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Rule #8 Make no small dreams, always test the limits of who you are -  Rules for Embracing Life in the 21st Century
Rule #8 Make no small dreams, always test the limits of who you are - Rules for Embracing Life in the 21st Century

Geography was Ivan's dream by day doorway. Everything was based on geography. The world and the people are shaped by the rivers and oceans and land around them. His first and enduring love was for geography.

T. E. Lawrence wrote "All men dream. But not equally..."

Dream big dreams. By day.

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Rule 7 - Look for and connect with the beauty in your life   Rules for Embracing Life in the 21st Century
Rule 7 - Look for and connect with the beauty in your life Rules for Embracing Life in the 21st Century

Connecting with beauty in the inner spirit of others begins with finding beauty in yourself. Not the look in the mirror stuff that cosmetics manufacturers sell. The kindness, heart, empathy, joy playfulness, silliness, imagination that you are blessed with. Because that is your beauty.

Ivan found beauty in the rose garden. He was nuts for roses.

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Rule 6 - If in doubt, do it for the grand kids or your children    Rules for Embracing Life in the 21st Century
Rule 6 - If in doubt, do it for the grand kids or your children Rules for Embracing Life in the 21st Century

Children are not just ours. They are the future.

As a self described futurist, Ivan fervently believed in making choices that benefit the next generations.

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Rule #5 Don't hide your talents - Rules for Embracing Life in the 21st Century
Rule #5 Don't hide your talents - Rules for Embracing Life in the 21st Century

Ivan Potter, the eternal optimist and self-described futurist, envisioned a world where everyone's talents were recognized and used to make the world a better place. That was his dream.

Before one can hide a talent, one has to recognize that the talent exists. Too many of us brush off a skill as if it's no big thing. Everyone can...fill in the blank, we tell ourselves. Talents for mentoring and encouraging are two skills that the world could use more of if Ivan's dream is to become reality.

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Rule #4 Talk to God every day - Rules for Embracing Life in the 21st Century
Rule #4 Talk to God every day - Rules for Embracing Life in the 21st Century

Ivan Potter was the best Pray-Er I ever met. He followed no formula. He knew his prayers would be answered. His Christianity was that of a small child. He believed.

Talking to God every day was not a standing up and making a big announcement. Most of the time, he would be in his favorite wing back with a cat on the footstool or on the porch loving the view. His prayer time was more a visit than intercession. His conversations with God were quiet and most of the time secret.

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Rule #3 Build your own posse - Rules for Embracing Life in the 21st Century
Rule #3 Build your own posse - Rules for Embracing Life in the 21st Century

Building is a very Ivan word choice. He loved building. He loved old brick. His contribution to the garden was borders of bricks, laid end to end. He would lie on the grass, propped up on an elbow carefully choosing which brick fit next. Old bricks are never uniform in size, shape or color. It was an exercise in patience to get it just right.

That's how Ivan saw building his own posse.

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Rule #2 Embrace change - Rules for Embracing Life in the 21st Century
Rule #2 Embrace change - Rules for Embracing Life in the 21st Century

Change is inevitable. Embracing change is not.

In thinking about Rule 2, I have come to the conclusion that Ivan saw embracing change like the Pirates' Code of the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie: more of a guideline than a rule.

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Ivan Potter's Rules for Embracing Life in the 21st Century
Ivan Potter's Rules for Embracing Life in the 21st Century

We found Ivan's Rules for Embracing Life in the 21st Century while going through the many pieces of paper left in his study. I was his editor, correcting his grammar, his creatively spelled words and his bureaucratic run on sentences. He didn't share the twelve rules with me so I am not sure when he wrote them.

