As I write this, snow is falling in the late evening of a tired Tuesday. It has fallen all day when the weather forecast said it would not. And ironically, it did not fall on those days that it said it inevitably would. It is indeterminately wonderful.

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Just three years ago and around 300 miles from the Tri-county area a western Kentucky high school in Marshall County joined the horrific list of mass shooting incidents, news of which we seemed to read or watch almost weekly for some time. Lately, the mass shooting has become either a waning…

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Someone sent me a text the other day about all the trash talking during the Super Bowl and how it seemed to bother some of the players. As a sports fan, I’ve watched the power of words throughout the years and remember that Muhammad Ali and Michael Jordan just to name a couple of athletes, a…

Northern Kentucky Rep. Buddy Wheatley recently described legislation aimed at bringing more fairness and stability to agencies in the Kentucky Retirement Systems as a “complicated onion.”

2021 is off and to the races, and already one topic is still dominating debate across our communities, state, and nation: access to high-speed internet. Upload speeds, middle mile, fiber, last mile, low earth orbiting satellites … for the average person, it is easy to get lost in the weeds.

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Those of us who write on a regular basis confront times when nothing comes to mind to write about. That status logically precludes the mind from manifesting the thing, or here the nothing, into whatever synapses and anatomical machinations convince the fingers to type these words based on th…

I remember as a young boy, sitting in the living room with my parents and occasionally when my grandparents would visit, we would all listen to a Billy Graham crusade on television. It was common to see my grandmother wiping her eyes with a Kleenex during the message when Cliff Barrows would…

Lost amid the debate whether Historical Horse Racing (HHR) is legal, can be preserved with a legislative remedy, or is morally unacceptable in Kentucky is the Commonwealth is the home of at least 9,000 addicted gamblers. Based on the latest survey data, there are an additional 51,000 problem…

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As I type these words, I am sitting at my desk at home, and from my warm refuge, I can see those utilitarian structures this side of the railroad tracks silhouetted by the quiet glow of the morning. It’s early Saturday, and I thought I would get a little grading done. I have about 40 narrati…

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Many years ago my first gig after college landed me in the hospital. I’d like to brag up an exciting narrative to explain that result involving some death-defying feat in my first professional assignment. Maybe that I was such a brilliant academic that the CIA took notice and recruited me at…

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The word revival is from the Hebrew word “chayah” and it means to bring back to life, to restore, rejuvenate, and renew. In the context of spiritual revival it is often referred to as the great exchange where man is shown his need to rededicate his life back to God and through repentance he …

Last week, the Kentucky Supreme Court denied the Horse Racing industry's appeal to allow historical horse racing, aka video slot machines, at their six gambling venues across the commonwealth. As a result, the Kentucky state legislature is being pressured to change the definition of parimutu…

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Vehicle technology is amazing. The notion of autonomous cars still seems as realistic as the Jetsons’ futuristic flying cars, which by the way are also in active development. A car or truck’s smartness used to be limited to the machinations of automatic transmissions, power steering and brak…

We are again reading novel "Fahrenheit 451" in my sophomore English class. The frayed book I hold in my hand is the book I use every time I teach this unit, and it is filled with tattered markers and annotations. It’s like a shabby old friend, really. The colors of fire and ash mark its surf…

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In America, every four years poses an opportunity of sorts to improve the Executive Branch at large. That is because a new president may have as a policy plan something far afield from what is going on before taking the Oath of Office. As the Top Dog amongst the Executive Branch of governmen…

We are deep into January and I hope the New Year resolutions you made are still going strong. The most popular declarations usually involve better eating habits and exercise into our daily routines. For those of you that have been doing this for a while, my hat is off to you because you have…

In 2020, parents grew increasingly frustrated with school closings and the apparent inability of many public schools to adequately deal with the COVID crisis. Children are falling behind academically and socially.

