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Beth Underwood: Those catchy magazine headlines never fail to grab my attention, but most fail to deliver

I’ve always been drawn to magazines. Punchy headlines and promises lure me in every time. “How to lose 20 pounds overnight!”
 “The only shoes you’ll need this summer!” “Why doctors say eating this food will add 10 years to your life.” It’s clickbait in paper form. And it drives me crazy. See if this sounds familiar. You pick up a new magazine at the store and sit down to read the...

The Arboretum’s ‘Party for the Planet’ is rooted in Earth Month, a time to celebrate and honor the planet

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky It’s Earth Month, a time to celebrate and honor the planet that sustains billions and billions of humans, animals and plants. Party for the Planet, The Arboretum’s annual rite of spring, will be “Spreading Roots” during a month of events that offers special workshops and activities focused on environmental topics for adults and children. As in past...

Kentucky by Heart: Grieving the loss of a beloved brother with the precious legacy he left behind

By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist I don’t know for sure if the wildflower seeds, the kind that come mixed in a straw bale that will hold in moisture after being cast on the readied ground, will sprout and provide a summer of gorgeous blooms. That would be my hope, and I suspect they will. What I do know is that the seeds were a gift bequeathed me out of my brother’s garage as he lay dying in...

Responses to UK statewide survey will help protect water resources for Kentuckians

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky Two University of Kentucky faculty members are conducting a statewide survey for a research study on Kentuckians’ values, attitudes and knowledge about water resources in the commonwealth. Funded by the Kentucky Water Resources Research Institute, the end goal of the project is to develop training materials for professionals who work with the public on water...

Lexington writer Jeff Worley to be inducted as Kentucky’s next Poet Laureate April 24

Award-winning writer Jeff Worley of Lexington has been appointed 2019-2020 Kentucky Poet Laureate. Worley will be inducted as the next state poet laureate as part of the Kentucky Arts Council’s Kentucky Writers’ Day celebration, 10 a.m. April 24 at the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives, 300 Coffee Tree Road in Frankfort. “I’m grateful for the recognition and I’m very eager to...

Beth Underwood: Losing stuff is irritating, so is the fact that it’s ‘always the last place you look’

If you’ve ever lost or misplaced anything, you know all too well the feeling that accompanies such an event. Panic. Disorientation. A general sense of woe-is-me. No matter what else is going on around you — be it leaving for a Hawaiian vacation, heading out to take a Calculus final, or meeting the Queen of England — nothing takes precedence over finding the lost item. And don’t forget...

New Haven 5th grader Landon Spicer of Union is a champion three-point shooter; just ask Shaq

New Haven Elementary 5th grader Landon Spicer of Union won a middle school three-point shootout and this video with Shaq and Charles Barkley and the gang went viral. Spoiler alert: Landon beats Shaq in a showdown. from NBA on TNT Youtube

Keeneland to host inaugural two-day Railbird Music Festival Aug. 10-11; tickets on sale to public March 28

Railbird Festival, a new music festival led by AC Entertainment, is coming to The Grounds at Keeneland August 10-11. Those topping the weekend’s bill include American rock supergroup The Raconteurs (Jack White, Brendan Benson, Jack Lawrence, and Patrick Keeler) and singer-songwriter Hozier, whose latest album Wasteland, Baby! debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 charts. Additional music acts...

Kentucky by Heart: Kentucky is full of interesting topics to write about; sharing 33 of the best

By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist Finding fresh material to write a weekly column about Kentucky is always a bit of a challenge, but the fuel that makes it work for me is the unabashed passion I feel for such a place as this. Hopefully, the passion connects closely to the adoration my readers have for the Bluegrass State. But alas, I must understand that not all who happen to read Kentucky by Heart...

Kentucky Artisan Center opens quilt exhibit, ‘The Great Kentucky Cover Up,’ through May 6

Showcasing quilts from artists across the Commonwealth, the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea announced its latest exhibit, The Great Kentucky Cover Up, on display now through May 6 at the Center. The exhibit features work from artists Glenna Blakely of Harlan, Brenda Plaster of Lawrenceburg, Janet Serrenho of Lexington, and Karen Witt of Lexington. The creation of quilts is the result of mankind’s...

