Kentucky's Everyday Heroes
Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things
  

by Steve Flairty

  


Foreword by David Dick


Foreword by Bill Goodman


Kentucky's Everyday Heroes
may be purchased from your local bookstore, on-line vendors such as Amazon or Barnes & Noble, or directly from the publisher.
  
Kentucky's Everyday Heroes (2008), 170 pages 
ISBN 978-1-893239-75-3,  $15.00


Wind Publications
600 Overbrook Dr
Nicholasville, KY 40356

From the foreword --

Steve Flairty, author of Kentucky ’s Everyday Heroes: Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things has captured the essence of what it means to be a Kentuckian with a heart and a soul.

In this collection of portraits ... you’ll meet Billy Edwards, a native of Henderson , who counters cerebral palsy with a religious column for The Gleaner. Flairty includes him in Kentucky’s Heroes, because Billy "speaks eloquently and inspirationally with the printed word."

Jamie Vaught of Middlesboro: After finding out that their infant son, Jamie, was nearly deaf, it quickly became a family project to provide all the support necessary for his optimal development. Jamie learned to lip read and studied hard in school. Today, Jamie Vaught is a college professor and a successful writer, authoring four popular books on Kentucky Wildcats’ basketball and writing columns for several periodicals. He was also instrumental in the establishment of closed captioning TV viewing on Kentucky Educational TV.

Then there’s Bennie Doggett of Covington: This dynamic social worker, trained with ‘life experiences’ rather than formal college instruction, has no fear in fighting for better lives for her clients, who are often poor, often with addictions, and often uneducated. She recently came out of retirement to serve voluntarily at the Oasis Outreach Center in Covington, a creation of her home church. A Kentucky Post editor called her 'a sort of untrained social worker, lawyer and ombudswoman/problem solver for poor people … a gem, a fighter and stubborn. Steve Flairty’s style is spare and clear as it is strong, making a solid reading experience for those who understand that there are countless Kentucky heroes living unselfish lives for the benefit of all.

In the words of Jim Lyon, Sr. of Greenup County: "My mother used to say ‘My baby doesn’t have any hands and doesn’t have any leg, but he has a mind,’ and that always sat well with me …. I never dwell on the negatives."

Steve Flairty has dwelt on the positives. They ring true, and Kentuckians are all the richer for it—"celebrating the human spirit of compassion."
  
         
--- David Dick, author of Kentucky: A State of Mind
             Rivers of Kentucky
, and The View from Plum Lick.