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Wednesday's Woman

  • Motherhood and More: Better-ish a step in the right direction

    Nobody say it too loudly, but I think we might have turned a corner with my daughter.

    Sort of.

    I mean, she still can throw down with the best and toughest of them and will let us know when she’s not happy we don’t allow her to do something she’s convinced she’s perfectly capable of doing by herself. Like jump off the dining room table.

    Although, really, she has a perfect landing, so I probably should encourage more jumping off furniture. And cars. And trees. And whatever else is high and guaranteed to cause heart palpitations.

  • Christy Pritchard sees the present through the lens of the past

    Christy Pritchard looks toward the future with knowledge from the past in her work as an archaeologist and while volunteering with the Elizabethtown Heritage Council.

    She is the archaeology project manager for the Kentucky office of Brockington and Associates and on the board of directors of the Heritage Council.

  • Volunteer service 'snowballs' from requirement to passion for Elizabethtown woman

    About three years ago, as she worked toward her degree in psychology and social work, Elizabethtown resident Melinda Riddle began volunteering at Helping Hand of Hope to complete required community service hours.

    In her words, the 20-hour community service requirement “kind of snowballed.”

    “It kind of got me that there was so much to be done and not enough hands to do it,” Riddle said.

    The realization made her want to continue to volunteer, she said.

  • Bettye Mae Raymer, cruising through a life of commitments

    Inspiration: Mother
    Pets: One dog (Pepper) and one cat (Smoky)
    Hobbies: Kayaking and Crusing in her classic car

     

     

    The fire-engine red 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle Supersport looked like it just rolled out of a showroom minutes before. Its reflective chrome bumper showed no signs of rust and the hardtop maintained its deep black finish, almost as if it never saw the elements. And it runs just as beautifully as it looks.

  • Speakers With Spark: Living, working and thriving

    By Susan Rider

    Are you living life? Are you living to work? Or are you thriving every day?

    Interesting questions. A couple of weeks ago, I was honored to speak to a group of cancer survivors. The group was a mixture of men and women, young and old, wealthy and poor. Cancer is not prejudice it strikes anywhere.

  • Speakers With Spark: Try a staycation this year

    By Susan Rider

    With the school year coming to an end, it’s time to plan trips for memory making. After all, if you have children and you want to occupy/entertain this summer, what better way to spend your time than a trip that will be a memory each child will look back on in the future with fondness.

    We are very fortunate in this area because we have tons of things to do that will make memories and perfect staycations.

  • Ross plans mission trip to honor her mother

    Rhonda Ross is planning to write the next chapter in her life that includes a mission trip as a way to honor her mother, who died last November.

    Born in Elizabethtown, Ross makes her home in Sonora in LaRue County and remembers developing a love for writing and storytelling.

    “Mom always wrote poems,” Ross said.

    Ross said she enjoyed hearing and telling stories and began journaling at a young age.

    “I never considered myself a writer,” she said.

  • Valerie Hicks gardens at the family homestead and in community

    Getting to know Valerie Hicks:
    Hobbies: Gardening, travel, hanging out with friends
    Movie: “The Wizard of Oz”
    TV: “The Big Bang Theory”
    Favorite flowers: peonies and zinnias  

     

     

    Master Gardener Valerie Hicks pours most of her free time into gardening. She admits her garden isn’t always perfect but she likes it that way.

  • Life or Something Like It: Vacation. Bible. School.

    By Suzanne Darland

    This is the time of year when churches hold their annual week of intense, kid-focused Bible study.

    Children are on summer break, so churches can hold the sessions during the day. Or at night, like our church has done for many years, primarily to involve more members who have day jobs. And during the summer there’s no hurrying home to bathe and get to bed because there’s no school the next day.

    The Bible is the textbook for the week, with emphasis on stories about Jesus’ life or Old Testament heroes.

  • Pearl's Wisdom: Understanding the hierarchy

    I have learned a lot from my husband … said no wife ever.

    My husband and I have been married for 25 years and still the hierarchy has to be explained to him.  He has many attributes, but I would have to say two of his best are his vision and his consistency. 

    As a matter of fact, he has better than 20/20 vision. He has the exceptional ability to see everything that “didn’t get done today.” Actually he has the ability to see everything I didn’t get done today.