“Oh well my hands are shaky / And my knees are weak / I can't seem to stand on my own two feet / Who do you thank when you have such luck?”—“All Shook Up” by Elvis Presley

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When browsing in a bookstore, I'm sure certain titles grab your attention and you read the back cover because you want to know more about what the book is about. The same is true for most people who research their direction before they begin traveling on a journey because they want to know m…

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For Christmas, one of the more unique gifts I received was a new record player from my mother-in-law Linda. It's one of the suitcase-style of players by the brand Victrola that can fold up for easy travel or storage. And since it's a new record player, it also has the ability to play music f…

Recently, I overheard one of our vice principals talking to a student who had exhibited a bit of road rage while in the school parking lot. The specifics of the incident are not important, but the interlude reminded me of my own experience with road rage. If I could impart any advice regardi…

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You’ve seen a trickle of 2020 election marketing. Soon enough the flood gates will open. If you’ve even scarcely paid attention to this column, or countless other media pieces, since the 2016 election then you know that the value of election information is, on the whole, imperfect. In 2016, …

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Columnist’s Note: This reprint from four years ago was unusually long even for me, so it’s been edited for length, but it otherwise remains unchanged, as do my feelings about the scary, possibly fire-breathing, unknown.

People believe many different things about God and spirituality. Some are convinced that it’s arrogant to assume that we can know God’s will or walk with the Lord personally, however, what most people never stop to consider is how could the creator ask His creation to accomplish something wi…

We cannot find security on earth even though most of us most of the time experience smooth sailing in our daily lives. Out-of-the-blue, sooner or later, we collide with a monstrous iceberg that tears our lives apart plunging us into the depths of trauma; swirling our lives topsy-turvy, with …

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Now that we are in the second weekend of January, the holidays are firmly in the rear view mirror. But if you were to ask me to sum up this past Christmas season in two words, it would be this: Baby Yoda.

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Like clock work they dwindle in. Backpacks are put away followed by coats. Lunchboxes are stowed on a shelf.

By now, we must all have in our minds an idea of what human trafficking looks like. We have all heard the story (or variations of the story) about a woman being followed around Wal-Mart by an ethnic looking individual that eventually followed her out to her car in an effort to kidnap her and…

It’s 5:41 p.m. I usually write these editorials in the quiet of my classroom, but as I have morning duty, those precious moments I steal before school starts — those intermittent moments of reflection as the sun throws spears of light over my filing cabinet are now reserved for focusing my l…

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Five years ago over a Christmas holiday my friend introduced me to a place that helped change the nighttime landscape of a city and welcomed love, laughter, hopes and dreams to the hearts and souls of those who walked through its doors.

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Happy 2020 to you! It’s already been a fascinating beginning to the new decade, and I wanted to start the year with the lyrical question, above. Well, frankly this is not how anyone wants to begin a message or any discourse, but here we are, eh?

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“Video killed the radio star / In my mind and in my car / We can't rewind we've gone too far”—The Buggles “Video Killed the Radio Star”

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As my wife and I were scrolling through Facebook a couple of weeks ago, we came across a story that said John Calipari was named the college basketball coach of the decade by Sporting News. We found it interesting because we are both big Kentucky Wildcat fans, and I thought it was well deser…

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Growing up I remember several ladies who left a lasting impression on me throughout childhood. Established forces of nature within my sleepy hometown — women like Merry Jeffries, Edna Early, and Marcella Mountjoy. Strong women who would impact me in such a way that I smile even now as I reme…

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On the evening of January 2, 2019, I left the London/Laurel County Animal Shelter with a brown and white puppy wrapped up tight in my scarf and nestled in close to my chest.

In my sophomore class, we are about to start reading a Greek tragedy called “Antigone,” by the playwright Sophocles. The play is roughly about two brothers who battle for the crown of Thebes and end up killing each other on the battlefield. Their tyrannical uncle, Creon, becomes king and dic…

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Columnist’s note: I hope everyone is in the midst of a wonderful holiday season. I’ll be back in 2020, but until then, I give you this reprint from 2016. It’s a favorite of mine, and I hope I can retain its spirit into the new year.

