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  • Heroes of 9/11: Remembering Rick Rescorla

    By BWU on September 11, 2019
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    Note: I wrote this column on the 10th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, after sharing several conversations with Susan Rescorla, widow of Rick Rescorla. You may remember Rick from several documentaries that air each year as the anniversary of 9/11 approaches. He was also in the battle of Ia Drang—remember the book and movie, We Were Soldiers Once… and Young? That’s […]
  • Castle gets its happily ever after

    By BWU on June 1, 2019
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    It’s not a horse farm or a basketball arena. Nor is it a bourbon distillery. Nevertheless, its one of Kentucky’s most memorable landmarks. For almost 50 years, The Kentucky Castle, located on the county line between Lexington and Versailles, has been turning heads and piquing the curiosity of all who pass by. I was knee high to a grasshopper when construction […]
  • Let’s talk bourbon!

    By BWU on May 5, 2019
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    Have I told you about my family tree? We’ve got one or two real hum-dingers swinging from the branches, that’s for sure. The life and times of one cousin in particular has piqued the interest of us all. When his name comes up in conversation, everyone leans in a little closer, keen on catching every word. Kinda like when E.F. […]
  • Childhood memories, music, and The Monkees

    By BWU on March 22, 2019
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    I was having lunch with Mom and one of my brothers a couple of weeks ago, when Mom kicked off the conversation on a rather low note. “Did you hear that Peter Tork from The Monkees died?” I hadn’t heard. The Monkees provided an undeniable and lasting influence on my musical tastes and education, and played no small part in […]
  • Eye exams aren’t always a walk in the park

    By BWU on March 15, 2019
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    “Take a look at these lines,” the optometric assistant said, holding out a small sheet of paper on a clipboard. “Stare at the dot in the center, cover your left eye and tell me if the lines look straight, crooked, or wavy.” Such were the first directives at my recent eye check-up. “They look straight,” I replied. “Are they supposed […]
  • Grandparenting 101: The arrival of Squishy Face

    By BWU on February 22, 2019
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    We all experience times in our lives that leave us changed — defining moments that alter who we are, instantly and forcefully — whether it’s a marriage or new job, going off to college or retirement. After all, change is the only constant in the world. As you may have guessed, the latest change in our world has been the […]
  • Unspoken rules for internet dating

    By BWU on February 14, 2019
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    Believe it or not, I’ve been known to toy with the notion of internet dating from time to time. Frankly, I’m not sure how people meet these days, otherwise. Oh, sure, there’s always bar hopping, bumping into Mr Wonderful while walking the dog, or running into Prince Charming in the produce section. But I think we can all agree the […]
  • Why the right postage stamp matters

    By BWU on January 31, 2019
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    My mom is a stamp collector. Not a stamp collector in the classic sense of stamp collecting—she doesn’t have hardbound collector’s albums with acid-free sleeves and little stamp tongs—but a stamp collector in the sense that she collects certain stamps for specific mailing purposes. Her collection came to light after a recent Sunday dinner. The dishes had been cleared, everyone […]
  • Predawn serenity squashed by slow drip

    By BWU on January 18, 2019
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    I love getting up early to enjoy the peace and quiet of the predawn hours. Just me, alone with my thoughts, while the world around me sleeps. Well except for the cat, who impatient meows for food from the moment he hears me exit my bedroom. Once he’s taken care of, though, I can setttle into my favorite chair with pen, […]
  • Finding squishy face

    By BWU on January 3, 2019
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    As you may remember, I’m on the road to grandmotherhood. T-minus six weeks to go until my daughter Hannah’s little bundle of joy arrives. Time flies when you aren’t the one who’s pregnant, and at this stage of the game, things are about to get real. Between you and me, I’m not sure I’m ready. Up until last weekend, I’d […]
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