Friday, June 30, 2017

Seven Ways to Build True Grit

By Bob Mueller


I have always liked the term true grit, which I first heard from the title of an old John Wayne movie. It’s apparent that true grit is a quality that people from all walks of life possess. It takes as much true grit to rise from homelessness to job stability and home ownership as it does to be a concert level pianist.

Having true grit is applicable to accomplishing many important goals in our lives, particularly if we have long-term ambitions for ourselves that will involve years of hard work, persistence, setbacks, lack of family support, and other difficult conditions. We may even need true grit to overcome an affluent childhood during which we were never criticized or asked to do something hard.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Our July Issue is Out!


In this issue we confront a different comfort zone — it is about taking a step into the world of beauty treatments. Whether it becomes a regular maintenance routine you do for yourself or a one-time treat, a little glamour can change how you feel and think about yourself. Be a Glam Girl and yourself at the same time.



What To Do This Weekend — Independence Day Edition


This week we are extending our weekend reach to include some Fourth of July events to help you celebrate on into Tuesday's holiday. For example, celebrate Independence Day in 1817 at Locust Grove (above) and experience life 200 years ago. Hear readings of the Declaration of Independence throughout the day, and remember why we celebrate. We've also included ways you can celebrate local businesses, learn more about a public community art series, check out some athletes at the top of their sport, or watch bursts of fireworks in the night sky.

Check out some ideas for a great weekend:

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

How to Make a Visit Meaningful: A balloon might be a perfect thing to take

By Megan S. Willman




When Katherine Autin’s husband was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2004, she didn’t know much about the disease except for what she had heard from stars like Michael J. Fox and Muhammad Ali. Faced with this mysterious and complicated disease, Katherine began to learn as much as she could for her husband. After years of study and hands-on experience, Katherine founded Parkinson Partners LLC in 2012, which works as a patient advocate and educator to help individuals and families learn what to expect as the disease progresses. She understands both professionally and personally how difficult it can be to watch a loved one suffer the symptoms and complications of Parkinson’s. “That’s where I feel my strength is. I have seen how all this comes together, and I want to help others through the process,” Katherine says.

Monday, June 26, 2017

“As soon as I started lifting heavy things, it changed everything.”

By Brigid Morrissey

Margaret Mathy is a Millennial who contradicts that generation’s stigma of laziness and a sense of entitlement. As a former athlete and current personal trainer at 413 Fitness in New Albany, she has muscled her way into the realm of holistic living. At age 24, the road to this mindset, albeit short, has involved many twists and turns.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

One of Erica Lee Williams’s Obsessions

By Lucy M. Pritchett



From age 7 when she announced she was going to be ‘a tourney’ when she grew up, Erica Lee Williams never had a Plan B.She graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Law in 2002. In 2009 she was appointed district court judge and then successfully ran for the seat twice and is on next year’s ballot. Away from the courtroom, she enjoys relaxing with her husband Jason Williams and 5-year-old daughter Jacqueline. Her challenge that doesn’t involve a gavel? Getting a garden to grow. Photos by Melissa Donald.


The One Thing Ann Gregory Wants You to Know

By Lucy M. Pritchett


Ann Gregory left an executive job to start a retail door company with her father. When the business first opened, she handled all aspects of the job herself. Now, 20 years later, the company also sells custom windows and has 15 employees. Her sister Laurie Scarborough has joined her as equal partner in the business. On Ann’s to-do list? Become a master gardener. Photos by Melissa Donald.


Saturday, June 24, 2017

“I never thought I’d be the subject of any cyberbully, especially not Bilal’s fans.”

By Bella Portaro-Kueber 

Photos by Sunni Wigginton


What does cyberbullying look like to a victim? We hear about cyberbullying happening to teens, but many adults are also victims. Jessica “Jessi” Powell is one of those adults, who has been trying to survive the bullying scrutiny of her husband’s fans.

Friday, June 23, 2017

How This Bride Filled Her Wedding With Meaningful Details

By Bridgette Lipman
Photo by BG Photography, Morgan Berry Gould



Bridgette Lipman and James Morris married in October of last year at 6:30 in the evening in a ceremony with around 150 guests. Read about some of the details they worked into the wedding to make it perfect for them.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

What To Do This Weekend



This weekend, watch a battle for the throne in Kentucky Shakespeare's production of Richard II at the C. Douglas Ramey Amphitheater in historic Old Louisville’s Central Park. The play is part of the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival, the oldest free Shakespeare festival in the country. This weekend also offers opportunities to admire the beauty of multiple varieties of daylilies (even from a hot air balloon!), bid on a date with a bachelor for a good cause, have some family fun at the track, or catch a movie or free outdoor concerts.

Check out our selections below, and have a great weekend!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

What We Love About Rachelle Starr’s Mission

By Miranda Popp




It’s about more than the renowned pastries, but rather about the mission behind it.

Monday, June 19, 2017

What Connie Leonard is Watching

By Lucy M. Pritchett




Oddly enough, after 20 years reporting the real news for WAVE 3 News, Connie Leonard finds her relaxation and laughs by watching reality TV. Her recurring nightmare is one in which she arrives late and misses the live shot for a broadcast story. She recently changed her work schedule so she can take her daughter to school and be home in time to tuck her in at night. You might be surprised at the person she would like to interview today. Photo by Melissa Donald.


Brooke Vaughn is Keeping It Real

By Lucy Pritchett




She thought she would be baking chocolate chip cookies and selling coffee until retirement. But as Please & Thank You cafés and bakeries expanded, Brooke Vaughn took on a whole new role in the business — ensuring its growth. She says she’s happiest when working on new projects, and she rocks her tattoos proudly. Photo by Melissa Donald.


