I was just thinking the other day about a column I did Aug. 27.
Many of my readers will remember when I expressed my opinion about so many men today, the way they groom themselves, and especially the way they dress.
That particular column elicited more reader response than any column I’ve done in the 13 years I’ve been writing Just Thinking.
I received e-mails, notes, phone calls and comments from many whom I encountered in a variety of places. Some were friends, and there were many total strangers who recognized me from my picture that accompanies the column.
Of all the comments I received, only one was negative.
Those of you who read this column regularly know that it is rare for me to do one you might call serious. In that one, I expressed my personal opinion. Although I seldom do that, that is expected of newspaper columnists.
The one negative response came from a lady who left a message on my telephone answering machine. She was most unhappy with me and accused me of being unkind and unfair. She felt I was begin judgmental of men who could not afford to groom themselves and purchase nicer clothes.
I remember when I was a child my family would visit the small country churches in western Kentucky where my grandfather was pastor.
Many farmers came to church, dressed in bib overalls. Those overalls had been carefully washed and ironed and they wore a shirt and tie with them. That was not only the best they had, it was all they could afford. That to me is perfectly acceptable.
I had no intention in the aforementioned column to criticize someone who could not afford to dress and groom more appropriately.
Many of the men I described were ones I was acquainted with and who certainly could do a better job of presenting themselves publicly. I was expressing my concern about those who simply choose sloppy, unattractive appearance.
My intent was certainly not to be unkind or unfair. I expressed my opinion. You may agree or disagree, that is your privilege.
Fellow columnist Katie Rollins did a piece that appeared alongside Just Thinking on Sept 10. Her piece was titled, “Will the well-dressed man ever return?” She referred to my column and agreed with what I had written.
She shares my concerns. Thank you, Katie.
Once again, let me assure my readers, I had no intention to be critical of those who can do no better. I was referring to the men who dress appropriately for work and inappropriately for church, weddings, funerals and other gatherings.
A bit of humor – Bubba and his pal, Earl, had been out on a Saturday night. They decided, because it was so late, that they had better get home.
Earl said to Bubba, “I wish I could get into the house without waking the wife. I turn off the car engine, coast into the garage, sneak upstairs, and undress in the bathroom. She always hears me and yells at me for being out too late.”
“You should do what I do,” Bubba said, “I roar into the garage, stomp up the steps, throw open the door and begin kissing Carnella. She pretends to be asleep.”
Ypsilanti is the Michigan City that is named for a Greek fighter against the Turkish army.
If you’re a looking at the state capitol on Goat Hill, what state capital are you in?
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
Life is like a mirror, we get the best results when we smile at it.
I was just thinking the other day about a column I did Aug. 27.
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County’s oldest consignment sale begins today
The Little Ones’ Consignment Sale, Madison County’s oldest semi-annual sale of its kind, is open to the public 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. today (Friday) and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at the multi-ministry center behind United Methodist Church, West Main Street, Richmond. Marked items are half price on Saturday.
There’s more to do at the Village Trough
“I wish there was more to do here.”
Do you ever find yourself saying this sentence as you sit there bored out of your mind? Have you heard others ask it?
Well, there is something more to do now that Village Trough in Berea is staging shows with local and regional talent and preparing to open as a full dining and entertainment venue.
Let’s have a Mardi Gras party in Kentucky
It’s the time of year when the people in New Orleans celebrate a festival called Mardi Gras. Many states now do the same. Some call it “Fat Tuesday” which I have never understood till I went to New Orleans (five times) and saw all of the excitement for myself.
Beat the winter blues with meatballs
When it’s this cold outside it’s nice to warm up with some good comfort food.
I can think of few things more wonderful than the smell of simmering meatballs coming from the kitchen while I cuddle with my two young children, and a few good books, on a brisk winter day.
Taste test Thursday
The sun is shining, but the chill has returned, so I hope you made the most of the warm, sunny weather this weekend.
The spring greens are being as tentative as the warm temperatures, but there is talk of lettuce being harvested and a continued trickle of kale, pea shoots, miner’s lettuce and spinach. To make room for the spring harvests, winter squash and sweet potatoes have been marked down to $1/pound and pumpkins are only 50 cents/pound.
Buttercups in grazed pastures
One of the signs that spring has arrived is when the yellow flowers of buttercup begin to appear, but it’s during the winter months that the vegetative growth of buttercup takes place.
As a cool season weed, this plant often flourishes in overgrazed pasture fields with poor stands of desirable forages. In fact, many fields that have dense buttercup populations are fields heavily grazed by animals during the fall through the early spring months.
Make a difference this summer, volunteer at 4-H Camp
On June 30 more than 200 Madison County kids will load a bus headed for four days and three nights of fun at 4-H Summer Camp.
Campers will have a chance to hike, swim, dance and spend time learning about the environment, their friends and themselves.
And we need your help to make it possible!
A whole lot going on
Downtown Richmond Farmers Market opening
The new Downtown Richmond Farmers Market officially opens Saturday.
This market will set up in downtown Richmond on North First Street between Main and Irvine streets Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. (weather permitting).
For more details, go to www.downtownrichmndfarmersmarket.com. There you will find an events calendar and how to sign up for workshops that will be conducted at the market.
A Visit with a bell-The Dinner Bell Restaurant in Berea
I have wanted for some time to visit and interview people and food establishments here in Madison County and surrounding areas that you may have not gotten a chance to visit. \
I chose the Dinner Bell in Berea for my column this week.
Extension celebrates 100 years of nutrition education
For the past 100 years, families in Kentucky have looked to the Cooperative Extension Service to learn better ways to be healthy.
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