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Wednesday's Woman

  • Speakers With Spark: Make a commitment for love of a child

    Recently, going through an airport, I saw a poster of a beautiful little girl around 4, saying, “All I want for Christmas is a family.” It was an effective marketing tool because it touched my heart.

    There are many people wanting to adopt and many children waiting for someone to love them. Bless those who can find the place and time in their lives to give this little girl the best present of her life. Not everyone can adopt, but there are many children who just need someone to be their voice.

  • Motherhood and More: Emotions spin as Mom heads back to work

    I can’t call myself a stay-at-home mom anymore.

    You see, I got a real-live, brush-your-hair-every-day, leave-the-house type of job. And I’m so excited, so thrilled and so nervous.

  • Sallie Potts doesn't let tragedy keep her down

    Vine Grove’s Sallie Potts had a life-changing experience in 2009.
    She was hit head-on by a drunken driver.

    “My life came to a dramatic change the evening of Nov. 30, 2009,” she said.

  • Determined dreamer: Obstacles didn't create regrets for boutique owner

    Despite her share of trials, tribulations and tragedy, Truletta Thomas this month marked 41 years of operating Trudy’s Wig & Beauty Boutique, a beauty shop that once was just a dream.

    “It hasn’t been easy,” Thomas said of pursuing her dream. “My mom died when I was 9.”

  • Life or Something Like It: Winter shows its wonders

    Sure, I get that everyone’s tired of winter and ready for spring already.

    That we haven’t had this many below-freezing days in a row in years.
    That we had snow on the ground for almost two weeks.

    But the trees. They were absolutely spectacular.

    After freezing rain Feb. 4 coated trees with half an inch of ice, we were treated to a winter wonderland that rivaled any staged Christmas light show.

  • Lydia Payne helps one child at a time

    Lydia Payne’s focus is to make life better for area children.

    Some of what the 59-year-old does is through the Vine Grove Optimist Club, but she helped kids long before her move to Hardin County.

    At age 19, she left her hometown in Mississippi when she became a military wife. After having two kids, that marriage ended in divorce, but she met another military man, Daniel, and has been married to him for 30 years.

    When she met him, she only weighed 72 pounds and was anorexic.

  • Got to be Real: Don't miss the meaning of Black History Month

    For some, the month of February is just the second month of the year, a time to let your sweetie know how much you care, to worry if the groundhog saw his shadow, to get income taxes done and find out if you are getting a big, fat refund check.

  • Former teacher stays after school to educate

    In the dining room of The Lord’s Supper Soup Kitchen in Radcliff, Carolyn Hicks stood at a dry erase board and jotted down the three main units of the metric system: gram, liter and meter.

    Three students who sat at a table nearby leaned forward with interest as Hicks wrote down and explained the meanings of prefixes for those units, such as kilo.

    “The first time I heard ‘kilo’ was on TV, and they were talking about drugs,” Hicks told the students.

  • Speakers with Spark: Raising self-confident children

    While getting my hair cut, I started a conversation with some lovely ladies about what they would like to read about. Overwhelmingly, they wanted to hear some ideas and suggestions on helping their children gain and keep confidence in themselves. I remember struggling with that same thought when my children were growing up. As a parent, most all of us want what is best for our child.

  • Pearl's Wisdom: A word for all occasions

    By VAL STOKAN