From The Editor

Greetings once again from your friends here at The Kentucky Explorer. Hope everyone is enjoying this hot summer weather. Thankfully, it's raining outside our office as I write this. We certainly need rain. The past two years have been dry, indeed.

Glad to report that many of our readers have stopped by this past month to see us. Donna and I hosted our annual Hays reunion last week. We enjoyed seeing our relatives from many states. It's sad that many Kentucky families have spread far from their old homeplace. Yet, the strings are still strong for the older ones. And many of you make an effort to come home at least once a year.

We had a special guest this month, too. A few years ago, I got acquainted with Oscar Taulbee, one of our readers in southern Florida. After talking many times by phone, we discovered we were actually kinfolks! Well, to make a long story short, Oscar, 86 years young, decided to visit his old homeplace this past month. We finally met face to face and had a great visit. In fact, we visited parts of Lee, Breathitt, and Wolfe Counties where he lived and worked so many years ago. Isn't it great how our little magazine rekindles old friendships and makes new ones? I think this is one of the best things about The Explorer.