted, and recovered, so you just never know who or how you may be touched by this disease. As we enjoy this fabulous Thursday Fall-like  weather, and gear up for a great weekend, lets “raise a sail” and head down…


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A Love Story featuring…Me?

This post will be extremely out of character for me, but blogs are meant to be free form and expansive so why not. I am in love for the last time in my life with the only woman I ever loved. This is a long story, but it’s a GOOD story so indulge me a few moments of your time. This all begins back in 1982 when I met and married a beautiful hometown girl. She was 18 and I was 21. Some claimed we were too young, but when you’re in love who cares. We were blissfully happy for…


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Lying Parents Should Be Prosecuted

It’s about time the authorities started cracking down on lying parents. Think about the example parents are setting for their kids, and decide whether you think it’s OK for a parent who lives in Jefferson County to convince an Oldham County resident to lie and say his son lives in her home. Then the lie requires signing an affidavit, saying your child lives in a house he doesn’t live in. This guy in Oldham County isn’t the only one who’s guilty, but Charles Lauron is being set up as the poster child for what may be one of the most common…



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Foreign Exchange Students Perfect for Staycations in the ‘ville …

Summer vacations don’t always have to be out of town.  There’s the staycation.  You know, where you sorta do the tourist in your own hometown, thing. For several years, we’ve added a staycation here in the ‘ville to our calendar.  In year’s past, we have made it interesting by hosting a foreign exchange student in our home.  We did it for just one month and we took our student from France – who is a friend to everybody in my house on facebook now so it must have been fun – to all things Louisville and we really enjoyed ourselves….


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Down Memory Lane With Nancy Grace

Nancy Grace. Two words that provoke reactions whether you agree with her or not. Grace has made her career by proclaiming the guilt of various criminal defendants around the country. Notice I said guilt. The possibility of innocence never seems to enter her mind. I admit I took rather perverse pleasure in watching her near melt-down after the Casey Anthony verdict came down. As for my opinion, I think Anthony is certainly culpable in Caylee’s death, but I digress. Grace, along with other TV law “experts,” was raked across the coals eloquently by Cheney Mason — one of Casey Anthony’s…