• Memories of places, smells, moments

    There are times in life when memories are all we have.

    My late mother always cried when she heard Tony Bennett sing “I Left My Heart in San Francisco.”

    I had no idea why her dark eyes would fill with tears. She never went to San Francisco. Never met Tony Bennett.

    But there was something about that song that stirred deep emotions in her, so she bawled.

    It’s one of the many things I remember in my childhood.

  • Black History Month a reminder of past wrongs - one in particular

    February is Black History Month, probably as good a time as any to let Skip know I’m sorry, even though the offense committed against him occurred nearly 50 years ago.

    The memory is as vivid as the permanent stain put on our society by the way black people have been treated for decades.

    My rural Kentucky hometown was probably little different than most other small communities across the South in 1959.

  • Heart attacks can strike anyone of any age, anytime

    The elderly man hunched over from age, shuffling down the sidewalk.

    The older lady in the wheelchair with oxygen feeding through her nostrils.

    That’s the face of heart disease in America, isn’t it?

    Look at the face on this column mug. A healthy-looking 40-year-old woman.

    That’s also the face of heart disease — and a heart attack survivor.

  • 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.