Opinion

Ode to a Weird Beard

A common question directed at men with facial hair is, “How long did it take you to grow your beard?” Some hirsute gentlemen might be able to grow a full, glorious beard in a just a few days. It may take others a few weeks for theirs to fill-in completely. In my case, the honest

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The deck seems stacked against us

The news out of our state capital that made me want to yell at an elected official or throw up my arms in frustration – or both – had nothing to do with the governor caught with his pants down. Needless to say, it was disappointing to see the photo of “Team Greitens” on Friday.

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Fathers, Sons, and Clones: A Non-Star Wars Story

When I first became a father, I was determined to raise a son who loved cars, sports, and the great outdoors—just like his dear old dad. When he was younger, Alex frequently went fishing and hiking in the woods with me. I taught him how to play baseball, basketball, and football. He enjoyed cruising in

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Now a member of a culinary cult

My wife has always wanted me to participate more in the kitchen. She doesn’t exactly want me to be a trained chef, just do a little more consistent job of helping to get dinner on the table. Or even an inconsistent job of getting dinner on the table. Anything. Up to now, my efforts have

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The mysterious and horrible kinderbug

The first symptoms began to reveal themselves less than 24 hours after I subbed in a kindergarten classroom on the last school day before Christmas break. The teacher had been stricken with a flu-like bug, and after taking attendance I discovered that three students had been forced to stay home due to illness, too. I

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A full house for a change during holiday week

Applesauce, sucked through a straw from a plastic, 3-ounce package, seems to be the choice food of 18-month old boys. That was my most astute observation of the Christmas holidays. As a professional journalist, trained to see the “big picture” of life…..nah – who am I kidding? Being a weekly newspaper editor has a way

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Be great, and have a happy New Year

While a fair number of folks are nursing hangovers on New Year’s Day, I will be waking up to my 366th consecutive day without a drink. It will be, as they say, the first day of the rest of my life; the beginning of my second year of sobriety. For some of you, my faithful

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Many resolutions, only two goals in 2018

“Good resolutions are simply checks that men draw on a bank where they have no account.” ~Oscar Wilde  Thinking that the Irish comedian/writer was correct, I don’t really make resolutions. OK, Oscar was absolutely right. Resolutions are easily made, easily broken. I have better luck setting goals – I have no idea why – but

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Ashland’s Internet Apocalypse of 2017

Last weekend, many residents of Southern Boone County unexpectedly found themselves without internet and cellular service. It is not uncommon to lose one service or the other from time to time, especially in rural areas such as ours, but losing both at once for a full 24 hours is quite unusual. For many people, including

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Fake Holiday News You Can Use

The sounds of the season are what makes Christmas come alive for me. There are the smells of the season – with a live tree in the living room and a wreath in the hallway, the house smells of a pine forest. Along with the smell of fresh-baked Christmas cookies this past weekend, the household

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