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Columns

  • Thanksgivukkah, Franksgiving or Thanksmas?

     

    It won't happen again until the year 79811. That's 77,798 years from now. So if you're Jewish, enjoy the moment.

    I'm referring to the concurrence of Thanksgiving and Hanukkah. Some American Jews are calling it Thanksgivukkah.

    Actually Hanukkah begins on the Wednesday evening before Thanksgiving, which this year falls on Nov. 28. It's a rare occasion for Jews to celebrate two holidays at once, one uniquely American - Thanksgiving - and the other singularly Jewish.

  • A time to be thankful

    Thanksgiving is near. This is the time we give thanks for all of our blessings.

    The city is very thankful that some projects are nearing completion. The renovation of the old library building into the new Campbellsville Civic Center is nearing completion.

  • 'Like' is a four-letter word

    At the risk of sounding like a grouchy old person who just doesn't understand the younger generation, I'm going to share an issue with you that has finally bubbled over, and I can no longer quietly tolerate it.

    I'm not sure when it started, but somewhere in the last few years, perhaps even farther back, I've noticed that younger people have been using the word "like" way too often, and they're also using it incorrectly.

  • Ready for the holidays

     

    I was headed to Louisville for the day. While those in the car were surfing local radio stations, the dial settled on one that surprised me. It was Louisville's all Christmas station. This was the Saturday after Halloween.

    While normally I would have started talking about how commercialized the holidays are and we can't even have a few weeks after Halloween before Thanksgiving and Christmas are at the forefront of our lives, I enjoyed the music. And it got me thinking about the upcoming holidays. And, I started to look forward to them.

  • Meant to be a marathon

     

    "If you are losing faith in human nature go out and watch a marathon."

    -Kathrine Switzer

     

    Oct. 13, 2013 - and the journey to get there - changed my life.

    That day, I, along with more than 40,000 other brave souls, ran the Chicago Marathon.

    And, during those 26.2 miles (and the 600 miles of training runs prior to the race), something inside of me changed.

    That might sound corny to some of you, but it's the truth.

  • CKNJ settling in to its new home

     

    To paraphrase a song from one of my favorite artists, Bob Seger, we packed up our bags and we took off down the road.

    The Central Kentucky News-Journal moved to a new location earlier this month, and while we aren't finished, things are starting to feel like home.

    Like any good move, we had a plan. Also like any move, there were things that were unexpected. And now, with the move mostly complete, we have some boxes that are not unpacked and things that aren't where they belong, but we're getting there.

  • Something to talk about

    She lowered her eyes as if she were too ashamed to look at me. Her quivering voice revealed the emotional pain she was experiencing: “Pastor, what those people are saying about me just isn’t true.”

  • Remembering my grandfather

    It's hard to believe it's been a year since we lost him.

    My grandfather died on Oct. 13 last year after a stroke left him not really knowing who he was.

    He remembered me sometimes, but most of the time he didn't. He might have seen my parents and me as people who visited him occasionally, or more of the people who were just around him all of the time. We will never really know.

    He was my last living grandparent. That made his death especially hard for me.

  • Now I want to sing

     

    Some people are gifted with beautiful solo voices to bless an audience. Other singers, perhaps not quite as vocally talented, bless others with quartet voices. Then there are those that bless others by not singing.

    I've always thought of myself as being in that latter category, but that's changed of late.

    Let me back up.

  • Community needs anti-drug coalition

     

    The consequences were dire and life lasting. Hopefully, the message will be too.

    But without the community's agency geared toward educating our youth about the dangers of drugs and alcohol, just how many more students will hear such a message?

    As his mother for the morning, I was very disappointed in him.

    Here is the truth - my 14-year-old "son" was drunk and had gotten behind the wheel of a car. After crashing the car, his best friend was dead and my son was in jail, charged as an adult for his crimes.