It was all the rage for a while among those who follow Jesus to have all manner of trinkets with the abbreviation, “WWJD” (What Would Jesus Do?). This mnemonic was created to try to get Christians to contemplate how their faith in Jesus could help them to make better decisions in their lives… Read more

Willie Nathan Cooley, Sr., affectionately known as “Papa Cooley” or “Mr.C” entered peacefully into eternal rest on August 7th 2022. Willie was… Read more

Guest Column

When you hear a news story about a woman who enjoys collecting shoes, the shoes are always of the dress-up variety. To each her own, but those kinds of fancy, high-heeled shoes are not my cup of tea. Nope, if I could live the rest of my life wearing only sandals, sneakers, and hiking boots, I would be one happy camper! Read more

It’s August and school is about to begin. Former students of mine now have their own kids and grandkids riding those clunky yellow buses. When I first got on Facebook, their familiar names began popping up, and many—with some trepidation—asked, “You aren’t going to correct my spelling or grammar, are you?” Read more

The excesses of August can be summed up on one day, the 8th being the day to, ‘sneak some zucchini onto your neighbor’s porch’. Even as we lose 2 minutes of daylight every day of the month, the heat continues to build, gardens overproduce, both vegetables and weeds, and after four months of direct solar heating, the northern oceans begin to share their excess heat with the atmosphere, spinning the evaporated water into monster storms we call hurricanes. Summer may be fading but it’s not going quietly. Read more

Dear readers, as I settle in to write this column, it’s a rainy Sunday afternoon. Rainy days have a certain appeal to them, don’t they? I often feel a good book calling my name, along with a nice cup of tea (Earl Grey, hot, for my fellow Star Trek fans). Sometimes after reading for awhile, my eyelids become heavy. That’s another awesome way to spend a rainy afternoon - taking a nice nap. Read more

When I was six years old and my sisters were four, we often stayed with my grandparents in the summer. They lived in rural southern Illinois, the year was 1970, and we girls loved visiting them. Anyway, my grandfather needed to take a few things to the local refuse collection site, aka “the dump”, as it was commonly referred to back in those days. He loaded the items in the car, along with three very energetic little girls. No car seats or seat belts - back then kiddos just ping-ponged around in the vehicle. And off we went to the dump, on the south end of town. Read more

The Commission on Aging is highlighting the many valuable local services available to older citizens. Very few seniors in Louisa County are familiar with the Southeast Rural Community Assistance Project, Inc. (SERCAP) which is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization focused on improving the quality of life for low-to-moderate income individuals and seniors living in the Southeast United States.  Although SERCAP is located in Roanoke, Virginia, it serves Louisa County. SERCAP counsels individuals and/or groups on renting, foreclosure prevention, building or improving your credit, budgeting, identity theft prevention, and home maintenance education. Read more

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Dear readers, today I want to tell you about a special group of women. There aren’t many of us left. I am a member of this club, but my time is running out. I *may* have another six months, but it’s very possible I’ve got only another two or three months before I’m out. I’ve been wanting to write about this subject for awhile, but you know how other things come up! Anyway……today is THE day……fasten your seatbelts! Read more

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I am writing this month’s letter about birthdays. This may make you think that July is my birth month, and that may be true. However, I know at least one friend who put an erroneous birthdate into his Facebook profile to mislead anyone trying to mine his account for hackable data, and maybe I am doing the same with this column. I don’t think of this mild deceit as actual lying, but more akin to putting doggie poo in a nice box and leaving it on the seat of an unlocked car. If a hacker or thief thinks he is taking something of value, let him learn about karma. Read more

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Greetings from your Louisa County Commission on Aging. You might know us as the group that holds a holiday dinner for seniors each December. Or perhaps you have a copy of The Little Yellow Book, our publication listing useful phone numbers. Our job is to identify the needs of older residents in our community. We report these findings to the Louisa County Board of Supervisors to help them make decisions that enhance the lives of seniors. We meet at 10 a.m. the first Wednesday of each month at the Betty J. Queen Intergenerational Center. All of you are welcome to join us. Read more