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A colorful sky over an evening drive

In Kentucky, Lexington, Louisville, my life, photography, travel on September 5, 2011 at 11:00 pm

I may or may not have taken a photo while driving 75 mph down Interstate 64 tonight.

But the sky was too beautiful not to document it in some way.

The storms had recently subsided to reveal one of the more colorful skies I’ve seen in a while.

It made the hour-long drive between Lexington and Louisville one to behold.

My brother, the Marine, pulls off surprise our family will never forget

In Afghanistan, family, Kentucky, my life, photography, war on September 3, 2011 at 9:00 am


My brother, Dustin, was 12 years old on Sept. 11, 2001.

He was in seventh grade, with shelves of Hot Wheels cars, an amateur drum set and University of Kentucky curtains in his room.

Now he’s a corporal in the Marine Corps, just home from fighting in a war that started before he could get into PG-13 movies.

While I have mixed feelings about the war, they do not waver when it comes to my brother.

On Thursday, Dustin came home a day early after spending eight months in Afghanistan — his second tour — to surprise my parents.

They were expecting to pick him up at the airport Friday and had come to a local bar to sign a Welcome Home banner and to plan a surprise party for him on Saturday.

Or so they thought. Read the rest of this entry »

I learned Mommy is a zombie, among other things

In commentary, entertainment, Kentucky, Louisville, my life, photography, sarcasm on September 2, 2011 at 10:30 pm


Like some of the other notable traditions that have taken root in Louisville, the annual Zombie Attack Walk started when a small group of people decided to be kooky and others wanted to join in.

In this case, some individuals thought it would be a hoot if they and their friends dressed up as zombies for their shared birthday.

Six years later, the event has grown to include hundreds of undead in a parade of the damned down Bardstown Road.

Elbow to elbow with the mortals on Monday, I watched the stooping and limping masses moan and groan as they made their way to Bearno’s Pizza for the zombie bash.

A nimbler member of the walking dead randomly ran up and shouted at members of the living, trying to raise a scream. Read the rest of this entry »

Bluegrass bubbly, laser beams and beer

In commentary, entertainment, Kentucky, Louisville, music, my life, photography, travel on August 23, 2011 at 9:00 am

I have a new drink, and it’s all Kentucky.

I tried a sip of “Kentucky champagne” on Friday at Harvest restaurant on Market Street near downtown Louisville. It’s made with Old Forester, Licor 43, Ale-8-One and lemon peel.

The Ale-8-One sweetens the bourbon, taking away any bite.

Considering Harvest is about bringing the local into the kitchen — or the bar, in this instance — this drink fits right in. Nothing gets more Kentucky than Ale 8 and bourbon.

And I’m encouraged by the fact that all of the food served is sustainably raised and in-season. It makes for an interesting, ever-changing menu. Read the rest of this entry »

My Morning Jacket gets exposure — by not getting exposure

In branding, commentary, entertainment, Facebook, Google+, journalism, Kentucky, Louisville, music, social media, YouTube on August 4, 2011 at 9:00 am

Since Tuesday I’ve been reading about how My Morning Jacket became one of the first bands to debut a music video on Google+.

The video, which is for “Holdin On To Black Metal,” actually went up Monday, a day before the official release. Since groups, including bands, can’t get pages on Google+ yet, two of the band members, Tom Blankenship and Carl Broemel, posted it on their personal pages.

(Band frontman Jim James doesn’t seem to have a page yet, though a Yim Yames, the pseudonym he used for his solo work, has a bare yet strange profile.)

And the reaction has included fans and others questioning the band’s decision to use Google+, Google’s fledgling social network, for the premiere. Read the rest of this entry »

3 markets, 2 cities, 1 weekend

In Cincinnati, Kentucky, Lexington, my life, photography, shopping, travel on August 3, 2011 at 9:00 am

I didn’t set out to make last weekend an interstate tour of markets, but bags full of produce, cheese and meat and a slightly lighter wallet later, I suppose that’s what it became.

First up was the Lexington Farmers Market, which I’ve fallen in love with since living here. The vendors pack in the pavilion space, and the variety of goods is enviable.

Tomatoes? Check.

Sadistic Mistress hot sauces? Check.

Flowers? Check.

Smoothies you blend via stationary bike? Check.

Plus the people are kind of kooky, a definite plus. Read the rest of this entry »

The local Twitterrati offer tips to gain influence

In branding, journalism, Kentucky, Lexington, reporting, social media, technology, Twitter on August 2, 2011 at 7:57 pm

I spent the last week learning about the people behind the tweets I see pop up on my local Twitter feed.

I had set out to find the biggest tweeters in Lexington, Ky., and with the help of Twitter Grader, I found out that a local social media consultant outranks the much beloved and worshipped University of Kentucky men’s basketball coach, or rather the Twitter profile that bears his name — someone else actually tweets for him.

A self-proclaimed iPhone hacker came in at No. 3, and in fourth place was a local sports commentator who is equally loved by Wildcat fans as he is hated by fans of all other schools in Kentucky.

And along with coming away with a great story, I’ve learned more about Twitter, how to write about it and how to be better at it.  Read the rest of this entry »

Must-read stories for any journalist … and American

In Afghanistan, commentary, family, journalism, Kentucky, narrative, photography, storytelling, war on August 1, 2011 at 5:44 pm

I just finished part two of The Virginian-Pilot’s five-day series on the NATO hospital at Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan.

Wow. Just … wow.

I rarely cry when I read news stories or even fiction, and this has me tearing up. Writer Corinne Reilly brings the reader into the hospital — which gets some of the worst casualties in Afghanistan — into some of the most heart-wrenching moments a human can endure.

And then the photos, by Ross Taylor, really bring it all to life.

Both aspects are beyond superb and show the power and importance that journalism when done well can have.

Here’s how Reilly begins part one: Read the rest of this entry »

A squatter on my porch

In Kentucky, Lexington, my life, photography on July 28, 2011 at 9:37 pm

It’s not everyday that watering my plants almost gives me a heart attack.

But discovering a squatter on my porch will do that.

Well, actually, it was a bird who has made a nest in one of my hanging plants, but still, having a bird fly into your face gives one quite a shock.

Upon further searching, I found the cause for the alarm. She has eggs. I’ll have to water with care from now on.

And then I found a lonely surprise in my other plant.  Read the rest of this entry »

Strange sign boasts unimportance

In history, Kentucky, Lexington, my life, photography on July 26, 2011 at 6:23 pm

On my way to Common Grounds Coffee House in Lexington, I passed this sign, which is on the house across the street from the coffee shop.

My first thought was, “Good to know?”

But after some cursory Googling, I learned this plaque’s boasted nonuniqueness isn’t really anything special.

The novelty plaque is sold and can be found across the country and even beyond. Here are pics of some in New Orleans, the Philippines and Oberlin, Ohio.

According to Frosty on Yahoo! Answers, the plaque dates back to the ye olde time of 1980.

Oh well. It was neat enough to catch my eye. Read the rest of this entry »