The Rules were read at his Celebration of Life on April 6th. Since then, I've been sending copies to anyone who requested them

The rules have made me stop and think. They pushed me to write again and to share thoughts on each rule and what I think it meant to him. And what it now means to me. - Mary Potter

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Rule #1 Confront Your Fears - Rules for Embracing Life in the 21st Century -
Rule #1 Confront Your Fears - Rules for Embracing Life in the 21st Century -

The rules have made me stop and think. They have pushed me to write again and to share thoughts on each rule and what I think it meant to him. And what it means to me.

Rule #1 Confront Your Fears

There are fears that can be recognized but there isn't much we can do about them. Confronting fears means not letting the dust bunny under the bed grow teeth, red eyes and growl us out of a sound sleep.

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Our Sad News
Our Sad News

My best friend, life partner, publisher, editor, husband Ivan Potter passed away March 3, 2024.

I will try to get back to writing but be patient with me. Sorting through 41 years of memories takes time.

His Celebration of Life will be Saturday, April 6th at 11:00 at Clinton First United Methodist Church. I welcome all those who knew him to attend.

The celebration will be live streamed on First Methodist's Facebook page. If you can't make the trip, please share it online with us.

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Those in bondage valued in thousands of dollars to slave owners
Those in bondage valued in thousands of dollars to slave owners

Runaway slaves were always a serious problem. They were very valuable.

During an 1859 auction in Georgia a healthy "prime" male slave aged 22, a trained cotton field hand, had sold for $1,260 [$39,000 today]. By contrast an 11 year old girl at that same auction only cost $300 [$9,300].

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Booker - don't count me out
Booker - don't count me out

...In response to a mailer accusing him of being an "out of touch socialist", Booker said:

"If people say that being out of touch and being a socialist means loving the people of Kentucky, wanting everyone to be healthy, you're tired of political games, you want to do the work of ending poverty, you can call me what you want. But in a few weeks they will call me a US senator and Kentucky will get the change it deserves."

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Charles Booker shows up same day as Rand Paul mailer
Charles Booker shows up same day as Rand Paul mailer

Democratic candidate for Senate Charles Booker arrived in Paducah on the same day our mailbox belched out an oversized postcard from his opponent's campaign.

"If people say that being out of touch and being a socialist means loving the people of Kentucky, wanting everyone to be healthy, you're tired of political games, you want to do the work of ending poverty, you can call me what you want. But in a few weeks they will call me a US senator and Kentucky will get the change it deserves." Charles Booker in Paducah

In simplest terms, the mailer is sadly too small to be a cat box liner

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What Happens if Trump Wins Re-election in 2024
What Happens if Trump Wins Re-election in 2024

Based upon the last 3 years of the Trump Presidency, White House actions disregard for constitutional law, and local political divisions, the following science fiction scenarios are offered as to the how a Fortress America could take shape and what it would look like.

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Howard Dillard - a funeral full of joy
Howard Dillard - a funeral full of joy

Howard Dillard's funeral was a glorious celebration of a man who mentored younger men, who was loved by his family, church and the Masons he participated in for years. Howard taught and coached basketball and he used the sport to reach out to youngsters to steer them.

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Upon the passing of Howard Dillard, a man for all seasons
Upon the passing of Howard Dillard, a man for all seasons

"Yes Howard, what is it?" I asked my friend Howard Dillard on Tuesday when he called me.

He wanted to tell me that his first campaign ad was finished. How excited he was to be starting full speed his race for mayor of Clinton. He just wanted to tell someone that he was hopefully going to be the next mayor of Clinton. We talked by cell phone in mid-afternoon, on a day of puffy white clouds and soft sunshine.

He was traveling on Highway 123 and would call me tomorrow.

It was the next morning that my wife, Mary, got a call from Shannon Payne, our City Clerk. When she hung up, she said sit down. She then told me that Howard died last night in a car crash, somewhere in a field on KY 123. (Later I learned he had a heart attack.)

Whatever else her next words were, I didn't hear. My world froze. My friend, who hours before was planning his last campaign, was no more.

