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Wednesday's Woman

  • Life or Something Like It: A new high in parental milestones

    The most important milestones in parenting might not be first tooth, first steps or even obtaining a driver’s license.

    Sure those were exciting enough. We celebrated every one of those achievements with the obligatory smiling photo, delighting the grandparents.

    But I’m reveling in the beginning of a new chapter in the parenting adventure. As of Oct. 1, all three of my children have found full-time jobs. With benefits. And my heart is singing.

  • Going to great lengths: Vine Grove veteran creates modest woman's clothing

    Annie Varnadore sat in a motorized wheelchair at a sewing machine in the back room of her Radcliff clothing store, stitching material onto the hem of a denim skirt.

    The work was not so much about adding a decorative touch as it is about adding length.

    Varnadore, 47, who lives in Vine Grove, specializes in creating modest clothing for women. Earlier this year, Varnadore opened her store, Titus 2 Modest Woman’s Apparel, where she sells clothing she makes as well as some from manufacturers.

  • Melanie Parker gains while losing

    For Melanie Parker, loss is gain. Training for the upcoming Color Run 5K in Elizabethtown, Parker has lost 50 pounds and gained energy and confidence.

    Her first experience with The Color Run was in October 2012. She went with some friends to a run in New Orleans. She met a lot of people from all over the country among the 13,000 involved. There were young and old, women running with babies and co-workers running together.

    “I thought, ‘What a fabulous thing to bring to E’town’,” she said.

  • Got to be real: Can't get enough of new addition

    Yes, world, she is here. Lexi Grace landed all 6 pounds and 15 ounces of her in her daddy’s arms July 9.

    As we gathered around the window at Hardin Memorial Hospital to view the newest member of our family, my heart was overwhelmed with joy, love and pride. I thought my first granddaughter, the things I want her to experience and the places I want her to go.

  • Leaders are found everywhere

    Leaders are found in the most unusual places and there are many examples to follow.

    In life, when you really think about it, we are writing our own plays. We are the writers, the leaders of our lives.

    If you step back for a moment and think about your life, what would your play be like? Would it be a best seller? Would it end happily? Would you change the world? As you’re writing the play, you have a choice to hire the actors and actresses. It’s your play. So, if there is someone you don’t want to play a part, don’t give them a part.

  • Habitat home recipient builds on foundation of volunteering

    At 71 years old, Trish Crandall’s volunteer efforts include building houses.

    “I can still swing a hammer,” the Elizabethtown resident said.

    Crandall was the recipient of a house from Hardin County Habitat for Humanity, for which she was required to put in a minimum number of work hours. But after she fulfilled her obligations, she didn’t stop volunteering.

  • Motherhood and More: Whole-family friendship is much more fun

    This past weekend my family had a long-overdue get-together with some friends.

    As many parents know, trying to find the time to leave the house is extremely difficult when you have three other schedules to work around, as is the case in my household of two parents and two small children. We have soccer and birthday parties and work and school and general life duties that take up much of our time.

  • Looking through the window of Marlin Carroll's life

    In a home near downtown Elizabethtown, Marlin Carroll illustrates the passing of seasons with a department-store-window approach to decorating — and passersby have noticed.

    The 81-year-old has lived in her home 52 years and in 1985 decided to do some redecorating. The front of her house used to be a wide open porch, and she extended the living room and added a bay window.

    “I stood back and looked at that window and thought, ‘I’ve got to put something in there because it looks too big and vacant,’” she said.

  • Life or Something Like It: Let youth be lost

    While the rest of the world goes careening after lost youthful looks with plastic surgery and anti-aging cosmetics, I’m not so sure I want to be 25 again.

    OK, I did highlight my hair to help cover the gray last week.

    But I’m perfectly happy at my 50-something age that’s much closer to 60 than the decade in the first part of the phrase.

    There’s a settledness, a quiet joy and a peace that age has brought I wouldn’t trade for the smooth skin I used to have around my eyes.

  • Food feeds social growth

    Farming is a foundation for what Pem Buck teaches in her anthropology class at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College.

    Though her class is not specifically about farming, Buck said, anthropology is about understanding how social structures work. Producing food is one of the basic foundations for that, so how a society organizes itself to produce food is important to the subject.

    Producing food is among Buck’s personal background as is experiencing other cultures.