From the Left



How Remote Work Expanded My Professional Options With Chronic Illness

One year ago, I accepted the opinion editor position at The Courier Journal in Louisville, Kentucky. This is my first "real job" since 2010 when I worked as the executive director of a small community center in Michigan while freelance writing for magazines on the side.

I was 35 when my joints began swelling. Then the pain set in and fatigue ...Read more

What Cannot Be Duplicated in a Digital Space

The pandemic taught us that a lot of things can happen efficiently from a distance. It helped normalize working remotely, delivering groceries and even contactless delivery. I'm grateful for all of these things in my busy life even when I'm not trying to "flatten the curve."

However, last week I was reminded of what cannot be duplicated in a ...Read more

How Our Dream House Fell Apart When Faced With a Pandemic

We're closing on our house and this move feels like a failure.

We purchased the house six months before the pandemic hit. We'd moved from Louisville back to the small Northern Kentucky community where I grew up. I have friends remaining in the community and I looked forward to being a part of it once again.

The house we bought is old and ...Read more

Why Music Will Always Be My Hype Man

The other day, while listening to '90s radio on Pandora, I was transported back to a high school assembly, one meant to deliver doses of optimism and confidence to teens. The assembly was packed with stories of perseverance. I don't recall a single narrative, but what I do remember is the video montage set to the song "Hold On" by Wilson ...Read more

Why Relationships Are Best When We Take Time to Work on Ourselves

We've all heard that relationships take work, and it's true. When love is at its best it is a verb. Our relationships have meaning when we value them enough to actively protect, nurture and honor their places in our lives. But what many people get wrong about relationships, particularly romantic love and marriage, is not realizing that to foster...Read more

The State Fair Reminded Me of How Much I Love 4-H

My son is in the first grade. It's that age of sampling different things and figuring out what interests him. He played summer T-ball and took a winter hip-hop dance class. He talks about wanting to play the piano but also wants to learn how to code, thanks to Minecraft. He told me the other day, "Mom, geography is my jam, and astronomy is ...Read more

Falling Into the Season of Substance

"In the grand scheme of things, you're only pretty for a second. So, you'd better back it up with something." That's what I told my daughters when they were teens in attempts to keep their vanity in check.

I'm currently living in that transitional stage -- going from beauty to what I've backed it up with. I'm 47 years old. Vanity is a tough ...Read more

Teachers Used to Get Apples; Now, They Get Grief

An apple has long been a symbol of education; think of the familiar tradition of children bringing apples to their teachers. According to Smithsonian magazine, families in the frontier days were often responsible for housing and feeding frontier teachers, and supposedly during the Great Depression farmers were known to offer educators a bushel ...Read more

Memoirs Like 'Gender Queer' Remind Us What Is Normal

Back-to-school season means school board meetings are heating up again. In my district, parents have rekindled the argument about books permitted in the school library. Parents want Maia Kobabe's "Gender Queer: A Memoir" removed from the shelves, describing the contents of the book as "pornographic."

Simon and Schuster describes the book as ...Read more

How Connections Made Determine Our Karma

The older I get, the smaller the world seems. I attended a Zoom meeting this week after being invited to be part of a journalism project in my state. It was a small meeting of just three of us. A fourth person signed on and I smiled: a familiar face. We'd worked together a few years ago. I love it when this happens. I've certainly crossed enough...Read more

Learning to Love Dogs

It never occurred to me that loving dogs could be considered an accomplishment of sorts until when talking to my neighbor recently she said, "It's amazing you like dogs at all."

I grew up with cats and definitely considered myself a cat person. But I loved all animals and relished every encounter with a new critter until I was 11 years old.

I ...Read more

How Anti-Abortion Laws Complicate Medical Degrees in Women's Health

We have a big medical mess that will cost women their lives and physicians their competency. That realization is what stopped me in my tracks as I listened to Dr. Toni M. Ganzel, Dean of the University of Louisville School of Medicine speak to the Kentucky Interim Joint Committee on Judiciary last week.

Kentucky is a "trigger law" state, ...Read more

How Overturning Roe v. Wade Strips Women of Maintenance Medication for Chronic Illness

Supreme Court justices did not think through how the Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization decision would intersect with our health care system beyond abortion access. I have psoriatic arthritis. Methotrexate is the go-to medication for people like me with PsA and other autoimmune diseases such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn's ...Read more



Monte Wolverton Marshall Ramsey Joey Weatherford A.F. Branco Jeff Koterba Rick McKee