• A few unconventional memories

    Those who bother to read my column may know by now that I'm something of a film fan. OK, honestly I'm a fanatic.

    I can extol virtues of the various aspects of film, from performances to screen composition, for hours on end. But my wife and my dog seldom seem interested in what I have to say.

    Naturally, I was pleased to learn that Lebanon's Center Square was playing host to Dark Woods Con 1.5, a convention and film festival catering to those who like their movies to deliver a good scare.

  • Mistakes we should all make

    We all make mistakes. Some are embarrassing, others are hilarious and some just downright make us feel terrible. But I believe some can teach us life lessons and transform us into stronger, better people.

    I ran across an article online from "Real Simple Magazine" recently about five mistakes everyone should make in their lifetime.

    The headline caught my attention right away. We are conditioned to believe that a "mistake" is something we have done wrong. So, my curiosity about "mistakes" we SHOULD make got the best of me.

  • Petite canine gets the best of us

    The text message read: "Gonna ill Du e."

    I looked, then looked again. I still couldn't make heads or tails out of it. But then it's somewhat difficult to type a readable text message on a cell phone without a "k." Just ask my husband.

    It's also hard to play an Xbox game with tooth marks around the edges. Just ask our 14-year-old son.

    And it's a little tricky wearing flip-flops without the toe holder. Just ask our 17-year-old son's girlfriend.

    You guessed it. We've got a puppy.

  • Bad calls, questionable perceptions and more

    Sometimes on deadline, we don't always make the right decisions. That happened recently with a police brief published on page 2. The story really should have been on the front page.

    Our courts reporter, Calen McKinney, picks up court news each week. When she comes back to the office, we discuss what she has learned and where it fits in our "story budget."

    Recently, she picked up an arrest citation for Jennifer Rogers, a local probation and parole officer who was charged with five counts of second-degree sexual abuse.

  • Of taxes, rain and goodbyes

    Taxes. I don't like paying them, but I understand why I must. I'm not a big fan of tax increases either, but I can see why those are sometimes necessary, too.

    I'd like to commend Campbellsville City Councilman David Nunery for at least broaching the issue of increasing the City's personal property tax rate.

    Wait a minute. Put the pitchforks down and hear me out.

  • Political ads make everyone look awful

    Judging by the many, many political ads running in recent weeks, most candidates are not only unfit for office, they're likely criminals. Not only should they not be elected, but we should probably consider deporting them or at least putting them on trial for treason.

    A few months ago, as the election season started, most commercials focused on the positive traits of the various candidates. "I'm John Smith and as a business leader, I created jobs, made tough choices and practiced sound fiscal management. As your next governor, I'll do the same."

  • Remember the father's words

    I don't have children, but I imagine it's something no parent can recover from.

    Last month, I heard John Halligan talk about how his son committed suicide after being bullied for years.

    Halligan presented "Bullying, Cyberbullying and Youth Depression" at Taylor County and Campbellsville high schools for students. He also spoke to parents and the public at TCHS.

    Halligan's son Ryan died by suicide on Oct. 7, 2003. He was just 13 years old.

  • No Holly Homemaker here

    Ask any of my friends and they'll tell you that I'm no Holly Homemaker, nor am I ever likely to be.

    When it comes to cooking, I have several dishes that I can make really well and a few others that are fairly well received. But the rest of the time, it's either my husband cooking or just opening the frig and throwing something together that will provide sustenance.

  • What could happen next?

    Several years ago, lots of folks were pressuring me into buying a house. At the time, I was a die-hard renter and saw no reason to change my ways.

    But, over time, these well-intentioned people chipped away at my reserve, and about five years ago I took the plunge.

    I can't remember who exactly spoke the magic words that made me decide to become a homeowner. And as I sit here today, that's probably a good thing for them.

    Let me tell you about my weekend.

  • Love in unexpected places

    "No way!" I told my dad. "We absolutely do NOT need another dog." Along with my husband and myself, we have three kids, three cats and two dogs. We needed another dog like we needed another hole in our heads.

    Besides that, our dogs are fairly large - a border collie and a yellow Lab, and I've always told my husband and kids that if we ever got another dog, it would have to be a little fluffy "foo-foo" kind of dog that loves to cuddle.