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Columns

  • 911 changed America - and all of our paths

    This week we reflect on the 10th anniversary of events to be remembered in history and commemorated for generations. On this day, the 10th anniversary of 9/11, we are a permanently changed nation and are yet confronting the attack’s second and third order effects.

  • COLUMN: So much to enjoy at Lincoln Days

    There are a lot of factors that make every Lincoln Days Celebration successful, but most important are the dedicated community volunteers who step up and provide leadership and professionalism to every aspect of the celebration.

    This year's board comprises experienced servants from the past plus new blood which is always refreshing and provides oft needed approaches to keep us at the forefront and a leader in the local festival market.

  • COLUMN: Lay that donkey down and rest in God's love

    A young boy and an old man were walking with a donkey when a group of people passed by.
    “Isn’t that ridiculous that no one’s riding that donkey,” one person said.
    So, the old man told the boy to ride the donkey.
    Another group of people passed by and someone said, “That’s terrible! Look at that young boy riding that donkey while the old man walks.”

  • COLUMN: You know you grew up in LaRue County when ...

    I’m not a big fan of Facebook, but I do enjoy playing “Gardens of Time” and looking at photos of my grandchildren and that seems to be the fastest way of doing that.
    Last week, though, I noticed a new group called “You’re probably from LaRue County if ...” I had to check it out.
    Actually, it says “Larue” which is just wrong, but that’s beside the point.
    There’s another one “You know you grew up in LaRue County, KY, if …”

  • COLUMN: I'll retire some day ... really, I will

    Forty years, four months and one day – the countdown is on. That’s the day I’m eligible for retirement.
    I have plans of sitting on a beach somewhere (preferably in Gulf Shores, Ala.) and soaking up the warm rays of sunshine – just as I did a few years back.
     I can’t wait to read a book without interruption, nap whenever I please, take a boat out for some deep-sea fishing and do all the things that I want to do, when I want to do it.

  • COLUMN: Facebook, tractor pull writer back home

    If you are on Facebook, you might have seen the page “If you grew up in ...” that has become a big talking point around town. I grew up in the western part of the state, so over the past week or so, I’ve found myself glued to the “If you grew up in Crittenden County” page where many have been reliving days gone by.

  • COLUMN: Can you survive another Great Depression?

    I just read two very interesting articles on the U.S. economy, written from historical perspectives. They compelled me to share my own historical perspective. And what I want to say is more about our changing culture than our economy.
    One of the articles, by Julie Crawshaw of MoneyNews.com, notes that the “Misery Index”-the combined unemployment and inflation rates-made infamous under President Jimmy Carter, has hit a 28-year high. It’s also 62 percent higher than when President Obama took office.

  • COLUMN: Multitasking can kill concentration

    I know exactly when I lost the ability to concentrate, deeply and fully, on one thing at a time. I realized it one day when I was about 30 pages in to a 60-page history reading assignment in my freshman year of college. I was reading faster than I could process everything, and taking breaks to finish Spanish and French homework. Then it dawned on me: I hadn’t actually finished a book since freshman year began.

  • COLUMN: Half the fun of fair is second-guessing the judges

    The 104th LaRue County Fair came to a close Saturday.
    It marked what to many, was the hottest, most humid fair in recent memory. The most comfortable spot on the grounds hands-down was the new Bobby Morrison and Jim Phelps building where the beauty and baby pageants were held.

  • COLUMN: Karaoke brings on case of stage fright

    I did it! I sang karaoke at the LaRue County Fair Friday night.

    Oh my gosh! I have never experienced stage fright like that in my entire 46 years!

    Flashback a few hours preceding the actual contest: I began my morning by driving to Louisville for my chemo at the Brown Cancer Center. I took the scenic route through Younger’s Creek and Boston and Lebanon Junction, and as I was traveling I heard John Denver singing his classic hit “Country Roads Take Me Home.”