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Columns

  • Add family, mix well, a recipe for all seasons

    If winter is the season of casseroles, then summertime is the season for salads. Fruit salads, vegetable salads, pasta salads, lettuce salads, chicken salad.

    For the women in my family, this can be pretty exciting.

    My sister and my mother are hostesses by nature. They love bringing people together and relish that with that comes feeding them. For both of them it means trying out new recipes — recipes they’ve gotten from friends or tried at recent parties.

  • Love of history almost took a dangerous turn

    My love of history almost took a dangerous turn Saturday.

    I was out for a stroll with my friend and her 1-year-old daughter. We were trying to decide which route to take when I suggested walking to the end of Flaget. I had heard there was a historic cobblestone road near there and I wanted to have a look.

  • Until a solution is found, gasoline is the way

    After a long and drawn out investigation that lasted several months I finally got a car. It’s not new, but after looking at several models with a few goals in mind — getting something newer than my 1996 Chevy Cavalier, with less miles within a certain price range. Because this was the first time I was fully choosing my own vehicle I had certain criteria, which I hoped to achieve, including a manual transmission and a hatchback type car.

  • Living in the digital and high-definition age

    High definition.

    It’s seen mostly in reference to televisions, but is now being heard in reference to radio stations as well. It was also short lived in the high-definition DVD before Blu-ray disc won the new DVD format battle.

  • Let's make trade more 'win-win' for everyone

    Recently, a colleague gave me a poster from the American Farm Bureau Federation which charted a state-by-state listing of state agricultural exports in 2005.

    For Kentucky, ranking 19th among the 50 states, our farmers exported $1.07 billion that included $340 million in unmanufactured tobacco; $261 million in live animals and meat; and $154 million in soybeans. (California was first, and Alaska was 50th.)

  • Preserve kids' ability to enjoy rock'n'roll

    I’ve always enjoyed Frank Sinatra’s songs — especially the Cole Porter tune “I’ve Got You Under My Skin.”

    But the Sinatra tune that I always try to live by the spirit of is “Young At Heart.” I’ve found that keeping that mindset has helped me maintain a youthful outlook toward life, and allowed me to better appreciate the youth sports I cover.

  • A tribute to a respected colleague, journalist

    Heaven must be getting crowded with our good journalists!

    The country is mindful of Tim Russert’s sudden passing. Now our own Ron Filkins has made one very quick departure from life as we on this side know it. May the fullness of eternal life be his. Prayerful support to Kathleen and all his family as well as to everyone at The Kentucky Standard and Landmark Community Newspapers Inc.

  • We need to get into the swing of recycling

    When I first heard about the new recycling grant Bardstown would be receiving, I was excited.

    I have been at The Standard for about seven weeks now. When I first started working in Bardstown and found out there was not a recycling program in place, I was disappointed.

    After hearing the good news, I am patiently waiting for the recycling bins to move into town and be placed throughout the county.

  • We help one another hope in tough times

    I don’t know about anyone else, but I find this time in human history nearly overwhelming. There are so many big changes going on at one time, some major decisions seem so misguided, fueling yet more difficulties.

    Amid all this I have teared up more than once at tributes to Tim Russert — for his competence, even-handedness and great ability to respect and love people across the political spectrum. Such gifts are so greatly needed currently.

  • An eventful Saturday spent in Nelson County

    I attended several events Saturday in Nelson County, including Via Colori, the 5K Run for the Health of It and Fairfield Homecoming.

    When I woke Saturday morning, it was lightly raining. I know rain is needed right now to help local farmers with their crops, but I also knew it would put a damper on the events I was going to attend.