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Praise the Lord I am feeling better and beginning to regain some of my strength. I want to thank everyone for your prayers. Pneumonia is a formidable opponent, and it takes a while for the body to defeat the infection and manage the healing process.

They never heard of an unemployment check and certainly not a pandemic check. With every morsel of food generated from the soil under their feet, every meal made from scratch, frequent pregnancy, multiple mouths to feed, water to tote, laundry by washboard, along with the absence of radio, T…

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With so many businesses being forced to close their doors, and with everyone being advised to avoid gatherings, our way of life has certainly changed these past few weeks. However, I have been impressed by how we have come up with ways to adapt to this new environment.

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As we are all still adjusting to such an awkward and uncomfortable season, we, as an American people, find ourselves in a situation unlike any we’ve ever faced before. COVID-19 has challenged normalcy. This virus, that impends and preys on so many, has invaded our nation like a rain cloud we…

The genre of dystopian literature has been one of the most popular types of fiction in the past few decades. In relation, while walking through Lowe's the other day, an alarm came over the intercom, and a calming voice decreed that shoppers keep a safe distance from other shoppers of at leas…

FRANKFORT -- Last week, Kentucky farm families celebrated "National Agriculture Week," but as you can imagine, our annual celebration was quieter than usual, given our on-going fight against the global COVID-19 pandemic. As I talked to members of the media and neighbors to promote the celebr…

Like you, I’m hearing about acts of kindness during this time when the virus is causing so many problems. We realize it’s easy to become so distracted with how bad things are, that we forget all the good that is going on all around us. In a world where the attitude is many times based on an …

Three mornings a week, Milly, my wife, does volunteer work at the hospital. Most afternoons she spends volunteering for Hospice, traveling somewhere in our Tri-County area to be with those who are terminally ill. As president of a local service club (Rotary International), she is daily on th…

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I believe we are doing the right thing by staying away from big crowds and staying away from close contact as much as possible. But the coronavirus outbreak certainly has changed our lifestyles and routines dramatically in a matter of only a couple of weeks.

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Every now and then I hear them, my neighbors. Having now lived in Owensboro for three years I still don’t know their names. Yes, I’m aware that sounds ludicrous, but that’s just sort of how it is.

I recently asked one of my coworkers (via email) how he was doing during our extended isolation. He flatly stated, “I am a wild animal. I do not do well in a cage.” His response was inspiring. It implies a sense of energy, an innate desire to move and be free in this time of staleness.

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Last week I shared some thoughts about how the COVID-19 pandemic has “inspired,” the growth of online scams and threats. I pointed to two genres of risks. I explained what many in the Tri-county have already adjusted to, which is the life of a remote worker. Not everyone is so privileged. Ce…

Fear and anxiety are negative byproducts of modern life which unfortunately attempt to influence us every day. Our jobs are often stressful, our relationships and finances, and even our children struggle with social pressures we hardly faced when we were their age. Some people turn to natura…

A coercive force encompasses us. The feeling of confidence in health and finance has vanished. We are in a state of frightful free fall. Never has there been such global population radically disturbed. Our international travel has broadcast and disseminated the coronavirus worldwide.

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These chilly beautiful mornings remind me of occasions pulling into my Pappaw's driveway. It wasn't out of the ordinary to go inside once we arrived (he never locked the door) and discover the house vacant. The journey through the garden and often up the hill behind the barn would soon begin…

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“Oh, can't you see the morning after? / It's waiting right outside the storm / Why don't we cross the bridge together / And find a place that's safe and warm?”—Maureen McGovern “The Morning After”

At 3:20 in the evening on March 13, 2020, I stood on the threshold of my classroom and took a long look around; that chamber of learning stood empty, its desks lined in uniform attention saluting a recently cleaned whiteboard. My normally chaotic room looked sensible and organized, no books …

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“...the most interesting moment of a person’s life is what happens to them when all their certainties go away.

