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Today's Features

  • Occasionally my significant other, Rebecca Ricks, will post on Facebook an observation that invites deep reflection.

    Unlike me, who often posts about doughnuts, funnel cakes or other batter-based goods, Rebecca manages to build on seemingly insignificant everyday events or thoughts to give them greater relevance.

    Case in point: Rebecca posted a few weeks ago about asking “Why?” She was inspired by seeing a child at the “Why?” stage of life and said it got her thinking we should never leave that stage.

  • When a two-week break from shooting a blockbuster superhero film such as “The Avengers” rolls around, one would think a director would settle down for some much-needed rest.

    Not Joss Whedon.

    Instead, he invited some of his friends to his house to film Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing.”

    The film reportedly was shot in 12 days at Whedon’s Santa Monica, Calif., home.

    The cast basically is a reunion of actors who have been in his previous productions.

  • Donna Duncan shows a quilt called Homespun Truth that is made with scraps of fabric found while going through family possessions and includes expressions often used by her family. The quilt was part of her presentation “Down Home Quilts and Warm Remembrances” at a Nine Patchers Quilt Guild meeting. The quilt guild meets at 10 a.m. the fourth Tuesday of the month at Nolin RECC in Elizabethtown. Workshops are on the second Tuesday of the month. For information, email ninepatchersquiltguild@yahoo.com.

  • Linda and Paul Mattingly of Zoneton, elected worthy matron and worthy patron of Order of the Eastern Star, Elizabethtown, gather with others officers, M. Siegman, T. Smith, p. Greer, A. Caswell, C. Miller, P. Smith, S. Cundiff, J. Cowley, B. Cundiff, C. Marcum, M. Puckett, J. Lee and D. Daugherty. Not pictured are GA Barany, B. Coogle and A. Light.

  • Darlene Chenault of Elizabethtown displays the opportunity quilt she won during the Stitchers Quilt Guild annual Heartland of Kentucky Quilt Show in September.

  • Elizabethtown Rotary Club President Val Ousey Claycomb, center, and Kevin Addington, right,  welcome guest speaker Professor Mark Palatos who informed the club of early mankind in the area and presented artifacts.

  • Melissa Jones, left, and Mary Jo Schmitz, right, of the Elizabethtown branch of Citizens Union Bank present a $1,000 donation for Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland to executive director Gary Miles. The money will help support the BackPack Program in Hardin County, which supplies at risk children with 10 to 15 food items for the weekend when school meals are unavailable.

  • The Bloomington Watercolor Society, in collaboration with Ivy Tech Center for Lifelong Learning, presented a weekend watercolor retreat at Bradford Woods near Martinsville, Ind., on Sept. 21 and 22. Two workshops provided instruction on painting en plein air — in the open air — to 24 artists from around central and southern Indiana and Kentucky.

  • At the Sept. 16 meeting of the Central Kentucky Art Guild, two members were singled out for honors. Joyce Lupresto was chosen as artist of the month in the general membership category. Her watercolor is titled, “Reminiscing”. Wes Kendall was chosen as artist of the month in the professional category. His pencil portrait is titled, “Jane at Work”.

  • Leaders are found in the most unusual places and there are many examples to follow.

    In life, when you really think about it, we are writing our own plays. We are the writers, the leaders of our lives.

    If you step back for a moment and think about your life, what would your play be like? Would it be a best seller? Would it end happily? Would you change the world? As you’re writing the play, you have a choice to hire the actors and actresses. It’s your play. So, if there is someone you don’t want to play a part, don’t give them a part.