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Columns

  • Wouldn’t you druther go to Druther’s Restaurant?

    Those of us who grew up in the South in the ’70s fondly remember such bygone icons of Americana as the Z/28 Camaro, the original cast of “Saturday Night Live” and Druther’s.

    The last Druther’s Restaurant in America is in Campbellsville. The chain existed from 1963 until 1981.

    There used to be one in Hodgenville.

    If you’re 50-something, you may recall the jingle: “I’d druther go to Druther’s Restaurant.”

  • Greensburg’s mud brick house is one of a kind

     My husband Bud and I went on the Historic Home Tour in Greensburg last weekend.

  • Panther pride can't compare to LaRue's accomplishments

     As a Panther, having graduated from Elizabethtown High School only six years ago, I never thought I would appreciate or boast about a rival school system more than the one I grew up in. However, to simply ignore the achievements of LaRue County schools would be ludicrous. 

  • COLUMN: Good customer service deserves a helpful tip

    One of my coworkers recently shared her experience with a cell phone company’s customer service, and it sparked a big conversation in the workplace about some of our experiences.

    First, let me say, no one is perfect, and you can’t please everybody, but you can be cordial and polite when trying to do so.

    There are times a customer may not be satisfied with anything you say or do. And I can attest to that.

    But my most recent restaurant experience affected not only me but the people around me, as well.

  • COLUMN: Begin your day with breakfast

    Breakfast is perhaps the most underappreciated and overlooked meal of our day.  We tend to skip it altogether or grab something that is not very good for us –like a doughnut. 

    But, just as mom used to say, breakfast is the most important meal of the day for all of us, especially children and teens.

    Here are the Super 7 reasons why you should include breakfast in your daily routine:

    1. Breakfast provides an energy boost to start the day. We all need to kick our day off by eating as many vitamins and nutrients as possible.

  • Remembering Mae Burden: A tribute to a friend

    My heart and prayers go out to the family of Mae Burden.
    Mae was a wonderful woman who never seemed to meet a stranger. She loved her family fiercely and she treated her friends like family. Mae taught me many things through the years. She taught me how to diagram a sentence in junior high and how to type in high school. During my senior year of high school she was the yearbook advisor and I was one of her co-editors. Mae became a close friend that year and taught me many life lessons in addition to how to crop a picture and what organization personified looks like.

  • Shameful: Kentucky is tops in child abuse

    It’s not always a good thing to be at the top of a list. In a region ranked among the best in the country for college sports, places to raise a family and start a business, there is one ranking many of us may not be aware of and one we must change immediately. Kentucky is one of the top – meaning worst – states in the nation for frequency of child abuse and deaths due to non-accidental trauma.

  • In these tough times, an idget is born every minute

     One of my husband Bud’s favorite TV shows is “Pawn Stars.”

  • COLUMN: Social media is not the place for political rants

     During Sen. Rand Paul’s marathon of a filibuster, I couldn’t help but notice all of the ranting tweets and Facebook statuses my friends and acquaintances posted — negative and positive.

    Obviously, as a writer, I’m a strong believer in freedom of speech, which sometimes gets me in trouble, but when you post obnoxious opinions on your personal social media websites, odds are you are probably offending several people.

  • COLUMN: 'The Real Truth about Beauty'

     Last week, while fighting with myself over what to wear to work because nothing I owned fit, I overheard a news story that broke my heart.

    A mother in Australia stumbled across her 7-year-old daughter’s diet plan. The girl was allowing herself to eat “appals, keewee and yoget.” She also had an exercise regimen.

    It was a testament to how hard we are on ourselves as a global society, how much emphasis the world puts on body image, how easily influenced children are, especially girls. And it made me re-think my state of mind at the time.