When I was eight years old, I sat down at the dining room table with my mother and shared my plans to move the family to New York City.
While impressed, she decided to stay in Kentucky.
But the dream remained and I finally made it — have been living here for seven years, in fact.
Watching the movie Tangled on Disney Channel reminded me of that dream.
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Tagged animation, art, cartoon, Disney Channel, dreams, entertainment, family, Humor, I've Got a Dream song, Kentucky, Movies, New York City, Saturday, Tangled movie, Television
My neighborhood streets were so quiet this morning. Rory and I only saw two delivery men and another man walking his dog. The hustle and bustle of New York City?
Not on Labor Day.
So I noticed little things I normally miss.
This little guy guards the entrance to an apartment building near my post office. I’ve walked this path for five years, and this is the first time he has caught my eye.
(As a Kentucky native, I am especially embarrassed to admit this.)
My friend Dick sits on this stoop most afternoons. Rory and I stop by and catch up on the neighborhood gossip during our walks.
Apparently Tyler chatted with Dick yesterday, too.
And these blooms were hanging on a tree on my street.
A nice end to a lovely morning walk.
Posted in Dogs, Holiday, Life, Summer, Walking
Tagged apartment building, blooms, chalk, Dogs, flowers, gossip, Holiday, horse, Kentucky, Labor Day, life, mornings, neighborhood, New York City, post office, stoop, walking
You can take the girl out of Kentucky, but you can’t take Kentucky out of the girl.
A scene from last Sunday’s The Newsroom on HBO — which took place in March, 2012 — had on a television set in the background playing footage of a UK Wildcats NCAA tournament game.
So of course, I had to mention it on Facebook. And my friend Dennison posted the quote at the top of this post in the comments section.
March Madness, baby.
That same quote came to mind just moments ago when Kentucky native (and UK grad) Josh Hopkins, who co-stars with Courtney Cox on Cougartown, tweeted:
Anybody in the Atlanta airport? 3 hour layover. Bored.
Only a Southerner would forgo his ‘star status’ and reach out to his followers on Twitter for some company.
‘Cause we’re friendly like that.
(And we win championships.)
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When I was a kid growing up in western Kentucky, Columbus-Belmont Park was the place to go on a field trip.
It’s an area rich in Civil War history — in fact, the park originally had the word ‘battlefield’ in its name — so we climbed on cannons and the famous anchor [pictured left] during our many trips there.
We also hiked the trails, played miniature golf and ate….a lot. Because you always had a picnic when you went to Columbus Park.
Today over 60 members of my family are gathered at Columbus-Belmont Park for a reunion, celebrating the 100th Wedding Anniversary of Edith and Omar Hayden, my maternal grandparents.
I had to cancel because my dog got sick. (He’s fine now…of course.)
So if you are in the neighborhood, stop by and say howdy. They’re a lot of fun. And grab some lunch. They’ll have extra –
Posted in Dogs, Family, Home, Humor, Life, Summer
Tagged anchor, battlefield, cannon, Civil War, Columbus-Belmont Park, Dogs, family, grandparents, history, home, Humor, Kentucky, life, miniature golf, park, picnic, picnic shelter, summer, Sunday in the park, trails, wedding anniversary
I was supposed to fly home to Kentucky tomorrow for a family reunion, but my family here in New York City — my dog — got sick.
So I’ll be celebrating the holiday at home while he recuperates.
But we’ll be thinking about everyone back in the Bluegrass State!
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Tagged Bluegrass State, Dogs, family, family reunion, holidays, Humor, Kentucky, life, New York City, Travel, video
In the battle of evil vs. evil….
how are you supposed to choose sides?
Is the evil closest to home the obvious choice?
Yes, Louisville hails from my home state, but they are Kentucky’s bitter rival — one that we know all too well.
That’s what makes a Louisville win particularly repugnant. We’ll never hear the end of it — from the local media and from ‘friends’ who wear Cardinal red.
So then — is the evil from a dread rival the obvious choice?
I’ve hated Duke as long as I can remember. Christian Laettner’s last-second shot is like nails on a chalkboard, and yet every March, Kentucky fans are forced to re-live it again and again.
An NCAA tourney where Duke loses is a good tourney…but do I want them to lose to Louisville en route to a Cards championship?
I gotta say — the two teams imploding at game’s end is about the only outcome that works for me.
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Tagged basketball, bitter rival, Cardinal red, Christian Laettner, close to home, commentary, devil, devil went down to Indy, dread rival, Duke, evil, home state, Humor, Kentucky, life, Louisville, March Madness, nails on a chalkboard, NCAA, NCAA tournament, Sports
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Tagged basketball, BBN, college, Kentucky, March Madness, Sports, there will be blood, UK Wildcats, We are UK
Ready for a piping hot bowl of peanut butter soup?
No need to adjust your monocle, Mr. Peanut. I said soup.
My taxi driver in Fort Worth is a big fan. I had never heard of it. But he hails from Ghana, where peanut butter soup is a staple, and I grew up in Kentucky, where chicken noodle is king.
The concoction is surprising un-exotic — just a mixture of veggies, chicken broth and the all-important scoop of peanut butter.
Add some jelly, and it would be more American. And less healthy.
Which might be the same thing.
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Tagged Africa, business travel, Chicken noodle soup, cooking, food, Foods, Humor, Kentucky, life, Mr. Peanut, Peanut butter, peanut butter soup, taxi driver, Travel
Thirteen years ago, Rory and I made our first airplane trip together — from Kansas City to Craigsville Beach on Cape Cod.
As we arrive home tonight from Kentucky — on what is easily Rory’s 30+ flight as an ‘in-cabin pet,’ I never take for granted his zen presence and sunny predisposition that make him an easy, breezy traveller.
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Tagged airplane, Cape Cod, Craigsville Beach, dog, flight, frequent flier, in-cabin pet, Kentucky