Wednesday's Woman

  • Johnson finds self through fitness

    As a single mother of four boys, 34-year-old Angela Johnson finds strength through teaching and fitness.

    A second-grade teacher at Lakewood Elementary School, she earned a teaching degree, graduating with honors, while going through a divorce.

    Her inspiration to become a teacher was two-fold. Her own children inspired her and she wanted to change the lives of other children. That goal is more difficult to achieve than she imagined, but so far it’s been a rewarding career, she said.

  • Crafting a new chapter in life

    Barbara Goodin Hunt holds a flat strand of reed under the stream of tap water, making sure to soak the entire length, which is maybe a bit more than a foot long.

    “You start with wet reed,” Hunt, 75, said, explaining the water makes the reed more pliable and prohibits breakage.

    Taking her place at a table in D.J.’s Antiques & More, Hunt deftly weaves the strand of reed over and under the framework of a basket.

    “When I first started, I was probably averaging one a week,” she said.

  • We like our road trips

    My husband, Chuck, and I pack our suitcases, hop in the Town and Country, and plug in the GPS even when we know where we’re going to visit friends in Tennessee or family in Georgia, Virginia and now South Carolina.

    Now that there’s just two of us, we no longer have to do the hyper-planning we once did to make sure we had enough non-perishable, non-messy snacks and things to do to keep small boys occupied. Those were the days before every vehicle with children on board was equipped with twin DVD players showing SpongeBob or favorite Disney movies.

  • Got to be Real: Nipping irritating behavior

    I have to ask myself often what is it that really gets under my skin. With me being me, there are many things that make my list of pet peeves. I will not go into all of them for it might make me appear perfect, which I am not.

    The first would have to be hearing a mom say to her child or children, “I’m going to tell your father on you when he gets home.”

  • Karen Blaiklock, keeping the county healthy

    Karen Blaiklock’s job with Hardin Memorial Health centers on health education and illness prevention for Hardin Countians. Her passion has led to a role with the board of the Louisville affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

  • Speakers with Spark: Remember to S.M.I.L.E., celebrate life

    Column by Susan Rider

  • Found in translation: Work with Spanish-speaking residents among roles for Upton woman

    Arlene Quinones wasn’t sure what the future held when she was laid off at the Ford plant in Louisville.

    That future turned out to be a big change for Quinones.

    The Upton resident soon found herself pursuing a college degree as a nontraditional student and working as a translator at a health department.

    “I never worked inside in my life,” Quinones, 49, said.

  • Motherhood & More: Mom gets a break, accomplishes nothing

    Last week my in-laws took the kids to the zoo. And I think it’s the longest I’ve been by myself in at least two years, probably more.
    It’s a weird feeling.

    I spent days looking forward to it and writing down stuff I hoped to accomplish. My to-do list was longer than it had any right to be. I’d written things like “clean out closets, upstairs and down,” “make squash compote,” “clean baseboards” and, most importantly, “write column.”

  • Life behind the stage: Betty Marsee is ‘Youth Theatre’s fairy godmother’

    The Marsee name has been synonymous with the Youth Theatre of Hardin County for 38 years.

    “I like to think of Mrs. Marsee as Youth Theatre’s fairy godmother,” youth theater participant Kaity Paschetto said.

    Like Cinderella’s fairy godmother, Marsee costumes the kids, makes them feel good about themselves and sends them out on stage.

    Bill and Betty Marsee got involved with the program when their daughter was in YTHC’s third show in 1974.

  • A helping hand

    Through United Way of Central Kentucky more than a dozen area nonprofit agencies receive money. Among the many volunteers important to making that happen is Susan Gifford.

    Last month, Gifford, 38, received the 2012 Community Impact Award presented by UWCK for her work to increase employee giving. She is marketing director at the Swope Family of Dealerships, where she’s also employee campaign manager for the charitable organization and a 12-year contributing employee.