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Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

It’s quite ironic that Sunday afternoon, so many were applauding Peyton Siva for being a leader against West Virginia and Connecticut. Yet when the Cardinals needed a leader in D.C. last night,  no one stepped up. Louisville couldn’t muster any magic, and fell to Georgetown 62-59. The turning point was Preston Knowles’ three consecutive missed shots. Chris Smith didn’t help the comeback with an unnecessary foul with less than a minute to go. Cardinal fans shouldn’t be ultra disappointed. Rick Pitino coached a marvelous game, and the Cardiac Cards stuck it out until the very end. A hard-fought loss at #15 Georgetown certainly…


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$2.5 Million KIPDA Grant: Fighting Diabetes at the Community Level in Bullitt, Henry and Shelby

Most people would rather pop a pill to feel better, than look at the big picture of their overall healthy living options.  But, that is about to change for our nearby rural counties of Bullitt, Henry and Shelby based on a new grant from the Center for Disease Control that targets community involvement in the fight against diabetes in older adults, particularly minorities, a vulnerable population group nationally. All of us with TV sets, cell phones, and internet access hear messaging from various sources about getting “out there” and exercising, but the barriers to doing just that may be so…


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Iron Quarter Resolution Good for Blue

My gut reaction to this — looks like Todd Blue gets his way.  The developer of the controversial stretch of buildings on Main Street, once envisioned as a huge retail complex, will get to tear down the buildings in 90 days.  The city will absorb up to $450,000 in cost to preserve the building facades, or build new ones that look just like the old. That’s the price Mayor Fischer says he’s willing to pay to stay out of a legal battle with Blue, who still has the option of selling the properties if he can find a buyer. This…


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The New Green

There are so many discussions these days by people, organizations, businesses, and communities about what it means to be “green.” The struggle lies in creating workable definitions that create sensible approaches that aren’t crippling financially, that don’t waste extreme amounts of time , and that don’t label the person or entity as extreme ( aka unbalanced). The corporate definition seem to take  an asset focus:   better management of plant and property, waste, and natural resources that ultimately do less harm to the earth. The  consumerist approach  is to “reduce, reuse, and recycle” – minimize the use use of stuff…


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Super Bowl Chili Cook-Off

By Barbara Day, M.S., R.D., C.N. With the Super Bowl just around the corner and teams battling on the field, here are some chili recipes that can make your super bowl party huge a success. Whether your team wins or lose,  you can’t lose serving any or all of these yummy chili recipes to your hungry football fan guests. Enjoy. Southwestern Chili Cornmeal is used in this recipe, both for texture and taste. Nutritional Information Per Serving: 144 calories, 10 grams protein, 2 grams of fat,  19 grams of CHO, 6 grams of fiber,  807 mg sodium. Serves: 8 Preparation…



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Rotary Club Reluctant to Help Mayor Help Teens

At his State of the City address  on Thursday, Mayor Greg Fischer spoke briefly about the Youth Opportunity Showcase, a summer jobs program for teenagers. The program began in 2006, under Mayor Jerry Abramson’s leadership. It seeks to provide 1,000 of Louisville’s teenagers with jobs. In the original release, the goal of the program was to provide teens with “positive activities,” “job skills,” and to help “build resumes.” Oh, and also, to keep those rabble rousers off the street. Darned rowdy teenagers. Mayor Fischer’s speech was given to the Rotary Club. With a room full of Presidents, CEO’s, and other…


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Bar Fights and Bingo

While driving a taxi on Friday and Saturday nights it is not uncommon to see a drunken bar fight. Usually it is two guys yelling at each other with just enough distance between them that they will not actually have to take a hit. There was an exception this Friday night. I was parked at Molly Malone’s in St. Matthews around midnight when a patron of the bar walked out toward the taxi line screaming at someone on his phone.  He was stumbling around visible drunk and calling the person on the other end of the line every bad name…


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Family Matters In Jeffersontown

In Jeffersontown, the city’s $18 million budget is just insignificant enough, its 102-member workforce just small enough, its government leaders just powerful enough — that it’s easy to get away with stuff that would never fly in Metro Government. The new Mayor, Bill Dieruf, didn’t really promise that he’d change the way things are done in the small city, and at least in hiring preferences, he’s not. He’s a businessman, after all. And his defense of what appears to be political favors in hiring are simply a matter of hiring the best-qualified person for the job. There’s no ethics code…


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Winter = Whiskey, Novels, and Naps.

I went to the coffee-shop because I wanted to write deliberately. Both my blog and my art have been neglected this season, as winter is only good for whiskey, novels, and naps.  This morning, however, I determined ten hours of sleep was enough and got up at 8:00.  Don’t hate me for sleeping so long … I was having a lovely dream that my neighbor was raising a tiny baby elephant that took naps in a sugar bowl. Who would want to wake up from playing with a kitten-sized elephant? But it’s time. My 1099s are postmarked, and though I’m…