may 11, 2019

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“The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.” ~ Michael Altshuler


Goddard Bridge 1


Hero, Shero, and I had a Mother’s Day weekend adventure today. We traipsed through four Eastern Kentucky counties, saw lots of people, ate lots more food, and visited one covered bridge. The Goddard White covered bridge in Fleming County sits off highway 32 between Morehead and Flemingsburg. It has been photographed a great deal because, well, look at it! The delightful Methodist Church nestled in a picturesque valley sits near center of the bridge opening making for a serene photo, a nod to the old times. Too bad my photos have a redneck pickup truck in them. At least you can’t see the ball sack hanging off the back bumper. Little else can ruin a moment like that sight, let me tell ya. Plus, it just ruined my compositions.


Goddard Bridge 2


According to the signs, it’s unknown when the first Goddard bridge was built, but this bridge was “reconstructed” in 1968. It reminds me a lot of the Switzer bridge reconstructed after the 1997 flood on the Elkhorn. I’m now inspired to go back to see the Colville Covered Bridge in Bourbon County I discovered with Stacy, Greg Davis, and Sandy Davis in 2013. I think covered bridges are good for the soul. They sure are good for mine.


Goddard Bridge 3

november 29, 2014

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“Stop worrying about the world ending today. It’s already tomorrow in Australia.”
~ Charles Schulz


coming back
coming back


Last week, West Liberty historian, Lynn Nickell, posted photos on facebook of the new Methodist Church steeple being placed. On Thanksgiving, I stopped to have a look. It’s an especially important building, in part because it sits prominently on Main Street, but also because it is a sacred space needed in a town that needs hope. Not long after they carried away the carcass of the old building, the church erected a sign. It said, “Jesus is coming back and so are we.” How can you not love a church with a sense of humor like that? Even though the church isn’t finished, I’m quite impressed with what they’re doing. It has been expanded while maintaining the quaint charm of the former building, destroyed in the 2012 tornado, of course. Just across the street, Commercial Bank and the new transit building (I guess it’s another name for a parking structure) are also going up. The jury’s still out on their designs, but for now, the Methodist church is really all we need.



august 20, 2012

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Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles. It empties today of its strength.
~ Corrie Ten Boom

global issues in appalachia

I was asked to speak to a group of 7th graders at Morgan County Middle School. The kids were great, which speaks to the efforts of teacher Chris Trusty and Machelle Holbrook. In hearing Machelle read my life’s bio I realized that I really have done a lot of things in 47 years, probably more than most of these kids will ever do, sadly. The things that propel me, excite me, make me unafraid do something different is for some, terrifying and downright debilitating. So, I told the kids one thing I’ve found critically important; “Life is short, so be happy in your work.” I hope they heard me and take the advice. Then, on my way out of town, I saw this sign where the Methodist Church used to be. It is a shining example of people who love what they do. And it’s funny as can be, so they can’t go wrong in my book. God bless West Liberty!

Jesus is coming back…and so are we!