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My Word

  • MY WORD: A take on outlet mall construction

    Jamie Jarboe of Simpsonville created this drawing to show her feelings about the ecological issues around construction of the outlet mall at Simpsonville.

  • MY WORD: How to help feed the birds

    I suggest each of you save money, save your valuable time and save birds – even if not all of you would like to do. I hope to suggest to you as to how this can be accomplished in such a way that also hopefully will make you proud.

  • MY WORD:Walking route to visit Oprah passes through Shelby County

    In autumn of 2009, I left my hometown of Hazard on a 500-mile walk to Oprah Winfrey’s studio in Chicago, Illinois, only 18 months after I finished extensive chemotherapy. The walk served two purposes: raising money for the American Cancer Society and hand delivering my writings to Oprah. I’ve dreamed of being an author since I was 6 years old. Operation Oprah led me up and down the Appalachian Mountains, through the entire state of Indiana and finally into the windy city. Along the way, I walked through your beautiful town of Shelbyville.

  • MY WORD: Explaining votes on gun measures

    Every time I listen to the parents of the children who were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary, I am profoundly sad. I have three boys, and the grief and pain that a parent feels when their child is taken is hard to fathom. I can only imagine the magnitude of their grief.

  • MY WORD: In support of charter schools

    An article published in The Sentinel News (“Public education at a crossroad? Charter schools aren't answer,” My Word, April 10), written by J. Howard Griffith, raised some interesting questions about charter schools and what they could mean for the state of Kentucky, which, as the author notes, is one of only seven states that do not allow the formation of such educational options.

  • MY WORD: A story of life after death

    Eight years ago, Jessica Stivers had a dream, she said, that included a former classmate, Tylan Smither. “We met when we were four years old and attended the old Cropper Elementary,” she said.

    They had similar friends at Shelby County High School but never dated, even lost track of each other – until eight years ago, when she had the dream, mentioned it to her mother and then ran into Smither and his mother at Cracker Barrel.

  • MY WORD: Public education at a crossroad? Charter schools aren't answer

    My grandfather was a farmer and teamster in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in West Virginia. Back in 1915 he was asked to move a rural school building from one location to another, about 100 yards.

    He raised up that little one room schoolhouse by about 2 feet and placed several round logs under the building as rollers. He then hooked his fine team of horses to a harness attached to the building and slowly but surely moved the building to its new location.

  • MY WORD: We must embrace our change

    I guess it’s the writer in me that notices when words are misspelled, when the incorrect form of a word is used or when the correct pronunciation or spelling is elusive or murky. A case in point is how to spell the word “cancelled.” Or is it “canceled?” I’ve noticed it used both ways, especially on TV news when reporting changes in airline flight schedules.

  • MY WORD: Shelby County's community support is impressive

    Every generation of our culture has been faced with its own problems and must come up with creative solutions to solve them. I believe our generation’s problem today is that we are afraid to admit to the real problems we have.

    The development of our culture, though done with good intentions, is now drowning us in problems, and the only solution is to be transformed by the renewing of our minds and the way we relate to each other.

  • NEIHOF: Shelby teachers model teaching and learning

    When you hear the word workshop, you might envision a carpenter’s bench, hammer and other tools where products are crafted. I know because I dabble in construction as a hobby.

    However, I do more than dabble when I visit schools in Shelby County on the lookout for a workshop classroom.

    Let me explain.