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Columns

  • Thoughts on advice, growing up

    “When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.”
    Mark Twain

  • iProblem

    As I sat in McDonald’s last week, in one of the seemingly rare moments I have that’s not in full-on rush mode, I noticed an old couple eating lunch—with what was presumably their grandson—at the next table down from me.

    The kid was maybe eight or nine years old, undoubtedly off from yet another day of school.

    This is where I would normally describe him in greater detail, but the only way I would have been of any help in that department was if he had committed a crime and was in a lineup.

  • Make it stop!

    OK, I’ll say it. I’m sick of this weather!

    Outlandish claim, I know. I’m sure I’m only the two-dozenth person you’ve heard declare that since the arrival of the new year, but come on, there seems to be no end to this winter.

  • To gift or not to gift?

     “Let’s not get anything for each other this Valentine’s,” Lori announced to me.  “We don’t have time to look, and besides, we need to save the money.”

    But how do I know she means it?

    A man can never be completely sure. Sometimes his Valentine’s underlying message is: “I really want to be wowed but want you to figure that out without me having to tell you because if I tell you it won’t be the surprise I’m totally expecting you to surprise me with.”

  • Best column

    I’m not much on Facebook. In fact, I’m not on Facebook but my wife Cindy is and she’s an avid follower.

    I have to admit it does come in handy for keeping up with folks.

    Sometimes it even helps you keep up with yourself.

    Take the other day for instance.

    Cindy was on the couch in the living room with her laptop and going through her Facebook page. I just had a shower and was walking in when she said, “Have you entered any writing contests lately?’

  • Rep. Kim King

    FRANKFORT – You wouldn’t buy a major product or service without knowing the cost, and the Kentucky General Assembly should ensure the same consideration for our local school districts.

    This week, House Bill 154 was inaccurately presented as a transparency bill because a last-minute committee substitute added extra training for local school officials. Committed to government transparency, I have filed or cosponsored several bills to make government more accountable, but this bill is more complex than a simple transparency measure.

  • One last prayer

    It certainly wasn’t the first time I had prayed for my friend, Don Hughes, but I was convinced it was my last.

    Our friendship was forged by prayer as he fought colon cancer. Several years ago, Gene, one of Don’s five sons, told me his dad was sick.

    “Would you please pray for him?” he asked.

    And so I went to visit Don Hughes.

     “I thank you for coming,” he said as I left his house. “You’re always welcome here.”

    And I was.

  • Talking to yourself

    “One advantage of talking to yourself is that you know at least somebody’s listening.”
    —Franklin P. Jones (American Businessman, 1887-1929)

    I’ve always tended to talk out loud to myself when I’m writing. You know, just to see how things sound and such. As I get older, I tend to do this more and more. You may not know it but they say this is a sign of great “genius.”

    “Who says that?” you ask.

  • A most deserving recipient

    I couldn’t have been more pleased when I found out earlier this month that Bernard Smalley was going to be named Citizen of the Year by the Springfield-Washington County Chamber of Commerce. I’ve spent a little over two years working in the Washington County community, and I’d be hard-pressed to say I’ve crossed paths with a more genuine person who cared more about Washington County than Bernard.

  • Haley

    “The Christian life is not a constant high. I have my moments of deep discouragement. I have to go to God in prayer with tears in my eyes, and say, ‘O God, forgive me,’ or ‘Help me.’“
    —Billy Graham