Wednesday's Woman

  • Speakers with Spark: Tots teach life lessons


  • Philanthropic service provides new chapter for E’town mom

    When Dana Taylor divorced and became a single mother, she began a new chapter in her life. She filled the pages of that chapter with volunteer service.

    The 27-year-old’s resume now includes a stint as president of the Rotaract Club of Hardin County, a service organization, and founder of a nonprofit organization called Hands Filled With Heart, which serves as a volunteer resource. She recently was named branch chairwoman of the Hardin County branch of USA Cares, a national nonprofit organization that helps post-9/11 military and their families.

  • Motherhood & More: Kids defy gender roles

    I try to live my life avoiding gender stereotypes as much as possible. Obviously that’s not something that can be completely done away with, but I do try to teach my kids it’s OK to be who they are, it’s OK to go against the grain of what society feels is normal.

    If my son wants to play with dolls, then I’m all for it. If he wants to watch “girl” cartoons, then by all means, blast that “My Little Pony” show.

  • West lives childhood dream as State Theater director

    As a little girl, Emily West often rode past the Historic State Theater with her family. From the back seat of the car, she told her parents she wanted the former theater to reopen so she could work there someday.

    That wish is now a reality. In 2011, West became executive director of the State Theater, a movie house that closed the year she was born, 1982, and reopened in 2009.

    A Hardin County native, West takes pride in the theater and experiences from her youth shaped her business style.

  • Life or Something Like It: Saving summer get-aways

    In my mind, there are two ways of thinking about summer vacation.

    One is to schedule it as soon as possible after school’s out or when the calendar turns to the “J” months — taking that cruise or trip to the beach at the beginning of June. After a long, cold winter and interminable spring, some take off at their first opportunity.

  • Diverse opportunities a blessing for Jarboe

    When Lori Jarboe was in kindergarten she received the Spirit Award for her school.

    That award seemed to recognize the spirit Jarboe would carry with her throughout life, whether performing a gymnastics/dance routine down the streets of London, dining with the likes of the Dalai Lama and Maya Angelou or caring for physical therapy patients.

    “I think some of us are predisposed to a certain personality, and I’m very outgoing,” the Rineyville resident said.

  • Got to be Real: We're both right

    Sometimes, two people look at the same thing at the same time and come up with two totally different opinions about what they see. How is that possible? It is possible because we all have a different perception of things.

    Once we find out our sighting is different from others, that normally is where the trouble begins. By trouble, I mean we forget to agree to disagree.

  • Speakers with Spark: Documented wishes help mourning families

    By Susan Rider

    This month’s article is something a lot of people don’t like to talk about but is inevitable.

    No matter what religion you are, no matter what you believe in or don’t believe in, all of us are going to die. I’m OK with it because I believe there is a delicious place with only joy in the next life and our loved ones are waiting for us.

  • Giving fitness to firefighters

    Members of the Radcliff Fire Department have a name for personal trainer Mishell Nibert.

    “We call her the ‘devil woman,’” Lt. Jared Boddy of the Radcliff Fire Department joked.

    Boddy said the firefighters tease her a lot about the intense workout she puts them through.

    “But really she’s absolutely amazing,” he said.

  • Scheduling workout no barrier for athletic trainer

    As a certified athletic trainer for high school sports, mother of twin boys, wife of a certified athletic trainer for a baseball team and coordinator of sports medicine at an Elizabethtown facility, Carol George gives her scheduling abilities a workout.

    “I don’t fly by the seat of my pants, usually,” George said.

    In fact, she said, if there’s one thing she’s learned about raising twins, it’s that keeping a strict schedule is crucial. Her sons are 2.