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Columns

  • 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.

  • 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.