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Motivating student success

In Features, Life in Kentucky by Kentucky Living

“Do I have to do this homework?” “I hate school.” Your child may dazzle on the ball field or on an artist’s canvas. Her teachers are dedicated and caring. So what do you do when your talented child is down on herself when it comes to classwork? “Mommy, the numbers are dancing around on the page,” Johanna complained as she struggled through simple math homework in the third grade. Johanna’s …

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Linemen help restore Haiti electricity

In Features, Life in Kentucky by Kentucky Living

In late March 2015, three linemen from Nolin Rural Electric Cooperative in Elizabethtown volunteered their time to work hard for families living in three small towns 1,500 miles away from their own. Chad Denney, Vince Heuser, and Tommy Sullivan spent three weeks in Haiti to help bring safe, affordable, and reliable electricity to the communities of Coteaux, Port-A-Piment, and Roche-A-Bateau, located about 150 miles from the capital, Port-au-Prince. In support …

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Essay writing for college or fun

In Features, Life in Kentucky by Kentucky Living

You may not think your tromps in the creek are worth writing about, but every story of your life is valuable to pass on. Your stories are like treasures from a creek—the keepable part of life’s trials. “When I first started thinking about recording my life for posterity, I asked myself how much I wanted my great-grandchildren to know about my life, my mistakes, my weaknesses. Eventually I realized that …

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Kentucky history comes alive

In Features, Life in Kentucky by Kentucky Living

Coach Adolf Rupp “was really smart. He earned a master’s degree in education administration in New York City. He coached a team in Illinois in the 1920s that had an African-American player. And he was really funny, had a great wit,” says Dr. Ed Smith of Cynthiana, who performs a monologue of Rupp with Kentucky Chautauqua. Funded by the Kentucky Humanities Council (KHC) and private partners, the Kentucky Chautauqua program …

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Summer moon over Kentucky

In Features, Life in Kentucky by Kentucky Living

Sometimes the lazy, hazy days of summer can be so hot and humid that the only comfy habitats are air-conditioned and underwater. But when the sun goes down in Kentucky, you can head back outdoors for a raft of fun options in the cool of the evening. How about a quiet paddle under the stars, gliding in a canoe to the deep belly ribbit of frogs and the occasional hoot-hoot …

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Family camping trips

In Features, Life in Kentucky by Kentucky Living

With the Commonwealth’s abundance of primitive tent sites and RV campgrounds, offering everything from fishing to golfing and horse trails to off-trail family adventure, there’s plenty to please every Kentucky camper. Besides summer, there’s another season in full swing across the state right now—camping season. And we’ve found some campers who were happy to share their favorite campfire tips and tales with us. So unroll the sleeping bags, break out …

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Kentucky tournament fishing

In Features, Life in Kentucky by Kentucky Living

The thrill of what you might catch—and bragging rights—lures anglers to tournament fishing. “Blast off.” With those words, some 50 boats, one at a time, head out from the Grove Marina on Laurel River Lake, which snakes through Laurel and Whitley counties. The annual Knox County UNITE Buddy Bass Fishing Tournament is now officially under way. It is just past dawn. Minutes ago the 5,600-acre lake was just like the …

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Porches and Decks

In Features, Life in Kentucky by Kentucky Living

Learn how these do-it-yourselfers added small and large porches and decks, with expert tips from homeowners and professional builders. Remember when a deck was a 10×10 square of wood slats that looked like every other deck in the neighborhood? Or when a porch was a plain-Jane concrete slab with room for two chairs and a potted plant? More afterthought than thoughtfully conceived design, both were serviceable but not terribly stylish, …

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Green Cleaning

In Features, Life in Kentucky by Kentucky Living

Legendary Kentucky writer and conservationist Wendell Berry once said he doesn’t like the term “environment.” In a 2011 interview, Berry said, “We need to stop talking about ‘the environment’ and start talking about places we call by name…Nobody ever called their home place ‘the environment.’” As it turns out, the places we call home—our houses, yards, and neighborhoods—need just as much attention as the atmosphere or the oceans. There are …

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