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Moods are a very real part of our daily lives but also an area we need to discern carefully. We seldom think about human behavior and why we fall into certain attitudes but I believe it would be worth our time to examine our thoughts on a regular basis. The Bible and psychology has much to s…

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Each summer of my childhood without fail, a Jeep Cherokee with Michigan tags would make its way up the driveway of my grandparents' drive way. This was often the highlight of my summer. My aunt and uncle would visit along with my cousins and stay often a week at a time.

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Whenever I talk about history, my robot brain thinks about the future. In that context, what happened Wednesday, January 6, made me think about my students. As such, I thought about their voice and presented them with a writing prompt for extra credit. My verbal invitation to them was, "This…

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Well, that was one heck of a week, eh? When thinking about information security and privacy, which is how I begin weekly deliberations about what to share with you, it was a doozy even outside of the unprecedented wackiness that we all witnessed last Wednesday. Putting that mess aside for a …

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Our lives are filled with activity and hectic schedules and we have only been given a certain amount of days to accomplish what God wants us to do. Since Adam and Eve, history has provided a probationary period to determine who will embrace and who will reject an eternal covenant relationshi…

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I didn’t officially make a New Year’s resolution for 2021, but on New Year’s Day, I joined the millions of others who made it a goal to start the year by trying to eat healthier and exercising more in order to lose weight.

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There’s something about the feel of a book: the solidity of the binding, the sequence of the lax leafy pages, and symmetry of the glossy cover – the basic organization. Then there is the chaos within those pages that does not have to adhere to any order and creates its own.

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Sure, 2020 is behind us and here comes a glint of optimism for a brighter future. Whenever a timed increment presents I’m skeptical though. It only just so happens that in this time zone, during this period of human existence, and based on a geographic place where everyone agrees that time b…

I've been thinking and reflecting over the past few days in lieu of the new year. There are many different situations and occurrences in my life in which I find myself confused, overwhelmed, and overall exhausted with. My devotion tonight touched on finding "glory in any death." That may sou…

I hope that everyone had an enjoyable holiday, but I must admit that it did not seem like a normal Christmas. Yes, we sent out cards and decorated the tree, but there was something strange about the atmosphere. The signs of the virus are everywhere, and I cannot help but think about how many…

A new state-by-state comparison of the nation’s health ranks Kentucky near the bottom in a variety of significant categories. Though the 2020 America’s Health Rankings Annual Report from United Health Foundation may underscore Kentucky’s longstanding position as a state with serious health c…

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Lists have infiltrated journalism recently. There is nothing inherently wrong with summing up some specific phenomenon with a list of its attributes, or comparisons, or occurrences. We consumers of printed work product clearly welcome list journalism, to give it a phrase. This is the old chi…

It’s 8 o’clock in the morning, and in the next room my wife is wrapping presents and playing old-time Christmas songs by Bing Crosby while a fake fireplace crackles and pops on Netflix. I always like when she picks the fireplace version with the dog in the corner. I think it is a real dog, b…

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I’m writing this on the brink of Christmas Eve 2020 where both a rare Christmas star and a COVID vaccine have appeared in the nick of time this December. Let me also not fail to mention that mother nature is hinting at a white Christmas which seems to be all the talk and cause for extra jubilation.

Once again, we have stressed with trying to figure out what to give people who already have everything they need. If you are like me, it’s common to finally settle on exchanging gift-cards. Come to think of it, I’m trying to understand how we went from the wise men bringing gifts to Christ a…

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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.

As I read over the article I was going to send out today, I realized it was too depressing. Instead of comparing the events of this past year to history, I decided I needed something more uplifting, like Christmas. For many, Christmas is the happiest time of the year. For Christians, it cele…

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This is a tale about Karen (last name refrained), the Chief Executive Officer at one of the more innovative social media consulting firms in Kentucky, Silicon Holler, Inc., a four-year-old company that’s taken full advantage of the grants and tax breaks available in Eastern Kentucky to STEM …

Mary didn’t plan on changing the world that day.  But God had other plans.  He sent a shocking, larger than life messenger with good news (Luke 1).  The virgin the prophets had spoken of was HER!  God wanted to use her in a great way…if she was willing.

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