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Wednesday's Woman

  • Making each day count

    Farm values, a love of family and a positive outlook are the driving forces in Cindy Gibson’s life.

    She was raised on a farm in southern Hardin County, one of 16 children. Gibson and her twin sister are numbers 13 and 14 and among the youngest in the family.

    “I’m really proud to be raised in that family,” she said.

    All of her siblings are still living and 12 live in Hardin County.

  • Speakers with Spark: Develop a grateful outlook

    By SUSAN RIDER

    An attitude of gratitude is the best attitude to develop not just because of the season, but because of all the blessings we have been granted. No matter how bad things get, how rushed you are or how sad you are, you can always find someone worse off than you.

  • Time After Time: Not just a pond

    A pond is not just a pond, even if the cattle don’t keep its bottom packed tightly enough to hold water, even if brush fills its boundaries until nobody knows it was ever even there, nobody but you. It lives on, just as we all hope to do, in the memories of those who knew it best.

  • E'town's Halloween queen: Jeanine Morrison's love of holiday evident in her store

    Superheroes, princesses and monsters of all sorts will be out on the prowl for candy tonight but for one Elizabethtown woman this spooktacular holiday has been a part of business life for 14 years.

    Jeanine Morrison didn’t originally plan to be in the party or Halloween business.

    Her father is from Muldraugh and after joining the U.S. Air Force, he met her mother in France, where Morrison was born.

    The family moved around a lot and Morrison later joined the Air Force herself, serving four years in Arizona.

  • Five-time cancer survivor faces life with energetic, positive attitude

    On the sidelines of her son’s flag football game at Fort Knox, Holly Cusimano coaches the Packers cheerleaders, which include her daughter Mia.

    “Can’t hear you,” she shouts to the girls, directing their moves by performing the cheer with them.

    Between cheers, Cusimano, 33, answers her cell phone.

    The Vine Grove resident and mother of five has a full plate. Each of her children has special needs, and she makes time to be active in their lives.

    Her husband, Jeffrey, is a wounded warrior who works on post.

  • Motherhood and More: Housework slides down priority list

    I’ll never be a domestic goddess.

    I’ll also never enjoy the phrase “domestic goddess,” but that’s a whole other column.

    But I’m not sure I was made for this type of work. I mean, I don’t necessarily care I’ve had stacks of magazines on the end table for months and every month the stack just keeps growing. I keep meaning to go through them and get rid of the ones I don’t need — probably all of them — but I don’t ever seem to have the time. Or the desire.

  • Alone no more: Volunteer Bennett provides help to Spanish-speaking community

    In the past eight years, Francia Bennett has been present at the birth of about 50 babies of Spanish-speaking families she helps by volunteering her time, transportation and interpreter skills.

    “I’m with them at the delivery,” Bennett said of the expectant mothers.

    It is just one way the Elizabethtown resident provides volunteer assistance for the Spanish-speaking community.

    Bennett also helps Spanish-speaking area residents make and keep medical and dental appointments.

  • Life or Something Like It: Helping college students find their way

    In my job as an adviser at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College, I meet with hundreds of students each semester.

    Sometimes they just need me to put them in a class because a quirk in the self-service system prevented them from doing so themselves.

    Other times they have a question about what’s covered in the Women’s Literature class. Or they want to know which science classes have labs.

    But often these advising appointments are more far-ranging.

  • A beauty and her 'beast': Rita Wooden has love of tractors, farming

    On a small tobacco farm in Eastview, Rita Wooden’s father put her on a tractor when she was 12 years old. Today, at 55, farming is in her blood.

    “There’s never a time when I feel closer to God than when I’m out in the field on a tractor,” she said. Wooden’s favorite tractor is one she calls “the beast.”

    She once told her sister-in-law she would never marry a farmer.

    “Boy, have I had to eat those words,” Wooden said.

  • Got to be Real: Domestic violence attacks all backgrounds

    By SHONNA SHECKLES

    They can be of any race, ethnicity, religion, educational background or socio-economic status. They can be married, single, divorced, heterosexual, bisexual, homosexual, young or old. I am talking about the deep, dark profile of a domestic violence victim. You see the bumps and bruises. The verbal, mental and sexual abuse can attack anyone.