The View from Burning Springs

A Shared Passion

My oldest son, Jarrett, celebrates his 21st birthday on July 28th. He is working away from home this summer through a University of Kentucky co-op program. We are wishing him a happy day and looking forward to celebrating with him, albeit late, when he gets back home.
Tyler Hensley will be celebrating his birthday the next day, on the 29th. Daylene Hensley and Eddie Marcum both have birthdays coming up on the 31st.
In August birthdays, Rebecca Owens has a birthday on August 1st. Birthday wishes go out to Dorothy Hale and Robert Baker on the 2nd.
Happy 7th birthday to Hannah Lewis on August 1st. Layla Allen, daughter of Jeff and Tracy Allen, will be three years old on July 31st.
In anniversaries, Tim and Brandi Bray will be celebrating their anniversary on July 30th. I would like to wish a happy anniversary to Mark and Amy Smith on the 26th.
If you have any birthdays, anniversaries or announcements for this column, please email me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Thanks!

In Macedonia Baptist Church news, we had a full house Sunday. We were doubly blessed during our music service. Kevin Rice and his band led our song service and provided special music. Next, the Chad's Hope Men's Choir took the stage and sang a special. We certainly had a good service all around. If you don't have a home church, consider this your invitation to come visit at Macedonia.
The car show put on by the Clay County Cruisers was at the park this past Sunday and there were some beautiful rides to look at and lots of friendly folks to talk to. Of course, when you get a bunch of people together with a shared passion, it's easy to get to know one another. It would be worth your while to come check out some of the awesome cars and trucks from around the area.
While my mind is on cars and such, I'll close with some humorous quotes about driving. “It takes 8,460 bolts to assemble an automobile, and one nut to scatter it all over the road.” - Author Unknown. “When buying a used car, punch the buttons on the radio. If all the stations are rock and roll, there's a good chance the transmission is shot.: - Larry Lujack. “For every “Drive Safely” sign, shouldn't there be a “Resume Normal Driving” sign?” - Robert Brault. Have a good week!

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 July 2011 12:24


Everyone is Just Waiting

In July birthdays, Happy 7th birthday to Lily Barton Smith on July 22nd. Lily is the daughter of Elbert and Leigh Ann Smith.
Betty Byrd celebrates a birthday on July 23rd. Clifford Grubbs had a birthday birthday on July 20th. Linda Jackson's birthday will be on the 25th.
Happy 18th birthday to Sara Sibert on July 22nd. Sara is the daughter of Johnny and Ann Sibert. Her aunt, Beverly Baker Robinson, has a birthday coming up on July 27th.
Thinking of the Bakers, reminds me of Jewel Baker's chili recipe. I first ate this chili as a teen while visiting at her house and now I make it for my family. Since July is a month for cookouts, this chili would be a nice addition to your hot dogs. It's also good eaten alone as a chili bun.
The recipe's directions are: Brown one pound of hamburger and drain off fat. Sprinkle one tablespoon of chili powder and one tablespoon of sugar over the top of the beef. Stir in just enough tomato sauce to get it the right thickness. This chili is simple, tasty and easy to make with just the right touch of sweet.
On another note, I hate to be a harbinger of doom, but since there's a little less than two week's left of summer vacation for returning students and teachers, it's time to seize the day! If you had something in particular that you really wanted to do this summer that you haven't done yet, it's time to get busy.
“Life is short, God's way of encouraging a bit of focus.” - Robert Brault. “Don't be fooled by the calendar. There are only as many days in the year as you make use of.” - Charles Richards.
Or as one of the wisest writer's of our time, Dr. Seuss, said: “Everyone is just waiting. Waiting for the fish to bite or waiting for wind to fly a kite. Or waiting around for Friday night or waiting, perhaps, for their Uncle Jake or a pot to boil, or a better break or a string of pearls, or a pair of pants or a wig with curls, or another chance. Everyone is just waiting.”
I know I've often been guilty of waiting for the perfect conditions. Funny thing is those perfect conditions seldom come. So this week, let's not spend our time waiting for a better day and instead enjoy these last few imperfect days of summer vacation.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 July 2011 14:28


