SURROUNDING: Mammoth Cave!

Introduction This is a journey log.  One of culture, history, and scientific exploration.  A recognition that, when we focus on the significant, we often ignore the peripheral things of interest.  And there is much to learn about in those places. I love Kentucky, its people, its culture, and its landforms.  And I love the fact [...]

A SHARED MEAL

  A SHARED MEAL     In this year, 2020, we are under attack, attacked by a creature that can't reproduce without us.  That, to the extent that it eats, eats us.  We can't see it, but we can breathe it.  Passing it on in little airborne droplets of mucus.  Covid-19 [Corona Virus Disease, 2019].(6) Almost [...]

Making Soap in Shelby County

  MAKING SOAP IN SHELBY COUNTY I teach the four general categories of organic compounds in my Junior College class. "Organic" originally meant that such a compound was produced by life forms. Not always the case, but a good enough definition for this essay. The four categories are carbohydrates (simple sugars, starch, cellulose), proteins (amino [...]

The Caves, Cane, and Coal of Kentucky

THE CAVES, CANE, AND COAL OF KENTUCKY "Paradise" is what the first European explorers called Kentucky. And Kentucky still fashions itself as a Commonwealth. But it was known to many people, plants, and animals long before Thomas Walker crossed the Cumberland Gap in 1750, Christopher Gist visited Lower Shawneetown in 1751, or John Findley showed [...]

SURROUNDING: Munfordville!

SURROUNDING : Munfordville Kentucky. In the center of that Commonwealth. At the crossroads. The Green River running west, and Interstate 65 north and south. You have driven passed Munfordville many times. Why didn't you stop? Confederate General Braxton Bragg and Union General Don Carlos Buell stopped there. Fought there. For there is where the Louisville and [...]

Three Rivers in the Civil War

  THREE RIVERS IN THE CIVIL WAR Why is it called "Civil?" It was anything but. Still isn't. And to me, no buts when it comes to the carnage. Lives torn away from homes and families. Then bodies. And, in Kentucky, armies lined up along three rivers. The Cumberland, Green, and Tennessee Rivers. When Confederate [...]