• Beshear's budget address harsh yet uplifting

    Gov. Steve Beshear demonstrated both boldness and restraint in his budget address this week in dealing with the cold, harsh reality” of the double whammy of sad sack — the unenviable position left him by his disgraced predecessor coupled with winds of recession caused by the failed policies of the Bush administration.

    In good news for our region, indeed for the entire state, the new governor spit in the eye of doomsday by calling for major investment to Fort Knox.

  • Yoga a welcome end to winter doldrums

    After much hemming and hawing, I decided to start taking a yoga class. It’s something I had been thinking about for some time, but finally decided to take the plunge.

    As winter has set in, my life has in some ways mimicked that of the animals in the forest — although I only wish I could be in a deep sleep, nestled in some cave or den, biding my time in hibernation until the food supply is once again abundant and spring has brought the hustle and bustle of nature back to life.

  • Don't put yourself at the bottom of your list

    A friend, Lynda, called me Sunday to get some help with her dissertation. She is finishing a doctorate in psychology and plans to survey mental health professionals on how often they practice self care. She wanted me to help categorize her survey questions.

  • Should people of all backgrounds get involved

    With sincerity, someone recently asked me the above question.

    Why indeed would a person of faith feel inclined or called to follow the work of Kentucky’s General Assembly or contact any of our Kentucky representatives and senators or our governor?

    A fundamental point in my reflections was we are blessed to be living in a democracy “of the people, by the people and for the people,” and at this time in human history in Kentucky, those “people” are us.

  • Writers' strike is good, TV viewing is bad

    To you, my brothers and sisters in the Writers Guild of America, just a few thoughts on why I completely understand and support you in the strike that began Nov. 5, 2007.

    The matter at hand deals with numerous intangibles. There is the renegotiation of contracts that occurs every three years, the ever-expanding popularity of Internet programming and the mountains of loot being made from the sale of DVD-repackaged TV shows, movies and the like.

  • Bill Clinton over the top in defending wife

    Six months ago, Bill Clinton seemed to be settling comfortably into roles befitting a silver-maned former president: statesman, philanthropist, philosopher-king. Now he has put all that high-mindedness on hold — maybe it was never such a great fit, after all — to co-star in his wife Hillary’s campaign as a coldblooded political hit man.

  • Let's act locally to help improve Earth's health

    We are all truly interconnected. Out of that interconnection has come the adage, “Think globally, but act locally.” Acting locally can and does affect our bigger reality — whether we think about that often or not.

    Jan. 14 was a special moment in this interconnection. The Washington Post carried a major article by Marc Kaufman, “Escalating Ice Loss Found in Antarctica.”

    He reports on the newest information about changes in our Earth home, specifically in Antarctica.

  • We just need a little more cowbell for the Lord

    Between sets of praise songs, the dulcet tones of Skynyrd and AC/DC ring through the air as bandmates attempt to live out garage band fantasies from our forgotten youth.

    That’s how I would describe “His,” a 10-member youth praise band I sing with twice a week. Like many bands, the name still is in dispute.

  • Sometimes having a gun is your only hope

    The young lady recently murdered while hiking the southern tip of the Appalachian Trail might be alive today if she had tucked a pistol into her backpack or fanny pack. Yes, I know it’s against the law to carry a pistol on the trail, but which would you prefer — breaking a bureaucratic rule or getting your brains knocked out and then being decapitated?

  • Border wall goes against what U.S. stands for

    Illegal immigration has been an issue at least as long as I have been the slightest bit politically minded and, in reality, much, much longer.

    As most issues are, this one is very complex and for many people emotionally charged. I feel sympathetic to those seeking to immigrate to the U.S. That being said, I realize that there are many groups into which those immigrants fit: those who have the means and education to enter into this country legally, those who are refugees and are granted asylum and those who enter illegally.