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Wednesday's Woman

  • Speakers with Spark: A lesson in serving as someone's hotline

    Have you ever noticed sometimes you are put in special places or with special people for a reason? Is it a coincidence or meant to be?

  • Time After Time: Places where I want to wake up

    Where we are is very much determined by where we were.

    Pivotal places that formed the foundations of our childhoods or settled in between life’s layers as we grew older can work as magnets that keep us there or pull us back again, or their essence can inspire our choices of other places in which we want to wake up.

  • Missionary work leads to ministry in Kenya

    So how does a girl raised in Meade County end up living in Nakuru, Kenya, as an adult?

    It all comes down to faith for Teresa June Webb.

    “I’ve done a lot of short term mission work in a lot of different places in the world,” said Webb, now an ordained minister.

    Years ago, during a mission trip to Nakuru, Webb realized she wanted to return there. In December 2008, she did.

    “God just kind of directed me back here,” she said.

  • Motherhood and More: Recognizing the difference in wants and needs

    I’ve been thinking a lot lately about want and need and the differences between the two.

    Growing up I remember my mother saying over and over again “You don’t need that, you want it.” In my young, deprived-of-the-latest-Barbie mind, she was being unnecessarily cruel. But of course she was right.

  • The multi-layered life of Ruth Hayden

    Ruth Hayden, 66, of Elizabethtown, leads a multifaceted life. She’s an avid gardener, musician and quilter.

    But this time of year, gardening takes most of her attention.

    While her family always had a garden when she was a child, her interest developed later. It was when she had her own place and ground to dig that the passion for gardening took off, Hayden said.

    Three years ago, Hayden and her husband, Joe, took a master gardener course.

    “It doesn’t make us experts by any means,” she said.

  • Life or Something Like It: Garden goodies bring wildlife antics

    A groundhog, what some call a woodchuck or whistle pig, has been wreaking havoc in our yard and life this summer.

    I was first alerted to his presence when Mom pointed out something had been chewing on pots of parsley and dill by her door. Our son, Joel, had brought her and me the herbal gifts for Mother’s Day.

    Rabbits already had gotten into the garden and nibbled the tops of the first planting of green beans, as they did every summer, so I supposed they had become a little bolder.

  • Got To Be Real: Kids back to school, parents broke

    It’s that time of year again. Back to school for the kiddos and to the local bank for a loan for parents who buy all these school supplies.

    I looked at a list for a couple fourth-graders and a sixth-grader. Can you say ridiculous? I know it has been more than 20 years since my oldest child started school, but today’s cost to get a child back to school is too high.

  • Faith-based leadership program provides teens European setting

    Paris, London, Oxford and Normandy became extensions of the classroom for four girls who attend Valley Creek Baptist Church in Elizabethtown.

    For the third year, the girls participated in Student Leadership University, a faith-based leadership program that offers experiences around the globe at four levels. The girls participated in SLU 101, for which they travelled to Orlando, Fla., and SLU 201, which took them to Washington, D.C.

  • Charitable cause has an ally in Allie

    When 23-year-old Allie Porter was a senior at Elizabethtown High School, she was in a wreck that left her with two broken hips and a broken tailbone.

    But that barely slowed her down. After recuperating for a few months, she resumed her active lifestyle.

    And she just keeps going.

    “Every aspect of my life I want to move forward,” Porter said.

  • Speakers with Spark: Turn an enemy into a friend

    By Susan Rider

    Unfortunately, in life you might encounter enemies. Many times it’s of no fault of your own that someone doesn’t like you or someone tries to hurt you. It might be a disagreement of choices or envy. 

    Recently, a television series highlighted infamous enemies the Hatfields and the McCoys. A hatred and dislike that went on for years over a seemingly trivial reason caused many hurts and even deaths.