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"You are a human. Not an addict or an alcoholic, or any of the worst things you've ever done. Addiction is an experience, one of the many that can shape a life. It's not unique. It's not a flaw. It's not even that interesting. It's a natural human instinct to soothe, to connect, to experienc…

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Sitting at my desk, grading papers over a hot cup of coffee while Bob Dylan plays in the background is what I consider a good morning. I am actually being tech-savvy these early hours and grading student essays in an online classroom created in Google. As my fingers rattle over the keys brin…

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"There is a girl in New York City / Who calls herself the human trampoline / And sometimes when I'm falling, flying / Or tumbling in turmoil I say/ 'Whoa, so this is what she means' / She means we're bouncing into Graceland"--"Graceland" by Paul Simon

I am an on-call Chaplin at a local hospital a day or two a week; meaning I am to come to the hospital when called in for an emergency. Morning, noon and night whether I'm on the road, in my garden or sound asleep -- I am available with my trusty cell phone at my side. What a marvel!

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I remember several years ago conversing with a fellow English teacher and former colleague about the use of technology in the classroom. He is an articulate scoundrel with an attitude and a cane, and he was a pleasure to have in unnecessary meetings.

Kentucky's 5-star school accountability system is scheduled to go live at the end of September or early October. It will offer parents across the Commonwealth a new and more transparent way to understand how their children's schools are performing.

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No matter which side of the aisle that you may find your seat in, and even if you traipse around the political auditorium in balance trying to find your side or place in the muck and mire, you will agree that during the 2016 election there was influence from afar and meddling forces from nea…

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Columnist's note: What follows is a reprint from way back in 2015, but it's one I've been thinking about a lot lately, for obvious reasons, and truth, I believe, never goes out of style.

It saved almost 10 minutes in our walk to school. But this short-cut through our neighbor’s pasture field had a potential snag – we had to cross through a barbed-wire fence. My two older brothers were skilled at pulling the barbed strands apart for an unhooked passage. Their zipping right th…

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One of my favorite pastimes is hiking. However, as time goes by, I find it increasingly more difficult to motivate myself to participate in this activity that I have treasured all my life. Sadly, I think it is less the lack of time and more my own complacency that has created this problem. A…

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Since Labor Day has now passed it occurred to me once again that autumn is near, the landscape will soon present skeletal woods, and we too will be changing our circadian rhythm to follow the sun's trajectory and day-night effects, most dramatically when the time changes back to standard tim…

I’m sure most of you heard about a couple of prominent Christian leaders who recently announced they are changing their mind about following the Lord and have decided to abandon their faith.

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“Let me tell you what I wish I'd known /When I was young and dreamed of glory / You have no control / Who lives, who dies, who tells your story?” —“Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story” from “Hamilton”

Fence riding — not making a commitment for or against — can be a habit all of us can practice trying to gain friendship with everyone.

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In today’s world, we have many conveniences that help us complete our everyday jobs as well as keep us entertained. What might’ve taken us days or even weeks in the past, we can now accomplish in a matter of a few minutes or a few hours.

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Watching the white lines on the interstate while my husband drives I'm grateful for the view outside my passenger window. Endless rolling hills of green swiftly pass by in a blur.

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Having recently returned from a long weekend adventure to the beach I've concluded that early mornings, alone on the sand, aren't just great for meditating, reading or watching the sun come up, but rather it's the finest hour for people watching.

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My classroom is humid this morning. It has finally rained in Corbin and the effects permeate my room like a damp cloth. I look across my cluttered desk and my eyes fall upon several books filled with the actions of heroic protagonists. I marvel at the fact that it is the actions of the gover…

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Recession, eh? We've been hearing the R-word off and on for at least a few weeks, though economists bandy the term around pretty regularly as they analyze the state of the economy and commercial endeavors looking for signs of it, as well as for the other trends they're trained to recognize.

We acknowledge God’s blessings in our own life as well as those around us. Of course, we have our share of problems and struggles, but for the most part, the Lord has provided for our basic needs and to be honest, he has also given us a lot of luxuries. Our seasons of difficulty might be wit…

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(Columnist’s Note: Today’s column is a reprint. In sorting through my back catalog for publication today, I find it slightly depressing that this political column remains as timely today as it was two years ago when I first published it. Enjoy. I will be back very soon.)

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As a child I remember my mother opening the front door of our house first thing in the morning. It has been instilled in me since to open our front door as soon as I get my coffee started, allowing the morning light to brighten up the darkness of our home. I have a love affair of sorts with …

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My desk sits at a spot in my classroom where at a certain moment in the morning, the sun peaks over the top of my filing cabinet, its rays sneaking through the spaces between an old world globe, a framed picture of my wife, and a geode rock that we picked up on a kayaking trip we had taken w…

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Whenever the back-to-school time comes around, I can’t help but think about how long I’ve been out of high school. I’ve still got a few years, but the 20th anniversary of my graduation is approaching quicker than I’d like to admit.

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A friend shared a quote with me this week that has stuck with me. It came at just the right time, the right moment, after a trying day.

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While in college, I participated in a roundtable discussion with three professors and three students. It was an experiment by one of the professors with the intention of promoting dialogue on a given topic, and while we were not at a table, we sat in a circle facing each other. The idea soun…

School safety has garnered much attention in recent years. The passage of Senate Bill 1, the "School Safety Bill," in our state demonstrates the type of positive legislation that can occur when parties work together. Increased training for school resource officers, a greater emphasis on trau…

We all love to sit down to a good meal. Whatever our favorite food, we really look forward to enjoying the things we love. After our appetite is satisfied, it doesn't take but a few hours and we are hungry again, but we seldom consider that our spiritual life functions in much the same way.

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“When they knock you down, don’t break character/ you’ve got so much heart…Rise up like the sun/ And labor til the work is done.”—The Killers “Be Still”

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There is excited energy permeating the high school halls this morning. Teachers from all over the district are attending the annual Corbin Certified Conference. The conference is a conglomeration of classes and training sessions set up throughout the high school. The sessions are presented a…

In every sense, we can say that our conscience is much more important than we think. In fact, one of the challenges within our human development is that we are seldom taught to consider our conscience at all.

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I’m not much of a world traveler. I’ve been outside the States a few times, and spent at least a few days in around 45 of them within. It’s a privilege to travel especially when it’s for leisure. Work takes me out of town from time to time, too. My experiences include traveling since childho…

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"Diversity creates harmony, and harmony creates beauty, balance, bounty and peace in nature and society, in agriculture and culture, in science and in politics." -- Vandana Shiva

This Week's Circulars

Obituaries

Roy L. Perkins, age 84 of the Jellico Creek Community, Williamsburg, Ky. passed away Friday September 20, 2019 at Williamsburg Health and Rehabilitation Center. He was born July 10, 1935 in McCreary County, Ky. to the late Elmon and Amanda Campbell Perkins. Along with his parents he was prec…

May K. Cox, age 86, of Woodstock, GA, formerly of Corbin, KY, passed away on Wednesday September 18, 2019 at her home in Georgia. She was born in Cincinnati, OH, a daughter of the late Ivy B. Kirchgassner and Garnetta Sawyer Kirchgassner. May was a homemaker and member of Central Baptist Chu…

Agnes Hopper Young, 96, passed away on Monday, September 16, 2019, at home in Corbin. Agnes was born in Casey County, Kentucky, on November 17, 1922, a daughter of Ethel Godbey and Lewis Wilham. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her sister Pauline Wilham, husband Bill Young,…