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Columns

  • Me, Jenny and Ranger Randy

    A few weeks ago I wrote an article about 24 days of extreme outdoor hiking, repelling, rock climbing, and canoeing I did with a group called Outward Bound North Carolina some 34 years ago. I lost 30 pounds during that time and looked like a survivor of a Nazi death camp at the end.  I was young and dumb then.
    Now, I’m just old and dumb.

  • Earn it yourself, kid

    The way I see it, in many ways this country is headed down hill fast; it’s in high gear and nobody’s touching the brakes.

  • The power of words

    Paula Deen was in the E!News studio recently, making media rounds to promote the launch of her new subscription-based online channel, the Paula Deen Network. It’s been over a year since her multi-million dollar culinary empire came tumbling down after her admission that she used a racial slur 30 years ago.

    “They (words) can be very powerful, and they can hurt, no matter how old they are,” Deen told E!News.

    When Today Show’s Matt Lauer asked her several weeks ago what she had learned from the experience, Deen immediately responded:

  • ‘Be not afraid’

    “Be not afraid”
    - God

    Be not afraid is the most quoted phrase in the Bible. It was used by God more often in speaking to his people than any other words that he had to say.

    Why did he have to tell us to not be afraid so often?

    He knew us so well, and this world is a scary place.

  • The great race

    I was in the Sorghum Festival 5-K Race last week.

    Now, I don’t like to brag, but in my day I was a pretty fair runner. Of course, “fair” means something less than “good.” I just don’t want to say how much less than “good.“

    I got up that morning and said to Cindy, “Yep, I think I’m going down to the Sorghum Festival and show them what running is all about.”
    Cindy said, “What do you mean? You doing a PowerPoint presentation at the Opera House on running or something?”

  • Billy Ray and Julie

    Hey, I thought this was interesting.

    Billy Ray and Julie Chitwood are authors of a combined 14 books and have decided to make Washington County their new home.

    Pretty neat, huh?

    Billy Ray has spent a good part of his life in sales and marketing management positions with some of the top educational publishers in the country, from what I understand. They have spent a good deal of their lives out west and in northern Mexico on the Sea of Cortez.

  • Who are our heroes?

    By Jill Seyfred

  • Bringing it all full circle

    I’ve spent part of the last two weekends at Lincoln Homestead Golf Course taking part in what has quickly become one of my favorite pastimes.

    As the saying goes, the struggle is indeed real, but my golf game is slowly coming around (insert pause to celebrate the monumental acocomplishment of my score finally cracking 100 last week).

  • 59 minutes of judgment

    The Lebanon Baptist Church put on a very elaborate and thought-provoking interactive performance, where small groups are led through the last day of four people’s lives in a series of short scenes. You go from this side of life to what lies beyond when these folks meet God and, possibly, the devil.

    I went through one of the final performances of the year last weekend. The last time they held this event, some 2,400 folks went on this excursion into the next world.

  • Election memories

    Election time brings memories from my childhood, and some make me smile. Others make me reflect on how things are done today, and they make me think the political process has gone to the dogs.

    As a young boy, I remember well spending time with my grandfather.

    He had a good friend who was running for sheriff back in Estill County, where I grew up. I’m not sure how things have changed over the past 35-plus years, but I recall well handing out cards and telling people to vote for Allen Crowe for sheriff.