Talk to us: What are the values you hold dear?

We'd like you to help us write the Living Our Values series that appears periodically in Life + Faith. We are looking particularly for essays that show how you live your values and how you hope to pass on those values to future generations.

Your essay must be true and well written, preferably told in the first person, and it should be a maximum of 600 words. Prose and poetry will be considered. Previously published works will not be accepted.

We'll publish the best submissions in the Herald-Leader print edition and online.

E-mail your submissions to with the subject line "Values essay."

To submit by mail, send entries to Values Essay, c/o Sally Scherer, Lexington Herald-Leader, 100 Midland Avenue, Lexington, Ky., 40508.

You must include your name, age, address and a daytime telephone number. This is not a contest, and no prizes will be awarded. No payment will be given.