Category Archives: Gena Bigler

Gena Bigler: With parenting, how about a little more Aristotle, a little less Machiavelli

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Parenting is a tough job, but there is no shortage of advice on the subject. Magazines and other periodicals are devoted to parenting, as are countless books.   A friend recently sent me a newspaper article about parenting that appeared …

Gena Bigler: No-interest, no-fee loans, really? Yes, really! And from right here in Lexington

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Rewards programs are not new. Some are better than others, but I have never seen one quite like this. A new company based in Lexington is offering no-interest, no-fee loans for members who shop via their program. It is such …

Gena Bigler: With loan debt soaring, students need financial plan before choosing a college

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Years ago, I had friends who used their student loans for a variety of purposes beyond paying tuition and buying books. Some carried heavy class loads and lived on loans while they studied and graduated in as few years as …

Gena Bigler: Growing a garden, no matter
how small, can be immensely rewarding

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During World Wars I and II, Americans at home helped support the war effort by growing victory gardens. With so much of the workforce overseas, farms suffered. By growing some of the food themselves, Americans were empowered by taking their …

Gena Bigler: Got the winter blues? A quick trip to N. Ky. might be what doctor ordered

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By this time of year, winter has lost its frosty appeal.  Board games and hot chocolate are glorious fun, but even those are eventually dulled by cabin fever.  Being stuck inside wears on everyone, and while a weekend in Bermuda …

Gena Bigler: Choosing a home birth may
be difficult but also may be best choice

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In 27 states, Certified Professional Midwives (CPM) practice legally and some are reimbursed by Medicaid. In Kentucky, Certified Professional Midwives are not recognized and can face prosecution for assisting a birthing mother.  It is perfectly legal for a woman to …

Gena Bigler: What does poverty look like
in Kentucky? The answer might shock you

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What does poverty look like? A recent KET documentary, Price of Poverty in Kentucky, took a look at poverty in Kentucky, and the answer to that question is grim.   Children are suffering the most. According to Attica Scott, a …