• I’m not so sure that our possum Punchy was actually a boy. We’ve recently encountered a younger marsupial in our trash cans and our cat’s supper dishes. I’ve yet to introduce myself formally although I did have a recent close encounter.

  • My wife and I have been married over 38 years, we built a house in 1986 and the best feature, in my mind, is the five toilets. The house is not that big, I just have a “thing” about bathrooms. When I was a child we lived in a house that had three bedrooms and a “path.” A decent distance from the back door and “downwind” was a two-holer outhouse equipped with a library and wasp spray. Thinking about it now, I don’t know why in the South, in the summer, anyone would want to “share” their bathroom experience; I think I can wait.

  • Last year we became quasi-temporary guardians of our youngest daughter’s two cats, Mohawk and Target.
    I say quasi-temporary because the daughter has since moved out after staying with us for a year, but the cats are still with us.
    Once our daughter left, we decided to move the cats’ litter box from the guest bathroom to the now-empty spare bedroom.
    To us humans, that’s a simple change, but not to the cats.

  • Sept. 25, 1986 (30 years ago)
    A Carroll County couple, John Henry and his wife Brenda were injured in a hayride accident at about 9pm Sunday.  The two were part of a reunion who had gone on a hayride which was traveling on Hwy. 316, Providence Hill at the time of the accident.  Henry apparently was falling off the wagon and his wife attempted to catch him, resulting in both getting injured.

  • I have a Facebook friend in Colorado, another Christian writer I’ve met with a number of times over the years at various Christian publishing events.
    For the past few years she’s been writing about her oldest son, Zach, who is a drug addict.
    He’s had periods of being clean, but they haven’t lasted. Last summer he nearly died from a drug overdose -- his third overdose in less than a year -- and spent several days in ICU on a respirator, suffering seizures.

  • All this uproar over government eaves dropping, hacked email accounts and “big data” collection has reminded me of my childhood. Aunt Geraldine was doing “big data” hacking back in the 1950s, she tipped the scales at 300 and it was called the party line. No need to get upset, as the Good Book says, “There is nothing new under the sun.” All I ask, if the government is eaves dropping on us, at least give everyone a chance to listen in and get in on the party…..line that is!

  • Sept. 25, 1986 (30 years ago)
    An extremely tired elderly man was happy to see rescuers Sunday night after he strayed from the Trimble Nursing Center and became lost. About 28 members of the Trimble County Rescue Squad, Milton Fire Department, Bedford Fire Department, both EMS units and several civilians responded to the call at the nursing home when the staff discovered that a resident, Wyatt Powell, was missing at about 8 p.m. Sunday. Powell was found at 9 p.m. about ¾ mile behind the nursing home, near a cornfield on an old logging road.

  • Want a surefire prayer that God will absolutely answer?
    Ask him to show you your sin “so I might hate it as much as you do.”
    Be forewarned: The answer probably won’t come as a lovely handwritten note on lavender-scented stationery or even as a text message with clever emojis.
    It might come as a gentle whisper in your ear, but probably not. Probably it will come when you’re right in the middle of doing something you always do and maybe have occasionally thought you shouldn’t.

  • I have an idea that the Appalachian foothills of North Alabama and the culture it inspires is not very different from many of the rural settings across our great country, North, South, East and West.  

  • Sept. 18, 1986 (30 years ago)
    The Trimble County Board of Education last week employed Marsha Haney as girls’ basketball assistant coach for the ’86-’87 season. She will assist coach J.T. Peniston and will also be coaching the junior varsity girls’ team. Haney, a second grade teacher at Bedford Elementary, played on the Eastern Kentucky University Lady Colonels’ team. A TCHS graduate in 1981, she was named to the Kentucky All Stars after playing successfully on the Trimble County Lady Raiders team.

  • Where do I begin? The list is so very, very long and stretches for decades, with the potential for disaster at the worst or embarrassment for all concerned at the least. The cause of my anomalous life may be traced to my laundry list of out of the ordinary phobias. My irrational fears extend beyond concerns for myself but also all other living creatures within an infinite radius.

  • It was a Monday, about a dozen or so years ago, the sky a brilliant blue, dotted with puffs of white, fluffy clouds.
    At that same moment, 600 miles away, a violent, deadly storm raged and ravaged the nearby Gulf coast states, it’s destructive power beyond my comprehension

  • Sept. 11, 1986 (30 Years Ago)
    The United Outreach for Christ tent meeting will be held at Callis Grove Campground, four miles north of Bedford, Sept. 14-21. The evangelist will be Bro. Allen Moran, former pastor of Milton Methodist Church, now of Somerset, Ky. The song leader will be Jessie Harris of New Castle. There will be special music each service.

  • I hold the Olympic athletes in very high regard. I simply cannot imagine the level of dedication required to perform at that level of excellence. I also have much respect for the Para Olympics. The athletes in these games are admirable by having the heart and fortitude to not allow that which others may perceive as disabilities limit them in any fashion. Finally, we have the Senior Olympics. As someone once said snow on the roof does not necessarily equate to no flame in the furnace. Self confidence, no matter the odometer reading, gives me hope for my own future.