Wednesday's Woman

  • Sisters share passion for nursing

    Visitors to Hardin Memorial Hospital might be a little confused when they move between the second and fifth floors, especially when they see a familiar face on both.

    Identical twin sisters Donna Monzon and Nancy Willoughby, nurses at the hospital, would be the cause of that confusion. To add to the family business, their older sister, Linda Watkins, retired from the hospital July 1 after working 26 years in the BirthPlace.

  • Life or Something Like It: Hand sanitizer, anyone?

    This is a tale about bathroom hygiene for someone who’s admittedly a little fanatical about it.

    Yeah, I’m the one who is careful after she uses a public bathroom to wash her hands without touching the knobs on the sink to turn off the water. I’ll use the back of my hand to negotiate that move, no matter how ungainly it looks.

  • Bramblett promotes sisterhood, philanthropy

    Vine Grove resident and five-year cancer survivor Lea Bramblett enjoys riding her motorcycle so much she has to share her enthusiasm.

    The result is Ladies Motorcycle Club, a group she founded in an effort to promote sisterhood, socialization and philanthropy. While the name of the club might indicate otherwise, Bramblett said the group is open to women who ride as passengers with their husbands, too.

    “I just want them to feel like they are a part of something, giving back,” she said.

  • Got to be Real: Love will find a way

    I will admit I am a hopeless romantic in so many ways. I love putting meaning to love songs and I still cry over movies such as “Endless Love” and “Love Story” because love always will find a way.

    My parents have been married for 54 years as of last month. I know there have been many trials and tribulations through the years, but they made a commitment to God, their families and themselves so long ago to have and to hold in sickness and in health.

  • Banks takes the field

    Thelma Banks takes football seriously.

    She’s always watched and known about football. Her dad coached football. Her brother played football for the University of Cincinnati.

    And since 2004, the Radcliff woman has played the game. On the field, she’s known as Thelma “Bonecrusher” Banks.

    At 40, she’s the owner and a player for Louisville’s Derby City Dynamite semi-pro women’s football team.

  • 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.