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Whisk[e]y on a Stick and Other Musings

On Monday I blogged about “whiskey,” deliberating hard in my head about which spelling to use.  Both spellings are correct; it’s just a question of geography.  Refer to a March 2008 blog for a Public Service Announcement about whiskey vs. whisky and other know-it-all facts if you need details. To simplify, a pretty good rule of thumb is that Scotch Whisky has no “e” (as well as Bourbon distillers of Scottish heritage, e.g. Maker’s Mark Whisky), and drinks not of Scottish-descent use an “e.” And now a recommendation to those of you who have a whisk[e]y fixation — not the…


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The Future Is Bright for Strong and the Cards

With the strongest recruiting class Louisville has ever seen, Charlie Strong has established the Cardinals as a Big East powerhouse once again. Strong brought in 20 recruits for his 2011 class including three members of ESPN’s top 150 players in the class. While most of the buzz surrounds 5 star quarterback Army All-American Teddy Bridgewater, there are plenty of other things to get excited for. Safety Gerod Holliman, Wide Reciever Eli Rogers, and Linebacker Brandon Golson will all provide a lasting impact on the football program. “We are a BCS school…it has to be expected that this school recruits these…


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Picking Louisville with Jerry Lotz

For a few years, my office was located in the upstairs of a camelback shotgun house on Frankfort Avenue. I’d tell people that I worked in the hump. Free office space for start up non-profits is always a plus.  I coexisted nicely with the artist, Madison Latimer, and her studio downstairs. But the real gravy was that next door was a cornerstone of the Clifton neighborhood and unofficial tourist attraction featured just this week on American Pickers on the History Channel. Jerry Lotz is a creative genius. Part collector, part artist.  In this picture, the lady liberty in the background has a…


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What is Hummus?

By Barbara Day, M.S., R.D., C.N. One of the participants in my weight loss program called Waist Watcher’s Guide to Waist Management at my church ask if anyone has any suggestions on good tasting hummus. So, I decided to investigate some recipe ideas and here’s what I came up with. Hummus is a creamy paste typically made from a combination garbanzo beans (chickpeas), garlic, lemon juice and tahini. Tahini is sesame paste made from toasted sesame seeds.  Hummus is an excellent source of protein, dietary fiber and vitamins.  There are many variations of traditional hummus. Some recipes include different types…


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Can you believe it… Positive News for Louisville Home Sales!

Tonight there is some encouraging news for Louisville homeowners. New Louisville home sales numbers for January 2011 show the number of homes going under contract up some 14% over January of 2010. Not impressed, oh but you should be. Remember we had a first time and a move up buyers tax credit in effect last year. Add to that January weather was terrible! I can personally tell you it’s no fun slipping and sliding into and out of driveways and walkways. So 14% is a respectable number for homes going under contract. The rest of the news for Louisville homeowners…



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Valentine’s Day: You Can Run, But You Can’t Hide

Valentine’s Day falls on a Monday this year. They do this every now and then so lonely single people won’t be made to feel bad when they go looking for a meaningless weekend hookup and find themselves surrounded by happy couples in love. Holding Valentine’s Day on a Monday allows the unattached one more year of denying the misery of their largely pointless existence. At the same time, it affords those in committed, long-term relationships to justify saving a few bucks by skipping the celebration entirely in favor of another seemingly endless night at home with the one we continue…


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Finally-Fischer Boots Zelinsky at Animal Services

Just in — Mayor Greg Fischer has replaced Wayne Zelinsky at the troubled Animal Services department. It’s long overdue. Here’s what the Mayor’s Office just released: LOUISVILLE (Feb. 2, 2011) – Mayor Greg Fischer today named Debbie Fox as the new interim leader of Metro Animal Services, following the resignation of Director Wayne Zelinsky. Fox, currently Deputy Director of MetroSafe, will oversee animal control for the city while the Fischer administration conducts a national search for a new full-time director and completes a top-to-bottom review of Animal Services. Fox will remain in the new role until April, when Fischer plans…


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Will Kentucky Lawmakers Let You Trust Your Nurse?

Did you realize that state lawmakers are digging in for a battle over whether you can get drugs from a licensed nurse practitioner? The controversy, detailed in Steve Shaw’s LEO cover story this week, sounds more like a bunch of physicians protecting their turf than anything involving the safety of patients and their access to quality health services. There’s a shortage of family practitioners, especially out in the state, where the void for basic needs could be filled by licensed nurses. But the law provides a catch — the nurses have to sign a collaborative agreement with a physician —…


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Groundhogged in Louisville

Up in Punxsatawny, Phil the Groundhog did not see his shadow this morning, so you can count on an early spring.  Yippee! Sometimes it seems like I’m in that Groundhog Day movie with Bill Murray, because every year I go to the same party and they show the movie and all the same people are there. Just kidding. I do have plans to attend the 33rd Annual Groundhog’s Day Celebration, hosted by my cousin Julie Ryan and her husband Kevin, who own the most extensive collection of Groundhog crap this side of Punxsatawny. Fortunately, the location changes every year, and…