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Nary is the slice of modern life unaffected by the global COVID-19 pandemic. That’s the “pan” part of the word, which sets it apart from its less widely spanning epidemic that’s spread through one or a few communities. Pandemics are diseases that span the globe. This virus, now a pandemic, h…

Like you, I hear people say things all the time and give the Bible as a reference. However, upon investigation, sometimes these tidbits of wisdom are not actually from God’s Word. I thought it would be interesting to look at a few of these sayings and learn where they actually came from. Let…

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I, like many faithful Kentuckians, have a morning ritual of listening to Kentucky Sports Radio each morning from 10 a.m. to noon. Thursday we had an extra three hours that I missed as I was working to post stories online nonstop for hours on end.

The morning cup of coffee is a necessary pleasure for me. I reserve the ritual for the moment I sit down at my desk in the morning. As I take my first sip, I look out into the classroom and thirty empty desks face me, their writing surface reflecting the halogen lights above, and their black…

Editor's note: With a long day of coverage concerning the coronavirus, Angela decided to rerun a column that she wrote in August 2019, but conveyed the message she wanted to share this week.

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Over the weekend I had the rare treat of attending a major sporting event. It makes little difference about the particulars. For our purposes, (a) it had nothing to do with Coach Cal or the NCAA but (b) it was about the same kind of logistics as a game at Rupp, if you’ve ever had the pleasure.

I know that life sometimes can be difficult. It seems I’m always writing about the struggles of spiritual warfare, but we cannot deny the Christian life is filled with battles.

Activated motion lights and surveillance cameras have all but made the traditional farm dog obsolete. Years ago on the farm we had little fear because our dog was near. When his barking alarm went off anytime day or night, we all knew someone or something was approaching the farmhouse — visi…

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Webster’s Dictionary defines the word “cheerleader” as “one that calls for and directs organized cheering.” Over the span of athletic history, cheerleaders have been instrumental in setting the tone and enhancing the environment of sporting events from grade school basketball to the NFL. Ess…

It is early yet, about an hour before classes start. As I create my lesson plans for a new trimester, I glance over at a rather large empty coffee cup that sits on a table in front of the room. It is always empty at the beginning of a new trimester. However, that coffee cup should be filled …

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In fairness what I’m sharing with you is not limited to America’s 27th state. To me, though, it’s always a fun exercise to note the weirdness that tends to be Florida especially in terms of criminal activity. Could be wrong, but wasn’t (or, is it “isn’t”) the show "Cops" most heavily weighte…

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"Somehow I know we'll meet again / Not sure quite where / And I don't know just when / You're in my heart / So until then / Wanna smile / Wanna cry / Saying goodbye" — "Saying Goodbye" from "The Muppets Take Manhattan"

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Leap years have always been special to me as they have always felt like unofficial chapters of my life. From one leap year to the next, I’ve reached different milestones and have witnessed different events that have impacted the course of my existence.

Well, it finally snowed a little. It’s 5:30 a.m. and I am sitting here at my home computer waiting to see if this white anomaly is enough to call off school.

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The Defense Information Systems Agency is a combat support faction of our Department of Defense, and bears a responsibility that lives up to its gargantuan title. Defense's information systems, as you can imagine, comprise a vast, global, and incredibly sensitive array of communications chan…

Columnist’s Note: So far this winter has been a mild one — at least as far as temperatures are concerned. Winter 2020 has, for the most part, taken out her frustrations in the form of water instead of ice. I don’t kid myself, however, that it’s nearly over. We will see some cold stuff before…

We all have problems occasionally and there are times when we feel like we’ve been punched in the gut. I felt like this a couple of months ago when one morning I went into my office to start the day and my computer would not wake up. I realize that hard drive failures are not the worst thing…

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This weekend we are exactly five months away from the due date of our baby boy. That seems like it’s still a while, but my wife, Carmen, and I both know it will be here in the blink of an eye.

It is cold out this morning and my thermostat seems to be stuck on 68 degrees. As a result, I am sitting here in my classroom a little chilled this early morn. However, my coffee is welcomingly hot.

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Here's something to consider, as I've been this week, which I predict we do all too seldom unless you happen to be in law enforcement, or supportive of it in some very pointed ways. Prediction aside, I readily admit that I would be a better person if I thought about and appreciated it more o…

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