- Wednesday's Post
It’s hard to fool an old snipe hunter…
For openers, I’ll define the word “snipe.” It’s actually a small, coastal bird but often is said to be an animal that lives in the forest and is difficult to see and to capture. A “snipe hunt” has been a rite of passage for generations of Boy Scouts and other young folks who’ve attended summer camps in the country.
- Thoughts on the deaths of those we revere “Any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.” I have often reflected on those immortal words of John Donne, the great English poet, while trying to cope with the deaths of family members, friends and other persons important to me.
A story of drug addiction…and hope
“God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.”
These famous words of American theologian Reinhold Niebuhr have been around a long time. I have admired their practicality but now I am aware of their power.
How not to become a professional gambler
I don’t recall exactly when I decided I wanted to become a professional poker player. I was trying to be a college student and work full-time but couldn’t shake the notion of being a “card sharp”.
Every columnist needs a fan like Gerta
It started with a phone message from a female reader in Indiana who said she wanted to meet me because I was the last item on her bucket list.
Lifting our eyes unto the hills for help
“I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.” That first verse of Psalm 121 came to mind this week when I heard that Gov. Steve Beshear and Congressman Hal Rogers had called a summit meeting in Pikeville on Dec. 9 to start planning the future economy of East Kentucky.
Recalling the indelible moments of our lives
The dictionary defines “indelible” as “unable to be forgotten; memorable.” Each of us has experienced indelible moments in our lives, sometimes without realizing it at the time.
A proud old soldier who did it the right way
My favorite soldier, like most other veterans, resented the anti-military, anti-American slogans and protests which divided our nation during the Vietnam years.
Have you ever bumped into an old friend?
It was a beautiful summer afternoon with blue skies, bright sunshine and temperature in the high 70’s. As I drove toward my office after a business luncheon, traffic was relatively light on the five-lane street. I noticed a vehicle slowing in the inside lane as I approached in the outside lane.
A happy ending to an unhappy journey
The young woman stood nervously on the front porch of the strange house. Her mind flashed back several weeks to the time her mother had casually commented as they drove through the neighborhood that her grandparents lived in that house on the corner.
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