kentucky

Kentucky-like Bahamas

Here’s a poem from last year’s trip to the beach. A large inspiration being a UK article citing how parts of the Kentucky River mirror the Bahamas of present-day (with limestone formations dating back 450 million years to the Ordovician Period):   If Kentucky wasn’t landlocked… it’d be located somewhereabouts Nassau betwixt the Bahamas and…

Monticello Beauty: a hometown meditation

Things which captivate me still, regarding my hometown, Monticello, Kentucky:   Blackberries growing along the edge of Sally Burnett Road Cheeseburgers simmering on Main Street’s Pool Hall grill Turtles stepping on one another to get pellets at Conley Bottom Resort Shane Blevins shooting a 3-pointer, the subsequent swish Cornbread recipes shared at Mill Springs Mill…

In 3 Months: My New Novel, Swimming the Echo

Hey all! In a little over 3 months (5.30.17), my newest novel, Swimming the Echo, will be hitting bookshelves, and I wanted to give you as much notice as possible. This novel will delve into more backstory of the fictional town of Seton, Kentucky (first featured in my story collection, Baptisms & Dogs (2014)), and the adventures…

Lake Cumberland – KY: Hometown Pride

Recently, Wayne County Judge Executive, Mike Anderson, mentioned a fact I hadn’t heard about the Lake Cumberland – region…ever. Something that restored some hometown pride. Being happy with where you’re from on this planet is important, right? Lake Cumberland – KY. Great people. Beautiful spot on God’s earth.   And not to say I didn’t believe Mike 100%,…

The Changing Face of Monticello, KY

Knowing there’s positive development in my hometown is a wonderful realization. It’s like Christmas but shared collectively rather than the recent American way (self-indulgent, greedy, Black Fridayed). I found out the fine community of Wayne County is undergoing changes for a new public library! I love knowing this is happening. Books. Readers. Future pupils and…

Monticello, KY: Sinkholes and Higher Ground.

Recently, my hometown suffered a total collapse of Main Street and closure of traffic into, and out of, downtown Monticello. Fact: Wayne County sits atop the list (apart from Warren County, I believe) as being the most cave-heavy counties in all of Kentucky. And Kentucky boasts the largest cave systems in the world. So, I’m no…

Hat Fetish.

I have an obsession with hats. See Figure 1 below for proper em-phasis (on the right syl-lable). Call it temporary, and I’ll show you a progression. This is compliments of Facebook and its record-keeping self. (Scary, I know.) 2004: (80s party) 2005: (Halloween shindig with JT and Adam at Campbellsville University) 2006: (Residence life at UK and…

Mission-minded…Eventually.

Not but a few weeks after that “Me, Myself, and Irene” experience in the summer of 2003 (see, Playing Possum), I had the chance of a lifetime… To go to Brazil!   Imperatriz, Brazil. Population 250,000, and the second largest city in the Maranhao state. Its hottest and coldest months both occurring during what are…

Underdogs Must Win.

Saw McFarland, USA in theaters today. Was reminded of the amazing story of the underdog. Kevin Costner plays coach Jim White (based on a true story). He moves his family to a predominately Latino community of California and takes over within a P.E. teaching capacity, which, in turn, leads to him creating a track team. The local players…
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