• The Chattering Magpies release a relaxation CD/DVD

    The Chattering Magpies, otherwise known as Greta Gillmeister and Lorinda Jones, released their first CD and DVD combo called “Celtic Passages.”

    The relaxation DVD was produced through a collaboration with videographer Dan Boone.

    Using a harp, dulcimer, Irish flute and whistle, the duo performs traditional Celtic music in a collection of airs, jigs, hornpipes, reels and polkas.

    Gillmeister and Jones are music therapists and knew the relaxation CD would come in handy for some “chill out” time.

  • Dash of Class: Shared recipes from a Vermont wedding

    Many of my loyal readers will remember that I have a niece who married in Hawaii a year ago Christmas and had a reception in Louisville last spring, and I had the honor, I think, of making their wedding cake. On Aug. 7, another niece married in Burlington, Vt. It was a weekend to remember and I brought home some recipes to share with you.

  • The Best: Sourdough bread and zucchini sticks

  • Elizabethtown woman returns to art that breaks rules

    Among the inspirations for the subject matter for Elizabethtown artist Sherry Pearl are her childhood and a children’s story.

    But Pearl did not arrive at her style of whimsical art through any particular course of study.

    In fact, she got there despite her studies in art.

    “I got so hung up on the rules, so one day I said, ‘Forget the rules,’” Pearl said.

    Using bright acrylic paints, the artist creates scenes focused primarily on people.

  • A melancholy telling of classic literature

    “Jane Eyre” didn't show in Hardin County theaters when it was released in March, but now is available for rental. With the story’s stong longtime following, it’s likely up for consideration in many home theaters.

    Based on the novel written in 1847 by Charlotte Bronte, the film chronicles Eyre’s time in a mysterious home and her strange relationship with its owner, Mr. Rochester.

  • Take a trip back to 1865

    “The Conspirator” was not shown in Elizabethtown on original release in April but was released for rental last week. Because of its portrayal of a historical figure connected to Elizabethtown, Judge Joseph Holt, I thought it would be interesting to review.

    The film is the debut for the American Film Company. Its aim is to produce movies from true events in America’s past, making films in coordination with historians to accurately represent the time period and historical events they represent.

  • The Best: The 'good stuff' of life

    Whenever my sisters and I get together, we talk about the wonderful times we had growing up, and we always end up talking about the great food our mom would make. One of the most unusual things she made was something she called “Good Stuff,” and she always served it with green beans. She never used a recipe, she just chopped up tomatoes and onions with some other ingredients. For years I’ve been trying to figure out what those other ingredients were so I could make Good Stuff.

  • Dash of Class: A round up of favorites

    Here we are at the end of the month and I have several recipes that were either given to me or requested of me. Remember, you can request a recipe that you have lost or one you have always wanted to try or you can share one of your favorites. I know you have some recipes that everyone asks for every time you take it to a family reunion, church pot luck or any gathering where favorites are served. Hopefully, you will want to add one of these to your favorites.

  • Loved one realizing dream is dream for both

    So my girlfriend, Rebecca Ricks, has been turning a dream into reality.

    On July 4 she officially leased space in downtown Elizabethtown for her business, Moonlight Serenity Body Products — that might seem like an overt plug, but, really, I tried writing it without mentioning the name, and I could hear readers asking, “Why didn’t he mention the name of the business?” — a line of homemade lotions and soaps.

    Yeah, the date was a symbolic one. You know, Independence Day, and all that.

  • Rapper's music includes messages

    FOR MORE: To listen to music by Radcliff native and rapper Alexander Lane find him at www.reverbnation.com/#!/alexanderlane.



    When he was in the eighth grade, Radcliff native Alexander Lane began hanging out with classmates who enjoyed rap music.

    “One of the major things they were doing was freestyle,” Lane recalled.