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Columns

  • A learning experience

    A man by the name of Tom Bodett once said, "The difference between school and life? In school you are taught a lesson then given a test. In life, you are given a test and then taught a lesson."

    My experience as an intern at the Central Kentucky News-Journal has certainly been a test for me. It has been a test of character and one that has shown me what I am truly capable of.

    It has imprinted into my memory the idea that I can do whatever it is I set my mind to do. I have learned that hard work and dedication are key to making any experience successful.

  • Distracted driving is deadly driving

    "I took my eyes off the road for only a second - and then, it happened."

    Distracted driving is a common occurrence. More than 53,000 distracted driving-related crashes occurred last year in Kentucky, resulting in more than 15,000 injuries and 199 fatalities.

    To address this problem, the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety recently kicked-off a "Distracted Driving is Deadly Driving" campaign aimed at changing driver behavior. The campaign ties in perfectly with the nationwide effort to reduce distracted driving crashes.

  • Homecoming memories

    I love this time of year. The fall mornings and evenings are cool, giving me hope that winter is on its way.

    Fall is a time for children to play in the leaves, enjoy a last few warm days and then begrudgingly drag out long-sleeved clothing.

    It's also a time for homecoming, whether it's a family reunion, church revival or something of a larger scale such as Campbellsville University's annual homecoming festivities.

  • So many questions ...

    How do they do that? I asked myself that question several dozen times while covering the Golden Dragon Acrobats on Oct. 8.

    Those of you who missed the performance, which kicked off the new Central Kentucky Arts Series of shows, you really missed something spectacular.

  • Legislation banning texting while driving is needed

    It was a heck of a way to start the day.

    Driving to work one morning a few months ago, I spotted a car ahead of me on Coakley Street. The car was on my side of the road, yet it was driving in the opposite direction.

    There was enough distance between us that a head-on collision was not imminent. So, I began to flash my headlights and honk my horn. The driver didn't notice.

  • Take time to give thanks

    Another year is quickly coming to a close. Hard to believe, isn't it?

    We have Halloween in just a few weeks, then a few short weeks later it will be Thanksgiving, followed closely by the madness of the Christmas shopping season, then Christmas itself, New Year's ... and then it will be 2010.

    Ever get that feeling that if you blink, you'll miss something important?

    While these next few months will be busy, we've got to slow down enough to take stock of our lives. Not just what we need or want, but also to acknowledge what we've already got.

  • Is 'make believe' not good enough anymore?

    Hero: A person of distinguished courage or ability, admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities.

    There's usually not much "down" time in a family with three kids involved in multiple activities, so with outside activities canceled because of the rain, this past weekend was a rarity.

    We had a "Battleship" war, of course. But we also spent time watching television.

  • Men can be victims of abuse, too

    Steve McNair, former NFL quarterback, was shot and killed on July 4, allegedly by a woman who was his girlfriend. While men kill their intimate partners more often than women do, women are also capable of this kind of violence.

    Many years ago, a couple came to me for counseling, only reluctantly revealing that she had once shot him during an argument. He survived and they were still together. Her temper, however, was still painfully obvious.

  • Time for newspaper folks to fight back!

    OK, newspaper folks. It's time to pick ourselves off the ground and fight back. There is plenty of time left on the clock, and our fans - more than 100 million loyal readers - are pulling for us to win. So here's how we rally.

    First and foremost, we have to ignore those self-proclaimed pundits and cynics who believe that newspapers are dead. They are dead wrong.

    Sure, newspaper companies face serious challenges. But we also have serious opportunities to re-engineer ourselves as quality content creators for local print and online audiences that advertisers still desire.

  • My day in horror film heaven

    I'm about to get nerdy. You've been warned.

    On Saturday, Sept. 12, my wife and I traveled to Lexington for the Scarefest Horror & Paranormal Convention. It was the first horror film convention for both of us, and we had no idea what to expect.

    I've been a fan of horror films and books for most of my life but have never had the opportunity to go to a convention. Until recently, there hadn't been a convention in Kentucky, and I'm not a big enough horror nerd to travel out of state.