Kentucky is neither southern, northern, eastern, nor western,It is the core of America.If these United States could be called a body,Kentucky can be called its heart. from Kentucky is My Land by Jesse Stuart "No, Papa. I have yet to run into Frank Penn. Lexington is a big place and between work and school, I … Continue reading Serendipity in the Heart of the World
With a hint of ridicule in his voice, a friend once suggested that the reason I enjoy country music is that country music is "simple." Now in one way, that's sort of a compliment. But in another way, its a criticism. If by "simple" my friend meant pure, honest, straightforward, unpretentious, clear or coherent then … Continue reading “Simple” Music
It's been awhile since my last blog. But for those of you who know me, you’re not surprised. I tend to get excited about a particular activity or topic and go “whole hog” after it for a bit. Then my interest wanes as the newness wears off and I’m on to something else. A few … Continue reading Bridge Building
Back in October, I read with great interest the news that the United Kingdom was proposing a ban on plastic straws. For the record, I think it’s a good idea. But my reasons for supporting such a proposal may be different from the British government’s reasons. I’ve been an opponent of straws since my college … Continue reading Why Straws Suck
In my experience one of the most effective antidotes for a foul mood is the simple exercise of listing things for which I am grateful. A thoughtful review of such a list can cure a bout of self-pity like nothing else. Creating real gratitude lists, mentally or in actual written form, is a common exercise … Continue reading Delighted Gratitude
I love fall. I absolutely LOVE it! There are the chilly temps, skies so blue and bright you can't stop looking, and the sound of leaves rustling in the cool breeze. Then come the crispness of that first frosty morning, the cozy feeling of settling into a warm bed covered with thick hand-quilted blankets and … Continue reading Ah, Fall!
Football season is here and I'm loving it. The kickoffs during that first week of College football are the first harbingers of my favorite season of the year, fall. I'm definitely a bigger fan of fall than of football. But I do love to watch football. Its not that I'm a rabid football fan; I … Continue reading Missing Tubby, Tom and Tony
Our son, Ben, was six years old. He and I had pulled out of the driveway on a Saturday morning - likely heading to Home Depot. Just before we left the house, my wife, Leslie, and I had had a discussion about what I am sure was some lamebrained, half-baked idea I had about buying … Continue reading Lessons from the Lambs