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Wednesday's Woman

  • No sparkle for 'Breaking Dawn'

    At the risk of having my house egged for saying it, “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1” isn’t much of an improvement from its predecessors.

    Even “Twilight” fans would agree, they don’t go to the films for the acting or the quality of film. They go to see the characters they’ve grown attached to from the books and previous films.

  • Family, food and fellowship: The life of Susan Keith

    Entertaining and cooking for the ones she loves is at the core of Susan Keith’s life.

    During a weekly family lunch, places at the table are set before everyone arrives. Food is prepared buffet-style. Glasses are refilled by the host and hostess and dessert is served with coffee.

    It’s all about family. Keith, 77, used to fix lunch more than once a week but after a fall and use of a walker, she’s narrowed her cooking a bit. She often makes lunch for people outside the family as well.

  • Life or Something Like It: Don’t gloss over the joys of Thanksgiving

    You gotta feel sorry for Thanksgiving.

    Sandwiched between Halloween and Christmas, it’s not a very glitzy holiday. At least not in comparison to its counterparts the month before and the month after November.

  • Tami Delaney works to feed soul and body

    Tami Delaney helps nourish the soul and body.

    Through a Louisville church group she provides prison ministry at a women’s correctional center; as development director for Feeding America Kentucky’s Heartland, she helps feed the needy.

    “I feel that everybody in the world was put here for a purpose,” Delaney said.

    The Elizabethtown native said she couldn’t see sitting around while there was a “whole vast world of need” beyond her own.

  • Got to be Real: Thrift shopping lets you be a diva on a dime

    By SHONNA SHECKLES

    I have been dressing up ever since I can remember.

    I think my mother is the cause of me loving clothes the way I do. It all started with the Bo-Peep Shoppe, Spalding’s and Dobbs Family Shoe Store in Bardstown. I would walk by their windows every day after school and admire all the outfits on display. I was a pretty-plus child, so all my clothes were expensive because of my size. As time went on and I was able to buy my own clothes, I would get fashion ideas from magazines, TV and just watching people.

  • Tina Decker puts her prayers to action

    In 2003, illness began to take over Tina Decker’s family and their finances. At the moment when she felt her walls crumbling, she fell to her knees in submission to God. Not only did help arrive, but the Putting Prayers to Action ministry was born.

    Her family found themselves in an unfamiliar place. They were a two-income family that had saved for the future. Then her oldest son, Trace, became ill. He had a kidney disorder and endured 11 surgeries and multiple procedures.

  • Speakers with Spark: Parents' messages should be crafted to children's learning styles

    I had the privilege of hearing Pam Stenzel, an international abstinence speaker, give an analogy about how God would feel if we made bad choices.

  • Cookies to cameras: Gena Mitchell focuses on JHHS football

    On a Thursday night in September in the Mitchell home in Elizabethtown, the aroma of freshly baked chocolate chip and oatmeal cookies mingles with the excited exclamations of teenagers playing football on Xbox.

    The cookies are some of the estimated 5,850 Gena Mitchell has baked over the past six years for members of the John Hardin High School football team.

    As the mother of senior quarterback, Eli, and another son, Caleb, who now plays football at Kentucky Christian University, Gena has found herself enveloped in the sport.

  • Motherhood & More: It's OK to take a mommy break

    My parents have said the first time my older-by-two-years sister stayed the night away from them was the night I was born.

    I … did not wait that long.

    I had no set date for when I would allow my son, my first baby, to stay the night away from us. I figured it would be awhile, maybe a couple years, like my parents.

  • Derby Museum displays locally designed hats

    Missy Mills and Glenda Patterson were winners in the 2011 Kentucky Derby Museum Hat Contest. The museum received more than 50 entries and chose 20 hats for the “It’s My Derby” exhibit, which is open until June, according to a museum news release.