Category: Kentucky

A Sense of Place

Every person has a place.  A place for which his or her heart yearns, particularly in lonely times.  This place need not be a physical location.  It could be, for example, a set of circumstances or, perhaps, a person.  The common thread is a feeling of peace that arises from being present in one’s place.…

Reading and Writing and Louis L’Amour

Daddy loved to read westerns by Louis L’Amour.  The men on the book covers were rough-looking and spent their lives outdoors without a thought of SPF or zinc oxide.  Their hats and boots were utilitarian and, like their eyes, seemed weary.  They carried guns:  guns in holsters; guns balanced on saddles; guns casually held perpendicular…

Further Defining Redemption

In thinking more about the theme of “Redemption and University of Kentucky Basketball, it occurred to me that, in that essay, I had been thinking of the meaning of the word “redemption” as something akin to rescue.  That is, I tried to describe the hope that many Kentuckians feel when they watch University of Kentucky…

“Less Than”

Wow.  I am a little overwhelmed by the response to my last post.  I have been thinking about that piece for a long time.  It makes me happy that it struck a chord with so many people. It originated in a part of me that was always torn about my Kentucky roots.  On the one…

Redemption and University of Kentucky Basketball

Not everyone understands University of Kentucky basketball.  More accurately, some people despise the team.  It’s the fans that draw most of the ire.  In an article published the week before the NCAA 2014 Final Four, Mac Engel of the Fort-Worth Star Telegram called UK fans “the single most obnoxious, self-congratulatory, priority-skewed fan base in a…