• COLUMN: Feeling old, looking forward

    A few weeks ago, I was standing knee-deep in snow on the edge of a bluff, hanging onto a skinny tree branch and trying to take photos of a car that had landed in a creek below.
    The snow had edged over the top of my Fat Babies (boots, people, boots) and I was losing traction fast. I got a few photos and prayed that I wouldn’t end up at the bottom of the hill (or on YouTube) – looking like a giant snow burrito – before I finished.

  • COLUMN: Spring brings bird brains and dumb clucks

     This column is about chickens. If you don’t want to read about roosters in particular, now is a good time to stop.

    A few months ago, my pet rooster Chi-Bob was assassinated. There is no other way to describe the carnage that occurred when a red-tailed hawk dropped out of the sky directly onto his head. One second Chi-Bob was standing inside the pen, flirting with the hens – the next, he was a flattened wad of feathers.

  • COLUMN: Frankfort Focus

    FRANKFORT – In one way, the bills filed each legislative session are not much different from the teams taking part in the NCAA basketball tournaments.  Some advance, while others find out that this is not their year.

  • COLUMN: Splg skls hv suffrd tx 2 tk

    Gone from the landscape of many schools today is the old-fashioned spelling bee. Count us among those lamenting its demise.
    While some elementary school classes might have a spelling bee, to our knowledge, there is no school-wide spelling bee at either South Christian or Pembroke Elementary
    Back in my school days, the classroom spelling bee to determine who would represent each class in the overall spelling bee was a big deal. Teachers promoted it and students considered it a major achievement to advance to the district-wide spelling bee.

  • COLUMN: Open government? Take it personally

    Don’t take it personally?
    That’s usually good advice, but today we urge the opposite reaction to all government bodies operating in the shadows, purposely avoiding public scrutiny and genuine transparency.
    In other words, take closed government personally. Please!
    • Take it personally when a reporter is kicked out of a city council meeting so members can hold an illegal or unnecessary executive session.
    • Take it personally when public access to government records is refused, limited, or attached to excessive fees.

  • COLUMN: To those who served, thank you

     We are tired of winter. Hopefully, we’ve seen the last of it.

    The storm that produced about 18-inches of snow on Feb. 16 had just melted away – in some places was still melting – when Winter Storm Thor hit Wednesday and Thursday, dumping about 20-inches of snow on LaRue County. Some areas received up to 24-inches of snow.

    We’re glad we didn’t have ice that coated tree limbs and broke power lines. Power outages were minimal. And most of us made it through the snowstorm with water, power, cable and Internet intact.

  • COLUMN: Spock's mantra was timeless

     Star Trek has been reborn so many times, it’s hard to believe the original TV series – and arguably the best of the bunch – lasted only three years. From 1966 to 1969 – and later in reruns – Captain Kirk and the best-sidekick-ever, Mr. Spock, traveled the universe, righting wrongs and occasionally committing a few.

  • Three ways to be of service this Martin Luther King Jr. Day

      (SPM Wire) While Martin Luther King Jr. Day was once primarily a day to reflect on the life and work of one of America’s most prominent civil rights activists, in the past decade, it has also become a day of service to the community for many people nationwide.

    Here are three ways you and your family can get involved:

  • COLUMN: Latest scam tugs at heartstrings - foiled by rude caller

     Twice in the last two weeks, I’ve been contacted by phone at home by a person claiming to raise funds for the family of fallen police officers.

    While it is a worthy cause, I was put-off by the demand for a pledge and the inability of the group to send out information. The rudeness of the caller led me to hang up on him in mid-sentence. The second caller assured me their information could be verified and transferred me to another department who could provide no details. She wanted only to get my credit card information.

  • Dealing with loss and grief during the holidays

    Many people who have lost a loved one experience more intense feelings of grief during the holidays. This is true of birthdays and anniversaries, too. Since you’re used to associating the holidays with good times and your special person, you’ll likely miss them even more at this time of year. You will likely still enjoy certain aspects of the holiday season, especially if you’re able to spend time with other family members and friends.

    Handling the holiday season

    n Allow yourself some time to feel sad or have a good cry.