• Accomplishing goals without making resolutions

    Each year about this time, people begin thinking about resolutions they will make for the New Year.

    I’m not one of them.

    Sure, I’ve written a column or two about making resolutions, but the gist of those columns generally has been that I’m unsuccessful at keeping New Year’s resolutions.

  • Ron Burgundy's odd humor returns in Anchorman sequel

    “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues”
    Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual content, drug use, language and comic violence.
    Release date: Dec. 18
    Runtime: 119 minutes
    Rating: Slightly funny

  • Nutcracker Festival expands on popular events

    A pair of holiday traditions at Hardin County Schools Performing Arts Center will expand to include more events, transforming into a festival.

    The Nutcracker Festival not only will feature “The Nutcracker Ballet” and “Clara’s Tea Party” — two Christmas favorites — it offers a special free Dance-a-long Nutcracker concert, open market of sweets and other items and a Festival of Nutcrackers.

    “We always like to offer something a little bit new,” said Diane Hafer, PAC secretary.

  • Big deals aren't that big anymore

    He walked into the kitchen balancing a nickel on the end of his tongue.

    “Get that out of your mouth right now. If you swallow it, you will die,” I told my son.

    I was on the phone with my mother. And the warning was so automatic; I didn’t even move the phone away from my face to give it.

  • Local author, Alzheimer's patient, writes devotional book

    Local author Paul Hornback’s life was changed with the diagnosis of early onset Alzheimer’s disease. His devotional book “God Still Remembers Me” is written for others affected by the disease. 

    Hornback, a former U.S. Marine Corps pilot and civilian engineer for the Department of Defense, didn’t expect to face Alzheimer’s disease at the age of 55.

  • 'Saving Mr. Banks' is supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

    “Saving Mr. Banks”
    Rated PG-13 for thematic elements including some unsettling images
    Release date: Dec. 20
    Runtime: 125 minutes
    Rating: Excellence in film

    Sometimes you come across a film that is so beautiful you can’t help but love it. This is the case for “Saving Mr. Banks.”

  • Bart Lovins to appear in fundraiser comedy for HCP

    From the top of his jingle bell hat to the bottom of his elf-shoed feet, Bart Lovins is ready to play Crumpet the Elf in David Sedaris’ “The Santaland Diaries.”

    The Hardin County Playhouse production is a fundraiser starring Lovins, director of the Hardin County Schools Performing Arts Center at John Hardin High School.

    “Santaland Diaries” originally came to the public eye as a yearly broadcast on NPR, later adapted for the stage as a one-man show.

    The show, Lovins said, has a cult following.

  • Eastern Kentucky pianist to perform in concert

    Pianist Kory Caudill will tickle the ivories when the Historic State Theater presents “An Instrumental Christmas” at 7 p.m. Monday.

    Emily West, Historic State Theater executive director, said the show will mark the first time a grand piano will be on the theater stage. Nine other musicians will join Caudill, she said.

    West said while the show primarily is instrumental, a few of the songs will have vocals.

  • Retired Elizabethtown soldier pens first novel

    Elizabethtown author Howard T. Robinson began writing stories at about the age of 7.

    Forty years later, Robinson has published “Fallen Bridges,” his first novel.

    “I would describe it as a story that identifies the importance of truth-telling and openness,” Robinson said.

    Robinson said he realized over the years “people hold things to themselves because they’re afraid.”

  • Contending with the Mark of Zorro

    I think it is the true nature of Pomeranians to conclude everything brought into their worlds is there for the sole purpose of their enjoyment.

    Add to that the Pomeranian is a puppy — like our latest canine companion, Zorro — and not only is the item there just for that puppy, but it magically becomes his item to chew, wrestle and carry around.