• Decision to keep public matters very private seems wrong
  • Humble roots and historic homes

    What would a paleo spear point, a brass union eagle medallion and petticoat doors have in common? They were found on a farm between Lebanon and Springfield. Archaeologists believe the point may be from 10,000-12,000 BC. The eagle medallion was probably removed from the leather strap of a Yankee soldier’s cartridge box on his way to Perryville in 1862, as the 2 1/2” shiny brass circle made a perfect target for rebel sharp shooters.     

  • If spaghetti for breakfast is wrong, I don’t want to be right

    They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. How can it be the most important meal for our bodies when it is socially restricted to the basics? Cereal. Oatmeal. Eggs. You get the idea.
    Tell me, why are some foods only thought of as “breakfast foods,” or “lunch foods,” or “dinner foods?” I personally think the stereotype that follows specific foods around is preposterous. I am a firm believer that every type of food should not have a specific time they should only be eaten.

  • The Stephen Foster Story is a Kentucky tradition

     Over the years, I have had the distinct pleasure of attending The Stephen Foster Story in historic Bardstown. The talented cast is always incredibly entertaining and the night flies by. The musical is truly a great Kentucky story about the life and music of one of America’s most influential songwriters, the talented Stephen Foster.

  • Sometimes you just need to let your hair down

     Genuine friendships are very hard to come by. I have had my fair share of people casually walk in and out of my life, with me thinking they had their best intentions for me and they definitely did not. I know I’m still young, and I am at an age where I’m still trying to figure out who I am, but I’ve come to see that the people I surround myself with have a great impact on the person I am becoming. 

  • The interviewing process: Prepare to stand out

     With graduation season upon us, we’re seeing a wave of new job seekers in the market, from a new high school graduate looking for a first job to the established professional who has earned an advanced degree in order to take the next step in a long career. Regardless of education and experience level, job seekers often find the interview is the most daunting aspect of a job search. 

  • Two men and a nation

     In previous articles, I have written about two local farmers and their separate paths to raising hemp, beginning in the early 1940s. Some may find it ironic that they attended the same small church in town, and yes, I was a member and witness to their attendance.  

  • Lawmakers’ work continues through summer

     It’s nearly summertime! Time for a break from school, barbecues, baseball and maybe a vacation. But June also marks the start of the interim period for the Kentucky General Assembly.

    That’s a time when standing committees of both chambers come together to form interim joint committees. For instance, the transportation committees of the House and Senate become the Interim Joint Committee on Transportation.

  • Customer service survival: 8 types of customers you’ll encounter at a restaurant

     As of this past March, I have worked at the same restaurant for four years. I got my first job right as I turned 16, and I have since learned countless lessons about customer service. 

    When you have worked in a job where you are paid to serve others, you meet all different types of people, some are great, others… well, let’s just say we hope they have a better day. 

  • More than just familiar faces

     There are some people in our lives who we only know on a first name basis, but we see them almost every single day.

    We see them when we’re buying our morning coffee. Working out at the gym. Ordering lunch. Cashing a check at the bank. Pumping gas. Buying our groceries. Checking our mail at the Post Office. Buying the newspaper.

    We often engage in small talk with these folks. A friendly “good morning” here, or a “nice weather we’re having” there. 

    In some cases, we may not know their names at all.