Tame Thrones

SPOILER ALERT: My thoughts on Game of Thrones, Season 7 Episode 1 “Dragonstone” follow: Though season seven began pretty much where season six left off, it was curiously bereft of the drama and excitement that had been building all of last year. I didn’t necessarily expect dragons to burn armies or White Walkers to tear […]
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Travelling Shoulders

Knoth’s Amazing Barbecue Followed Me Around the South It was always there. On the 4th of July, Memorial Day, family reunions—even Thanksgiving and Christmas. We had other food on those occasions, but a genuine hickory-smoked shoulder from Knoth’s was the prized chunk of goodness on the table. The one that made us go “ah.” We […]
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Urgent Message from Kentucky Transportation Cabinet RE: Eclipse in August

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet l District 2   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Keith Todd 270-824-7080 (office) 270-210-8009 (cell) keith.todd@ky.gov   Transportation Cabinet urges businesses to prepare for August 21 influx of visitors Total solar eclipse expected to impact food and fuel deliveries HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. (June 19, 2017) – It’s an event that could rival the Ringling […]
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Russell Kingston–From Farm Boy To Prisoner of War

The following was taken from a tape my father, Russell Kingston, made for me several years ago. He shares some of his experiences growing up, as well as his time as a prisoner of war in North Korea. I would like to point out a couple of things up front: One, these are not all […]
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Recalling 14,610 Days Ago

I remember 40 years ago today, though it began like any other. It was a beautiful, sunny day in Murray, Kentucky, on May 27, 1977.  I lived on Main Street, above Owen Food Market, one block from Murray State University. Just before noon I began a walk across campus. I had gotten as far as […]
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The Miracle of You

The miracle of you is that you shouldn’t even be here. Not if you consider the odds. I had an excellent statistics teacher at Murray State University. A couple of them, in fact. One of the first things he did was show us the folly of playing the lottery. He patiently explained the basics of […]
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Nuts over Basketball in the Bluegrass State

Yes, we are nuts over basketball in the Bluegrass State. But it can’t be helped. I’ve enjoyed reading all the tweets during the NCAA tournament. One in particular last night read, “I am SICK, SICK, SICK of always watching Kentucky and Michigan teams in the NCAA.” Sorry about your luck, buddy.
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Kentucky vs. Louisville – Why the Data Doesn’t Matter

You can’t predict with any degree of certainty who will win when Kentucky meets Louisville on March 28. And the reason you can’t has to do with something called unknown variables. Statisticians love to work with numbers. Batting averages, free-throw percentages, average yards thrown–they all mean the same thing. Someone, somewhere sat down with a […]
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If I Had a Time Machine

If I had a time machine there are many places in the past I would like to visit. According to scientists, time travel is theoretically possible, but only if we move forward in time, and only for very small increments. Still, it’s fun to think about the places one could visit if traveling backwards was […]
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Time to Mow the Wild Onions

It’s time to mow the wild onions, I suppose. Last week, on our first warm day after the latest round of sleet, snow, and freezing rain, I was out for a long walk. I passed a house where an older gentleman had apparently decided he would be the first in the neighborhood to mow his […]
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Toby

Grandpa’s mule was sick. Sam watched as the pitiful old animal walked around in a never-ending circle. “Toby” had been walking for days, plodding steadily through the hot sun and humid nights. When Grandpa first discovered Toby making his circle, he called to the animal. But Toby’s ears did not turn toward Grandpa as they […]
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Why I am a Proud Kentuckian

The reasons I am a proud Kentuckian are many and varied. They have nothing to do with the ridiculous stereotypes outsiders often assign the Bluegrass State. I have been fortunate enough to travel far and wide in these United States. I’ve visited all of the “lower 48” states, some of them many times. All of […]
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Ten Things that Cheer Me Up

Here are ten things that cheer me up – all the better when they are unexpected. Ever notice how you can be having a “down” day, or just a ho-hum day, and all of a sudden have it brightened by something unexpected? Finding unexpected money. It could be when you run your hand into a […]
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A Valentine for Poodle

A Valentine for Poodle, my sister. I was almost six when Wilma Jean was born. She was the first baby I can remember. She didn’t cry much at first–just lay quietly between two pillows in the middle of the bed. Despite warnings from relatives not to bother her, I couldn’t stop sneaking into the bedroom. […]
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Super Bowl Sunday Snowstorm Western Kentucky 2-2-2014

Super Bowl Sunday Snowstorm in Western Kentucky. A number of things happened on Sunday, February 2, 2014. It was Groundhog Day and he certainly did NOT see his shadow in Paducah. Not that anyone thought this messy winter was going to end anytime soon, but we can hope. The talented actor, Philip Seymour Hoffman, was […]
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Kentucky Killer

Kentucky Killer He befriended my family decades ago. He knew most of us. He wasn’t especially showy and didn’t make many demands; he just always seemed to be around. He was kind of a quiet fellow. I always took it for granted he was family–but no, he just acted like it. Funny, how he wormed […]
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Kentucky Ice Storm Part 2, with 26 New Photos plus 2 Videos

Ky. Ice Storm Part 2, with 26 New Photos plus 2 Videos. For those of you who enjoyed Part 1, more joy! I found more photos and even some video. This winter has not been without its challenges. The polar vortex has caused widespread suffering, and utility bills are rivaling mortgages in some places. When […]
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Kentucky’s Historic Ice Storm Five Year Anniversary

Kentucky’s Historic Ice Storm Five Year Anniversary. Has it really been five years? For most of us the painful memories of January, 2009 are still fresh. It was the worst weather catastrophe to hit our area (so far) in the 21st century. I won’t go into a long story here about what it was like. […]
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