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As you prepare to transition back to the private sector, I suspect the change is happening with mixed emotions. You are likely glad to get back to a more normal life while at the same time you are probably aware of much work that needs to be finished. more
Growing up in Western Kentucky there were some fundamentals: When the Cats played, the TV was turned down and Cawood Ledford cranked-up; I first had to learn to sit still before being allowed anywhere near a deer stand; and it was better to be on the top tier of the tobacco barn when housing. We also just expected less from our government the further you lived from Louisville or the Golden Triangle. more
Do you prefer a practical artificial tree? Or an emerald prize dripping with sap and maybe even a live squirrel? What is the most appropriate tree topper? Perhaps even more serious than the cake verses pie battle, homemakers and the head of the house must resolve on how the family will be represented by the annual Christmas tree. more
I was in college when I first remember a church celebrating Advent during the Christmas season. more
My father never skipped a day of shaving or he’d have a beard in two days. I’m not sure how old I was when observing Dad closely, but I do recall studying his morning ritual. more
Looking for some good news in what seems like an endless cycle of news that seems to leave you more depressed than encouraged? more
We have become a nation of whiners, complainers and cry babies. We complain about taxes, politicians, and the weather. We complain about lawyers and doctors. We rush to join our own narrow interest groups, from where we can vilify the rest of the world and lament how badly our members are being treated. more
Our homes will soon be filled with the aroma of roast turkey wafting through the kitchen and dinner tables decked with mounds of mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and other holiday favorites that please our Thanksgiving palates. more
I’m looking forward to the Christmas season—cookies, shopping, family, and making room for that special babe—not in the Inn, but in our hearts. But before we get wrapped up in garland: Thanksgiving. more
In the nearly two years that I have had the honor of serving as Kentucky’s commissioner of education, I have made students’ preparation for success in the workforce a top priority. So much so that if there were any one area that I have given disproportionate attention, it has been workforce preparation. For anyone who has known me for longer than four years, that is probably a surprise. more
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