Alan the Tailor


713 W. Stephen Foster Ave.

Bardstown, KY 40004

(502) 822-6884


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February 6, 2019

Ad copy from the 1950’s has a magical ability to transport me to a time when, I imagine, life was slower, simpler, and happier. Neighbors had one another over for casseroles and children played together in the streets. The models in fashion advertisements were hand dra...

October 13, 2017

I dreamt that I was dragging my sled back up a snowy hill. I paused to wish that I had a camera, to take a picture of my precious children as they slid down after me; I wanted to catch this moment of their childhood before they grew up. And, suddenly, I began to cry.


August 25, 2017

I just finished writing a 2-paragraph letter to my sister. It took me approximately one hour to warm-up; write the letter; and layout and address the envelope. All to convey information that could have been contained in three lengthy text messages. Why bother?

When I wa...

August 15, 2017

Calligraphy has been a low-level interest of mine for approximately 10 years. With my sewing business maturing and my children off to school, I have a little bit more time and have begun writing letters on a nightly basis. I enjoy practicing at skills that I may enjoy...

June 20, 2017

After two articles about gifting, it is appropriate that I tell you what my daughter got me for Father’s Day. I had taken my children out to jump in puddles when she found a giant beetle flopping on its back! Now, the last good bug I found looked rather sinister, so I...

March 21, 2017

Here are some of my thoughts on wardrobe management and maintenance. If you have multiple pieces of clothing in your closet that you have *never* worn, take note. If your closet is full of items that just don’t look right on you, have heart. If you freak out every time...

March 14, 2017

The other day my daughter was refusing to brush her teeth. I explained that there would be consequences if she did not do as she was supposed to. To which she responded, “Daddy, that’s not nice.”

Not Nice. “Nice” is a word that can mean different things to different peo...

February 28, 2017

When I grow up I want to be: Lithe and toned. Patient and ready to listen. Helpful. Quick to forgive. Knowledgeable in a handy sort of way. If my children and grand-children ask for my advice, I will know I have lived well.

There are a few men I remember from my childho...

February 14, 2017

My last Sunday school class started with the lesson-author’s observation that we were going to have to agree to disagree with those who hold different viewpoints. In-fighting amongst Christians, he observed, is terribly counter-productive. It sets a poor example to tho...

December 9, 2016