RELATED: Kahne’s 2017 season in review | Kahne’s wins | Kahne through the yearsKasey Kahne spent much of his final trip to Las Vegas as a Hendrick Motorsports driver duly celebrating his time with the championship team and eagerly anticipating a big change in his career: A move to the single-car Leavine Family Racing operation for the 2018 season.The week was a festive time of good memories and frequent assurances that more good times are coming.“Truthfully, I was fine if the season kept going a little longer,” Kahne, 37, said with a big smile. “I enjoy a lot of the guys on my team, a lot of the people at (Hendrick) so I was having fun working with those guys.“You always want better performance, but we had that at times. So it was an all-right ending and a lot of good friends there that will carry on as we start something new.”Kahne finished out his six-year, six-win tenure in the Hendrick No. 5 Chevrolet with a playoff run that ended in the Round of 16, but gave a glimpse of why this year’s Brickyard 400 winner has been a contender in NASCAR’s highest levels.The team brought in Darian Grubb to serve as crew chief in the final nine races. While a pair of finishes outside the top 20 in the opening two playoff races put the team in a hole, Kahne did rebound with a pair of top 10s after he was eliminated — ninth place (Charlotte) and eighth place (Talladega) during the playoff stretch.RELATED: See Kahne’s 2017 season race-by raceIt’s all been good preparation for a fresh start next year and Kahne said he’s already been to his new digs to meet his new team and start prepping the car for his LFR debut in the Feb. 18 Daytona 500.“This week I went over there, once we start getting seats and things I’ll be over more and more involved, making sure everything is how I want it,” Kahne said. “I’m already starting to learn the people, learn the names and start making some relationships.”In the meantime, Kahne said he will simultaneously be cherishing the downtime and looking forward to preparing for the 2018 season – changes and all.“I’m going to do Chili Bowl and look forward to the holidays with (son) Tanner, go to the beach and watch him learn the holidays a bit,” Kahne said. “It will be fun. Then it’s about putting the time in. I hope we’ll do the Vegas [preseason] test, so as long as we get that, it will help a lot. I love racing. That’s about all I think about other than Tanner.”
I made one special effort to inspire my children when the eldest was midway through high school: I decided to pursue a master’s degree in history part time to show the kids how much I valued learning. That would show leadership, I decided.Here’s how that flopped: It took me seven years to finish my coursework and a thesis. By that time, one daughter had graduated college, my son was a senior and they gleefully lampooned me at every turn for my computer failings and for my outsized passion for my obscure thesis topic.The success my children enjoy may be more due to the influence of their mother, the oldest of seven children herself, who grew up as the drill sergeant in her family and who assumed that role as a mom.We have four children, each born two years apart. They graduated college in order and married in order. Boom, boom, boom, boom. There’s a certain regularity to our family existence. So here’s my headcount, approaching Father’s Day:I have one wife, one son, three daughters and nothing but good luck with my children.And if I’m wholly honest, I’m not sure how much I had to do with the children’s success. I might’ve been nothing more than a most fortunate spectator. You get one shot at being a dad and it went by in a blur: baptisms and first communions, softball games and chess tournaments, school plays and art shows. And then they’re gone. Father’s Day’s a great occasion for goofy cards — there’s no mush in this family — and long-distance phone calls. One of these is from me to my own Dad, now 86 and living 1,800 miles away. I can barely keep watch over him.The other calls are from the kids to me: They’ve scattered somewhat but all lead meaningful lives. When they need real guidance they ask their mom; I’m just here for comic relief.Oh, I was good for special trips and coaching and driving to cross-country meets. As my father-in-law used to say, “I just drive the car and pay the bills.” Except, in our house, my wife pays the bills. All four graduated the same public high school in northeastern Louisiana and, when the last graduated, their principal told us, “I’ve never met four more different kids.”He may have been right.They majored in Latin, engineering, modern languages and studio art. All the liberal arts kids are gainfully employed, at which I still marvel. I thought they’d live in our basement. The engineer is working in Thailand, which keeps me from meddling in my grandchildren’s lives. So far.But 35 years of fatherhood has taught me a thing or two, including:The four children are different because we let them be different. They usually found their own way.Their successes are their own. I tried to do the right things for them, but, bottom line, they did the right things themselves. Good for them.Family is forever: When the kids and their spouses are together, I sometimes back out of the mix so they can form stronger bonds among themselves, four family units that will be here, devoted to each other, long after my wife and I are dust.Don’t look to be honored on Father’s Day. Revel in the joy of being a father; the pleasure is all yours.Father Theodore Hesburgh, former Notre Dame president, said, “The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.”I did that. Every day. Still do.Ken Stickney is editor of The Port Arthur News.
Tweet Share LocalNewsPolitics PM congratulates Baroness Scotland by: Dominica Vibes News – November 27, 2015 Share 410 Views 2 comments Share Sharing is caring! Baroness Patricia ScotlandPrime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has congratulated Baroness Patricia Scotland on her selection as the Secretary General of the Commonwealth.“It was with delight that I received word from H.E. President Charles Savarin, who so expertly and diplomatically piloted Baroness Patricia Scotland’s candidature through the selection process in Malta on our country’s behalf, that Baroness Scotland was today chosen as the 6th Secretary General of the Commonwealth,” a press release from the Office of the Prime Minister states.“I congratulate Patricia Scotland on her achievement of being the first woman to be elected to this position, and for the honour she has brought to Dominica and the Caribbean as a whole. She follows in the footsteps of worthy holders of the position, including another Caribbean luminary, Sir Shridath Ramphal and we are confident that she will admirably acquit herself of her responsibility to the Commonwealth as it faces the harsh realities of the 21st century”.“I remain tremendously proud of Patricia Scotland, who throughout her life has shown herself to be a change-maker and an implementor. Her campaign for the past two years has demonstrated her ability to make things happen. With few financial resources and a small team, she has been able to present her vision of a re-vitalised and reformed Commonwealth to governments, civil society and the private sector, and to listen to their aspirations for a more vibrant Commonwealth,” the statement concludes.