• High gas prices may have a positive effect

    I have three new things in my life. One is called Yaris. The other two are called Agnes and Olive.

    Yaris is a car and Agnes and Olive are cats, but they’re all about the same size.

    I’m exaggerating, but only a little. The Toyota Yaris is so small that at first glance, you’d swear it is a death trap. I checked the safety rating before I bought it, however, and it measures up to cars twice its size. Plus, it gets superb gas mileage, which is becoming more important every day.

  • Derby spirit has not caught up with me yet

    This Saturday is one of Kentucky’s most revered events. Pretty dresses, fancy hats, men in suits, cigars, mint juleps oh, and horses of course. It’s Kentucky Derby Day — Kentucky’s pride and joy. The day to show off what products the state’s rich bluegrass region has created.

    I suppose every place has a time that is very specifically theirs. It seems to me that Louisville and Lexington are the epicenters of horse fever. Louisville for the Derby and activities and Lexington as home to many, many horse farms.

  • Real Jedi confessions from a Star Wars fan

    A long time ago in a galaxy far far away ee there lived a little girl who fell in love with “Star Wars.” I can’t remember the first time I saw it, but from the beginning I was hooked.

    In defense of my fellow “Star Wars” fans, you can be a fan without being a fanatic. Everyone who is a “Star Wars” fan doesn’t stand in line dressed in costumes and spend all their days in the online universe continuing the saga in their basements. But there are those of you out there, the diehards.

  • Life isn't fair, but what can we do about it?

    “Life isn’t fairee” is another of those adages that carries truth.

    I think about that wisdom sometimes when I am praying the Catholic prayer, Stations of the Cross. This walking prayer includes a 5th Station where Simon of Cyrene is forced to help Jesus carry his cross.

  • Politics get in the way of real government

    Do we listen with our hearts anymore? Can we not find more that we can agree upon, particularly if we each give a bit, to find a happy medium? Whatever happened to the concept of agreeing to disagree, shaking hands, rolling up one’s sleeves and setting about to find compromise?

  • The Presidential race that wouldn't die

    Who picked this movie? A few months ago, the contest for the Democratic presidential nomination looked as if it would be the feel-good political campaign of the decade, if not the century. We settled in for a heartwarming sequel to “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.” Instead, we’re having to endure an endless loop of “Alien vs. Predator,” a grisly piece of cinema in which all-powerful extraterrestrials battle for ultimate supremacy while mere humans become collateral damage.

    Somebody make it stop.

  • Doggie 'stage parents' take the spotlight

    PLG-TV News Director Tom Isaac won’t know for another week if his dog Lady made the cut. He was among seven other groups of “stage parents” last week who brought their dogs out for Sandy auditions at the J. Dan Talbott Amphitheatre.

    Sandy is that loveable dog that hangs around Little Orphan Annie. Since the musical will take the stage this year as the second showing, alternating nights with “Stephen Foster — The Musical,” a local dog was needed to fit the part of the loyal mutt.

  • The trash man is not funny to me

    Comedian Bill Maher can be funny, but I don’t like him. He can’t resist attacking various religious leaders, as he did on the occasion of the visit by Pope Benedict XVI.

    It’s not a free-speech issue. It’s an issue of good judgment and good taste, or more specifically the lack thereof. Just because we can do something or say something doesn’t mean we should. I personally don’t think people’s faith, whatever it is, should be mocked, nor their religious leaders ridiculed.

  • Elephant foot or donkey sandwiches, no way

    This year, Kentucky, as well as many other states, has been presented with what in past years has been a rare opportunity — to vote in a primary election.

    Kentucky’s primary is May 20.

    Often, candidates have been whittled away by this time, leaving the bluegrass feeling rather, well — blue.

    As the Republican Party, presidential nominee U.S. Sen. John McCain was chosen back in early March.

    Not so this year in the hand-to-hand combat fighting in which Democratic candidates U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton and U.S. Sen. Barack Obama have been engaging.

  • Crazy cat ladies, I am not among your ranks

    My grandmother, who got married in the early 1930s, calls me an old maid. She says she must have swept under my feet a lot while I was growing up. Come on, Mamaw, I always reply. Times have changed. It’s no longer out of the ordinary for a 32-year-old woman to never have been married or had children.