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We had been kayaking for at least an hour when we came upon it. They, my fellow kayakers, said it was coming up, but I wasn’t too thrilled at the idea of jumping into the river that was a little cooler than the lake temperature I’m used to.

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We had been kayaking for at least an hour when we came upon it. They, my fellow kayakers, said it was coming up, but I wasn’t too thrilled at the idea of jumping into the river that was a little cooler than the lake temperature I’m used to.

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“Skin is what you feel at home in / And without it, furthermore / Both your liver and abdomen / Would keep falling on the floor” —“Skin” by Allan Sherman

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Kentucky employers have a growing front-line awareness of the devastating impact the opioid epidemic is having on our state. They know that this epidemic is more than a public health issue. It is also a serious workforce issue that must be addressed -- with employers playing a key role -- if they are going to meet their challenges of finding and retaining workers.

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The word crusade is one that is often associated with “war” a type of “holy war” at that. History tells us brave and honorable men went out during “crusades” to reclaim sacred and holy lands in the name of God. A “church sanctioned” campaign if you will.

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My wife, Carmen, and I did something a little out of the ordinary during the Independence Day festivities a couple weeks ago. We went to the Tri-County Cineplex with her mother and stepfather to watch the movie, “Jaws.”

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Ellen was a sight to be held, which Larry probably had in mind when he was introduced to her at a party as Dr. Smith. Consequently, when the party came to a close and Larry -- tall, dark and handsome -- requested the pleasure of driving her home, Ellen accepted the offer alacrity.

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Aside from the wonderful cat-lover groups I follow, about the only reason I still have any social media accounts is because of my job.

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One of the opportunities I enjoy as president of Eastern Kentucky University is the front-row seat, figuratively and literally, that comes with cheering for our sports teams and watching our student athletes grow as competitors, as students and as people.

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Not one human being, not even a new born, is without bearing some pain and complaining about. Till death us do part, is the lifetime noose of pain around our necks. “Oh what a beautiful morning, Oh what a beautiful day. I’ve got a beautiful feeling everything’s going my way”. When Rogers and Hammerstein wrote these words we might wonder what planet they were from.

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June is Pride Month for the LGBTQ community and for all of us who support them. They are our loved ones, neighbors, co-workers and friends. They are Americans, entitled to the same freedoms and protection as their straight allies. But statutes that prohibit discrimination in employment, housing, and public services have been extended to LBGTQ people in only 21 states, and no federal law has yet passed both houses of the U.S. Congress. “OK,” people say, “I get that we have work to do addressing discrimination, but why all this parading and rainbow-flag-waving? Most of America is on their side, so why don’t they just get on with their lives?”

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“If someone promises you sunshine / You better know there’ll still be rain / If someone says he'll bring you roses and rainbows / You'd better take a look again / You'd better find out who you are girl / Before you run to someone else / Instead of waiting for those roses and rainbows / You'd better give them to yourself.” —Julie Budd “Roses and Rainbows”

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There are two times in a man's life when he shouldn't gamble. When he can't afford it and when he can. In the case of Big Julie, the only thing he couldn't resist was temptation. Consequently, when Nicely Nice slithered up to him in a bar and confidentially told him in a low whisper -- with his hand partially over his mouth so no one could hear -- that a horse race had been fixed, Big Julie slipped him $250 to be on the horse that Nicely had assured him was fixed to win the race. Actually, the only fix Nicely Nice knew about was the financial fix he was in and he vanished completely from sight with Big Julie's 250 smackers.

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