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Wednesday's Woman

  • Travels take Hortensia Mayer full circle

    Hortensia Mayer left her hometown of San Francisco Morazán, El Salvador, in 1979 just before civil war broke out, beginning a journey that brought her to teach in Elizabethtown.

    Mayer teaches Spanish at St. James Catholic Regional School. It has been 33 years — and many travels — since she married a Peace Corps volunteer, came to the United States and learned English on her own.

  • Why women have difficulty losing weight

    There are many reasons women give themselves as to why they can’t lose weight. Whether it is having no time to exercise and eat right or not wanting to spend an extra dollar or two at a fast food restaurant to choose something healthier, we tend to make excuses.

  • A life dedicated to fighting poverty

    Linda Funk’s life of helping others began when she volunteered for a mentoring program during her college days at Eastern Kentucky University.

    She thought she would be a physical therapist but after meeting the two slightly hyper boys she mentored through the program, she knew she wanted be involved in social work. Visits to the boys’ home, where they experienced poor living conditions, first exposed her to the life of those in poverty.

  • Motherhood & More: Kids' meals a source of anxiety

    As a parent, I hate being mostly responsible for making sure my children are given the nutrition they require.

    I mean, no matter how many kale and spinach-infused fruit smoothies I force down their little throats, I’m not sure it makes up for the ridiculous amounts of plain macaroni noodles they eat. Or the peanut butter sandwiches.

  • Crady's office job goal leads to role as circuit court clerk

    Knowing only that she wanted to work in an office some day, Loretta Crady took a job at Burger Queen in Elizabethtown during her junior year at East Hardin High School.

    Today, Crady is the Hardin County circuit court clerk, leading an office charged with record-keeping for the county’s trial courts.

    “If you told me in 1973 when I graduated I’d be working here I wouldn’t believe it,” Crady said.

  • Life or Something Like It: This is the farthest move yet

    Six.

    That’s how many times my oldest son and his wife have moved in four years of marriage.

    The first was to Bloomington, Ind., as she joined him where he was working on a master’s degree at Indiana University.

    Nine months later, after he graduated, they moved to an apartment in Lexington across Nicholasville Road from Fayette Mall.

  • Cheering with a purpose: Donna Stringer dedicates time to Special Olympics squad

    Donna Stringer, 53, often can be found in the middle of a squad of cheerleaders. Since 2004, she has coached a Special Olympics cheerleading team.

    She became involved with the program when she worked in a special needs classroom in Hardin County Schools. The first group she worked with included five girls. The person who oversaw the program had to leave and Stringer helped take over the squad.

    Stringer finds her work with cheerleaders exciting. She looks forward to her work with the squad every year and wishes the season was year-round.

  • Got to be Real: Love lets you down but never stops calling

    Before the Christmas decorations are down the Valentine’s Day hearts are out, and we rush from Jingle Bells to Open Hearts jewelry.

    I was thinking about how most of us race around trying to find that perfect card and gift when all of us have the perfect gift — our hearts. And we have that perfect gift all the time, not just in February.

    Is that not where love grows, in our hearts?

  • Speakers With Spark: Reduce stress with these five steps

    The most popular request for a topic from Speakers With Spark speakers last year was stress management. Maybe it’s a sign of the times, maybe it’s the economy. Whatever it is, below are five tips to help you reduce stress in your life and insert more joy.

    The symptoms of stress include insomnia, tiredness, headaches, poor skin, short temper and inclination to cry, just to name a few. Stress can affect you physically, emotionally and will eventually make you sick. Therefore, it’s very important to get stress under control.

  • For April Jackson, volunteer work is ‘where my heart is’

    As guests arrived at the home of the superintendent of Elizabethtown Independent Schools, April Jackson helped set up for a meeting that had been in the making since September 2010.

    It was just part of her passion for volunteer work.

    “This is where my heart is,” Jackson said, specifically of her work in education.