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Bloom like an amaryllis

By David Whitlock

My wife, Lori, and I are not good with houseplants. When she brings home a new plant, I shake my head, knowing the plant's likely demise. I want to pull it aside and whisper, "I'm so sorry she bought you. I promise I'll pray for you."

If plants could muster a police force, they would charge Lori and me with negligent homicide.

So last year, when some well-meaning friends gave us an amaryllis for Christmas, I thanked them kindly.

And as soon as they left, I knelt by their gift and offered last rites for it.


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Guest column by Rep. John "Bam" Carney

Memorial Day a time to remember and appreciate freedoms we have been given

One of our greatest presidents and Kentucky native, Abraham Lincoln, once said of our country, "America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves." That quote comes to mind as we gather in the coming days to honor those who have fought and died in wars foreign and domestic to continue to guarantee the freedom that makes us the envy of other nations and their people around the world.


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Guest column by Sen. Max Wise

Reflecting on Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a significant holiday in the state of Kentucky in a variety of ways. Broadly, it is the unofficial kickoff to summer with the school year winding down, vacationers descending in droves to our lakes and rivers, and warm weather and sunshine becoming the norm. While many use this holiday as a time to travel back to their hometowns for reunions and family cookouts, others use it as a time to pay respect to their lost loved ones by taking flowers to their gravesites. 


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A gardner's dilema: Should I stay or should I go?

By David Whitlock

A friend and gardening mentor told me when I first ventured into this labor of love called gardening that this hobby should be relaxing. "If it's stressful," he told me, "you're taking it too seriously."

His words echo in my ears as I stare at the freshly plowed ground, that chore the courtesy of a friend kind enough to break up the soil for me.

It happens every year: "Can I do this? Do I really want to start with the planting, the cultivating, the weeding?"


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Racism a problem, no matter your race

By Moreland Jeff

In journalism, if you need a source for a story, you talk to someone who has a point of view to share for your story. You do that regardless of the person's background, and particularly regardless of their race.

Usually, I find myself on the side of the news story where I'm the one asking the questions. Rarely have I been the one interviewed. But Monday morning, I received a telephone call that placed me as a source for a story to be aired on television.


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Somebody's prayin'

By David Whitlock

"Preacher," a church member said to me one Sunday, "I was driving in front of the church this morning, and I saw you standing by yourself up there at the top of the front steps. I knew what you were doing; I knew you were praying. And I just want you to know it made me feel better."

It somehow makes us feel better knowing somebody's praying, though I can't explain exactly why.

I've never been much of a country music fan, but I can listen to Ricky Skaggs sing,

 

Somebody's Prayin,' over and over.


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Senseless violence in Baltimore

By Moreland Jeff

To be honest, I'm not exactly a tolerant person. I can't stand stupidity, and I have little patience for people who do things that I consider to be stupid.


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A young life cut short

By Moreland Jeff

It's a shame to see people waste opportunities in life. They don't come around very often, and if you get a good one, you should take it and apply yourself to the best of your ability.

Jonathan Krueger was the kind of young man who did just that. He applied himself to his studies at the University of Kentucky, and he was part of a study abroad program that took him to London, England and Dublin, Ireland not long ago.


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Holy hilarity on Easter Sunday

By David Whitlock

Hearing laughter from one of the rooms where a Bible study class was meeting Sunday morning, I cracked opened the door and teased, “What’s this, laughter in church?”

They answered with more laughter.

And why not laugh in church? There certainly is a time for being quiet and even for sadness. As the author of Ecclesiastes wrote, “There is an appointed time for everything…” including, “a time to cry and a time to laugh.”


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Reading the right book

By Moreland Jeff

I’m a reader. I enjoy a good book, and I often find myself anticipating something that I want to read, even months before it’s released.

I used to read hardbacks, but now, I find myself reading most of my books on my iPad or iPhone. It’s easier, and I can take an almost unlimited number of books with me wherever I go.


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