• I could barely see his eyes when he showed up on my doorstep almost five years ago.

    His long, stringy hair covered most of his face. His coat was wet and covered in mud. Parts of his body were covered with huge mounds of matted hair. He was very quiet, and seemed frightened. He wouldn’t let me get too close.

  • Exactly one year ago, I had no idea that Lebanon or Marion County existed. Exactly one year ago, I was not sure how exactly I fit into the world and where I wanted to go after graduation, and I was very overwhelmed by the unknown.

  • Last week, someone I love dearly confessed to me that she was a victim of sexual assault many years ago in college. 

    I was shocked. 

    We are very close, and we tell each other everything. But, she never told me about this incident. 

    “Why didn’t you tell me?” I asked her. 

    “I didn’t tell anyone,” she said.

  • If you don’t know the definition of a conscience it is defined by Webster as “the sense or consciousness of the moral goodness or blameworthiness of one’s own conduct, intentions, or character together with a feeling of obligation to do right or be good.”

  • From founders of retail and hospitality enterprises, to innovators in the technology and manufacturing sectors, to service providers who knew they could offer something new and better to the marketplace, our region is fortunate to be home to many entrepreneurs. 

  • There’s a reason we do a lot of routine things to maintain our health. We brush our teeth, try to eat right, and try to exercise regularly. And, hopefully, everyone who is able gets their flu vaccine each fall. 

    We have good reason to get that flu shot. Last year was one of the most devastating flu seasons in Kentucky history, resulting in nearly 10,500 infections and 325 deaths. 

  • Lately, I’ve been trying to clean out my closet. The metaphorical closet in my head where I’ve stuffed any unresolved hang up over the years and left them there to rot in the back of my mind. The kind of stuff that you start thinking about on really long drives or sitting by the ocean at night, which I did a few weeks ago on vacation.

    A lot of times in life, I’ve shoved things aside so I didn’t have to deal with them and confront the issue at hand.

  • By Kaelin Reed


  • When Donald Trump was elected president, sportsmen had high hopes that the president and his cabinet would commit to, in President Trump's words, "honoring the legacy of Theodore Roosevelt." As our 26th president, Roosevelt worked tirelessly to stop special interests from developing and privatizing our public lands and waters, conserving more than 230 million acres by establishing 150 national forests,

    51 federal bird reserves, four national game preserves, five national parks and 18 national monuments.

  • If you asked a group of students what would keep them in our region after they complete their secondary education, “a good career” would top the list of responses. That’s good news, whether you’re an employer cultivating a pipeline of future employees or a parent who would like your children to find career opportunities in their hometowns.

  • Four little kids jump off the school bus in wild anticipation. It’s the Friday before a long weekend. It feels like the first three-day weekend would never arrive. It’s been eons since school started instead of just a few weeks. 

    Three of the children run excitedly ahead, their book bags light from the lack of books and homework. These three are off to ride bikes and do other fun things during their long stretch of freedom. 

  • On Aug. 10-11, I had the opportunity to attend and speak at the second annual Kentucky History and Genealogy Conference held at the Kentucky County Public Library in Erlanger. It was a great event, with more than 30 presenters speaking on a variety of topics. Next year, the event will be held in Harrodsburg to celebrate their 200th anniversary. The Marion County Public Library has already promised to host the event in the future, as well.

  • I’ve never been shy when it comes to talking about personal matters on the opinion page.

    I’ve written about my family’s history with alcohol abuse.

    I’ve written about my struggles with an eating disorder when I was in college. 

    I’ve written about experiencing postpartum depression after having my son.

    I’ve put myself out there, and I’ve never regretted it or been ashamed of it. 

  •  If you are searching for some evidence that the swamp in Washington hasn’t become a complete cesspool, consider the life and service of the late John McCain – senator from Arizona.  

  • Consider the conduct of some citizens.

  •  The opioid epidemic plaguing the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and much of the country, is one of the biggest challenges our society faces today. The number of fatal overdoses in the state continues to rise. According to the recently released 2017 Overdose Fatality Report from the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy, 1,565 individuals died as a result of a drug overdose, an increase of 11.5 percent from 2016.

  • My parents were broke when I was in middle school. 

    During my brother’s cancer treatment, they were really and truly struggling. I remember my mom talking about a time when she had panicked because a subscription service she had canceled had charged her account and she only had four dollars left, and we needed groceries.

    They relied on a lot of generous help to get by and they eventually rebuilt themselves to where they are today. But, that time in our life is not something we forget.

  •  Are you searching for your roots? The Marion County Public Library is blessed to have a well-stocked genealogy room on its premises. If you’ve not been in the genealogy room, allow me a moment to tell you about its contents, uses and how you can help out other researchers.