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Columns

  • What Mama said... and what she didn’t

    Growing up, my mother was like a lighthouse to me: Her light was always on, a beacon guiding me through the daily adventures and the bumps and bruises of childhood and adolescence. At the end of the day, she was always there, welcoming me to the safe harbor that was my home.

    Years later, when I left home for other places, and the home lights were but a distant flicker, I would remind myself of Mom’s words. And often, they would light my path.

  • Here are some tips when planning your future

    We all make choices in life that determine where we will be in the future. Some are minor choices, some are major choices, but each one guides our life forward like the rudder of a ship. I’m not going to lie. There are many things I would have done differently as I look back on my life.

    I was thinking about that the other day when I visited St. Dominic for its science fair. I saw all the bright young kids that are in the beginning of their lives with so many decisions ahead of them.

  • It just doesn’t make sense... or does it?

    “It just doesn’t make sense,” is the generalized response from those who had some familiarity with the Tsarnaev brothers. They seemed like the kind of young men you might like as neighbors; they appeared kind, quiet, unobtrusive.

    These two, perpetrators of the Boston bombings? It just doesn’t make sense.

    Or does it?

  • Thank a ‘hard’ teacher

    One day one of my kids asked me to read a written homework assignment that required a lot of research.

    I looked it over and was pleasantly surprised that it was really quite good for a high school student. So I told the kid, “Hey, I like that. That’s good. It’s well-phrased and makes sense. You’re going to be a good writer.”  

  • Column: Suicide, is it really painless?

    I couldn’t shake the somberness that clung to me like lint on a suit of clothes. The grief I felt in the eyes of the family members followed me out the door of the funeral home and into my car.

    A wintry mix of snow and rain added to the dreariness of the moment, and the rhythmic swish of my windshield wipers sounded like a death knell, projecting with every beat of its dirge the photographs I had just seen of the deceased in happy times, nagging me with one question: Why?

  • COLUMN: The gas can story

    It’s amazing where the paranoid mind can take you.
    — Bill Ayers

    My early education came mostly from the Sisters of St. Catharine. That was several decades ago, but a lot of the things they said or taught  me still stick in my mind.

    Back then everyone had a big family. It was rare for a home to have fewer than five kids, and many had many more. The result was that most kids shared bedrooms with their siblings.

  • Pressing issues addressed

    FRANKFORT –  The 30-day session of the General Assembly concluded at midnight on Tuesday of last week after two long days of hard work and bipartisan collaboration to ensure the state’s most pressing issues were addressed.  

  • Daddy, there’s a boy outside

    25 years ago, I met Cindy Carrico.

    24 years ago, I married Cindy.

    This May 18, my oldest daughter will be getting married at St. Dominic Church.  

    I got married in my Army dress blues.

    I’m going to give away my daughter in my dress blues with my 38 years of service stripes.

    How time flies.

    Renee’s marrying a fellow from Henderson, Ky., named Ken Boucherie. They’re both graduating from the University of Louisville this May.

  • COLUMN: The Easter Story

    Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.

    - John 11:25-26
 


  • COLUMN: Senate honors a true public servant

    FRANKFORT – The General Assembly is now recessed for a 10-day veto period and will return on March 25 for the final two days of the 2013 Regular Session.  

    While consensus hasn’t been reached on important bills dealing with the public employee pension reform, industrial hemp and military overseas absentee voting, the Senate is ready and willing to work on these unresolved issues.