My black Julia doll

My black Julia doll

I asked for a Julia doll for Christmas when I was a kid—and it was found under the tree. The doll wore a white nurse’s uniform with cap, a...

February 17th, 2018 |  


A dangerous game on the river

A dangerous game on the river

The coming of June meant freedom for the Beattyville Braves. No more school for three long months. Nothing but swimming, fishing, camping and games to...

February 17th, 2018 |  


Random Acts of Kindness

Random Acts of Kindness

It’s February – Valentine’s Day has passed – and although the expression of love duringthis time is often shown through cards ...

February 15th, 2018 |  



Yes, ‘it’ happened here. There’s been a mass school shooting in Florida — now what?

Don’t even bother to say something ridiculous like, “It’s not supposed to happen here … “No, it’s not supposed to ...

February 15th, 2018 |  


Keep on truckin’

Keep on truckin’

It was back in 1958 when Dad had Ernie Stuart deliver 8 Hereford heifers here to the farm. Ernie was a livestock hauler and trader and Dad and his dad...

February 15th, 2018 |  


Fix the debt by fixing entitlements

Congress just passed a two-year bipartisan spending bill that will take our $20 trillion debt and start stuffing it with deficit dynamite until it fin...

February 14th, 2018 |  


Lest we forget

Lest we forget

What happened in Scioto County was not an isolated incident—and those outside peering in on rural Appalachia need to take off their judgmental h...

February 14th, 2018 |  


Fountain of youth discovered at Texas funeral home

Fountain of youth discovered at Texas funeral home

My client, although in his eighties, had the body structure of a man in his twenties. He had been a long distance runner before death: a Hall of Famer...

February 14th, 2018 |  


STAY WELL

STAY WELL

Last week as I packed for a speaking engagement in Florida my darling wife asked me a number of times, do you have your hand sanitizer? Since my heart...

February 13th, 2018 |  


When a black mother’s heart bleeds red

When a black mother’s heart bleeds red

“This book is one of hope, love, and honesty, vulnerability, and fear. It is a book that captures the voices of mothers of black sons that move ...

February 13th, 2018 |