Author Archives: kaystrom

Non-Farmer in the Dell

Tweet I’ve never considered myself a farmer.  Sure, I plant a garden each summer.  Even I can grow lettuce and tomatoes and green beans and such.  But a farmer?  No.  Except  when I’m watching over my sister’s place for her.  … Continue reading

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Mending Our Mosaic

Tweet I’m not into Twitter, but I must say, I really do admire a convicting point expressed in few words. Especially when those few words are expressed by someone who has earned the right to speak them.  Let me show you what I mean: … Continue reading

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My Dad, the Wisdom Keeper

Tweet According to an old Yiddish saying: “Old age, to the unlearned, is winter. But to the learned, it is harvest time.” All week that bit of wisdom has been running through my head. Yes, I do know why. It’s … Continue reading

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Reader Asks: Will Trump Put Coal Miners Back to Work?

Tweet Kentucky Blog reader Bonnie Lee wrote: “Why don’t you write about President Trump’s promise to get our coal miners back to work?”  OK, Bonnie Lee, I will.  That was a compelling campaign line, but as a promise?  Well, let’s look more closely at the … Continue reading

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Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall

Tweet   Winter is an etching,       Spring a watercolor, Summer is an oil painting,   And Autumn a mosaic of them all. ~Stanley Horowitz~  

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To Believe or Not To Believe?

Tweet Standford University researchers, in their study of the “fake news” stalking our society,  found that 82 percent of the kids in middle school could not distinguish a real news story posted on a website from a “sponsored content” post submitted by a business. What will … Continue reading

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Why All The Activist Groups?

Tweet My parents voted in every single election.  Always.  And they marked their ballots exactly alike.  (“Otherwise we’ll just cancel each other out,” they said.)  They talked politics and they talked election, but they never did anything remotely politically active. They would be completely confounded at … Continue reading

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From Here to Timbuktu

Tweet Yes, Timbuktu is a real place.  Don’t feel bad if you didn’t know that.  It’s far away from us in the country of Mali, inland from West Africa.  Far away from us  in miles, certainly, but even farther away in our geographically challenged American minds. Recently, … Continue reading

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Pray For the Children

Tweet Seven-year-old Bana Alabed kept us shocked and amazed as she broadcasted the horrors she saw and heard from her besieged home in Aleppo, Syria.  It was sweet, and sometimes insightful.  It was also terribly sad in it’s painful innocence. It reminds me of a little … Continue reading

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What I Learned From My Cats

Tweet I treasure my 18-plus years with the sweetest ever cat, Owen, and her younger sister, Twinkle.   They taught me so many lessons on how to live life.  They taught me… to refuse to give up.  I, too, can land on my feet. … Continue reading

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