• DOYLE: Friday will be our NCAA title game

    Here in ACC country, the sun is fading behind the oncoming threat of snow showers. There are tears and fear, loathing in the gloaming. Tobacco Road has rolled up its reputation and burned its hopes in the NCAA Tournament, leaving this as what ACC fans say to a Kentuckian these days:

    Louisville will be in the ACC next year.

    Yes, the Cardinals will, and perhaps the ACC would like to claim them right now, but not so fast, my friend.

  • DOYLE: How do you leave all of this?

    The room was filled with some 500 years worth of friendships and maybe 600 more of family years.

    Think about it: I was in a room with people I had known collectively for more than a thousand years.

    Methuselah didn’t live that long, and I know he didn’t have friends that were as loyal or as wonderful as these.

    We were in the living room at Dozen Acres Farm. The sun was shining, and spring seemed possible, if not eternal. We were loving and being loved.

  • SOUDER: You can take the boy out of the country, but…

    When we were first married, my wife, Rhonda, and I lived on the south end of Louisville (the Iroquois Park/Fairdale areas). Generally speaking, the folks that live in those areas would fit very nicely into a Jeff Foxworthy routine, and we fit in rather well with them.

    One Christmas, we and a few other couples decided to go out for a night of high culture, which for us normally meant an evening at the softball park followed by pizza, or if we were really feeling sophisticated, bowling and dinner at Po’ Folks or Big Boy.

  • DOYLE: This new rivalry feels like the old

    Our universe is in apple pie order again. Wrong returns to right. Surreal reverts to real. Upside down is right side up, and forward is the motion, not reverse.

    Some of you feel it, too, because you are devotees of Shelby County Rockets basketball, and ever since that new school opened out west, well, the Rocket Pride and the history of greatness have sort of become a footnote in the bigger swings of life.

  • CHARLTON: How do you choose with whom to associate?

    In the middle of the first century AD a rather heated theological quarrel raged among the members of the early church. The church was quickly moving from its Jewish roots and locale in Jerusalem and into the larger Roman world, and as it did, there were many questions about how to live in and relate to a society with beliefs and practices that stood in marked contrast to the burgeoning Christian movement.

  • DOYLE: A night that merged black and white

    Perhaps it is appropriate that in the month we celebrate African-American history that this week we commemorated the 50th anniversary of the historic rise to prominence of one Cassius Clay, the boxer and not the abolitionist for whom he was named, the man famous worldwide as Muhammad Ali.

    And there are few persons I can identify during my lifetime who did more to span the great divide between races, to bring focus and discussion to the principles that Martin Luther King had preached.

  • SOUDER: Evading the obvious – Part 2: The impossibility of Darwin’s theory

    In my last column, I began by quoting Thomas Sowell, who said that “it takes a high IQ to evade the obvious” as a commentary on all manner of things that I believe are (or should be) intuitively obvious to reasonable people but that supposedly highly intelligent people try to explain away by using all sorts of sophisticated buffoonery. I then went on to use the recent debate about human origins between Bill Nye, “the science guy.” and Ken Ham, president of Answers in Genesis in Northern Kentucky, as a perfect example of this phenomenon.

  • DOYLE: A snowy Valentine’s gold-medal gift

    On Friday night, the romanticists among you probably were laying it on thick for Valentine’s Day.

    Maybe you dropped a special piece of jewelry or chocolate or flowers on your sweetheart.

    Maybe you sat across from him or her in a dark little corner of a restaurant, sipping champagne or honey bourbon or a bountiful Brunello and staring into the most enchanting eyes you’ve seen.

    Maybe you lit candles on your dining room table and put on your finery to make something routine into something extraordinary.

  • CHARLTON: End-of-life planning requires attention

    Thinking about death is not easy, especially when it is the prospect of your own. When one considers the complicated nature of the dying process in this time of highly advanced medical technology, however, it is of vital importance that people consider how they want to deal with end-of-life care.

    What do you need to know in order to prepare for your own end-of-life care? There are several matters to which every person should direct their attention, the first being the importance of talking about their wishes with their loved ones.

  • DOYLE: How the Beatles invaded our lives

    I could fill up an entire newspaper with my confessions, especially if I embraced the “good for the soul” argument, but this one will shock many who know me or who have been around me for more than a few laps:

    I was a slow adaptor when it came to the Beatles.

    Yes, those beloved Beatles, the ones whose music courses through the tone-deaf chambers of my brain.