A Day in the Life of a School Shooting

T he sky in Fairdealing, Kentucky, is overcast when Sheriff Kevin Byars begins his morning routine at 6 a.m., no breakfast. Afterwards, he makes the 10-minute commute from his county home to Benton. One of…

How I Met My Mother

My childhood was periodically sugar-free. Sporadic impulses led Mom to purge the house of junk food, disfiguring the pantry with Kix cereal and Nutrigrain bars. Kix tastes like cardboard spritzed with sugar water. In 2% milk, the…

Multicultural dinner is family tradition

T welve ramekin-size white dishes are brought out on a brown plastic tray by an older Korean woman who speaks broken English and spends her time between the front and back of house. We, the…

American girl, Bosnian girl

T he chandelier-lit living room fills with a burst of laughter that drowns out the Bosnian reality show, “Couples,” on the large TV across the living room. A framed Quran clock hangs above. Damira Ibresevic,…

National and local perspectives: the rise in anti-Muslim hate crimes

By Katie Zdunek Rafey Wahlah, a Pakistani international student at Western Kentucky University, said he and his roommates found a note on the door of their apartment calling them a racial slur and telling them…