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Columns

  • Advertising pays dividends

    "The codfish lays ten thousand eggs,

    The homely hen lays one.

    The codfish never cackles

    To tell you what she's done.

    And so we scorn the codfish,

    While the humble hen we prize,

    Which only goes to show you

    That it pays to advertise."

    -Anonymous

    A recent story in the Courier-Journal reminded me why we publish a newspaper - not that I'd forgotten.

    A 29-year-old candidate for Jefferson County District Judge made the news (which can also sometimes be good) because she bucked the trend on the experience-o-meter.

  • Teens show a lot of 'Insight'

    All too often, teens think that grownups don't believe they have anything to say that's important. After working with local teenagers on a monthly teen page called Insight, I can tell you this: That is simply not true.

    Steroid use by athletes. Abortion. Experiments on animals. Discrimination. Holiday shopping. Myspace. Politics. Technology. Games. Sportsmanship. You name it, and this year's Teen Board has covered it.

  • Will superdelegates fly?

    Kentucky's primary election is over, but the dust still hasn't settled.

    Shuffling through the vote counts the morning after the election was a somewhat disheartening experience for this reporter. Kentuckians came out in droves to vote, nearly doubling the pre-election turnout predictions. That's great, but that's not the problem.

    Hillary Clinton easily won the Kentucky Democratic presidential primary race. Barack Obama is claiming an overall victory. Clinton isn't conceding. The race, though the primaries are nearly over, is apparently still very much underway.

  • Hair today, gone tomorrow

    We've tried bribery. We've begged. We've pleaded. All to no avail. After all of our years together, she's leaving us.

    Yep. My family's hairstylist is retiring.

    We're panicking. And it's not just me; the kids are in a tizzy, too. With the exception of a handful of occasions when our schedules didn't mesh, no one else has ever cut our hair.

    Now, if you're a man reading this, you likely won't understand our dilemma. "What's the big deal?" you're thinking. But I can pretty much anticipate the thought from many women: "Oh, you poor girl. I feel for you!"

  • What is censorship?

    A student newspaper adviser, with whom we had a working relationship, has resigned over a disagreement that he perceived as the school administration's censorship of student work.

    The administration disagrees.

    A story in The Press, an industry newspaper published by the Kentucky Press Association, said Tom Winski chose not to renew his contract with Lindsey Wilson College after new contract language required him to review articles for the LWC student publication - The View - prior to publication.

  • The cure for loneliness

    My husband and kids say Maggie is lonely. Just exactly how they know this, I haven't a clue since Maggie can't talk.

    Maggie is our 5-month-old border collie/Labrador mix puppy. We saved her from the doggie death chamber just before Christmas and we made room in our home and our hearts for her. But now, they assure me, she is terribly lonely.

    It doesn't matter that there are two adults, three children and three cats to keep her company. The only thing, they say, that will make her "un-lonely" is another puppy. And, alas, they've found the perfect one.

  • The long-distance grandparent

    "The conscious mind allows itself to be trained like a parrot, but the unconscious does not - which is why St. Augustine thanked God for not making him responsible for his dreams."

    - Carl Gustav Jung,

    Psychology of Alchemy

    I know it's a little deep coming from a dog, but being Catholic by osmosis I thought St. Augustine might awaken me to the realization that I need to be more responsible when I'm asleep. I'm certainly not while awake.

    I think our food tray may have been spiked with Holy Water.

  • Book club starts with a bang

    Unless one of us has a last-minute brainstorm, we've decided on a name. In case you're wondering, the name is for the new community reading group the News-Journal is sponsoring.

    The CKNJ Bookmarks.

    And we had our first meeting Sunday afternoon. Of about 22 people who signed up to participate, 13 attended. And we had a blast.

    We had all either read or were in the process of reading a book by John Grogan titled "Marley and Me," a heartwarming story of a family in the making and the wondrously neurotic dog that taught them what really matters in life.

  • Little old ladies need piece of mind

    But even Granny Clampett needed help sometimes.

    Mom has lived in a nearby town in the same house on a corner lot since 1959. Three children, nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren later, she finds her peace in the flower beds that surround her residence.

    That peace was disrupted several weeks ago as temperatures warmed.

    Sitting around her kitchen table one Sunday after church, she explained (complained really) that her side yard has been invaded. She didn't say specifically, but I think she wanted me to do something about it.

  • Reading group meets Sunday

    It's official: We have a reading group!

    In February, I wrote a story and a column, asking readers what they thought about the possibility of beginning a community book group.

    Well, the response was much more than I expected. And I'll admit I'm thrilled.

    Our first get-together is planned for Sunday afternoon, April 27 at 2 p.m. at the Taylor County Extension Office. We will have refreshments and a conversation about the book "Marley & Me."

    We will also agree on the group's next book selection.