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Without even a bit of sarcasm, I have decreed the past year the Year of the Onion in my cooking life. It is only now that I feel I can truly appreciate this beautiful bulb and, in part, I have the pandemic to thank.

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How do we heal? Time, conscious effort, catharsis, endurance, by taking our proverbial or prescribed (or self-prescribed) medicine? How do we find the center that is inevitably ripped and torn asunder each and every time a wound is opened? A wound that tears the flesh, the skin, the membrane…

Several months ago, I had two cataracts removed from my eyes. How they got there, I don't know. As far as I can remember, they never asked my permission, and furthermore, they never paid rent for being there.

God has divine understanding of human nature. He understands our emotions, our emotion driven reactions, and our tendency to deny the painful, ugly memories in order to cope with the realities of today. God, in His providence, made a time for healing and restoration.

As COVID-19 infections fall, vaccination rates rise, and America reopens, this upcoming summer should be full of optimism and hope. But, for too many Kentucky businesses and families, our miraculous recovery is being undermined by Washington Democrats' out-of-control spending and irresponsib…

Over the past 13 or so years Mitch McConnell has proven himself to be the most dangerous man in America. While he has been a party apparatchik ever since he steamrolled Walter Huddleston it is only with his rise to power as Minority Leader that he became able to use his political wiles and p…

As this pandemic hopefully winds down, it's useful to think through the forecasts and analysis that economists got right, and what we got wrong. This is important because the U.S. has never been through such a deep, rapid, nor nearly simultaneous economic downturn. Never has our fiscal respo…

I watched the Tulsa Massacre documentary last Monday; it was a tragic, shameful page in America's history. May 31, 1921 was on a Wednesday, the rampage ended on Thursday June 1; these were good, God fearing Christian people, we can presume that they went to church on Sunday. Two years later …

The last several weeks have truly been hectic in every sense of the word. Trying to catch up can be a never-ending job. When I think I'm caught up, I see another thing I need to do.

Through the long Memorial Day weekend, anyone who read the newspapers or watched television could not miss or be unmoved by it: Story after story after story of the fallen, of those who had given the "last full measure of devotion" to their country.

This month marks year 15 that I've been writing my column. I'm not sure where the time has gone but I do know that when it comes to writing this weekly piece, I always have a ball. I'm knee-deep in helping students with their med school personal statements this week, so I thought I'd dig up …

As our 2021 graduates walk across the stage, I want to take a moment to congratulate them for their hard work and accomplishments.

Like everybody else, I have my share of trouble. It's not that I want to get into trouble, but trouble always seems to be somewhere near where I am at the time. I regret that time when I was first introduced to trouble.

When the U.S. created NATO, a primary purpose of the alliance was to serve as a western wall to defend Germany against the 400,000 Russian troops on the eastern side of the Elbe River.

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Memorial Day is an opportunity to reflect on those who have given their lives to keep our country safe. It’s a chance to think about history as well as current-day conflicts and what we have survived as a nation to get to where we are at this moment. And, it also give – for me, anyway – a re…

At this time last year, we were all experiencing an absence of normality due to COVID-19. At that time, we realized that we had taken many things in our life for granted. Things we do not truly appreciate until they are no longer available. We could not gather with loved ones, spend time wit…

So there I was in Macy's considering the purchase of a banana yellow jogging suit. I'd given it a good think and decided I was ready to try it on to see how it looked. It had been more than a year since I'd been to the mall and even more than that since I'd committed to a trip to a dressing room.

One day this past week, I decided to stay home and catch up on a little bit of reading. It's not often that I take a day and not go to the office and just pander around the house. Sometimes it's necessary to do such a thing, and I don't do it often enough.

The character of the nation is being tested. Our character is tested and proven in times of turmoil, personal storms and storms that we persevere through collectively as a community, as a nation and as a global community.

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The 1971 hit song “Signs” by the Five Man Electrical Band included the famous lyric, “And the sign said ‘Long-haired freaky people need not apply.’”

Many would consider 2020 to be the worst year of their lives. It was challenging to say the least; but for those of us who have years piled on top of years in our lives, we have been through tough times before and we were able to draw upon the wisdom gained in those times to help us navigate…

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Last June, the families of Taiann Wilson and Matthew Coomer received a promise from the Kentucky Parole Board — they were promised closure.

PFLAG Somerset KY was disappointed to see local trans voices left out of Jeff Neal's column published on transgender inclusion in sports. Transgender athletes should have equal access to the benefits of sports and playing alongside the peers they identify with. They deserve to be protected b…

We just concluded National Police Week -- and in no other year has the remembrance of fallen police officers meant so much to those of us who support law enforcement.

We just concluded National Police Week -- and in no other year has the remembrance of fallen police officers meant so much to those of us who support law enforcement.

In a column that ran in the Tuesday, May 1 edition of the Commonwealth Journal, Democrat Gov. Andy Beshear sugarcoats his response to the COVID-19 pandemic in Kentucky and attempts to take credit for everything from the state's finances to vaccine distribution and more, while ignoring his ow…

I read a great article in the Saturday paper. It was about the forming of the Lake Cumberland Diversity Council. I thought it was inspiring, and it gave me cause to look into the word of God for affirmation the purpose and intent.

This week the string of positive economic news continued in the commonwealth. Kentucky's sales tax receipts from April hit $486.5 million and our vehicle usage tax receipts hit over $64 million. These are the highest ever reported in the history of the commonwealth and they are generated sol…

Today, more than 11 million Americans provide unpaid care for people with Alzheimer's or other dementias. Now more than ever, we need aid to support the emotionally, physically and financially draining role of being a caregiver.

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