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Wednesday's Woman

  • 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.

  • Cowan makes impact in downtown events, animal shelter

    As Lynn Cowan strives to preserve the past for her clients, she works for a brighter future for downtown Elizabethtown, homeless pets and more.

    Cowan, 56, owner of Woodland Gallery in Elizabethtown, will mark 23 years in the framing business next month.

    “I was not a good artist, so this is a way to be around art without having to actually do it,” she said.

    Her job is more about preserving memories than simply framing a picture, she said. Within the last 10 years, she said, framing personal items has become popular.

  • 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.

  • Radcliff resident lives life of travel, history and service

    A Barbie doll shrine in Nepal and warthogs in Kenya are some of the memorable highlights in the life of Radcliff resident Florence Mason.

    Mason’s life also has included volunteer service, witnessing historic events and accomplishments that span the globe.

    Born in 1928 in Hawaii, where she grew up, Mason recalled seeing low-flying planes as a child on Dec. 7, 1941. She was with other children who were excited to see the aircraft that were so close they could see the pilots wearing headbands with the rising sun emblem.

  • 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.

  • World travel, ministry components in exciting life

    World travel and ministry, a battle with life-threatening disease and a proclivity toward poetry have given Melsa Thompson a life with a lot to appreciate.

    “I’ve had so many highlights,”the Radcliff resident said.

    Born in Pike County in eastern Kentucky in 1925, Thompson was delivered at home by her great-aunt, who forgot to mail her birth certificate. It wasn’t until 1972, when she was preparing to take a trip to Israel, that she discovered there was no record of her birth.

  • 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.