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Wednesday's Woman

  • It's finally here

    By JAIME THOMAS

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Life or Something Like It: Letting go of the season

    I think I have a problem with letting go.

    I was barely getting used to last summer’s passing into fall, no longer wearing linen and dragging my sandaled feet to trade for closed-toed shoes.

    That’s when autumn’s brilliance suddenly dazzled with sunlit yellows, bright oranges and brick reds. And my husband and I took walks around the neighborhood to drink in their beauty.

  • Carmel Pike stitches the wounds of cancer

    Inspired by Relay for Life T-shirts, Carmel Pike turned a quilting project into a memorial and a tribute for those affected by cancer.

    The 67-year-old Rineyville woman said she’s not a quilter but one day she decided to learn the craft and make a quilt from T-shirts from Relay for Life events.

    Pike, is a cancer survivor herself. And while she’ll note the scars an operation left on her neck, she said cancer doesn’t define her.

    She gave three shirts to a friend, but the friend was willing to give them back along with 12 extra shirts.

  • Baskets, baked goods among hobbies for Radcliff woman

    Hobbies have filled Gisela Paul’s life, not to mention her home.

    Basket weaving, quilting, crocheting, knitting and baking — and the resulting products — are evident throughout the Radcliff woman’s home and beyond.

    Baskets of all shapes, colors, sizes and purposes fill Paul’s home, including her kitchen, dining room and living room. A tabletop quilt displaying leaves and fall colors adorns the dining room table, and she has many others stored in her home.

  • Speakers with Spark: Being grateful for all things

    One of my favorite holidays is near, Thanksgiving, the time when family and friends get together without obligation and share gratitude. It’s a time to reflect on the year and tally up the bounty of blessings.

    Last month I was giving a talk in Delaware and a lady came up afterward to tell me it sounded good but she had nothing to be thankful for. As she rattled off her woes and all the things that had happened to her, I just had the urge to hug her. And I did.

  • Leslie Santos takes on brand new mission for a brand new self

    Leslie Santos, 38, is half the woman she used to be, but more complete than ever. What she’s lost physically, she has gained in spiritual and emotional strength.

    Two years ago, Santos began her weight loss journey that has surpased a physical transformation and led her to spiritual, mental and emotional health, she said.

    She’s always struggled with her weight but when her marriage ended it became more than that, she said.

  • Pearl's Wisdom: Mom’s in her crazy place

    Face it. People who have kids and neat and tidy houses have issues.

    Yep, I said it. Maybe that’s what I tell myself so I can sleep at night. But you know what? It works.

    I don’t take a white glove into my children’s room — or around my house. However, I am amazed by several things when I open the door.

    1. How anyone walks through what looks like a war zone without getting lost or sucked in.

    2. How they stand the smell.