Wednesday's Woman

  • Clinic provides 'missionary' opportunity for executive director

    Crediting her work to a “servant’s heart,” Rebecca Farris Allen, executive director of Community Health Clinic of Hardin and LaRue Counties, believes there’s more to her role than just a job.

    “I feel it’s like an opportunity to be a missionary here at home,” Allen said.

    Several years ago, when her father-in-law was on a ventilator, Allen became aware of how important nurses were. She pursued that occupation and worked for a little more than 13 years at Hardin Memorial Hospital.

  • Life or Something Like It: Christmas play brings peace, reflection

    For more than 20 years, our church has held a party a week or so before Christmas for the 50-plus children who live in a nearby apartment complex. The formula is pretty simple: we sing Christmas carols, have sandwiches and something to drink and sing “Happy Birthday” to Jesus before we eat cake. The children pick out and wrap gifts for their moms or grandmothers, whomever they live with. They take home a goodie bag filled with candy and maybe gloves and socks and also get a wrapped gift.

  • Diana Bennett has given decades to the special needs community

    For more than 30 years, individuals with special needs have been close to Diana Bennett’s heart.

    She taught special education in Hardin County Schools from 1975 to 2010.

    Before beginning her teaching career she attended Western Kentucky University and worked as a teacher’s aid in special education. It intrigued her. There was something interesting and different about the class and the students drew her in, Bennett said.

    “Special education has always been where my heart is,” she said.

  • Christmas stockings part of Radcliff woman's philanthropy

    Candy, Christmas and kids go together, and that fact isn’t taken for granted by Radcliff resident Josette Roush.

    It is an indulgence Roush, 87, believes in so much she makes sure children at SpringHaven Domestic Violence Program receive it.

    “I’ve supported SpringHaven for many, many years,” Roush said.

  • It's finally here


    It’s Christmas again, and much like the rest of the adults, I’m wondering where in the world the year has gone. It seems like just last week when I was celebrating New Year 2013 by going to bed at 10:30 p.m.

    But to my children, this Christmas took ages and ages to get here, even with the daily countdown my son has been doing for the past few weeks.

    “Thirteen more days until Christmas! Nine more days! Five more days!”

  • Got to be Real: The perfect gift can’t be bought

    Well, it is that time of the year again. It seems as if it was just yesterday I was taking down all the Christmas decorations and making way for tax preparation. Where has this year gone? My grandmother always said that. But, really, where has it gone?

    Why am I so in awe that it is December and Christmas is knocking at my door? Does Christmas not arrive at the same time every year? Again, I find myself unprepared.

  • Cowan makes impact in downtown events, animal shelter

    As Lynn Cowan strives to preserve the past for her clients, she works for a brighter future for downtown Elizabethtown, homeless pets and more.

    Cowan, 56, owner of Woodland Gallery in Elizabethtown, will mark 23 years in the framing business next month.

    “I was not a good artist, so this is a way to be around art without having to actually do it,” she said.

    Her job is more about preserving memories than simply framing a picture, she said. Within the last 10 years, she said, framing personal items has become popular.

  • Speakers with Spark: Sending love

    December is a wonderful month full of festivities and Christmas cheer. It’s a month when the kindness of many shines bright.

    I’m going to let you in on an innovative idea for a new product. It’s an invention that will help the spirit of Christmas last all year long. It probably would be the hottest item of the Black Friday sales, but it’s not complete. Maybe it will be next year.

  • Radcliff resident lives life of travel, history and service

    A Barbie doll shrine in Nepal and warthogs in Kenya are some of the memorable highlights in the life of Radcliff resident Florence Mason.

    Mason’s life also has included volunteer service, witnessing historic events and accomplishments that span the globe.

    Born in 1928 in Hawaii, where she grew up, Mason recalled seeing low-flying planes as a child on Dec. 7, 1941. She was with other children who were excited to see the aircraft that were so close they could see the pilots wearing headbands with the rising sun emblem.

  • Motherhood and More: A mother's guilt never ends

    Like now, I feel guilty for not knitting my children socks. I’m a knitter, a rabid knitter at times, but my children, especially my oldest, are lacking in the hand knit sock department. 

    This is mainly because I’m attempting to knit for hire, as in I would love to knit you a scarf or a hat if you pay me.