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Columns

  • Late Christmas shopping is for the birds

    Being a husband is tough!
    Normally when I start out a column with a statement like that, readers tend to sit back and get a laugh out of the paragraphs that follow, which tend to house some kind of funny story about my still-young married life.
    This however, has nothing to do with a funny story about Abby and I. In fact, it could be a true testament for all husbands during any special occasion, especially Christmas.
    I tell myself every year that I will not wait until the last second before I wrap up my Christmas shopping for Abby Jo.

  • And, the No. 1 Christmas song of all time is...

    I’m a sucker for Christmas tunes. When select radio stations begin their seasonal foray to get us all in the shopping mood, I’m all in.
    For two solid months out of the year, my car radio is set so that I do not miss Alvin, Simon and Theodore chiming “The Chipmunk Song.”
    I thought it would be easy to pin down my top 10 Christmas songs... after all, I have done plenty of “research.”

  • Christmas movies that should be in everyone’s collection

    “You’ll shoot your eye out.”
    “Look Daddy, teacher says, every time a bell rings, an angel gets its wings.”
    I think you all know where I am going with this, and for those who have no idea of what is going on, shame on you.
    For those Christmas movie junkies, like myself, we find ourselves watching more and more Christmas-based movies this time of year, which I don’t understand because they are good enough to watch all year long.

  • Double nickle weather will greet weekend parade

    It’s supposed to be 55 degrees and partly sunny Saturday afternoon when Cynthiana’s annual Christmas parade rolls through Cynthiana.
    The double nickels will be balmy compared to some Christmas parades past.
    I believe I’ve covered the parades since the beginning of time, well maybe not that long, but certainly my fair share.
    I’ve stood on Pike Street while a brisk wind would deal snow flakes through the buildings and land them peacefully in the path of floats and horses.

  • Tis the season for givinig

    FRANKFORT – There is never a bad time to count our blessings, but with Thanksgiving upon us, this time of year especially welcomes a look back on the positive things in our lives.
    I know it has been tough for far too long for many families because of the economy, and yet I am heartened that our sense of charity has never wavered.
    According to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, about 63 million Americans volunteered at least once last year, and each spent 52 hours on average helping others.

  • The holiday season is more about what we already have

    I celebrated my 25th birthday this past week. I like to think of it as an age where I finally catch an insurance break but my wife was quick to point out that I am now a quarter of century old.
    Once those hurtful however true words were spoken and her little cackling subdued, I began to think about how right she was... and I will never admit it ever again as long as I live.
    I don’t feel older at all, if anything I feel as young as I did when I turned 18 to be honest.

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  • Yearbook photo deadline is Dec. 1

    OK folks. This is the last call for photos for the annual Cynthiana Democrat Yearbook.

    Don’t wait until the day after the deadline, which is Dec. 1, to bring in a picture in hopes that it will get published. This has happened the last two years.

  • Community getting in gear for seasons

    Since writing for the paper, every other week I sit in front of my computer pondering the events that have taken place recently and try to come up with a column.
    However, there has been so much that has gone on and will be going on that I am finding it too difficult to narrow my column down to just one story idea.
    So, I thought a general overview of ideas may be the best avenue for this week’s column.
    First of all, 94.5 FM has broken the ice. Yes, that’s right, Christmas carols are on the air for another month and a half.

  • Regretting the ebb of summer and the woe of winter

    Is anyone happy about having to scrape frost from their windshield?
    Count me out.
    I’m not a fan of cold weather. I don’t like to be cold. I don’t like to feel the wind whipping through my hair.
    That’s just not sexy.
    There’s nothing, let me repeat, nothing that makes me shiver more than a slight nip in the air that seems to just find the nap of my neck then seeps down my spine and robs any warmth that I’ve been able to store.