Intrepid Urban Farmer: Excitement building as a new gardening season looms. Look! Seeds are starting

By Ginger Dawson Special to KyForward Here we go again! It’s the beginning of another year of gardening, and I am excited!  I am so excited, one would think that I was at the beginning of an electrifying world tour that promises adventure with exotic, wild people; glorious food served in ten-course meals (French, naturally); buckets of champagne, fine wines and bourbon (I do live in Kentucky);...

Beth Underwood: The death of The Monkees’ Peter Tork revives many mixed childhood memories

I was having lunch with Mom and one of my brothers a couple of weeks ago when Mom kicked off the conversation on a rather low note. “Did you hear that Peter Tork from The Monkees died?” I hadn’t heard. The Monkees provided an undeniable and lasting influence on my musical tastes and education and played no small part in my lifetime love of music. Needless to say, the news brought to mind...

Kentucky by Heart: As state is abuzz with basketball, some new hoops books to highlight ‘annointed time’

By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist Basketball is buzzing in Kentucky these days, with both high school and college basketball tournaments in full throttle. Some might call this annual sports season focus as a state birthright… our “anointed time.” Being in the spirit of such mania, I’ve recently read a couple of good hoops books, one a biography on Adolph Rupp, the iconic University of...

Carey, House, McCartt-Jackson named winners of Weatherford Appalachian book awards

The Weatherford Awards honor books that “best illuminate the challenges, personalities, and unique qualities of the Appalachian South.” Granted by Berea College and the Appalachian Studies Association, the awards commemorate the life and achievements of W.D. Weatherford, Sr., a pioneer and leading figure in Appalachian development, youth work, and race relations, and of his son, Willis D. Weatherford,...

Beth Underwood: It’s easy to see, the best part about an eye exam is that pair of stylish paper sunglasses

“Take a look at these lines,” the optometric assistant said, holding out a small sheet of paper on a clipboard. “Stare at the dot in the center, cover your left eye and tell me if the lines look straight, crooked, or wavy.” Such was the first directives at my recent eye check-up. “They look straight,” I replied. “Are they supposed to look straight?” And so it began. For the next...

Central Bank Thursday Night Live at Keeneland highlights Spring Meet opening day on April 4

Keeneland kicks off its 2019 Spring Meet on April 4 with a community-wide celebration headlined by an afternoon of racing starting at 3 p.m., followed by the popular Central Bank Thursday Night Live, to be held in the track’s scenic Paddock area. “Keeneland is an iconic gathering place for the community – it’s a rite of spring,” Keeneland President and CEO Bill Thomason said. “Hosting Central...

Actors Theatre of Louisville names theatre veteran Robert Barry Fleming as newest artistic director

Robert Barry Fleming has been named Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Artistic Director. The appointment was announced Monday by Mac Thompson, President of the Board of Directors, and Managing Director Kevin E. Moore. Fleming comes to Louisville by way of Cleveland where he served as Associate Artistic Director of Cleveland Play House. Previously, he was the Director of Artistic Programming at...

Kentucky by Heart: Brothers appearance in Sweet Sixteen would have made their grandfather proud

By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist Uncle Donnie would have been “bustin’ his buttons” proud this past week watching his two grandsons play basketball for the Campbell County Camels in the 2019 Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Boys’ Sweet Sixteen. He’d love the fact that his alma mater’s team had “gone to state” and his daughter Tracey’s twins, Grant and Reid Jolly, were important cogs in its...

Dervish to perform Irish music at Berea College’s Stephenson Memorial concert on March 14

Dervish, acclaimed as one of the biggest names in Irish music internationally, will perform at Berea College’s Stephenson Memorial concert on March 14 at 8 p.m. in Phelps Stokes Chapel. Described as “an icon of Irish music” by the BBC and “the most soulful Irish traditional folk band playing today” by Irish journalist and broadcaster Stuart Bailie, Dervish has played at festivals from Rio...

Kentucky Arts Council recognizes 13 Kentuckians for completion of Community Scholars training program

Karen Lanier is digital project manager for the International Museum of the Horse and its education initiative the Chronicle of African Americans in the Horse Industry, a position she credits in part to her participation in the Kentucky Arts Council’s Community Scholars program. Lanier was one of 13 trainees of the Community Scholars program in Lexington. The Community Scholars program trains members...