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Wednesday's Woman

  • Speakers with Spark: Being grateful for all things

    One of my favorite holidays is near, Thanksgiving, the time when family and friends get together without obligation and share gratitude. It’s a time to reflect on the year and tally up the bounty of blessings.

    Last month I was giving a talk in Delaware and a lady came up afterward to tell me it sounded good but she had nothing to be thankful for. As she rattled off her woes and all the things that had happened to her, I just had the urge to hug her. And I did.

  • Leslie Santos takes on brand new mission for a brand new self

    Leslie Santos, 38, is half the woman she used to be, but more complete than ever. What she’s lost physically, she has gained in spiritual and emotional strength.

    Two years ago, Santos began her weight loss journey that has surpased a physical transformation and led her to spiritual, mental and emotional health, she said.

    She’s always struggled with her weight but when her marriage ended it became more than that, she said.

  • Pearl's Wisdom: Mom’s in her crazy place

    Face it. People who have kids and neat and tidy houses have issues.

    Yep, I said it. Maybe that’s what I tell myself so I can sleep at night. But you know what? It works.

    I don’t take a white glove into my children’s room — or around my house. However, I am amazed by several things when I open the door.

    1. How anyone walks through what looks like a war zone without getting lost or sucked in.

    2. How they stand the smell.

  • Five generations find their way Back Home

    For five generations of one family, going to work simply means going Back Home.

    Back Home Restaurant has a long history of family members — men, women, boys and girls — chipping in to make the business successful. But family members trace the beginning and the future to women.

    “We’ve had a lot of help ... but it’s mostly women who keep it rolling,” said Linda Fulkerson, the restaurant’s owner.

    “We’re the backbone,” Fulkerson’s granddaughter, Hali Spiers, said.

  • Motherhood and More: How horrible it must be to be 3

    I’ve been thinking a lot recently about my daughter and her endless argumentativeness, and how 3 years old has to be the toughest age imaginable.

  • Thomas helps stitch Clothesline of Quilts

    Martha Thomas’ rural life has led to many adventures including farming, serving in the sheriff’s office and scattering quilt squares across the county.

    In 1972, Thomas joined a homemakers club. She has been the county club president twice, Rineyville club president twice and held every other office in-between, she said.

  • Life or Something Like It: A new high in parental milestones

    The most important milestones in parenting might not be first tooth, first steps or even obtaining a driver’s license.

    Sure those were exciting enough. We celebrated every one of those achievements with the obligatory smiling photo, delighting the grandparents.

    But I’m reveling in the beginning of a new chapter in the parenting adventure. As of Oct. 1, all three of my children have found full-time jobs. With benefits. And my heart is singing.

  • Going to great lengths: Vine Grove veteran creates modest woman's clothing

    Annie Varnadore sat in a motorized wheelchair at a sewing machine in the back room of her Radcliff clothing store, stitching material onto the hem of a denim skirt.

    The work was not so much about adding a decorative touch as it is about adding length.

    Varnadore, 47, who lives in Vine Grove, specializes in creating modest clothing for women. Earlier this year, Varnadore opened her store, Titus 2 Modest Woman’s Apparel, where she sells clothing she makes as well as some from manufacturers.

  • Melanie Parker gains while losing

    For Melanie Parker, loss is gain. Training for the upcoming Color Run 5K in Elizabethtown, Parker has lost 50 pounds and gained energy and confidence.

    Her first experience with The Color Run was in October 2012. She went with some friends to a run in New Orleans. She met a lot of people from all over the country among the 13,000 involved. There were young and old, women running with babies and co-workers running together.

    “I thought, ‘What a fabulous thing to bring to E’town’,” she said.

  • Got to be real: Can't get enough of new addition

    Yes, world, she is here. Lexi Grace landed all 6 pounds and 15 ounces of her in her daddy’s arms July 9.

    As we gathered around the window at Hardin Memorial Hospital to view the newest member of our family, my heart was overwhelmed with joy, love and pride. I thought my first granddaughter, the things I want her to experience and the places I want her to go.