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It is about mid-day, and I have finally found my way to my discordant desk. I am rarely alone in the house and find the moment jarringly quiet. As such, I decided to put on my new vinyl, “The Best of Kenny Rogers,” as I write. While I am not exclusively a country music fan, I grew up listeni…

I spend a lot of time writing, and I try to present a balance of optimism and reality. This is becoming more difficult as we are constantly bombarded with so many things we do not understand. Even more disturbing is to consider how much negativity is going on that we are not aware of.

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Every once in awhile the topics of information security and privacy that typically frame this opinion piece hit close to home. I’ve written about online scammers who pilfer credit card data and recreate the card itself, instead of the lazier route of simply using the numbers online. That hap…

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Just picture it: five days of watching your kids build sandcastles or chase crabs on the beach, exploring new parts of God’s creation, not having to clean up dishes, and falling in love with your spouse in a new and fresh way. Vacations can facilitate all these blessings and more!

The life of David in the Bible is one of the more popular stories in the Christian faith. Of all the individuals other than Christ, I would guess there have been more messages about him than any other character within the word of God.

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I had to dedicate last Thursday’s column to our baby boy Jaxson who had just turned 1 year old that day. But I didn’t want to wait any longer to dedicate one to our little cat Lexie who we had to say our final goodbyes to on June 30, 2021.

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The phrase “Big Tech” seems new to our lexicon, especially having gained traction during the previous administration through the 2020 general election. It also seems somewhat ill-defined. The New York Times and Bloomberg agree that it refers to Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon, and Microsoft.…

I watch my little grandson who is almost 3 years old, and it’s amazing how fast he is learning about life. He’s happy when he has his way, but when he’s told "no" or "stop", he bows his head and sticks out his lower lip. How many of us are like this? Ha! All of us!

I tried out for the basketball team once in middle school. The coach put everyone that was trying out on two teams: shirts and no-shirts. Then he made us play each other. The winning team got to be on the school basketball team. Sounds logical, right?

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Just like a couple of weeks ago, it seemed as though it was not meant for me to write this column. I’ve been under the weather the past several days and so I wasn’t able to get around to this as quickly as I had hoped.

The COVID-19 pandemic caused significant financial turmoil for many Kentucky families. Thousands of mothers were forced to leave the workforce to tend to children out of school. Restrictions on businesses resulted in some people working fewer hours or losing their jobs altogether. Many conti…

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I don’t post my goings on to The Gram, a/k/a Instagram. You won’t find me there, so you won’t find amateur pics of a well-plated meal. No Stories about vacations. No way to Explore Insta to find said non-existent Story. My story is not worth your exploration anyway.

As our spiritual values become more centered on God, it’s normal to start looking forward to our eternal existence. For those who are in Christ, how exciting it is to know that our heavenly Father and His Son Jesus, our loved ones, our new name, our glorified body, inheritance, citizenship, …

Recently I stumbled across a podcast focusing on rural America. With roots deep in southeastern Kentucky it caught my attention. Soon after finding this gem of a listen I was captivated by the stories of people fighting for small towns like the one in which I reside and the ordinary folks si…

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For as long as I’ve been involved in and tracking cybersecurity issues there have been two fundamental truths about the problems created by digital scofflaws. First, the primary reason that the bad guys keep scoring points is that security relies on we people above all else. Sure, there are …

There is nothing wrong with gaining earthly knowledge until it becomes more important and trustworthy than God’s will. In this life, arrogance and selfishness is the result of our fallen and depraved nature. The carnal mind controls our conscience until it is renewed through the power of the…

Emerging from a year unlike any other in our history, we remain firmly focused on the mission we were created for:

As we struggle through this sometimes-turbulent existence, where many times life has given us a chaos-valentine, we try desperately to endure, and sometimes, sadly, try to find our identity amongst a plethora of labels and prescribed abbreviations. We often find ourselves asking, “Who am I?”…

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In information security and privacy circles, whether in government agencies, company settings, or an academic forum, there is an age-old bit of wisdom that frames the entire, convoluted, hi-tech mess of cybersecurity: the CIA Triad. This “CIA” is not abbreviated for the mostly clandestine Ce…

With the creation last week of Juneteenth as a national holiday, I have seen several posts that, though meaning well in celebrating the day, have made mistakes about the history. Even my own college wrote that because the slaves in Texas had not heard about the Emancipation Proclamation, the…

I’d been wanting to go to church for a few weeks but hadn’t made it. I kept saying to myself that if I could get everyone up and dressed in time then we’d go, but if not, it was okay.

Just when you thought our political leaders could not divide us any further, they have now turned on themselves. Right now, both parties are dealing with internal conflicts. The Democrats are struggling between the so called “progressives” (I still believe they are not using that term correc…

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Artificial intelligence is a growing subset of information technology. It’s an intriguing phrase—“artificial intelligence”—in my read of the words alone. How, for example, might anything considered to be intelligent at the same time be artificial? At the original root of the word “intelligen…

FRANKFORT, Ky. – During World Elder Abuse Awareness Month, Attorney General Cameron’s Medicaid Fraud Unit and Office of Senior Protection are joining forces to raise awareness about how to protect seniors from abuse in all its forms. Whether you are the family member of an aging loved one or…

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In my last two columns, I discussed a couple of different news stories which were both crazy in their own way. This week, I wanted to get back to what’s really important and that’s bringing you all up to speed on our baby boy Jaxson.

Over a 12-year span at UCLA, American college basketball coach John Wooden won ten National Championships and their total of 11 remains a record today. Wooden is regarded as one of the most successful coaches in sports history, and more importantly an even greater person. He was a man of int…

Currently, I am working on a painting of an 18th century nautical vessel, a Frigate of sorts. I have been working on this painting for some time, playing around with the dark blues and blacks that make up its lonely theme. My intention is to show the ship has suffered some detrimental storms.

The terms Digital Divide and Homework Gap have been front and center over the past year as COVID-19 forced many Americans to work and learn remotely. This historic shift in everyday life resulted in an enormous increase in internet traffic, but unlike networks in other countries that buckled…

A new voting law codifying some of the temporary measures taken mid-pandemic by Republican Secretary of State Adams, the state’s chief election officer, and supported by Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear represent a good-faith effort to take bipartisan advantage of COVID-19 to modernize Kentucky’…

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There was a time mere years ago when the cybersecurity community was apt to believe that ransomware was a fleeting tool amongst the criminals’ arsenal. Within a short timespan it came into fashion and was quickly relegated to “commodity” status according to many reports. While Trojan horses …

I was raised going to church like many of you and fell into the habit of thinking that an hour on Sunday was fulfilling my duty and earning points with God. What I did not understand until I grew older, was that going to church doesn't make us a Christian, but we go because we are a Christia…

A title like that generates all sorts of images, from the soul-deep and introspective to the light-hearted and whimsical. Some might think of windswept mountain fastnesses accessible only through herculean sacrifice and determination, and still others might think of a sage elder, dispensing …

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Summer, according to tradition rather than to science, has begun. We see Memorial Day as a seasonal kickoff of sorts, dare we actually had also contemplated the Day and its more important meaning about American service people. This time of year is an ending for many, too. The school years ar…

At this time last year, we were all experiencing an absence of normality due to COVID-19. At that time, we realized that we had taken many things in our life for granted. Things we do not truly appreciate until they are no longer available. We could not gather with loved ones, spend time wit…

One key job of historians is to find patterns. Most things in history are circular and come and go throughout time. The majority of what I do with this column is to try to show that current events have happened before and that nothing is new. Knowing this can help us make better decisions in…

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