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Wednesday's Woman

  • Speakers with Spark: Unsung Heroes

    By Susan Rider

    With another school year approaching an end, it’s appropriate to sing the praises of teachers, principals, coaches and others who give their time and talent to the youth of today.

    Thank you. It’s not easy being a teacher who cares, when you have a child in your class you know has potential but comes from a family that either doesn’t care or doesn’t want the child to succeed.

    It gets frustrating. Teachers sometimes do not realize the impact they have on a child for the rest of their lives. 

  • Loss of a life provides a mirror for your own

    Death has a way of making you think — a lot.

    And so does 15 hours of driving interstates and highways, backroads and into rest stops between one home and another.

    The recent death of my brother-in-law, Rick Tyo, has not only unleashed plenty of emotions for those who knew and loved him, but brought up plenty of reasons to think about one’s own life.

    I suppose it’s that way for anyone who loses someone dear to them at a young age, maybe at any age.

  • Stacy Lloyd embraces role as coordinator, supporter

    MORE ABOUT STACY LLOYD:

    Family: Husband, Lt. Col. John Lloyd, and two children.

    City of birth: Lawton, Okla.

    Favorite music: Country.

    Favorite author: Nicholas Sparks.

    Favorite TV show: “Hawaii 5-0.”

    Hobbies: Running, hiking and scuba diving.

     

    At any given moment, Stacy Lloyd might be coordinating events for the Family Readiness Group, PTO or Fort Knox Spouse and Community Club.

  • Motherhood & More: Kids aren’t alone in gaining skills through soccer

    It turns out I’m a soccer mom.

    I mean I don’t have the minivan. Most of the time we’re late to practice and I forget water for my kids. But three or four days a week I’m on the sidelines cheering on little players.

    My oldest has been playing since he was 4. He had a rough start because he got hit on the head with a ball and refused to go back on the field. At two separate practices.

  • Kids aren't alone in gaining skills through soccer

    It turns out I’m a soccer mom.

    I mean I don’t have the minivan. Most of the time we’re late to practice and I forget water for my kids. But three or four days a week I’m on the sidelines cheering on little players.

    My oldest has been playing since he was 4. He had a rough start because he got hit on the head with a ball and refused to go back on the field. At two separate practices.

  • Elizabethtown resident enjoys Kentucky Derby Festival role

    For Elizabethtown native Aimee Boyd, a festive atmosphere is part of her job.

    As vice president of communications for the Kentucky Derby Festival, Boyd helps coordinate and promote events leading up to what has been called the most exciting two minutes in sports.

    “A few folks might think we only work a few weeks out of the year, but we work year round,” she said.

  • It's a farmer's life for Donna Thomas

    Donna Thomas traded a stethoscope for farm life and never looked back.

    After 15 years as a registered nurse working in pediatrics, Thomas and her husband, Rick, decided they wanted to farm full time. In 1988, they purchased part of the Bethlehem Academy farm in rural Hardin County.

    Thomas, 59, grew up on a dairy farm about half a mile from where she lives now. The family plants corn and soybeans, grows hay, raises registered Angus cattle and maintains a tobacco greenhouse operation and wholesale distribution.

  • Life or Something Like It: A week to celebrate triumph, death and eternal victory

    We’re smack dab in the middle of Holy Week, the time between Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday.

    It’s a bittersweet week in the Christian faith tradition, moving from the euphoria of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem to the solemn Last Supper, the agony of Jesus’ crucifixion, and ultimately the joy of his resurrection.

  • Pediatrics career provides skills, motivation for CASA grant writer

    Even away from her career as a pediatrician, Anne Stevenson is using her skills to help kids.

    After taking a leave of absence from her practice to stay home with her own children, Stevenson became involved as a grant writer with Court Appointed Special Advocates — a group of trained volunteers who act on behalf of children caught up in the justice system because of family matters.

  • Got to be Real: With this ring: Lives sealed after hectic preparation

    By the time this column is read, my niece, McKenzie, will be Mrs. Loyd. I had forgotten in a short two-year span how the wedding-planning game works. I must say it still is the same. I have tried to be a help to my sister in the planning and dragging of wedding materials.

    McKenzie is the quiet storm of the four grandchildren in our family. She is the one you never know what she is thinking unless you ask. So when she announced she had met the man of her dreams, we were shocked and happy. Then the icing was put on the cake when he asked her to be his bride.