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  • Appreciating the happiness of loved ones

    Sometimes the best times you can have are when you are creating good times for others.

    Case in point: last week Rebecca Ricks, my girlfriend, celebrated a birthday.

    As has been our custom for sometime, I celebrated the week leading up to that special day by giving her small daily gifts. Rebecca began this practice many years ago when she decided my birthday should be a birthweek, and we’ve kept the tradition for both of us.

  • The Best: Favorite summertime recipes

    I’ve been on the receiving end of lots of vegetables lately, especially tomatoes and squash; this is a good thing, because I love them.

    I’ve also been on the receiving end of several really fantastic summertime recipes too, which is another good thing because now you also get to enjoy them.

    Mary Iseler of Elizabethtown sent me the recipe for BLT Dip. She said she had been saving it for summer and the tomato season. Several folks I’ve talked to about the recipe said they’ve had this before, but I never had.

  • Dash of Class: Lunchbox-friendly sandwiches

    It’s August and school bells are ringing. No, wait, hardly any school bells ring in this generation; it is more like, and tones are toning. It seems the days of hearing bells are gone, but one thing is for sure — school lunches are a steady. Again just like bells, school lunches of days past are not in the present, but new and exciting food items can be found in the cafeterias all over the country.

  • Laughter, tears, amazing performances build a great movie experience

    Truvy in “Steel Magnolias” once said, “Laughter through tears is my favorite emotion.” In “The Help,” that emotion is strong and these women are tougher than steel, maybe more like titanium.

  • 30 years of space exploration ends

    Since 1981, America has been sending shuttles into space. Sadly, that era ended July 21 when space shuttle Atlantis touched down for the very last time.

    Growing up, I wanted to be several things: an archeologist, jet fighter pilot, movie director and astronaut. For me, space is fascinating. Granted, much of what I enjoy about space is probably derived from fiction, namely “Star Wars.” But the actual true and legitimate outer space always has engaged my brain.

  • Comedy Caravan comes to the State

    Rich Ragains, author of “No Excuse Dad” headlines the show. He’s appeared on the Bob and Tom radio show, CMT’s “Comedy Hour” and CMT’s “Greatest Redneck Moments.”

  • Local author holds book signing

    Local author and attorney Stephen Van Zant has a book signing at 6 p.m. Monday at the Hardin County Public Library. His book “Far From Good,” published by WinePress Publishing, is his first young adult novel.

    Van Zant also is available to talk about his book and what inspired him to write it. 

    He describes the novel as a coming-of-age story focusing on Sam Cray during the summer of 1975. As Cray is adjusting to his parents’ divorce, a fight between a friend and a football coach require him to make a life-altering decision.

  • Ready to lasso some aliens?

    A movie directed by Jon Favreau (“Iron Man”) backed by executive producer Stephen Spielberg (“Super 8”) and producer Ron Howard (“Angels and Demons”) and staring Daniel Craig (James Bond) and Harrison Ford (“Star Wars”) should be expected to be a summer blockbuster. “Cowboys & Aliens” has all this plus, well, cowboys and aliens.

  • Music that comes through emotion

    For Holly Brim, music is an extension of one’s soul.

    “Whatever is happening on the inside always comes out in my music,” Brim said. “I like singing for fun as well, but for me the songs I sing have some type of emotional or spiritual connection.”

    Listeners look for something real today, she said.

    “I try to convey a realness through music,” Brim said.

  • Dash of Class: Becky Bauer is one of Hardin County's finest cooks

    I first met this month’s honoree when she was named Hardin County’s ExCEL Award winner. I also worked with her as her son, Paul, was an actor in Andy Zagar’s musical productions at West Hardin Middle School and then appeared on stage in Youth Theatre of Hardin County’s performances.

    This lady is so talented and outgoing, and I recently learned she also is an outstanding cook. Today’s honoree as “One of Hardin County’s Finest Cooks” is Becky Bauer, teacher at G.C. Burkhead Elementary School in Elizabethtown.