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Wednesday's Woman

  • 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

  • Witness to history begins new life in retirement

    Marie Clifford said she really doesn’t know what all the fuss is about.

    “I did my job and raised my children, nothing really that special,” she said.

    But after surviving bombings of her village during World War II and spending 40 years in the food service industry, retiring from Stone Hearth in Elizabethtown last month, Clifford’s story is more unique than she might think.

    She was born in 1939 in France.

    “I am as old as the war,” she said.

  • Massage therapist donates healing

    In some ways, Sondra Sells feels she was guided to become a massage therapist.

    “My mom had always wanted me to be in the health care field,” the Elizabethtown resident said, noting her mother hoped she would pursue a career as a nurse.

    Sells was 15 when her mother died suddenly of a brain aneurysm. When it came time to choose a career, Sells went into retail, following in the footsteps of her father, who worked at area stores.

  • Motherhood and More: No sick time granted for a stay-at-home mother

    It’s a bit of a cliche now, what with the popularity of mommy blogs and everyone telling everything about their lives — myself included, to a point. But as a mom, especially a stay-at-home mom, I’m not really allowed to be sick.

    I’ve been dealing with a heck of a cold, full of coughing and sneezing and headaches and the need to spend the entire day laying down watching bad TV on Netflix. I’ve lost my voice, which I at first attributed to a late night, but it lingered longer than I thought it should have.

  • Cecilia woman devotes her time to the past

    Carolyn Wimp of Cecilia spends a lot of her time engrossed in her family’s history.

    Since she was a teenager, she has asked questions about her family and charted her family lineage on a brown paper grocery bag. Her interest was mere curiosity until she saw the television mini-series “Roots” in 1977. After seeing “Roots,” Wimp said she realized finding her family’s history was possible and began researching nonstop.

  • Life or Something Like It: It's about more than coffee

    By SUZANNE DARLAND

  • Got to be Real: The calm after the storm is time to think about goals

    By Shonna Sheckles 

    Well, it is all over. The storm, that is.

    You know, the storm of people we have seen in the malls and stores for the past month or so. The storm of food that has been prepared and consumed since Thanksgiving. The storm of presents that were wrapped and then unwrapped in a frenzy by friends and loved ones.

  • Dewitt finds rewards in helping others

    From the start, Edie Dewitt was focused on being an involved parent at her children’s schools.

    “I really wanted to be involved in my kids’ school in everything from working in the classroom to making sure the playground has mulch,” Dewitt said.

    She’s volunteered for nine years at Lincoln Trail Elementary School and has worked with the youth services center at East Hardin Middle School.

  • Speakers with Spark: Warming winter thoughts

    January is a month for new beginnings, a month full of promise as spring is just around a couple corners.

    Resolutions can be a fad or tradition of old, and many resolutions fade quickly. This year, you might want to start something new: yearlong warming thoughts. Here are some suggestions for each month of the New Year.