Murray, KY – You're probably familiar with our Front Blog series, Good Reads, books recommended by WKMS staff, students and volunteers. A great book doesn't always have to be one that ponders the unknowable or delves into life's quandaries. Mystery novel fan Michael Cohen recommends an uncommon read about a raunchy country singer turned private investigator and a bus accident involving a Hopi Indian.

Murray, KY – Maybe you know someone with a tough exterior and a hidden heart of gold, someone with an internal kindness only revealed to those closest to them. Author Robert Louis Stevenson called this kind of person a "lantern bearer." Commentator Duane Bolin examines this trait in Stevenson's essay and in his own life.

Murray, KY – Christmas time, for many, is a time to slow down, to cherish traditions with families and loved ones. But what about the day after Christmas? Or the week after Christmas? Commentator Duane Bolin reflects on the spirit of the holiday season and the period of transition before returning to regular routine.

Dr. Duane Bolin teaches in the Department of History at Murray State University.


Murray, KY – In a time of on-the-go iPhone apps, celebratory Facebook wishes and "music best enjoyed by earbud" - the holiday season means, for many, a time to slow down and appreciate the family. Commentator Duane Bolin and his family make an effort every Christmas to keep the spirit of the season alive in his household. In this piece called "Keeping Christmas" he talks about what it takes and the rewards enjoyed as a result.

Murray, KY – A Christmas Carol, Frosty the Snowman and the Nativity of Jesus, the winter holiday season is filled with stories classic and new, festive and religious. Commentator and storyteller Robert Valentine shares a holiday story titled "The Guardian" about a shepherd named Adonikam, who is greeted in the night by a mysterious stranger, long ago.

Murray, KY – The winter is a season full of festivities, diverse across cultural and spiritual traditions, but one festivity that may be most outwardly expressed and shared is the celebration of lights that adorn our houses and town squares. Commentator and History professor Dr. Duane Bolin talks about the importance of lights across faiths - and what it means to his own faith in the celebration of Christmas.

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Murray, KY – Halloween is the perfect excuse to indulge in scary stories, tall tales and murder mysteries. Commentator Michael Cohen pulls out his detective bag for an uncommon mystery novel about the covering up of a murder by members of the Mumbai police force. It's by H.R.F. Keating, an English crime fiction writer best known for his series about Inspector Ganesh Ghote. The 15th book in the series, Under a Monsoon Cloud.

Murray, KY – "Life was not always easy," could very well be a universal truism when reflecting on past generations. Commentator Duane Bolin has a new lease on life after a near-death experience. We continue his series of commentaries with a lens on the past, memories of an insurance man in Arlington, Kentucky and the poem, "Abu Ben Adhem" by James Henry Leigh.

Murray, KY – Michael Cohen peeks through the pages of an uncommon mystery about a detective story set in an alternative history version of the present day. It's Michael Chabon's award-winning novel "The Yiddish Policemen's Union."

Surely it is an uncommon mystery novel that wins four top awards for science fiction. But what interested the award committees was not a future of space ships and time travel, but rather what Michael Chabon does with the past.

Murray, KY – Now that the students have returned to Murray State and classes are in full swing, we take off our summer shades and don our thinking caps. Commentator Michael Cohen peeks through the pages of the mathematical mystery, The Oxford Murders, by Argentinean novelist and professor of mathematical logic, Guillermo Martinez.