Jennifer Murphy moved to Elizabethtown five years ago when many military families moved to the area from Fort Hood, Texas.
But the 32-year-old has nothing to do with the military — Murphy followed friends moving to Fort Knox.
“I was looking for a change and they were moving up here to Fort Knox so I thought, ‘Hey, I guess I’ll just go there,’” Murphy said.
After living in big cities, she appreciated going to the grocery and seeing someone she knows. She came to like the small-city atmosphere.
A lot of what shaped Holly Harris VonLuehrte, 36, growing up in Hardin County, she said, was the result of being around a lot of strong, opinionated women.
VonLuehrte, who was born in Elizabethtown, serves in Frankfort as the first chief of staff of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture.
While she credits both parents for providing support and encouragement, VonLuehrte was influenced particularly by her mother and her mother’s friends. Those strong women continue to be a source of inspiration, she said.
At 83, Chieko Davis keeps busy with a variety of talents and interests.
Davis’ friend Janet Gebler calls her a renaissance woman.
“Chieko has become extremely accomplished in art, music, gardening and cooking,” Gebler said. “But what is most impressive about Chieko is that in spite of all her accomplishments she is a genuinely shy and humble person.”
Visitors to Hardin Memorial Hospital might be a little confused when they move between the second and fifth floors, especially when they see a familiar face on both.
Identical twin sisters Donna Monzon and Nancy Willoughby, nurses at the hospital, would be the cause of that confusion. To add to the family business, their older sister, Linda Watkins, retired from the hospital July 1 after working 26 years in the BirthPlace.
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.
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.
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.