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Wednesday's Woman

  • Got to be Real: We're both right

    Sometimes, two people look at the same thing at the same time and come up with two totally different opinions about what they see. How is that possible? It is possible because we all have a different perception of things.

    Once we find out our sighting is different from others, that normally is where the trouble begins. By trouble, I mean we forget to agree to disagree.

  • Speakers with Spark: Documented wishes help mourning families

    By Susan Rider

    This month’s article is something a lot of people don’t like to talk about but is inevitable.

    No matter what religion you are, no matter what you believe in or don’t believe in, all of us are going to die. I’m OK with it because I believe there is a delicious place with only joy in the next life and our loved ones are waiting for us.

  • Giving fitness to firefighters

    Members of the Radcliff Fire Department have a name for personal trainer Mishell Nibert.

    “We call her the ‘devil woman,’” Lt. Jared Boddy of the Radcliff Fire Department joked.

    Boddy said the firefighters tease her a lot about the intense workout she puts them through.

    “But really she’s absolutely amazing,” he said.

  • Scheduling workout no barrier for athletic trainer

    As a certified athletic trainer for high school sports, mother of twin boys, wife of a certified athletic trainer for a baseball team and coordinator of sports medicine at an Elizabethtown facility, Carol George gives her scheduling abilities a workout.

    “I don’t fly by the seat of my pants, usually,” George said.

    In fact, she said, if there’s one thing she’s learned about raising twins, it’s that keeping a strict schedule is crucial. Her sons are 2.

  • Time After Time: Paint store offered more than color

    Storybooks waited in the corner for curious little feet to walk their way and magazines about homes and gardens and art waited for customers to walk to the basket nearby, but the real stories — the best stories — were the ones found within the color swatches that waited for all those who walked through the doors of Jenkins-Essex Supply, which sold Porter Paints, to ask Rita Jenkins or Jay or Neff for help with their next project.

  • Patty Rouse, running the race

    From running track to a career in officiating, teacher Patty Rouse’s life is a race she likes running.

    She started in track and field as a fifth-grader in Fleming County. Before her family moved to Kentucky, she was raised on chicken farms in Arkansas. In Arkansas she participated in barrel racing and horseback riding.

  • Motherhood and More: Screen time piles on guilt

    I feel like a failure as a mother.

    I mean, that’s really nothing new at this point. But specifically, now, I feel like a failure as a mother because I allow my son to spend entirely too much time parked in front of a screen.

  • Active life keeps Radcliff septuagenarian young

    An active life seems to keep Alma Hahn young at 75.

    The substitute teacher sings in a woman’s chorus, gives piano lessons and in the past 15 years had a stint teaching English in China and participated in mission trips to Germany, Taiwan and Brazil.

    “I just think the Lord has answered so many of my prayers,” the Radcliff resident said.

    A proponent of good nutrition, Hahn and her husband, William, 76, still ride bicycles.

    “We don’t take any medications,” she said.

  • Life or Something Like It: Fabric scraps weave family history

    As far back as I can remember, my mom has sewn.

    She made dresses for my sisters and me, always in the latest styles and colors. Mom might use a paper pattern for a baseline, but she added her own unique touches. When I was a girl, some mornings I would wake to find a new Barbie doll dress on my night stand. When my boys were young, she made surf shorts for them in wild prints.

  • Got to be Real: Mothers always find a way

    By Shonna Sheckles

    In the past month from my kitchen window, I have noticed a robin flying back and forth under my patio carrying string, straw and whatever else it can find to build a nest.

    The robin has chosen as its new home the very top rung of my husband’s ladder. The robin has worked so hard for at least two weeks. Finally, last Wednesday, I noticed a finished product. Not only had this mother robin provided a home for her soon to be offspring, she is very protective of her environment.