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Kentucky by Heart: Precious time in the family garden is heaven, a release not to be mistaken for a chore

By Steve Flairty KyForward Columnist I like gardening a lot, and I don’t want to mess it up by becoming too good at it. Rather, I just want it to be fun and available… and only whenever I take a notion to indulge. I typically spend a good portion of the day doing writing activities in my study, so a few hours or more spent working outside in the family’s green and brown, one-acre lot is often...

Northern Kentucky, Greater Cincinnati playwrights offer insight into why they write plays

By William H. McCann, Jr. Special to KyForward For most theatre professionals, their world is on hiatus. For the indefinite future theatres are shuttered on Broadway in New York City as well as in large cities and small towns all across America where high school musicals and community theatre productions are the weekend norm. Indeed, actors, directors, designers and crew are largely shut out; only...

WKU’s School of Media wins Hearst photojournalism title for fourth straight year, 26th time in 31 years

Western Kentucky University’s School of Media has won the Hearst Journalism Awards Program’s Intercollegiate Photojournalism Competition for the fourth straight year and 26th time in the past 31 years. With a second-place finisher in the Photojournalism II – Picture Story/Series Competition and sixth-place and seventh-place finishers in the Photojournalism I – News and Features Competition,...

Tara Kaprowy: Details of a rural upbringing can make for an exceptional story in college admissions essays

I live in a place where one of the best lunches you can get is a bologna sandwich from Nelson Valley gas station. It’s not a fancy sandwich and it’s not a fancy place, but there is something about it that is good and honest and makes you feel like you are suddenly sitting snugly inside 1962. Pretty often in the summer, it can take some time to get to Nelson Valley because cars get hung up behind...

Constance Alexander: The best advice for writing a weekly column remains: Just be yourself

If Russell Baker had a fan club, I would be a card-carrying member. I’d been a Baker groupie since high school, when I started reading his weekly essays in the Sunday New York Times. Last week, upon learning that he’d died, I went searching for a letter he wrote to me at the beginning of my career. I’d written to Mr. Baker regarding a column in which he mentioned he was taking a few weeks...

Chef John Foster: Time for reflection, recollection on why writing about cooking is rewarding, inspirational

Every year comes down to the end, a flurry of holiday celebrations, family gatherings and food. In the quiet moments between the rush there is also time for reflection and a bit of recollection. New Year’s Eve interrupts, but also reinforces that pause, making it just a little more poignant. For some, the beginning of a new chapter is far more immediate than a look back; they race ahead into...

Henry Clay High School senior adopts ELL Camp at elementary alma mater, provides needed support

In a clever example of paying it forward, a rising senior helped support a summer program at his former elementary school. When Joseph Craven, who is in the Liberal Arts Academy at Henry Clay High School, contacted the Family Resource Center coordinator looking for an opportunity to volunteer at The Academy for Leadership at Millcreek, she paired him with July’s ELL Camp. The grant-funded, two-week...

Beth Underwood: If you’re going to sign your name incorrectly, might as well do it with a nice pen

My affinity for writing instruments can be traced back to that first box of Crayolas. It was a box of eight chubby crayons, manufactured specifically for the beginning colorer. Those eight colors created magic, whether on the pages of a coloring book or a blank sheet of paper. From there I moved on to the chubby graphite pencil in first grade — or maybe it was kindergarten. Regardless, the pencil...

Versailles school's 'Writing on the Walls' project a 'community celebration of literacy'

‘The Writing on the Walls’ project at Simmons Elementary School in Versailles is aimed at showing students the importance of writing in all facets of life. (Graphic from Wikimedia Commons)   By Erin Grigson KyForward Intern   While some people may see “The Writing on the Walls” as a bad omen, at Simmons Elementary School in Versailles, it means preparing students for...