One in every 20 homes in the U.S. contain a Thomas Kinkade painting, print or tchotchke stamped with his work. He is the most collected artist in America, but on Jan. 6, 1958, when he was born, he was just another small-town kid, living on an unpaved road in Placerville, California.

Lisa Oliver of Elizabeth­town has spent the last 27 years as an educator. Through­out the entirety of her tenure, Oliver has remained a Central Hardin High School Bruin.

Strength is a common theme in the life of Kayla Dai­ley of Elizabethtown. The 33-year-old is strong as a competitor, survivor and in her faith.

Remember when 2020 seemed so far away? The good news is, it’s now the present and we made it. The new year always beckons one to reminisce and then look to the future with hope and faith.

Norman Perceval Rock­well is most famous for cover illustrations he created for the Sat­ur­day Evening Post. Pro­duc­ing more than 4,000 original works in his life­time, this prolific artist masterfully idealized portrayals of American life.

Robin Reeder of Glendale spreads Christmas cheer wherever she goes, including Uganda.

Though West Point Inde­pendent School staff member Brittany Miller has two children of her own enrolled, she now sees herself as a parental figure to the roughly 150 other students who attend the school.

I was introduced to Chris Van Alls­burg’s enchanting book “Polar Express” when my youngest was in kin­dergarten. The illustrations were lush and the swirling snow the stuff of Christmas magic.