• In my continued praise of all new technologies, I ask you to return with me to a kinder, gentler, and simpler time, not so very long ago. We need never forget when whence we cameth.
    It amazes me to be in a crowd anywhere today and watch people play with their smartphones, checking Facebook updates, texting, or surfing the Internet. Seems they’re doing anything other than actually making phone calls.

  • I was scrolling through various advice columns on the internet the other night, when I came across  a Steve Martin quote that really stuck with me.
    Normally I expect piffy, humorous one-liners from Martin because he is first and foremost a comedian. But even if this quote was meant to be funny, there is a real and serious truth behind it, in my opinion.
    Martin said when people ask him ‘how do you make it in show business?’ his answer is “be so good they can’t ignore you.”

  • Don’t you love the title? There’s more art than science to kraut making unless you are a biologist/scientist. I’m just a simple old country woman and I lean to the art side of making kraut.
    I have made kraut the last two years with my friends Ophelia and her father, Barney.  In 2013 we made 64 quarts of kraut and on June 30 this year we made 67 quarts. I hope this year’s is as good as last year’s because it was the best I ever put in my mouth!

  • The cooler weather last week put me in a mind for what we can expect from September through December.
    Fall has to be my favorite time of the year, and I’m excited that we’re now less than 40 days away from the first week of September.
    Don’t take me wrong, but summer has lost a lot of its allure for me. I’m getting older and even though I grew up in hot, hot south Georgia and lived in even hotter west Africa, I like the heat and humidity less and less.

  • Do you remember that old song from “Hee Haw” that went “Gloom, despair, and agony on me” then ended with “If it weren’t for bad luck, I’d have no luck at all”? Well, I was singing that song a couple of weeks ago.

  • I spent last Monday morning swimming through several emotions as I thought about my two veteran grandfathers and watched the veterans of Casey County gather in support of each other and their country.
    So when I saw Bill O’Reilly’s Memorial Day edition of “Watters’ World,” consisting of interviews (the majority of interviewees being half-naked drunk women on Jones Beach in Long Island) questioning them about knowledge of U.S. military history, (or lack thereof), I was a little disgusted.

  • Ever since Barak Obama took the White House in 2008, Sen. Mitch McConnell has said that the president’s administration would target the coal industry as being bad for the environment and therefore if enough EPA regulations are passed, the coal industry can basically be regulated out of business.
    It’s certainly been no secret that the Obama, Harry Reed, and Nancy Pelosi liberal Democratic coalition strongly favors alternate forms of energy such as wind turbines and solar energy among others.

  • As I was sitting quietly at a table last Thursday night during intermission of the  “Know your Candidates” political forum, I overheard an audience member say, “You just never hear the candidates say HOW they are going to change things.”

  • Ants, ants, ants – pests!

    It's spring and the little ants are coming in. Where do they go all winter and why don't they stay there? All I know is I have been invaded by these tiny pests.
    People everywhere have cures for how to get rid of them but before we go to those, let me tell you about something that happened to me recently.

  • The year was 1965. We — my mother, dad, and older brother, Mark — had just finished supper.
    That’s when Eric called to speak to Mark.

  • For those of you who have not yet met me, or literally have no idea who I am or why this random lady is suddenly popping up in your local newspaper, please allow me to explain.
    A few weeks ago I found an online job posting from The Casey County News that said they were looking for a new staff writer. This position opened at a crucial time in my life —  a time during which I was almost forced to give up my stubborn writing dreams completely for the sake of survival. Needless to say, I am very fortunate to be sitting here, writing for you today.

  • In covering a court hearing on Monday in the Casey County Judicial Center, I overheard a native Casey Countian say that he had never been in the courtroom since the building was built.
    I began wondering how many other “natives” had never darkened the door of one of the courtrooms since the building opened in late 2003.

  • Years ago when our son, Dave Jr., was about 7 or 8 years old, he awoke early one Easter morning before anyone but I was awake, and he immediately began singing the chorus of the Don Francisco song, “He’s Alive.”
    “He’s alive yes He’s alive/Yes He’s alive and I’m forgiven,” Dave sang as he hopped out of bed.
    At first, before I could understand what he was singing, I thought something was wrong with him: Maybe he was having a bad dream or was sick and crying for help.

  • As you can see in today’s paper, Republican Senate hopeful Matt Bevin was in Liberty on Monday to do a bit of campaigning and to gain some name recognition.
    Several people at the Village Restaurant, asked if they knew who Bevin was or what he believed, responded that they did not.
    But ask local people who Kentucky Republican Senator Mitch McConnell is, and they will tell you that  they indeed know him.
    In addition, one woman told me that “this is Mitch McConnell’s town,” referring to Liberty and Casey County.

  • Hooray for Beulah Milbern. She took my question about the origin of the name of Labascus to heart. I got the following information from her:
    “I looked in the book ‘Kentucky Place Names’ by Robert Rennick and it said: Labascus, Casey County, on KY 501 six miles south of Liberty, an extinct post office, was named for its first postmaster, Labascus J. Minton. The post office was in service intermittently from November 7, 1882 until it closed in 1954.”

  • While you, dear readers, may recall that I am not a University of Kentucky Wildcat fan, I do have to admit that watching them in the NCAA tournament has been exciting.
    As I write this column, the game is little more than two hours from tipoff. I suspect UK will win and I genuinely hope they do.
    If the Cats had lost to Wisconsin on Saturday night, then as a friend of mine posted on Facebook, a UConn-Wisconsin national championship game could have been shown on the C-Span channel and no one would have noticed.

  • Last Wednesday, on March 26, a fierce fire broke out in the city of Boston and tragically, the fire claimed the lives of two firefighters.

    Lt. Edward J. Walsh, 43 – a father of three – and firefighter Michael R. Kennedy, 33, a U.S. Marine veteran, were killed fighting the blaze that engulfed an apartment building, according to the Boston Herald.  

  •  “The sun is finally out, the weather is warming up, I’m definitely heading home and putting on my Beach Boy records,” a friend once told me one bright, sun-shiny spring day, back when people still played records.

    I now know why she was thinking about those good vibrations: We tend to invoke music that parallels the circumstances of our lives.

  • A tempest in a teapot. That’s right, I said it, and in my opinion, not worth all the fuss.

    Rumors flew around this county concerning the Tri-State Freethinker’s group that had asked through the ACLU to place books on humanism in the county’s three elementary schools.

    Their request came in response to the Gideons making available New Testaments this past fall in the same schools.