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Why Jobs Are Not Brewing in Louisville?

By Barbara Day I attended the Business First What’s Brewing Tues morning at the KY International Convention Center. Tom Monahan, Publisher of Business First, asked a series of questions to a panel about JOBS, JOBS & JOBS. The panel included: Paul Coomes, PhD, Economics Professor, University of Louisville, College of Business, Eileen Picket, Executive Vice President of Greater Louisville, Inc, and Tom Underwood, Kentucky State Director, National Federation of Independent Businesses. Tom Monahan started the conversation by stating, “The Louisville area, which includes Southern Indiana, lost 7,500 jobs in 2010. There are now fewer jobs in the region than there…


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Rubbertown Gets Bounced Again

  It shattered the arrival of Spring, just as the sun was setting in the warm orange skies. A furnace explosion ripped through the walls of the Carbide Industries plant, burning and curling metal; sending shards of debris and plumes of smoke into the air. At a gathering in Audubon Park, we heard an alarm sound in the back room. No one really thought much of it–after all, we are a beeping, buzzing culture of technology. A few people patted their pockets out of habit, assuring them it was not their phone. Our host has the Midland All Hazards Weather…


Energy of ALLOWING

Recently I was sent a link to an Awakening with the Masters teleconference call with Jo Dunning. Her powerful story inspired me to ask a question that has been helpful in expanding my awareness. Maybe it will help you also. Jo Dunning’s Journey She had always been curious about life and plants with a longing for knowing more. She learned a little bit about “everything” and felt she had the answers to life’s questions. But these “answers” were all from what she had read, from other people’s perspectives. She asked for a rapid change and the Universe provided it in…


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Sustaining the Message with Green

Everybody in town, it seems, is ready to talk about sustainability. The question is whether anyone is going to do anything. Yesterday, Greg Fischer appointed 25 people to a Food Policy Advisory Board, which may lead to some new ideas for improving our diets and eating more local food products. I did a story the other day on Chef John Varanese, one of several local chefs emphasizing local foods who is even producing a TV show called Big World of Food. One of our sponsors, Fresh Start Growers Supply, hosts regular classes on how to do urban agriculture, such as…


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Lights Out on Shelbyville Not a Media Story

We were in the 4th frame at Ten Pin Lanes last night when all of  a sudden, the place went dark. The loud din of pins crashing stopped. Emergency lights came on. And the Monday Night Men’s Bowling League was done for the night.  Outside, businesses up and down Shelbyville Road, just inside the Watterson, were dark. Here’s what happened, according to LG&E’s Chip Keeling. A fuse at a substation failed, caused by a break in a line. So crews had to check the line, and that took about an hour and a half. The fuse was replaced and the…


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More Motherlodge plus an Op-Ed/Whine on Shows Starting on Time

I’m playing on Thursday night at the Monkey Wrench as part of the Motherlodge Festivities. If you ask me what Thursday’s show will be like, I will tell you that I don’t know. I will also tell you that my control issues are flipping out because I don’t know. Actually, I’m not sure if it’s about control because I don’t really care what the vibe or order of the show is. I only want to be forewarned. Is that the same thing? Control versus knowledge? Really, if we’re talking about control issues, let’s talk about my favorite “cause” in the…


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Chicken Broccoli in Whole Wheat Pita Pockets

By Barbara Day, M.S., R.D., C.N. Per Serving: 208 calories, 18 grams protein, 4 grams of fat, 25 grams of CHO, 3 grams of fiber, 422 mg sodium. Preparation Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 5 minutes   Serves: 6 Ingredients 1 can (10 ¾ ounces) Campbell’s® Healthy Request® Condense Cream of Chicken Soup ¼ cup water 1 tbsp. lemon juice (bottled or fresh) ¼ tsp. garlic powder 1/8 tsp. ground black pepper 1 cup cooked broccoli flowerets 1 medium carrot, shredded (about ½ cup) 2 cups cubed cooked chicken or turkey breast 3 whole wheat pita breads (6-inch), cut in…


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No Excuses for Bonehead Committee Picks

Here’s Billy Reed’s logical suggestions for fixing the NCAA Basketball Tournament. It makes a lot of sense. So, of course, none of this will happen. By Billy Reed Ordinarily I’m not a critic of the NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament committee. I don’t always agree with their selections and seedings, but I can usually see their logic. This year, though, the committee did such a lousy job that it deserves the beating it has been taking in the media. There was no justification whatsoever for Florida getting a No. 2 seed and Kentucky a No. 4; for the Big…


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Everyman, uhm, Everygirl and Her Daughter Went to the Orchestra

One of the best things for me about being the singe parent of teenagers is that if I want to do something at the last minute, I usually have a co-conspirator. Last Friday night after my daughter Laney’s ballet class, we scooted over to the Ogle Center and watched the Louisville Orchestra’s Seville performance, a collection of opera overtures, arias and other music the artistic staff connected through Seville. I kinda made Laney go with me; she coiled at first.  I knew she might.  Afterall, she’s in ballet class 20+hours a week and listening to more live music might just…


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His name is ‘Paul,’ and this is between…

  It’s probin’ time! Starring Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Jason Bateman, Bill Hader, Joe Lo Truglio, and the voice of Seth Rogen. Directed by Greg Mottola My inner sci-fi geek is happy. There’s something to be said about “fanboy” culture and if you’ve been keeping up with my movie reviews, or just know me, then you also know that I’m not huge on the past decade’s explosion of “fanboys/fangirls.” Yes, I grew up watching the “Buck Rogers” TV show, “Star Trek” Sunday mornings, “Quantum Leap,” “The X-Files,” “Babylon 5,” “The Greatest American Hero,” “Automan,” “Otherworld,” “Hard Time on Planet Earth,”…