April 24, 2011
Melissa Newman --- Unbridled Spirit!
Lush grass and mountainous scenery, Kentucky offers plenty of fresh air, sunshine and friendly folks. Between Louisville, Lexington and beyond, small towns full of awarding-winning teachers, journalists and authors dot the map. It’s in those small towns you’ll hear a Kentucky favorite, “The bad thing about where we live is everybody knows your business and the good thing about where we live is everybody knows your business.”
Bourbon distilleries, wineries and breweries lay heavy in the west while religion and politics fan away the vapors of burning mash in the east. Caves, lakes and mountainous parks are ever present, reminding us we are small and should be humbled by the gifts those powerful forces of nature left for us to enjoy.
We claim ownership of great novelists like Barbara Kingsolver, Bobbie Ann Mason and Robert Penn Warren; and Woodward and Bernstein have nothing on Kentucky-bred journalists like Hunter Thompson, David Dick and Dianne Sawyer.
Rosemary Clooney and her nephew George remind us we are not a bad-looking bunch while George’s famous journalist father Nick reminds us to thank our watchdogs for their vigilance as they uncover the cruel intentions of those who would do us harm.