Another year has flown by and Christmas is just a few weeks away. Many are excited with the holiday season while others are struggling and feel overwhelmed for many different reasons. Most people love the magical stories and traditions that we are accustomed to, while a few of us have resear…

The word resolution has several meanings, one of which is to make “a strong decision to do or not do something.” This definition is perhaps the most popular this time of year.

Put well-deserved coal in new but visionless Gov. Andy Beshear’s stocking this Christmas, and by New Year’s Day he'll likely have signed executive orders banning black rock in stockings, the stockings themselves and maybe even the entire coal industry.

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“Pitch dark” is a term used to indicate absence of light. But, in all nature it is very rare to find a total absence of light. So, usually this term refers to “intense darkness”. This time of year – December and January – we experience our “pitch dark”.

If you’ve been following my column since I first started back in January 2013, you’ve learned by now I love writing about Christmas traditions when it’s Christmas time. It has always been my favorite time of the year so I love telling you some of my stories about the special holiday.

I would sit on my parents couch for hours, asking repeatedly if it was time to go. We’d load up the car, my brother and I in the back seat stuffed into puffy jackets, and seat belted in. It was Christmas Eve and it was time to head “across the mountain.”

I have a dear friend that is going through some serious health issues and everyone who knows him are sending up a lot of prayers. He has a couple of text threads which include his family and friends and he sends out morning updates to let us know whats happening and how he is doing.

It’s 7:30 a.m. and from my teacher’s desk I can see the dawn’s early light peeking in over my filing cabinet. I just finished making a test for my sophomores on Greek Mythology. It is the hurdle we have to jump before we start reading a wonderful Greek play.

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In less than two weeks another decade will come to a close, a new year will dawn and new dreams will be cast forth. Looking back however, I’m consumed with the amount of grace and mercy God’s gifted me in this whirlwind of life.

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This past weekend LSU Quarterback Joe Burrow won college football’s most coveted individual award, the Heisman Trophy.

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As a professor in a university’s information sciences department I get the pleasure of creating new, exciting degree programs continually. It’s a laborious, research-laden process. It’s also engaging and exhilarating to stay atop the most recent trends in technology and its education demands…

I recently had the honor of attending the grand opening of the newest Volunteers of America Recovery Community Center in Manchester, Kentucky. This is only the fourth of its kind in Kentucky and offers a safe, welcoming place for those battling addiction. Kentucky has been hit hard by illici…

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Columnist’s Note: This reprint from 2015 is my favorite Christmas column of all time. It says everything I want to say about Christmas — about how fear and failure and desperation are the important gateways to the hope and faith that Christmas brings. About how being able to see the light me…

There was a time when like many others, I did not have a clue about the extensive training and dedication of our first responders.

Throughout most of the world, Christmas is the top excitement, celebration, feasting and partying of the entire year. There is something quite befitting about the greatest celebration in the world being the greatest event in the world. Of all human gatherings of the year, Christmas prompts t…

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The Christmas season is a time for laughter and cheer, with presents, hot chocolate and pretty lights everywhere. But despite all of the warm fuzziness we share throughout December, there’s still a topic that divides us all this time of year — Christmas music.

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I sat behind her last Sunday morning. My former seventh-grade English teacher was all smiles last week at church.

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The other day, my mother-in-law asked my wife and me to take her to a certain movie when it comes to this area. The movie is called, “No Safe Spaces.” I had never heard of it.

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She sipped luke-warm hot chocolate from a white styrofoam cup as marshmallows tickled her nose. We walked hand and hand through the JCPenney department store Sunday night picking out whatever she wanted for Christmas.

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I’ve written it before. Studying and teaching about cybersecurity affords such great leeway when it comes to the breadth of relatable topics. Security touches every facet of daily life from our awakening to the final moments before slumber sets in. Then, while we’re sleeping it can really wr…

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“Young man rhythm's got a hold of me, too / I got the rockin' pneumonia and the boogie woogie flu”—Johnny Rivers “Rockin’ Pnuemonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu”

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