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Columns

  • Chicken and stories are how memories are made

    I was out to dinner one night last week with my sister, Julie, and her 5-year-old daughter, Elizabeth.It was just the three of us and as we sat and talked, Elizabeth joined in the conversation — sometimes dominating it — and played with her newest toy. Julie and I ate and Elizabeth slung an occasional French fry in her mouth and took maybe one bite of chicken. The chicken was hot so she decided to let it cool.We finished our meals to find Elizabeth had barely touched hers.

  • It has been the season of sniffles in my house this winter.

    It has been the season of sniffles in my house this winter.

    More precisely, it has been the season of sniffles, coughs, sneezes, runny noses, watery eyes, ear infections and the occasional fever. Much of this has been the work of my daughter and me.

    She gets sick and gives it to me. Then I get sick and despite all my efforts, manage to give it to her. I tell everyone this is her first real-life lesson in sharing. No one else seems to think that's funny.

  • School should feel like a privilege not a sentence

    I’m not sure I ever felt privileged to go to school. When I was in elementary school, like most kids, I hated being restrained in a classroom. I wanted to be outside playing or at home watching “The Smurfs.” In middle school, I hated everything, including school. In high school, I resented having to get up early and longed for weekends and summer days when I could sleep until 1 in the afternoon. Ah, the memories. Even after I entered to college, I never stopped to consider that I was lucky to be going.

  • Radio show explores the day-to-day experiences

    Last year I caught snippets on the radio advertising for the Radio Lab show. The narration on the ad, accompanied with sound effects heightened my interest and left me intrigued. The first episode for which I heard bait was on the topic of why we sleep. Although I missed that show, weeks later I caught one by chance.Each broadcast episode has a theme, which is explored in different segments—with little stories about the topic.

  • Late primary means some decisions already made

    As I drove down Bardstown Road a large yard sign caught my eye the other day – “Yes We Can” it touted in big red and blue letters. Beside it another sign – Barack Obama ’08.

    It’s nice to see folks finding a presidential candidate they want to support and feeling good enough about it to shout it from their front yard (via signage) to the world.

  • Nuclear energy, its by-product is environmentally bad

    Most people with any education in this country have studied science of one kind or another.

    Ever wonder why this has been and is a requirement — beyond the sheer fascination of the topic?

    It seems to me that our elders have nurtured the belief that we would need to know some science to be responsible adults. Their wisdom has borne fruit in that we consciously and unconsciously use scientific principles in our personal and interpersonal lives. Analysis of advertising is but one major area for applying scientific principles and analysis.

  • Is your child safest on the Internet?

    Sexual predators allegedly preying on children through the Internet have become the subject of near mass hysteria in this country, thanks to all the people trying to make a buck off the subject.

    Turns out, according to a scholarly study, your child is safer with the Internet than at the local mall.

    The Crimes Against Children Research Center at the University of New Hampshire has completed three nationwide surveys and concludes that Internet-related crimes against children are a pretty small proportion of the sex crimes that adolescents suffer.

  • Streetscape project is difficult but exciting

    Let’s keep our fingers crossed that phased, planned streetscape improvements in Bardstown’s historic downtown can prove to be a catalyst or precursor to or companion of private commercial investment as envisioned in the Rick Hill study.

    Once the dreams have been conceptualized, all it will take is money.

  • Sometimes life can get in the way of projects

    Sometimes, life gets in the way.

    Like, when you finally take a moment to sit in your favorite chair to read a book and the doorbell rings and it’s your neighbors asking you to come over for dinner. And you do. And you leave your book in the chair.

    Or when your baby is taking a nap and you decide you’re going to take a nap, too, only as soon as your head hits the pillow, your baby gets up. So you do, too. And now, you’ve messed up the bed.

    This past weekend was that way.

  • Personalities and politics do mix

    If you’re among those who believe the news media have focused too much on the presidential horse race and the personalities of the candidates — and not enough on vital issues of state — let me submit that you’re wrong.

    I’m not saying that coverage of the campaign thus far has been flawless, mind you. There have been errors of judgment, sins of omission and missed opportunities; there have been instances in which much was adone about nothing. And I’m sure there’s more of the above to come.