Positive Energy

Most of us would not knowingly ingest a toxic substance or breathe poisonous fumes. It is challenging to maintain the awareness that negative thoughts are just as toxic to our lives. When we think a negative thought, it is like we are inhaling negative energy deep into our psyches, and it will surely poison our bodies, our relationships, and our social environment.


A negative thought may take the form of a judgment, a criticism, labeling someone, or generally not seeing the positive in life. When we think negatively, we distance ourselves from other people, and from the world. Positive energy is expansive. Negative energy contracts – we feel tightness in our bodies, and interactions with others become strained or constricted. Positive energy opens our hearts – negative energy closes them. An open-hearted person is radiant and a joy to be around. A closed-hearted person tends to pull back from life, and so it is harder to get close.


Naturally, they then find the world to be less warm and accepting than the open-hearted soul. I do believe open-heartedness is our natural state – it is associated with higher levels of physical health. I have also taught the principles of open-hearted living to children, and they grasp it readily. They practice it, and teach it to others, because it feels so right, and so good to them.


The more we practice open-heartedness ourselves, the easier it becomes to recognize when our heart is closing. If we open it right up again, miraculously, the hearts of those around us seem to open as well.


Gwen Randall-Young is an author and award-winning Psychotherapist.  For permission to reprint this article, or to obtain books or cds, visit www.gwen.ca

Breathitt County Farm Bureau recognized for outstanding membership and program achievement

Louisville, KY. (December 6, 2013) – The Breathitt County Farm Bureau was recognized for outstanding membership and program achievement during the recent 94th Kentucky Farm Bureau annual meeting in Louisville.  Here, Holden Williams, center, accepts the award from David S. Beck, right, Kentucky Farm Bureau executive vice president, and Brad Smith, executive vice president of Kentucky Farm Bureau Insurance Companies, during a December 6 recognition and awards program.

Breathitt County KYFB Honored
Breathitt County KYFB Honored

Perry Skating Rink on Fire


Fugates Skating Rink on Fire

PERRY COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) –   We are following some breaking news this morning out of Perry County.

Dispatchers tell Mountain News the skating rink at Fugate’s Entertainment Center is on fire.

We’re told the first reports of the fire came in between 4 and 4:15am.

Crews from several departments are on the scene now.

We have a reporter on the way and will bring you more information as we get it.

Where was Julius Randle in North Carolina loss??

By Ron Hamblin – Let’s face it folks, the Cats are a work in progress. They have played five really tough teams, Michigan State, Baylor, Providence, Boise State & North Carolina. They lost to Mich. St., & Baylor on neutral courts, and lost to N.C. in their first true road game. The defeated Providence on the road and beat a solid Boise State team at home. Should we really be worried about the North Carolina loss? Not really. The UK Wildcats are finding out just how tough it is to have a team filled with promising stars.



UK vs NC - Julius Randle - Photo by Michael Huang - East KY Media
UK vs NC – Julius Randle – Photo by Michael Huang – East KY Media

Kentucky will go as Julius Randle goes and let’s face it, he did not show up at N.C. No one can deny Randle’s heart. It just seems that he is letting opponents double and triple teaming to cause him to fade in to the background. He has been steady in his offensive numbers since being in beast mode to begin the season. Against North Carolina he was a no show compared to games past. There is no doubt U.K. players will start to jell sooner than later, they are too good not to. Julius Randle should touch the ball 2 out of every 4 trips down the court and with the Cats other talented players coming together, should ease the double and triple teaming of Randle.

Julius Randle Game by Game Stats
Julius Randle Game by Game Stats

A look at Kentucky’s schedule so far shows they have been in every game and with a few free throws and about 4-5 fewer turnovers, the young Wildcats are still number 1 in the nation and undefeated, but that is why we play the games. Against Michigan State, they were dominated in every category, yet only lost by 4 points. Against Baylor, they blew a late 9 point lead only to fall by 5 points. At North Carolina, in what I still think was the worst officiated game in recent memory and with no Julius Randle, U.K. loses by 5 on the road.


No one will want to go near the Wildcats in February and March. Kentucky may lose another game or two but rest assured, they will be the favorites when March Madness rolls around.


Jewell Alsept

Jewell Alsept, 75, Jackson passed away Wed., Dec. 4, at the Wolfe Co. Health Care Center in Campton.  She was the wife of the late Richard Alsept and the daughter of the late Jairette and Bertha (Back) Caudill.

