• 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.

  • COLUMN: Children can succeed through failure

    Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.”
     — Theodore Roosevelt
    I thought this was interesting.

    A reporter was doing some research on what a parent could do in a child’s growing years that would help ensure their success later in life.

  • A new chapter


    Look at that dapper guy up there. Why’s he wearing that black bow tie?
    It’s a special occasion, that’s why.

  • Is it someone important or just family?


    “Is someone important arriving here, or are people just waiting for family?”

  • NRA: Shooting from the hip


    There is a national debate raging on gun control legislation in the wake of the massacre of children at Newtown, Conn.