Wednesday's Woman

  • Mae Knight has spent her life working with, for children

    Nearly everything Mae Knight has done in her adult life has grown from her love of children.

    In her 86 years, she has taught school, worked with children at her church, owned a children’s clothing store and is  president of the Optimist Club of Radcliff.

    Originally from Casey County, she settled in Radcliff 53 years ago and stayed there when her husband retired from the U.S. Army.

  • (Baseball) diamonds are Jennifer Sanders' best friend

    Growing up, Jennifer Marie Sanders learned to play baseball on the streets of a Dallas neighborhood and went to baseball games with her father.

    Now she coaches the Fort Knox High School baseball team, the Eagles.

    Though the role is a new one for her, she said the assistant coaches and team members have helped her adjust and learn the ropes whenever possible.

    “Everybody’s been extremely patient,” Sanders said.

  • Motherhood & More: Life wears you down, love keeps you going

    So I’m sitting here, staring at a blank page, wondering where to start. 

    Writer’s block? Maybe. More like I’ve got the “I’m so tired from everyone in my house being sick” block. That happens to moms.

    And so here I am, thinking about something I read recently, how mothers, especially stay-at-home mothers, are simultaneously lonely and never have enough time to ourselves.

  • The trip of a lifetime: Morgan Morrow organized solo mission to Liberia

    About 10 years ago, Morgan Morrow, 24, developed a desire to visit missionaries in Liberia and collect supplies for the people there. In March, she finally took the leap and went to the country in West Africa.

    It all started when missionary Albert Stewart, a former member of Faith Apostolic Church, which Morrow attends, returned to the church to present what he had been doing as a missionary in Liberia with his wife, Tegeste.

    “When he played the DVD, it broke my heart and I felt a burden,” Morrow said.

  • Life or Something Like It: Relationships are what really matter

    It’s all about relationships.

    Those connections we forge with family, friends and coworkers that sustain us and prod us and make us better than we could be by ourselves.

    It’s about the bouquet of flowers the friends of a colleague of mine sent her at work when she was going through a rough patch caring for her ailing mother. That circle of friends has taken her out to breakfast, cried with her and listened to her as she’s grappled with the difficult decision of moving her mother, no longer able to stay in her own home, to a nursing home.

  • Got to be Real: Mothers are worth honoring every day

    The second Sunday in May is approaching and as we all know, that is the day we honor our mothers or the mother figures in our lives.

    In my mind, every day is Mother’s Day.

    What would I do without my mother? First and foremost, I would not be here. As long as I can remember, my mother always has been there, even during the crazy stages in mine and my sister’s lives. She never once wavered.

  • Eastman shines light on ‘Every Woman’s’ crafts

    Ladonna Eastman’s love of arts and crafts is rooted in her “home base,” her grandmother’s home in Radcliff.

    Born into a military family, Eastman began her life on Fort Knox. Although her family moved around a lot, Radcliff always was home.

    Eastman, who now lives in Radcliff, organizes the Every Woman’s Arts and Crafts Festival held every May.

  • Derby fashion: First step: Select a hat

    Derby weekend is no mere sporting occasion — although the action on the track is thrilling — it’s one of the great social gatherings of the year and the people who attend dress accordingly in all their finery, especially hats.

    Headwear company Dorfman Pacific has been selling hats in the Kentucky Derby Museum store at Churchill Downs for years. It’s become a year-round business there, as more visitors seek hats for special occasions or as souvenirs.

  • Speakers with Spark: Celebrate family at Elizabethtown OHANA event

    I absolutely loved the three years I lived in Hawaii and try to incorporate what I enjoyed in Hawaii into mainland America. My daughter even has a Hawaiian middle name because I was so taken with the culture and the meaning behind its words.

  • Laura Cooper offers support

    Mother’s Day holds a special significance for Laura Cooper.

    Cooper became an acting parent when she adopted her granddaughter, Amber, on April 8, 1997, in Michigan. Amber was 4, about four months shy of turning 5 on her July 31 birthday.

    In October 1998, shortly after adopting Amber, Cooper moved to Hardin County and founded the nonprofit organization Open Arms. It’s a support group for grandparents and acting parents raising children.

    “We purposely retired early to give Amber a better life,” Cooper said.