Wednesday's Woman

  • Motherhood & More: Learning to let go

    Relax, I tell myself.

    Don’t nitpick, I tell myself.

    But I have such a difficult time letting my 3-year-old boy just be a 3-year-old boy.

    He’s silly and rambunctious and I love all of that about him. But as his mother, it’s my job to rein him in when I can. To keep him from jumping off the arm of the sofa or to keep him from hanging the upper half of his body out the open window of his upstairs bedroom.

  • Life or Something Like It: Starting the season with countertop gardening

    Lined up by my kitchen sink are the cut-off bases of half-gallon milk cartons filled with rich black soil. In each is a wooden Popsicle stick marked with a black Sharpie: tomato, basil, cilantro.

    The counter is a temporary home. When tiny green tendrils poke up through the dirt, the carton is moved to a shelf in a south-facing window in my mom’s apartment.

    I don’t remember when I last grew garden plants from seed. Many years ago I deemed it too much trouble and instead bought the peppers, tomatoes and herbs I plant in May from an area garden store.

  • Xiaoyun Willoughby is working to feed the hungry with Chicks for children

    At 14, Xiaoyun Willoughby has endured struggles, but her thoughts often are on others rather than herself.

    Xiaoyun was born in the Guizhou providence in China. An orphan, she was placed with foster parents at a young age and stayed with them for nine years.

    She has scoliosis and was in great need of surgery.

    In China, once a child turns 14, he or she no longer is eligible for adoption. Xiaoyun was only months away from turning 14.

  • Got to be Real: Wondering where the time goes


    Do you ever find yourself thinking there are not enough hours in the day to get done what you need to do? Do you sometimes think maybe we have run out of time and will not complete all the tasks set before us? Do you sometimes feel times have changed as far as how we deal with each other as a society?

    For all these questions, I answer yes.

  • Making a home in Quarters 1

    Since the first hostess, Ethel Chaffee, graced the halls of Quarters 1 more than 70 years ago, many generals and their wives have lived in the home.

    Connie McDonald, wife of Fort Knox Commander Maj. Gen. Mark McDonald, serves as hostess of the home and is thrilled to be in a place with such a rich history.

    “I’m a historian by education, so you tell me I have the opportunity to live in a home that was built when this one was built, I’m going to do nothing but jump up and down with joy,” McDonald said.

  • Speakers with Spark: Give your heart and mind a good spring cleaning

    It is March and it looks like spring is finally here. Most of us will welcome the season with some type of spring cleaning. As a home stager I have written several articles on how to clean your house for spring. Today I would like to focus on internal cleaning, more of the personal kind.

  • Good as gold: Troop leader helps girls excel

    Now in her 13th year as a Girl Scout troop leader, Tamara Ohler has seen three girls in her group progress from the fourth grade to their senior year.

    For an organization that Ohler said has a 50 percent attrition rate after middle school, her troop is an exception.

    Troop 403 also stands out for other reasons.

    Six members of her troop have attained the highest Girl Scout honor: the Gold Award.

    “It’s very unique,” Ohler said of a single troop having so many Gold Award recipients.

  • 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.