• Remembering 'The Champ'


    Muhammad Ali was not only a boxing legend, he was a legendary Kentuckian, and perhaps the most famous and recognizable American of his time.

    Sadly, the man known by people around the world as “The Greatest” lost his final fight last week, the one he had been waging against Parkinson’s Disease for years.

  • Having an attitude of gratitude

    When the waiter first told us someone had picked up our check, I didn’t understand him.

    “You mean our check is at the counter?”

    “No sir, someone paid for it,” he repeated.

    “Someone paid for it,” Lori echoed his words to me, slowly enunciating each syllable like she was talking to someone who had difficulty hearing.

    The waiter pointed to the booth next to us, as if I needed further clarification: “They did it,” he said.

  • If there's a rock and roll heaven...

    “If there’s a rock and roll heaven, well you know they’ve got a hell of a band.” — The Righteous Brothers

    In their 1974 song titled “Rock and Roll Heaven,” The Righteous Brothers sang about musicians the world had recently lost. The song named artists who died in the early 1970s, including Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Croce and Jim Morrison, just to name a few.

  • Cook says he wants best for all residents

    In order to set the record straight concerning Mike Deaton’s comments (CKNJ, Dec. 17 issue) about it being more important to give Taylor County Schools money to “take down a building that no one is going to occupy,” and Campbellsville Independent Schools being denied money from the emergency School Facility Construction Commission fund, I submit the following statement.

  • A Mary and Joseph kind of Christmas

    Stepping outside onto our back patio, the frigid early morning air startles me, smacking my cheeks like a trainer popping the face of a prizefighter, making sure the boxer is fully conscious.

    Moments before, I had been inside listening to the news reports: the murders in San Bernardino, Calif., were likely the result of a terrorist attack, the newscaster reports, and this on the heels of the murders in Colorado, Springs, Col., at a Planned Parenthood Clinic, and just a few days before that, the terrorist attack in Paris, France.

  • Venturing into Advent

    I know the three most often repeated words in a marriage should be, “I love you,” but I’m afraid I’ve displaced those with “Where’s the clicker?”

    Perhaps even worse, once the clicker is in my hands, I frequently follow that question with a plea to my wife: “Can you get this thing to work?”

    Now, before you judge me as the stereotypical couch potato, that neglectful slob who bellows to “the wife” from the “man cave,” “Hey, babe, bring me another beer,” let me explain myself.

  • The ongoing struggle with Alzheimer’s

    As I hung up the phone, I regretted having not called sooner. Several times in the past few months I’d almost called Ed, but there always seemed something more pressing to do.

    When I did call, I fully expected to hear Ed’s upbeat, energetic voice.

  • What I learned in 13.1 miles


    They say you learn something new every day, and I can’t argue with that.

    I learn things at work, and I learn from my wife and son. Lately, though, a lot of my learning has come from running.

  • Is a fall break really needed?

    When I was a kid, I remember starting school near my birthday almost every year. That meant the first day of school would come in the last week of August. It was nothing new to us back then, 30 some years ago. But today, with school starting much earlier in some districts across Kentucky, some state legislators are now in the debate about when the first day of school should be scheduled.

  • Letting our souls catch up with our bodies

    Sometimes our best advice to others is forgotten by ourselves.

    Not very long ago I admonished the worshippers on Sunday morning to slow down, do less, and take a true Sabbath rest. We tend to get swallowed up by life’s demands and forget the important stuff that really matters.