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Wednesday's Woman

  • Art teacher's compassion helps troubled youth

    “I like teenagers. I’m weird that way,” Sheryl Lett Chapman said.

    She not only works with a group of 11th- and 12th-grade girls at Memorial United Methodist Church, where her husband is pastor, but also at the Lincoln Village Youth Development Center. 

    The latter is her passion.

    Someone at her church who mentors at Lincoln Village asked if Chapman would be interested in mentoring. Chapman admitted mentoring wasn’t her thing but she had volunteered as an art teacher in various places.

  • The Art of Performance: The performance of "The King's Speech"

    You might have wondered about the best picture selection of the “The King’s Speech” at the Oscar award ceremony this past week. This movie is the true story of King George VI of England who ascends to the throne just as England is entering into World War II against Germany. One of his first official acts is to inform the nation they are going to war to protect their country. This is one of the most important moments in England’s history and it was a performance of a lifetime for King George VI.

  • The importance of 'we'

    Displaying quotes and photos of such strong and successful women as Edith Wharton, Ruth Gordon and Oprah Winfrey, a bulletin board in the Elizabethtown Community and Technical College science building is representative of the achievements aspired to by the students who created it.

    The bulletin board was created by the ECTC organization “we.”

  • Penny Edwards: Giving shelter to the voiceless

    Penny Edwards remembers being 4 when she first watched “The Wizard of Oz” and saw the Wicked Witch kick Toto.

    “I screamed bloody murder,” Edwards said. “It took my mom forever to calm me down.”

    That would not be the last time Edwards spoke up for an animal.

    Today, Edwards is on the verge of reaching 19 years as an employee of Animal Refuge Center in Vine Grove where she is shelter manager. She volunteered there for a few years before becoming an employee.

  • The Art of Performance: Containing test anxiety

    The pressure on kids to perform in school is immense. There has been an increase in this pressure by the use of standardized tests, as required by the state of Kentucky.

    Every student in school today faces the pressures of taking tests which will determine if they graduate as well as recording their progression in their school career. Teachers are also impacted by these scores as schools are evaluated by the students' standardized tests scores.

  • Kyu Reisch: Volunteering is her life

    Kyu Reisch may stand just under five feet tall, but the long list of ways she’s served her community makes her one of the tallest women in town.

    She's logged more than 17,000 hours of volunteer service with the American Red Cross, donated another 5,000 volunteer hours to Army Community Service, provided her bilingual skills as a volunteer translator and has somehow found time along the way to run a restaurant and stand out athletically.

  • Ask the Expert: Home organization

    Valentine’s Day is a holiday full of meaning. This week, we saw kids get excited about giving the “just right” valentine cards for the girls and the boys. Teenage sweethearts got a thrill selecting a huge, gaudy stuffed animal for their sweetie. Folks in “mature” relationships crowded the greeting card aisles on February 14.

    All this talk about love set a thought rolling in my mind. Why do we love our stuff so that it controls the way we live in our homes, relate to other people and spend our money?

  • Life or something like it: Student bloopers

    Over the course of teaching freshman writing for 21½ years, I’ve read thousands and thousands of essays.

    Some delighted and surprised me (criteria one of my colleagues requires of an “A” paper). The vast majority of them were uninspiring, written hurriedly and with little attention to detail, penned just to satisfy the requirements of the assignment.

  • Women With A Purpose offers "royal" help

    A special group of women have been lending their hands to help the community, leaving behind a purple wake of good deeds.

    Purple is the signature color of Women With A Purpose, a group whose mission statement describes them as "a group of dynamic Christian women" whose puprose is to be a positive influence. The group seeks to provide cultural acitvities and civic and social entertainment to the Hardin County community.

  • The Art of Performance: Preparing for auditions, containing anxiety

    I like to listen to performers of all ages talk about what they are going to do in their next audition. It does not matter whether the audition is for acting or singing on the stage or for an athletic team, there are significant preparations to be done before the big day.