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Columns

  • For mature audiences only

    Recently, I spoke to my mother on the phone. Here’s how it went. (The names have been changed to protect the innocent.)

    “How is Kim doing?” I asked.

    “Well, Edith said that she has very few wrinkles,” she answered. “But, she weighs 190 POUNDS. She’s just let herself go.”

    “Uh. Well, what I really meant was how is she recovering from her broken hip?”

    “Oh, that—she can put the weight of one toe on the floor and has to use a walker,” she said.

  • The day that changed my life

    In life there always seems to be twists and turns that take us in different directions. When you are young we often think we have it all planned out, and we do not anticipate any bumps in the road. What we don’t know is that one thing that may only take a second will change the course of your life forever.

  • What’s in a number?

    I love Chinese food. It’s one of my favorite types of food to eat and I especially like the fortune cookie you get when they give you the bill. I’ve traveled to Asia and they really don’t give you fortune cookies at most restaurants there.

    The fortune cookie is an American thing, but it’s fun anyway.

    While I don’t follow the signs or stars or don’t let astrology rule my thought process, except for belief in that whole full moon thing, I do save the fortunes from my cookies.

  • Despite being ‘useless,’ no regrets

    I am useless.

    In fact, I am useless twice over.
    That’s according to rankings recently released by The Daily Beast, an online partner of Newsweek Magazine.

    The Daily Beast ranked the 20 Most Useless College Majors.
    Some included agriculture, fashion design, music, chemistry, art, literature and psychology.

    Of course, being ever so lucky, journalism fell at number one.
    To add salt to the wound, English, which I also majored in, was listed at number 19.

  • Students: most important component

    I have given considerable thought regarding what topic should be shared in my first communication as superintendent of Grant County Schools. My first idea was to share how much I appreciated the opportunity to return home and lead this great district. Then, I debated several hot topics in education today: college and career readiness standards, 21st Century skills, or even, of local interest, our new Career and Technical Education facility.      

  • Which one was the nut?

    July 13 was an absolutely beautiful day. It was the first day in the long stretch of sticky, hot summer days in Grant County when the humidity was actually bearable.

    I actually found myself doing something that I don’t get to do near enough. I left the cool comfort of my corner office and was driving Grant County’s picturesque backroads.

    My mission: Find people and talk to them. Find photos and take them and that’s what I did.

  • A miracle: My look into being a new uncle

    It came as an unexpected phone call on a warm Wednesday afternoon that my sister, Beth, was going to be having her baby.

    The butterflies in my stomach began churning away, as I knew that I was going to be holding my niece or nephew that night, as both Beth and Claus didn’t want to know the sex of the baby before he/she was born.

    I drove from the Grant County News office all the way up to Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati anticipating the moment I would see the baby’s face.

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  • ‘Perfect, authentic, small-town, Americana’

    I thought that I knew this place. When I packed up my bags and came home from Lexington for the summer to be an intern at the Grant County News, I thought I knew what I was doing. I thought that I already knew all of the people and places. I thought I knew it like the back of my hand.

  • Please, take me back to Mayberry

    I don’t know about you, but I’ve had just about enough ‘reality’ TV. What kind of voyeuristic society have we become?

    They say it all started with “Survivor.” We Grant Countians loved watching our own rugged Rodger Bingham, aka Kentucky Joe, maneuver the Australian Outback. After that episode, the shows have become increasingly provocative.