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Kentucky by Heart: Locating U.S. Air Force Academy in Nicholasville could have been real game-changer

By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist It sounds truly impressive: The United States Air Force Academy, Nicholasville, Kentucky. “Off we go, into the wild blue yonder…” The city named is, of course, incorrect; the institution is actually at Colorado Springs, CO. But according to reports and a story from Byron Crawford in the Courier-Journal in 1987, a Jessamine County site near the Kentucky River,...

Kentucky by Heart: A bucket list that’s already been fulfilled, sharing a deep sense of gratitude

Bucket lists get a lot of media play these days, and I’d like to offer mine, created Kentucky-style. But rather than suggest things on a list that I hope to do before I die, let me do a switcheroo. Please allow this grateful fellow to share items that have already been fulfilled…Kentucky by Heart blessings that have, and are, riding high in the commonwealth. Let’s call it a “Kentucky Thanksgiving...

Kentucky by Heart: Carl Howell captures Kentucky in the ‘golden age of postcards’

Carl Howell has authored a 200-page coffee table book – Kentucky in the Early 1900s: A Postcard Tribute. (Photos provided)   By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist   A “golden age of postcards” designation for the years 1905-1915 might seem, at first, to be a bit of innocuous historical trivia. But according to Carl Howell, those postcards “portray life as it really was for many...

Kentucky by Heart: Inspired to write, honor everyday people by David and Lalie Dick

  Lalie and David Dick have co-authored numerous books through their Plum Lick Publishing Co., which was named after David Dick’s ancestral Plum Lick home in Bourbon County. (Photo by David Perry)   By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist   I often present the word “inspire” to elementary school students I teach. I’ll usually start by asking if they ever imagine themselves as...