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. 


On Baking Bread

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A cold winter day is the best time to bake some bread, says Kelsie Gray. Her idea of a good time includes milking goats, hanging out with her pet chickens Ada, Idabel, Floris, Corinne, and Waynoka, hunting for edible mushrooms, and, of course, baking bread. 

The Simple Life

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My sister suggested that I buy a subscription to a magazine called "Real Simple.”  Her son was selling them.


It was written for people like me, she said.  Full of organization tips for women looking to simplify life, she said.  Just what I needed, she said.


A Game Well Played

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David Lucht gives us an important way to look at the biggest "game" we all play—that of the lives we live out each day whoever we are, wherever we are. 

Life is a Balancing Act

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Life is a balancing act.


During my three years at Murray State, this is a phrase I’ve become comfortable with, whether I welcomed it with open arms or not. 


What I Hear About Education

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"As an old country judge, I know very little about education," writes Supreme Court Justice Bill Cunningham. "But I have friends—lots of them—who do. And no one is listening to them. Except me." 

Listen to the wise words of one educated country judge whose views about public education might just be . . . educational.

Spreading the Good News—About Cornbread!

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I'm usually the soft-spoken one. The young woman who goes with the flow and rarely expresses her opinion because tension and arguments and yelling tear my innards to shreds. But that is not the case when it comes to cornbread.


Why Travel?

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Sometimes the keenest insights get their start from simple questions.


On a recent vacation that included a trip to Mexico, my niece asked me straight out, "Why do you like to travel?"


My answer didn't seem adequate because it rehashed all the usual reasons; to seek change, to experience new things, etc.


Answered Prayers

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An answered prayer—that’s what I’m trying to write about but flawed Christian that I am, my first thoughts are of the unanswered prayers. Thirty-plus years ago I told my former college roommate and friend that I’d pray for her and I did, but not enough because she died.


I Believe

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I believe.


A few years ago during the Visitors Bureau’s painstaking quest to have Paducah become a UNESCO Creative City, a local editorial writer scoffed at the idea and commented that it would never produce any “tangible return.”



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