Jewell Alsept
Jewell Alsept

She was also preceded in death by one son, Richard Wade Alsept.  She was a member of the Hampton United Methodist Church.  She is survived by one son, Sonny Joe Alsept (Victoria Gross) of Jackson; three daughters, Arlene Jewell of Winchester, Kay (Haven) Barnett of Jackson, Connie Alsept of Jackson; three sisters, Lena (Adrian) Back of Noctor, Lou (Alvin) Ritchie of Rousseau, Sue (Subby) McIntosh of Rousseau; three granddaughters, Dana (Fudd) Hays, Missy (Clayton) Smith, Brittany Gross; three grandsons, Josh (Tonya) Barnett, Brandon (Deanna) Alsept, Dakota Creech (Andrea Graham); five great grandchildren, Taylor Smith, Dawson Hays, Brayden Barnett, Audrey Barnett, Tressany Hays.   Funeral services Fri., Dec. 6, 1PM at the Breathitt Funeral Home Chapel with Rev.John Bunn officiating.  Burial in Jackson Cemetery.  Breathitt Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Bradley Stephen Noble

Bradley Stephen Noble, 29, passed away Fri., Oct. 11, at the Greg and Noreen Wells Hospice Care Center in Hazard.  He was preceded in death by his mother, Tina Combs Noble.

Bradley Stephen Noble
Bradley Stephen Noble

He is survived by his wife, Wanda Noble of Hazard; his father, Gerald Noble of Clayhole; his grandmother, Ersie Noble of Clayhole; his loving pet dog, Bama; host of aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.  Funeral services Tuesday, October 15, 1PM at the Breathitt Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Clay Gross and Rev. Eldon Miller officiating.  Burial in Noble Family Cemetery at Riley Branch, Clayhole.  Breathitt Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Verdila Harvey Miller

Verdila Harvey Miller, 88, of St. Petersburg, Florida passed away Friday, Oct. 25, at the Northside Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida.  She is survived by daughters, Helen Miller and Alena (Bob) Bowen; son, Doug (Janet) Miller; brother, Burton Harvey; grandsons, Mark (Jessica) Opyd and Carl Miller.  Funeral will be Fri., Nov. 1, 11AM at the Breathitt Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Kerney Bouchard officiating.  Burial in the Harvey Bend Cemetery.  Visitation begins Wed., Oct. 30, 6PM.  Breathitt Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

David Lee Nichols

David Lee Nichols, 69, passed away Mon., Nov. 4, at the Ky. River Medical Center in Jackson.  He was a member of the House of Prayer Church.  He was preceded in death by his father, Samuel Nichols; his brother, Jerry Michael Nichols; his stepfather, Andrew Taulbee.  He is survived by his wife, Mae Riley Nichols of Jackson; his mother, Edna Taulbee of Clay City; his brother, Kenneth (Penny) Taulbee of Clay City; his sisters, Nellie Sue (Joe) Weaver of Churubusco, IN and Shirley (Mike) Connor of Jackson.  Memorial services will be held Sat., Nov. 9, 1PM at the Breathitt Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Harold Conner officiating.  Breathitt Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Linda Lee White

Linda Lee White, 64, Jackson passed away Oct. 26.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Willie and Mallie White; sister, Connie Jean White.  She is survived by brothers, Walter Hall, Lenard Hall and Billy White; sisters, Martha Farley, Wanda Combs, Willena White. Memorial services, Sat., Nov. 16, 11AM at the Breathitt Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Eldon Miller officiating.  Breathitt Funeral Home in charge.

Others as Mirrors

Recently I was reading again about the idea of others being mirrors of ourselves. This is a very powerful concept in terms of our personal growth, for it gives us an opportunity to access our understanding, compassion and tolerance. It is also a very difficult concept to put into practice because of our tendency to hold tightly to denial. Let me explain.

The theory holds that the person who irritates us the most is the one from whom we have most to learn. Consider that the person who drives us up the wall may not affect others the same way at all. They are getting under our skin because there is something we need to see. What is bothering us so much about them is a quality that also exists in us.

Our immediate response to that idea is outright denial! We deny it because it is a quality we dislike so much that we reject even the suggestion we may possess it. Consequently, that one person we cannot stand makes sure that quality is regularly right in our face!

A specific example might be a friend who is disloyal, who talks behind your back. Of course that is hurtful. But there you are, venting to someone else about this, doing exactly what she did. It is probably not the first time you have done that either, if not to this friend, to someone else. Another example might be your annoyance or frustration with a partner who never shows appreciation. You might feel taken for granted. If you stop to reflect though, you might find that you do not do it very often yourself, or when you do it is with the expectation that the compliment will be returned.

Children can be very powerful mirrors. We may try to maintain certain standards in our dealings with them, but they will certainly notice and be affected with we slip up. If we have children who are very angry, we are forced to look our own anger. Parents sometimes think it is alright for them to be angry with the children, but not the other way around. Unfortunately, mirrors do not work that way.

What we see out there is, in some respect, a reflection of something within us. When we change that negative quality within ourselves, we will no longer attract those mirrors.

Gwen Randall-Young is an author and award-winning Psychotherapist.  For permission to reprint this article, or to obtain books or cds, visit www.gwen.ca

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