• Inspirational subjects provide valuable insights

    A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

    Not too long ago I typed, as near as I could remember it, that quote from Chinese philosopher Lao-tzu on the Facebook wall of a friend. She had announced she had made it through her first day back at work, after taking leave to attend to the medical needs of her son.

    I offered the quote as a sort of acknowledgement of support and encouragement.

    I’ve always admired that quote.

  • There is a silver lining for this playbook

    Sometimes a movie surprises you and “Silver Linings Playbook” did that for me. It is deserving of the award nominations and wins it has received.

    I was hesitant because I wasn’t sure Mr. Hangover Bradley Cooper could pull off the performance I had heard so much about, but he did. Also, I’m not a fan of strong language in films, and this has a bushel full, but the story pulls you in.

  • Hi ho, hi ho, it's off to auditions I go

    Fairy tale dreams could come true for children auditioning for Missoula Children’s Theatre’s “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.”

  • Fort Knox gospel concert to kick off national tour

    An ensemble of gospel and Christian music artists will perform Monday at Fort Knox when the United As One Tour arrives at the Waybur Theater.

    “We’re the first tour stop,” said Mark Wicker, Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation chief of community recreation division.

    Wicker noted the kick-off concert falls on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The concert is open to the public.

  • Moms must protect their own timeout

    Once every 10 to 12 weeks, something wonderful happens.

    I get to hide in a hair salon for an hour and 15 minutes.

    No one there needs to be fed or helped onto the potty. No one treats me like a waitress, makes a mess or hits their brother. There’s no pressure to mop floors, fold clothes, pack lunches or give baths. And there’s no incessant “Mommy, mommy, mommy.”

  • 'Zero Dark Thirty' is brutal but good

    “Zero Dark Thirty”
    Rated R for strong violence including brutal disturbing images, and for language.
    Release Date: Jan. 11 (for wide release)
    Runtime: 157 min 
    Rating: Brutal but a well crafted film

    Kathryn Bigelow’s “Zero Dark Thirty” has been laced with controversy over the scenes of torture and concern from the CIA of how much information she received to make the film.

  • Youth Theatre workshops to prep students for 'Peter Pan'

    Students in sixth through 12th grades who reside in Hardin County can participate Saturday in the Youth Theatre of Hardin County winter workshop.

    The workshop, which is the first of three, is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hardin County Schools Performing Arts Center at John Hardin High School. Workshops prepare students for April auditions for the summer musical, “Peter Pan.”

    Additional workshops are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 9 and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 9.

  • Group reaches New Horizon in music

    New Horizon Chorus’ primary goal is to exceed expectations through a cappella harmony.

    The 22-member chorus is hoping to grow into a group of more than 100 men and compete internationally, chorus president Randy Roccia said.

    The group chartered with the Barbershop Harmony Society in 2002 and its members range in age from high school students to men in their mid-50s.

  • Elizabethtown photographer's work included in Capitol art exhibit

    An Elizabethtown photographer is among 28 Kentucky artists whose works are on display in the Capitol Annex in Frankfort.

    Photography by David Toczko is included in “Kentucky Visions at the Capitol,” an annual exhibit in hallways and conference rooms of the Kentucky Senate and House offices.

    The exhibit, which includes 64 pieces of artwork, is on display through March 26. It is open to the public and coincides each year with the Kentucky General Assembly’s legislative session.

  • 'Promised Land' promises a lecture

    Have you ever had that feeling when you go to a movie that it might be a slightly environmental flick and leave feeling like you’ve been lectured?

    That’s kind of what you get with “Promised Land.” I think they really tried not to be overtly environmental and keep it in the subtext, sort of. But they didn't try hard enough. The environmental theme became the driving force of the film.