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Wednesday's Woman

  • Got to be Real: Recalling the magic of Christmas

    By Shonna Sheckles

    It is finally here. My most favorite time of the year, Christmas. I love the Christmas season more than my birthday and that is saying a lot. As a child, I would start bugging my parents just as soon as all my Christmas gifts were opened about what I wanted the next year. I know now that sounded a bit spoiled to say the least.

    Christmas at our house was a big deal. My mother would cook for what seemed like days in preparation for that day. You know, cook up a lot of food, just in case someone dropped by during the holidays.

  • Love of animals motivates ‘pack leader’

    Debbie Howe is the leader of the pack, but unlike the song of the same name, her title has nothing to do with motorcycles.

    As kennel pack leader at Sam Russell’s Pet Provisions in Elizabethtown — where she has worked for the past two years — Howe provides obedience training for dogs of all sizes, ages and breeds. Her experience working with animals, though, spans more than two decades and has gained a following.

  • Finding balance

    Laura Boozer has been on a journey to keep balance in her life.

    She admits she’s not there yet but as a mother of four, business owner and triathlete, she thinks she’s on the right track. Finding her passion for wellness put it all in motion.

    The journey began not long after she had her third child.

    She worked at PaineWebber. It was a good job but it just felt like going to work. It wasn’t her passion.

  • Speakers with Spark: Learn valuable lessons from Rudolph this holiday season

    It is that time of year again … the Christmas movies of our youth pop up on television or DVD and remind us of our childhood. I recently had an encounter with an old favorite, “Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer.” It was just as I remembered, but this time I saw it in a completely different way.

  • 30-year VFW Ladies Auxiliary member cites group effort as key

    Connie Burke has been a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary in Vine Grove for 30 years, and she doesn’t show any signs of slowing down.

    Burke believes in the organization and believes community members have misconceptions about it.

    “They don’t know what we do,” Burke said, “They think it’s a place to come and drink, and that’s not what we’re about.”

  • The Neat Freak: A knife makes a very reliable banana slicer

    I get worn out with all the products marketed to the busy folks in America that claim to save you time. I do believe there is a bit of merit in some of these products’ claims, such as using a tiller versus manipulating your garden soil using man power and a well-built hoe. However, when I see some products advertised I either shake my head or laugh out loud at the frivolity of its very invention.

  • Motherhood & More: Thanksgiving is about all the right things

    I will try not to sound too cliché, but I’d like to talk about Thanksgiving.

    I will resist discussing what I’m thankful for, if at all possible, because I’m pretty sure anything I have to say has already been covered. And if not, well, who needs to hear about how thankful I am that the roof in our back room only leaks in one spot instead of the three of previous years? Or that the weather is cooler so I have more of a desire to knit toboggans for my family? Or for the word ‘toboggan’?

  • Girls just want to have fun ... with vampires

    Millions have flocked to the films in the “Twilight” saga. Many are teenage girls who are in love with the young male stars. But there is a segment of the 30 and older crowd as fanatic about the films as teens. But for them it’s more about getting together and having a good time.

    The “Twi-hards” attended a midnight screening of the “Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part I” with more than 500 others in Hardin County and had a special party, a wedding shower, celebrating the two main characters, Bella and Edward.

  • World-traveling sisters become Elizabethtown residents, co-owners of landmark eatery

    Still in their 20s, Sofia and Martina Abubakr have traveled the world and now find themselves in Elizabethtown where they plan to put down roots while running a local deli.

    “I’m insanely jealous of people who say, ‘I’ve known her since kindergarten,’” Sofia, 24, said.

    Growing up, she and her family moved about every two years. Travels throughout the years include the Philippines, Germany and Korea.

  • 'Breaking Dawn' trivia answers

    1. Charlie

    2. Feathers

    3. Rosalie

    4. Rachel

    5. Edward Jacob (or Ejay)

    6. Renesmee

    7. Nessie

    8. Isle Esme

    9. Seth

    10. Mercedes

    11. Near death experience

    12. Sam

    13. Edward

    14. Jacob

    15. Necklace

    16. Eggs