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Charles Booker Won Fancy Farm Picnic, Republicans Failed the Test of Leadership at Fancy Farm Event
Charles Booker Won Fancy Farm Picnic, Republicans Failed the Test of Leadership at Fancy Farm Event

At a small crossroads of people and their way of life, called Fancy Farm, political history was made when a lone Democratic candidate named Charles Booker defeated a massive army of powerful Republicans.

With the absence of kingmaker Mitch McConnell and the "would be" next presidential candidate...

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Fancy Farm 2022: Snide and Snark reigned supreme
Fancy Farm 2022: Snide and Snark reigned supreme

The award for the St. Jerome Picnic Political Speaking 2022 Snarkiest on the Platform had to go to Speaker of the Kentucky House Rep. David Osborne (R- 59 Oldham County), the Master of Ceremonies.

There was competition.

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2050 Population Projections For Western Kentucky Challenge the Region to Unite
2050 Population Projections For Western Kentucky Challenge the Region to Unite

A new report from the Kentucky State Data Center at the University of Louisville forecasts significant lags in western Kentucky county populations through 2050. This is notably true in the Jackson Purchase where only McCracken County is projected to grow significantly Counties, especially Hickman County which may lose more than one-quarter of its current population, will experience significant population decreases. Graves, Calloway, and Marshall Counties will, according to the report, will do well to hold their present populations.

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KDP Chair Colmon Eldridge - Dems need to fight back
KDP Chair Colmon Eldridge - Dems need to fight back

The first question I posed to Kentucky Democratic Party Chair Colman Eldridge was one shared by many frustrated Democrats in Western Kentucky.

"How does the Democratic Party plan to turn Western Kentucky from red to at least purple?" The first African American Chairman of any political party in Kentucky has obviously been thinking about the subject...

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Remembering Autura Eason-Williams
Remembering Autura Eason-Williams

Words escape me today. Late yesterday, I received the news that Reverend Dr. Autura Eason-Williams was tragically and senselessly murdered in her driveway at her home as she attempted to prevent a car theft. Dr. Eason-Williams was in her second year as the District Superintendent of the Metro District in Memphis, TN.

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Fooling Kentuckians
Fooling Kentuckians

Don't you get mad when politicians lie? The lies coming from those we elected to represent us in the U.S. House and Senate from the Kentucky Majority Party have such a record that we must research what they do opposed to what they say.

The entire Kentucky Republican Contingent we sent to Washington voted to overthrow the Government and to throw out and discard all votes of Kentuckians. Their chest thumping about their love for America wanes to the insignificant when their disdain for the wishes of Kentuckians is so evident...

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Indenture-The Reconstruction Era in Hickman County
Indenture-The Reconstruction Era in Hickman County

With post Civil War Reconstruction unpopular in the South, including the Commonwealth of Kentucky, the Legislature came up with a clever idea to answer a labor shortage caused by losing 20% of its unpaid labor force. The answer was reviving and expanding the system of indentured servitude to orphans and poor children. State law created a system (complete with fill-in-the-blank forms) that empowered the County Judge to "bind out orphans, and children whose parents are incapable of bringing them up in moral courses."

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Fragmentation of Kentucky Politics, the Never Ending Story....
Fragmentation of Kentucky Politics, the Never Ending Story....

If having the power of state government as center of all (like the Sun), then modern Kentucky politics has revolved around two planets (Democrats and Republicans) with the always rising and waxing moons of far left progressives and far right conservatives.

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SUPREME COURT RESTORATION
SUPREME COURT RESTORATION

A president, facing a radically right-facing United State Supreme Court, goes to the American people calling for reforming the Court. This is President Joe Biden following the bombshell decision revoking the rights of women to have an abortion, right?

In fact, this was equally true of President Franklin D. Roosevelt eighty-five years ago in 1937. Led by a group of conservatives, referred to as the Four Horsemen, the Supremes had repeatedly overturned New Deal legislation designed to pull the nation out of the Great Depression in favor of private corporations...

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