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Constance Alexander: Teaching the history of our country is hard enough, but living it is even harder

Schools are not adequately teaching the history of American slavery, educators are not sufficiently prepared to teach it, textbooks do not have enough material about it, and – as a result – students lack a basic knowledge of the important role it played in shaping the United States and the impact it continues to have on race relations in America. Even as I consider how I learned history, with many...

Where the Pick Hits the String: The music and wizardry of the incredible Harry Sparks

Harry Sparks, left, is one of the most trusted luthiers (a person who repairs musical instruments) among Bluegrass artists. Here he poses with Chris Douglas, of Cincinnati’s MadCap Puppets, who said he ‘wouldn’t trust just anybody to work on’ his Martin D-18 guitar. (Photo by Vicki Prichard)   By Vicki Prichard Special to KyForward   The name Harry Sparks weaves through the...