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Wednesday's Woman

  • Motherhood & More: Life gets in the way of summer plans

    I had lots of plans for the summer.

    I was going to take the kids to every amusement-type place we could find that was close and not outrageously expensive. We were going to play at the park multiple times a week. We were going to be creative every day, with lots of coloring and gluing and cutting. The TV was going to be a once-in-a-while concept, not an everyday, multiple-times-a-day thing.

    After being in this parenting gig for four years, and a stay-at-home mom for almost two, you’d think I wouldn’t still be as delusional as I am.

  • Carolyn Ritchie scales back

    After many years of public and community service, Carolyn Ritchie is ready for a break.

    Those who work with her say it’s deserved.

    Ritchie retires from her position as county treasurer July 31, her 64th birthday. She started working for Hardin County government in 1996 and became treasurer in 2000.

    As treasurer, she oversees grants, payroll, investments, bills and revenue for the county.

  • Johnson finds self through fitness

    As a single mother of four boys, 34-year-old Angela Johnson finds strength through teaching and fitness.

    A second-grade teacher at Lakewood Elementary School, she earned a teaching degree, graduating with honors, while going through a divorce.

    Her inspiration to become a teacher was two-fold. Her own children inspired her and she wanted to change the lives of other children. That goal is more difficult to achieve than she imagined, but so far it’s been a rewarding career, she said.

  • Crafting a new chapter in life

    Barbara Goodin Hunt holds a flat strand of reed under the stream of tap water, making sure to soak the entire length, which is maybe a bit more than a foot long.

    “You start with wet reed,” Hunt, 75, said, explaining the water makes the reed more pliable and prohibits breakage.

    Taking her place at a table in D.J.’s Antiques & More, Hunt deftly weaves the strand of reed over and under the framework of a basket.

    “When I first started, I was probably averaging one a week,” she said.

  • We like our road trips

    My husband, Chuck, and I pack our suitcases, hop in the Town and Country, and plug in the GPS even when we know where we’re going to visit friends in Tennessee or family in Georgia, Virginia and now South Carolina.

    Now that there’s just two of us, we no longer have to do the hyper-planning we once did to make sure we had enough non-perishable, non-messy snacks and things to do to keep small boys occupied. Those were the days before every vehicle with children on board was equipped with twin DVD players showing SpongeBob or favorite Disney movies.

  • Got to be Real: Nipping irritating behavior

    I have to ask myself often what is it that really gets under my skin. With me being me, there are many things that make my list of pet peeves. I will not go into all of them for it might make me appear perfect, which I am not.

    The first would have to be hearing a mom say to her child or children, “I’m going to tell your father on you when he gets home.”

  • Karen Blaiklock, keeping the county healthy

    Karen Blaiklock’s job with Hardin Memorial Health centers on health education and illness prevention for Hardin Countians. Her passion has led to a role with the board of the Louisville affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

  • Speakers with Spark: Remember to S.M.I.L.E., celebrate life

    Column by Susan Rider

  • Found in translation: Work with Spanish-speaking residents among roles for Upton woman

    Arlene Quinones wasn’t sure what the future held when she was laid off at the Ford plant in Louisville.

    That future turned out to be a big change for Quinones.

    The Upton resident soon found herself pursuing a college degree as a nontraditional student and working as a translator at a health department.

    “I never worked inside in my life,” Quinones, 49, said.

  • Motherhood & More: Mom gets a break, accomplishes nothing

    Last week my in-laws took the kids to the zoo. And I think it’s the longest I’ve been by myself in at least two years, probably more.
    It’s a weird feeling.

    I spent days looking forward to it and writing down stuff I hoped to accomplish. My to-do list was longer than it had any right to be. I’d written things like “clean out closets, upstairs and down,” “make squash compote,” “clean baseboards” and, most importantly, “write column.”