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Columns

  • ‘Can you sew up my teddy bear?’

    I want to talk with you today about a new organization in Washington County called The Mary Ministry.

    It’s named after The Most Blessed Virgin Mother of Jesus Christ and focuses on changing the lives of single mothers who are raising children through a training and mentoring program.

    But first I want to tell you about the quote that is the headline of this column.

  • Show me what you've got

    It was four long years ago that I was on my way to becoming the next hotshot sports marketer, looking to change the world one ad at a time.

    But then it happened.

    I realized how much I hated math (and how much math was required in marketing) and decided to stick to something I knew: writing.

    But more specifically, writing about sports is what interested me.

  • Lost or need directions?

    I was remembering an old story the other day about a businessman barreling through the countryside in his Lincoln Town Car. The guy is hopelessly lost and stops in a little, one-horse town he happens upon, pulling into a service station in the days when service stations were actually service stations. The attendant saunters out, chewing on a straw, and asks the man what he needs.

    “I’m lost,” the businessman confesses.

    The gas station attendant squints at the driver and asks, “Do you know where you are?”

  • Can we talk?

    Most everybody loves to talk, but do you know someone who talks too much?

    Occasionally, I’ve been accused of this. OK, more than occasionally.

    You people are tough.

    I’m like a water faucet concerning talk. I’m either running or not. If I’m in a room with a bunch of strangers, then I’m prone to just sit back and listen.

  • Standing up for your hometown

    I want to take a quick moment to recognize anyone who has taken a stand on the issue of the Bluegrass Pipeline.

    I’m not saying the system should or shouldn’t run through Kentucky, though there were some compelling arguments at Thursday’s meeting suggesting that it’s an unnecessary risk.

  • When the boomerang booms back

    “How long did you say you are you going to be home?”

    That was my dad’s question to me, Christmas holidays, 1975-76.

    I had set my shaving kit in the small bathroom I had shared with Dad for years. Then, I had moved his shaving cream, after-shave lotion, and cologne to the side so I could spread out mine where his had been, just like I had done when I was in high school.

  • Dump and run on college move-in day

    I dropped Will off at U of L the other day as a newly-minted freshman, ready to begin dorm life. He seemed not just eager to go, but ecstatic to get out of my clutches, I mean, loving, protective hands.

    There’s a reason for that, and it involves my philosophy about raising kids.

    Shoot, I’ll bet you didn’t think an illiterate hillbilly like me even knew what “philosophy” meant, let alone have one.

    I personally buy all my philosophies at the Dollar Store from Charlotte Parrot. She has them cheap out there.

  • Update from Sen. Higdon

    Rarely a week passes that I don’t receive a call or an e-mail from a constituent looking for contact information on a wide range of issues, including the critically important hotline to help prevent suicide among our veterans.

  • Don’t underestimate those nuns

    A very telling scene occurs in the movie, Promised Land---the film about two corporate salespeople, Steve Butler (Matt Damon) and Sue Thomason (Frances McDermond) who visit a rural town in an attempt to buy drilling rights from the local residents. They represent an energy company specializing in obtaining natural gas through a process known as fracking, which critics claim involves a variety of environmental hazards.

  • Quotes from Abraham Lincoln

    “Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?”
    - Abraham Lincoln

    I always feel a great deal of pride that Washington County is literally the “Land of Lincoln.” Abraham’s roots in life run deep here and I never forget it. That beautiful statue of Abraham gazing over his small town, in thoughtful contemplation, always makes me stop and wonder when I see it.