The View From Burning Springs 7-14-11

Teachers and students, enjoy the rest of your summer vacation. I'm not even going to say when the first day of school is except to say it's always too early! Hopefully, an early beginning will lead to an early ending next spring.
Mr. White is going to be missed at Clay County High School this fall. I'm sure we all wish him an enjoyable retirement. I believe he said he had been at the high school for thirteen years, which gives him one of the longer terms of service as principal.
Emily Marcum celebrated her 12th birthday on July 7th. Emily is the daughter of Robert and Renee Marcum.
Doug White celebrated his birthday on July 8th. Violet Pennington had a birthday on July 11th. Happy birthday to Bige Hensley on July 16th.
Happy birthday to father and son, Dwight and Tyler Allen. Dwight's birthday was on the 10th and Tyler will be thirteen on the 14th.
Happy birthday to my brother-in-law, Robert Joe Rawlings, on July 14th. All the family wish you a happy day.
Lastly, I have to say, “Happy Birthday” to Laronda Shepherd Bingham. Maybe she will shoot me for saying so, but she turned the big 5-0 on July 11th. I hope she had a fun day and I will soon be seeing her to celebrate this momentous occasion.
Rex and Carol Bray have an anniversary coming up on July 20th.
In Macedonia Baptist Church news, special singing this past Sunday morning was a duet by Kathy Jones and Jan Hoskins.
“Summer Journey”, a program for children and youth, will continue through August 10th on Wednesday nights at 6:00 pm.
Ladies' Fellowship will be on Monday, July 18th at 6:00 pm at the church.
How about a couple of cool breakfast smoothie ideas for these warm summer mornings? For a yummy "Blueberry Smoothie", blend together 2 cups of light soy milk, 1 cup of frozen blueberries, one- half teaspoon cinnamon and sugar to taste. I use two or three packets of Truvia to make it a sugar-free treat.
My personal favorite is a “Cocoa Smoothie.” Blend together 2 cups of light soy milk, one-fourth cup of cocoa, a handful of ice cubes and sweetener to taste. Again, for a sweet sugar-free treat, use Truvia.  If you love chocolate, you'll love a cocoa smoothie, plus cocoa is surprisingly low in carbohydrates and high in fiber.
These recipes make two small smoothies or one jumbo smoothie. If I have calculated them correctly, the jumbo Blueberry Smoothie is three points and the jumbo Cocoa Smoothie is four points according to the Weight Watchers Points Plus plan.
Remember to use light soy milk instead of regular.  The light soy milk is one of those odd foods that one cup equals 2 points but two cups equal three. So drink up and enjoy!
I'm sure you'll enjoy the cocoa recipe. After all, statistics are on my side. Sandra Boynton said, “Research tells us fourteen out of any ten individuals likes chocolate.” Have a great week!

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 July 2011 12:46


The View From Burning Springs 6-23-11

The Pleasant Days Of Summer

I hope all the fathers had a good weekend this past Father's Day Weekend. I am going to brag a little on Kristen Frost now. I had a photo of the kids when they were eight, five and three eating ice cream cones while sitting on a bench in Maine on one of our family vacations. It's our favorite family photo. Kristen did a charcoal rendering of the photo and that's what I gave Wayne for Father's Day. Kristen is super talented and she's ended up with a boatload of orders for her work. I just wanted to give a shout out to one of our talented youth.

In Macedonia Baptist Church news, welcome to our newest members, Christopher Wayne Gray and Britney Sproles. They were baptized this past Sunday morning. Special music during our morning worship service was by Carley Hoskins.

I have a couple of anniversaries for the column this week. Happy anniversary to Doug and Donna White on June 24th. Happy anniversary to Bryan and Kendra Samples on June 28th.

In June birthdays, I would like to wish a happy birthday to Judy Bray on June 25th. Chelsie Wolfe also celebrates a birthday on the 25th.

Many people are planning vacations during the summer break. I'm the first to agree that heading off on a trip to somewhere new or to an old favorite spot is a great way to relax. But, heading out on a formal vacation isn't the only way to have a pause from the daily grind.

Some of us have porches that need sitting on and books that need read. Others have pools that need swimming in and gardens to sit in. Maybe you've got a shelf full of movies that you've never got around to watching. Whatever it is that brings you pleasure and makes you smile is like a mini vacation in itself.

Here are some quotes about taking it easy during the pleasant days of summer. “A vacation is having nothing to do and all day to do it in.” - Robert Orben. “A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken.” - James Dent.

“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass on a summer day listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is hardly a waste of time.” - John Lubbock.

“Summer is the time when one sheds one's tensions with one's clothes, and the right kind of day is jeweled balm for the battered spirit. A few of those days and you can become drunk with the belief that all's right with the world.” - Ada Louise Huxtable.

I know we all have responsibilities and things that only we can do. But in between all those tasks that life requires of us, let's remember to take some perfect moments for ourselves and our families. Have a good week!

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 June 2011 12:50


Debbie Burns 6-16-11

I hope this week's column finds you enjoying your summer. Last week was our Vacation Bible School at Macedonia Baptist Church. We had around 60 kids each night for Bible lessons, crafts, games and food.  Food for the children was provided by the summer feeding program and we would like to thank them for the delicious and healthy meals they provided.

Thanks also goes to all the workers. It takes quite a few people to cover teachers, helpers, crafts, games, music, food, bus drivers, early and late duty and the Salvation Station.  Rhonda Goodman does a great job as director and the workers go all out in decorating the rooms.

This summer, while Team Kids is on hiatus, children and youth can attend Summer Journey. This program will be on Wednesday nights at 6:00 pm and will run from June 15th through August 10th.  Team Kids will begin again on Wednesday, August 24th.

Trevor Thomas Drama Ministries were with us for the morning service this past Sunday. The service was a mixture of music, comedy and dramatic stories. Praise God, we had two saved during this service!

Ladies Fellowship will meet on Monday, June 20th. The Walk in the Word Bible Study is available at The current study is “Why God Shows Wrath.”

It's a little ways off but we have revival services scheduled for August 28th through August 31st. Bro. Kenneth Felty will be the evangelist.

I would like to wish a happy birthday to Kim Reid on June 19th. Betty Eagle celebrated a birthday on June 12th.

If you have any birthdays, anniversaries, announcements, news items or things you'd like to see in this column, feel free to email me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call me at 598-7557. I've been asked to do a column on what college kids need for their first year in the dorm so I will be working on that.

I would like to close by thanking all the dads out there for all they do for their families. “My father used to play with my brother and me in the yard. Mother would come out and say “You're tearing up the grass.” “We're not raising grass,” Dad would reply. “We're raising boys.” - Harmon Killebrew. “He didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.” - Clarence Budington Kelland. Have a good weekend and tell your dad you love him.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 June 2011 12:52


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