• New Teen Board starts Monday

    I am excited. It's time for a new Teen Editorial Board to start work, and it's going to be an awesome year!

    We have a great group of teens for 2009-2010. And they're going to bring a new perspective to the News-Journal's Insight page.

    There are four Taylor County High students, three Campbellsville High students and one home-schooled student.

    And on Monday, you'll get to meet them.

    As usual, the first teen Insight page will feature introductions. You'll get to see a photo and read about each of the teens and what they're interested in.

  • They don't know 'nuthin'

    Do you remember the Jolly Green Giant? What about a card catalog? Have you ever "shaken down" a thermometer? Remember when we had to watch the evening news to find out what had happened in the world?

    I do. And I have.

    But not so for most of this year's college freshmen.

    Each August for the past decade, Wisconsin's Beloit College has released what it has termed a "Mindset List." The list is the creation of Beloit's Keefer Professor of the Humanities Tom McBride and Emeritus Public Affairs Director Ron Nief.

  • The dumbest thing I've heard in a long time

    I was not intending to write anything about the Steve Nunn situation because it has already received so much media attention, but then I read something that changed my mind.

    The Lexington Herald-Leader in a page one story in its Sept. 13 edition included a quote from Nunn's attorney in which she said that the issuance of a protective order to Nunn's girlfriend in February of this year "caused all the problems."

  • Nope, didn't hang out with the President

    As a matter of full disclosure, let me first say that I’m not a big fan of traveling. Sitting in a car for more than a couple of hours makes my back ache severely, killing the potential for any fun that I might have at my destination.

    With that said, I just came back to work after spending a week laying on the beach, shopping, dining out, going to the movies and generally spending more money than I should have. And I did it all right here in Taylor County.

  • Handwriting a dying skill?

    My 9-year-old daughter has better cursive handwriting than I do. She can also print better, when she takes the time.

    Most of the time, my handwriting is a messy combination of cursive and print and, according to various teachers over the years, I've never been able to write the cursive "Q" or "Z" correctly.

  • 'Enjoy the retirement,' Dr. Winit

    A sign you are getting older - your pediatrician retires.

    Like many other now 20-somethings in this community, I faithfully went to see "Dr. Winit" for all of my childhood ailments.

    As I was growing up, I remember Dr. Winit's kind words made me - and my parents - genuinely feel better about whatever illness I had.

    I will never forget how Dr. Winit pronounces my first name and one of several signature phrases he repeatedly told us during our visits - "Enjoy the baby."

  • Some stories stay with you

    As a reporter, there are some interviews that stay with you long after the paper the story was printed on has become a pet cage liner.

    I recently interviewed four people I will never forget. And they all, in some small way, have impacted my life and how I will live it.

    Several weeks ago, you may have read about two people who quit smoking, Donella Lennox and Bob Shofner. While I don't smoke, I was drawn to the story of how someone was able to quit such an addictive habit.

  • Where are all the women?

    What do Brenda Allen, Barkley Taylor, Amy Anderson, Lillian Clark, Vangie Ford, Julie Shields, Angie Johnson, Sharon Hoskins, Connie Phillips, Patti Phillips, Pat Hall, Sue Smith and Suzanne Wilson have in common?

    They are the only women in Taylor County elected to public office.

    So, believe it or not, of the thousands of women in Taylor County, there are but 13 who serve in positions of elected leadership.

  • Something to sink your teeth into

    Getting a child to read is sometimes difficult, I've been told. Teenagers might rather play video games, go to the movies or spend time with their friends. But a surprising phenomenon has taken over recently ... one that's drawing today's teenagers in droves to book stores. And I have to admit, without any embarrassment at all, that I've been bitten by the phenomenon, too.

    It seems today that if you want to make it big, you need only to write a book or screenplay about vampires, and you're set.

  • Will you help me cheat?

    Shhh ... I'm cheating, but you can't tell anyone.

    The New-Journal sponsors several contests throughout the year that readers can participate in - but those of us who work here, and our families, are not eligible.

    And that's only fair.

    So, you'll see in the coming weeks an advertisement in the News-Journal about a pet photo contest that is raising money for the News-Journal's Newspapers in Education program.

    It's a contest just for CKNJ employees' pets, since we didn't get to participate in the recent contest that was open to the community.