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There remains something sacred

By Shane Gilreath There remains something sacred, yet mysterious in the South, which becomes more evident as spring blooms into full season and more authors and filmmakers discover the intricacies of a region that has, at times, shucked modernity for tradition. It’s a reality that both baffles and beckons outsiders, bringing millions of dollars into…

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It is not my intention to be political or woke

By Shane Gilreath It is not my intention to be political or woke or particularly anything but mildly interesting and, at times, educating.  Steering from controversy is ideal, even though when I began 95 Piccadilly, I made a deal with myself to always be my authentic self.  I’ve told you the origins of 95 Piccadilly…

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‘The miracle on the plateau’

By Shane Gilreath ‘The miracle on the plateau’ might sound more like something one would find in the gospels than in McCreary County, but it’s something that feels very real for my home church. It’s become a genuine part of the story of Christ the King.  While I’d suspect most people in our region can…

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March 20, 2024

As Lent moves toward its conclusion with the approach of Holy Week, beginning with Palm Sunday on March 24th, much of the world begins to reflect on what it means to be a Christian, embracing a heavily reflective time for the faithful around the world.  Holy Week leads us toward the cross, as Christians meditate…

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March 13, 2024

Perseverance is a key component to success, or so I’ve always been told.  While not quite a virtue, it’s an admirable trait that can lead to wondrous and mundane things:  admiration, prosperity, attainment, and, in the case of Frances Cabrini, self-fulfillment and ultimate sainthood.  Over the weekend, I made a point to watch the new…

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This past week, I did something I hadn’t done in years

By Shane Gilreath This past week, I did something I hadn’t done in years. I painted.  I’ve painted ornaments and office walls, but to sit down, canvas in front of you, and create, it had been a while. As I worked on a portrait of Jesus, inspired by Rembrandt’s Head of Christ and Lent (Jesus’…

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I have said for years that I am anachronistic

By Shane Gilreath I have said for years that I am anachronistic. I embrace that. Even as children, my sister would tease that “there’s an 80 year old man inside you.” That natural internal pendulum does not sway so freely in me. It’s rather one of balance. It’s not that I’m never shaken or angered,…

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During Lent, we all should turn inward to our faith

By Shane Gilreath During Lent, we all should turn inward to our faith.  It’s a sentiment that means more and more to me.  The older I get, the bigger role faith plays in my life, and sometimes, as I have learned, things happen that tests that faith and exalt us all to believe.  My personal…

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It was midday and high summer

By Shane Gilreath It was midday and high summer and I was standing in front of the Lazarus department store on Outer Loop in Louisville, Kentucky. My father, my aunt, Elsie, and I had just had dinner at a restaurant called River House with views of the Ohio River. I was 10-years old and was…

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