One Tough Tomato

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All I wanted was a job. I had spent a couple of summers picking up aluminum cans along roadsides, and while I did enjoy the fruits of my labor, at 15 years old, I was ready for the big time; the kind of big time that only three-dollars and thirty-five cents an hour would bring. A boy my age with that kind of summer money was surely just one step away from a mustache, muscle car, and all the girls he could ask for.

Courage: Rodeo Style

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I have no courage at all when compared to my granddaughter, Hannah. Oh, I put on a brave face (I mastered this ability many years ago) and prepared myself to be her biggest fan as she began her college rodeo experience this fall. But I can’t pretend it was easy for this city-turned-country grandmother. 


My Name is Leigh Ann, and I Am a Read-a-holic

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I read.


I read in my favorite chair. I read on the front porch. I read while my husband watches dumb stuff on TV. I read while I cook supper. I’ll admit to anyone other than my children and the Marshall County Police Department that when out of control, I do, on occasion, read while driving.


Taking Turns with Quixote

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Years ago my wife and I decided we'd like to read Don Quixote to each other. We had done this previously with “Cold Mountain” and that worked out pretty well except we were reading whole chapters before trading off. 

Through the Tunnel

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My first day walking into Paducah Tilghman was like going from Murray, KY, to Washington D.C. I went from a school with about 85 people to one with about 950. This was a big change and a culture shock.


The Investment of Travel

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Several years ago the editor of MORE Magazine wrote, “I assess my savings in multiples of plane tickets.” She had emptied her checking account at the age of 30 to witness the wildebeest migration across the Serengeti before she died. That’s how young she was – she thought she had to act fast.


The Creation of the Moral/Relational Universe

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The argument won’t seem to go away; folks keep insisting that the Bible has to be science in order to be true while other people try to force relationships to fit scientific paradigms. I understand why—

About the House

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We all wander back to memories of childhood days when life was perhaps simpler but just as mystifying. Judy Milford wanders back to wonder about evenings in the henhouse.

This is Not Supposed to Happen

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It's not supposed to happen this way. F. Scott Fitzgerald said, "There are no second acts in American lives." I'm trying to prove him wrong.

Studying Our Past for the Sake of the Future

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The film 12 Years A Slave has started an important discussion about our country’s history with slavery. I am not an academic. I am not an expert. However, slavery is a part of my own story and it is a story I feel that I should share to continue the discussion that 12 Years A Slave began. 



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