Looking for activities to do with the kids? Here are a few ideas for unique family projects Wednesday, Apr 1 2020 

If you're tired of the same activities day after day, try some of these things you can still do while social distancing.

        

Mamba may be dead, but the mentality will never die Thursday, Feb 6 2020 

By Ben Goldberger —

Opinion editor Ben Goldberger reflects on the deaths of Kobe and Gianna Bryant and the importance of family

I was walking back to my dorm room after another Sunday of putting the week’s newspaper together when I first saw the reports. I immediately dismissed it as clickbait, since it seemed impossible for a legendary person to die so unexpectedly.

It wasn’t until I saw “Sportscenter’s” tweet confirming the death of Kobe Bryant that I let myself believe the reports, utter disbelief and shock seeping into my body.

To me, Kobe Bryant was just an amazing basketball player. But to many of my friends, he was a role model, an idol even a parental figure to some. So many kids grew up wanting to be just like Kobe, buying his jersey and shoes, treating the “Mamba Mentality” as scripture and yelling “Kobe!” whenever they shot a paper ball into the trash can.

It makes sense why the whole sports world froze for a day when the news broke out.

Then an hour or so later, the reports came out that Gianna, Bryant’s 13-year-old daughter and future basketball star herself, was also killed in the crash.

When I heard this, I could not stop thinking about Vanessa Bryant, Kobe’s wife and Gianna’s mother. The thought of losing your husband and daughter at the same, unexpected time crushed me. She didn’t even get to say goodbye, just a “see you later” that was never fulfilled.

I am from Virginia, meaning I don’t see my family except over breaks and occasional weekend visits throughout the semester. Bryant’s death made me realize that tomorrow is not guaranteed, and every time I say goodbye to my family and friends could be my last.

This is a horrifying truth to wallow in, and it is impossible to live a healthy life if you are constantly worrying about you or a loved one possibly dying tomorrow. But it does remind you to prioritize what is truly important in life, and for me, that is family.

It’s easy to get wrapped up in the small things in life like little grudges held on your siblings for eating your leftovers or disappointment that your significant other didn’t get you the gift you wanted for the holidays.

It’s almost human nature to get absorbed by the materialistic aspects of Valentine’s Day, spending bundles of money on getting the most expensive gift.

Sure, big flowers or extravagant jewelry is nice, but the best gift of all is being able to spend time with your loved ones.

When you are gone, your loved ones can get all of the gifts they want to, but nothing will ever fill the shoes that you once stood in. The memories made during any shared experience, whether a vacation across the world or baking cookies together at home, will always outweigh any gift you could give.

Kobe and Gianna, along with the seven other people killed in the helicopter crash, no longer have the opportunity to give or receive this gift.

But you do.

This Valentine’s Day, focus less on extravagant, materialistic gifts and more on making new memories with your loved ones, whether that is your significant other, your family or yourself.

Pursue things that make you happy and motivate you to succeed, and make them an everyday part of your life.

After all, that is the true Mamba Mentality.

Graphic by Alexis Simon // Louisville Cardinal

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Memories make the best gifts: give your family adventures instead of items Friday, Jan 24 2020 

By Madelynn Bland —

Spring semester is in full swing and students are returning to campus with their new gifts and gadgets they acquired over winter break. Any holiday, whether Mother’s Day, a birthday or other personal celebrations, is associated with materialistic gifts.

Although the idea of having all of these items is enjoyable, there are other ways to spend the same amount of money while making memories and bringing happiness that doesn’t run out of battery. 

While material possessions have a huge upside, they’re typically not with us for the long haul. 

The things that you received last birthday may already be stored away and never thought of again until replaced by new gifts that offer the same temporary enjoyment as their predecessors.

Most people argue that the best part of any holiday isn’t even about the gift giving, but the memories and time spent with family. The same people then turn around and fall into the societal trap of materialistic gift giving, unaware that the best gifts of all are not for sale. 

Our memories with friends and family are some of our most prized possessions and are gifts we can enjoy for the rest of our lives. 

For example, go trek up Pike’s Peak to explore the Garden of the Gods Park in Colorado Springs, venture around the French Quarter in New Orleans surrounded by the beauty of nature and the world or sit in the same spot as famous people and revel in the experience. 

“The expectation and demonstration of gift giving was a huge part of the holidays for me growing up. I find now that spending the same amount of money on even a meal together, or a couple of hours together makes for a different kind of gift experience,” said University of Louisville philosophy professor Brian Barnes. “Sometimes it’s great to give that gift that represents something to a loved one, but so often the care that I have for them is the function of time we spend together.”

While new technology or fancy clothes may be fun, the best gifts of all are memories that are made with loved ones. See a movie, venture to a place in your city that you’ve always wanted to visit or do anything as long as it is done surrounded by family and/or friends. The amount of time spent together will be worth way more in the long run than the items on a wish list.

After all, there is no price value on the laughs and memories made with the people you care about.

File Photo // The Louisville Cardinal

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‘It means the world to me’ | Father’s Christmas wish answered for son with autism Tuesday, Dec 17 2019 

"It's unreal. It's more than he could dream of or even imagine," Marty Mendoza said. "I'm truly blessed to have you all in my life."

        

Man gets a kidney transplant just in time to walk daughter down the aisle Monday, Sep 30 2019 

For five years, Reginald L. Jones was waiting for a kidney and last week, he finally got one.

        

2019 Cultural Pass Wednesday, Jun 5 2019 

Are you looking for FREE, kid-friendly summer activities? Make plans to sign your child(ren) up for the 2019 Cultural Pass presented by Churchill Downs! With this pass, you enjoy free admission your kid(s) to 59 world-class arts and cultural institutions. You can visit places like the Classical Corner at Waterfront Wednesday, Louisville Science Center, Speed […]

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Light Up the Season with Art Wednesday, Nov 25 2015 

By: Ramona Lindsey, KMAC director of education In many countries, the winter months celebrate light. Diwali, the Hindu festival of light, celebrates the victory of light over darkness and hope over despair. The candlelight of the Jewish menorah reminds believers during Hanukkah of God’s ability to provide in periods of lack. The ancient Germanic and … Continue reading Light Up the Season with Art