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  • Playing in the mud: Sonora woman finds passion in pottery

    After retiring to the family farm in Sonora, Brenda Heaton spent six years unraveling the secrets of pottery.

    “It was a mysterious thing to me,” she said.

    She read about it, watched YouTube videos and practiced until she was comfortable with the craft.

    Heaton has felt a connection to the clay earth all her life.

    “I was born and raised on this land,” she said.

    As a kid, she often found herself making something out of clay such as pots and other objects, she said.

  • Reflecting on a birthday of a different sort

    I missed a birthday last week.

    Not just any birthday, mind you. This birthday is significant in a very particular way, but I confess I hadn’t really given it much thought before.

    Last Friday, Alaska turned 55. Well, at least it celebrated its 55th year of statehood.

    Though it had been in the works for a while beforehand, it was on Jan. 3, 1959, that then President Dwight D. Eisenhower proclaimed Alaska the 49th state.

  • 2013 in film: The hits and misses

    In 2013 there was a lot to brag about at the movies. The year ended with many Oscar contending films that haven’t yet made it to wide release. But the ones that made an impact at the box office were some of the year’s highlights.

    One of the best movies of 2013 was “Saving Mr. Banks.” Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson, as well as the supporting cast, gave excellent performances. It was a clinic on how to make a moving and entertaining film. It should be on everyone’s must watch list.

  • Band releases 'Act 1' of three-part musical project

    A forthcoming musical, in graphic novel form, provides the basis for the latest release by a band that includes an Elizabethtown musician.

    “The Raven Locks, Act 1,” the first installment in a three-part recording project, is the title of the album released Nov. 19 by Dirt Poor Robins, a band formed by Louisville musicians Neil and Kate DeGraide in 2004. Elizabethtown resident Josh Brown began recording with the band in 2010 and plays brass and other instruments on the latest release.

  • Walter Mitty is a visual treat

    “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”
    Rated PG for some crude comments, language and action violence.
    Release date: Dec. 25
    Runtime: 114 minutes
    Rating: A beautiful film

    “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” is a pleasant surprise for the holiday box office season.

  • You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one

    Once upon a time there was a little girl who dreamed big dreams. She grew up on a farm in rural Kentucky but her dreams spread far across the stars.

    There were many things she dreamed of becoming and most of them were drawn from things she had seen in a film or read in a book. Oh, the dangers of reading a book, to believe in the impossible.

  • Seven to Shine dreaming of big time

    Three local musicians have Nashville dreams as they share the stage in a newly formed group, Seven to Shine.

    Zac Charles, Josh Proctor and Rebekah Lynn had solo careers of their own until they teamed up three months ago to form the country band.

    Charles posted a flyer at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College about wanting to form a band. Proctor saw it and they decided to work together. They decided they needed a woman to produce the sound they wanted. Proctor previously worked with Lynn, and it all came together.

  • Accomplishing goals without making resolutions

    Each year about this time, people begin thinking about resolutions they will make for the New Year.

    I’m not one of them.

    Sure, I’ve written a column or two about making resolutions, but the gist of those columns generally has been that I’m unsuccessful at keeping New Year’s resolutions.

  • Ron Burgundy's odd humor returns in Anchorman sequel

    “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues”
    Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual content, drug use, language and comic violence.
    Release date: Dec. 18
    Runtime: 119 minutes
    Rating: Slightly funny

  • Nutcracker Festival expands on popular events

    A pair of holiday traditions at Hardin County Schools Performing Arts Center will expand to include more events, transforming into a festival.

    The Nutcracker Festival not only will feature “The Nutcracker Ballet” and “Clara’s Tea Party” — two Christmas favorites — it offers a special free Dance-a-long Nutcracker concert, open market of sweets and other items and a Festival of Nutcrackers.

    “We always like to offer something a little bit new,” said Diane Hafer, PAC secretary.