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Columns

  • Bad behavior seems to be the rule today

    In a recent issue of Sports Illustrated, there was a disturbing article about the bad behavior of college basketball fans. Bad is not an exaggeration. The examples cited included death threats, obscenities and throwing stuff at the family of a player on a visiting team.Well, I know exactly what the problem is. It is a lack of leadership. Rude and thuggish behavior should never be tolerated anywhere, and least of all on a university campus.

  • Spitzer should have faced spotlight alone

    “What was he thinking?” is the question everyone’s asking, but I believe we can confidently imagine what was on New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s mind as he allegedly booked “dates” with $1,000-an-hour prostitutes: I’m entitled. I’m above the law. I’m so smart that I’ll never be caught. Nobody gets hurt if nobody ever finds out.But what was she thinking?Why did Silda Wall Spitzer literally stand by her man, not once but twice?

  • It's not too late to register, have your voice heard

    Do you want to put in your two-cents worth concerning the upcoming election?If you’re registered, then be sure to do your homework on the candidates running for president, U.S. Representative and U.S. Senator and then get out there and vote. Don’t let anything stop you — including your own apathy about how this year’s election race is taking shape.If you’re not registered, you have 36 days left to do so for the May primary. April 21 is the deadline if you want to vote in this year’s presidential election primary.

  • At times, the human spirit longs to just be free

    The spirit of adventure that lives within each of us has always been like a wild spark. At times, that spark is spraying infectious embers upon those who are adventuring around you, and at others, it is but a dim yet persistent ember that lives deep within oneself. I think I have always been a bit of an adventurer. When I am put into situations in which I must test my own strength or daring, something crops up in me that makes me want to succeed as if my freedom depends on it.The first time I was aware of this spirit was when I was maybe 9 years old.

  • Lack of speech, cooperation teach valuable lessons

    Just three months into 2008, I’ve experienced some feelings unlike any I had throughout the other 32 years I’ve been around. Although I wouldn’t describe them as pleasant, they were certainly enlightening.The first — trying to communicate without verbal language — has happened twice. It was frustrating, but also revealed something of the inherent spark that makes us human.In January, I went to France with a couple of friends.

  • Ball of fur makes big impact on family, home

    I’m baaackee.I know, I know, you’re thinking it’s about time. So many of you have craved my words of infinite wisdom and my award-winning journalism qualities, that I have taken time out of my hectic and demanding schedule of community news to give you what you have been missing — ME!

  • Restoration after fire was a must

    Since the late 18th Century, the Old Talbott Tavern has been a cornerstone to the Bardstown community — welcoming visitors from every state in the union and a number of foreign countries with its genuine Kentucky offerings of food, drink and shelter. It also welcomes home all of us who are fortunate enough to call Bardstown home, whenever we are returning from travels, near and far.

  • Forgiveness is valuable asset to have for everyone

    Several insights from others regarding forgiveness have crossed my awareness in recent weeks. With all the tensions roiling around us, those insights seem especially valuable.

    A root insight seems to be: the forgiver benefits a lot from forgiveness. Or, put another way, a person unwilling to forgive can really be hurt as well as cause a lot of grief.

  • 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.