Carole C. Pfeffer’s Other Talent

By Lucy M. Pritchett


She has served academia her entire career, moving from teaching to administration. If she hadn’t become provost of Bellarmine University, Carole Pfeffer might have tried for a career as a standup comic — or an astronaut.
Her treasured possession is her Lexus convertible, and she lets the top-down breezes blow her troubles away. She is living her motto: Have fun along the way.Photo by Melissa Donald.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Just Ask Joyce: How do you discipline a child who can’t control the reason behind her problem?”

By Joyce Oglesby



Q: “My child has a sensitive food disorder. It’s not detectable to look at her, but if she happens to eat something that triggers the sensitivity, it manifests itself in acting out and even temper tantrums. When I’m in public, I’m often embarrassed at the disruption because people are rude with their looks and sometimes even make critical comments about my parenting. My husband gets frustrated because I don’t want to go out to dinner with or without our child, but I don’t feel comfortable leaving her at home, either. It’s a dilemma. She’s under a doctor’s care, but how do you discipline a child who can’t control the reason behind her problem?”

Saturday, June 17, 2017

“It’s Exhausting...Trying, Painful,” describes this woman who is fighting obesity

By Ashli Findley



Nancy Bailey is a wife and mother of two teenagers. She runs her own company: Bailey Safety, a consulting and training firm for construction companies. She is also an avid lover of the outdoors. You’ll find her doing anything from tending to her chickens and dogs on the family’s 52-acre property to wakeboarding and surfing.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Leigh Pittman’s First Job Will Make You Laugh

By Lucy M. Pritchett




Leigh Pittman once played Easter bunny at a local shopping center. Now she is director of information technology at Brown-Forman. She has also worked in the world of finance and investments. She says she has learned to soften her Type A personality, although to talk to her you wouldn’t know it. She has had quite a career path, and she shares the lessons she has learned along the way. Photo by Melissa Donald.

Karyn Hascal’s Favorite Way to Unwind

By Lucy M. Pritchett





Forty years on the job and Karyn Hascal’s passion for working in the field of alcohol and drug addiction has not waned. For the past nine years she has been president of The Healing Place. She has traveled to foreign places and tasted many unusual foods, but we’ll let her tell you about that. Her latest enthusiasm is ballroom dancing. No Netflix nights for this woman–she doesn’t sit to relax. Photo by Melissa Donald.


January Taylor-Mills Can’t Get Through the Workday Without This

By Lucy M. Pritchett


January Taylor-Mills received a full basketball scholarship from Bellarmine University, founded her own successful medical billing company, and is now writing a book. She works hard and out loud to make her dreams come true. She’s a fervent fan of Chanel’s Mademoiselle perfume. And don’t even get her started on the importance legal pads play in her life. Photo by Melissa Donald.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

What To Do This Weekend


It's Father's Day weekend! In honor of all of the great dads out there, we've provided a few ideas for activities you can enjoy, where they get a little something extra to celebrate them.

Check out our ideas below for a fun time with Dad and other events for everyone to enjoy!

Why Terri Graham Says It’s Okay Not to Know the Answer Every Time

By Lucy M. Pritchett




An early childhood event influenced this woman’s leadership style. From registered nurse to administrator to her current position as chief clinical officer of Hosparus Health, Terri Graham has been in healthcare her entire career. On her mind? She wants to change the conversation about end-of-life care. She says she responds to change with change, and to that end, she recently designed a new home to fit her changing lifestyle. Photo by Melissa Donald

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Make Traveling Easy When Getting Around is Tough

By Megan Seckman



Creating the perfect vacation takes vision, research, and preparation. Preparation for travel with a loved one with mobility issues takes a team. There are so many details to consider. How do you travel from the hotel to a museum or restaurant? How do you get down the narrow aisle of a plane? What type of room should you reserve? What if you’d like to take a stroll on the beach? What equipment should you bring or what can you rent?

With a little help from Sharron Akin, a seasoned caretaker of a friend with atypical Parkinsonism, let Today’s Transitions be your travel team. We will help you so that you don’t forget the intricate details necessary for successful travel.

Why Read Today’s Transitions?


Do your parents or grandparents need some extra help simplifying their lives? You can find great ideas on navigating your way through your situation by reading the latest issue of Today’s Transitions magazine. Here are a few more reasons you’ll want to read the summer issue.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Phyllis Haag Smith is a Hemp Farmer — and it is paying the bills

By Megan M. Seckman



Think “hemp farmer” and I’m sure your mental image conjures up someone bearded and bohemian.

But Kentucky, it’s time you met your real local hemp farmer: Phyllis Haag Smith. She’s 67, a part-time elderly caregiver, women’s fitness coach, farmer’s market vendor, and a full-time grandmother. She loves heirloom tomatoes, Wendell Berry, Kentucky history, and, of course, farming. She and her husband have worked their Henry County land, Green’s Fork Farm, for decades, and they think they’ve finally found a crop that can pay the mortgage and secure their retirement: hemp.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

How Denise Zeydel Always Makes Time for Herself

By Lucy M. Pritchett



She began working part time at Z Salon and Spa when she was in college and now is part owner of the business. She has a good work ethic and enjoys the energy and company of the people who come to the salon to relax and be pampered. In a way she has fulfilled her childhood dream of becoming an archaeologist, only the artifacts she studies happen to be brushes and blow dryers. (Spoiler alert: She would rather eat Cheez-Its than chocolate.) Photo by Melissa Donald.


How Robbie Bartlett Ends Each Performance on a High Note

By Lucy M. Pritchett



Above all, this woman is an entertainer, delighting audiences with her brand of jazz and old R&B. Think Etta James, Frank Sinatra, Billie Holiday, Aretha Franklin, and Marvin Gaye. Her first solo performance was at age 4 when she treated the church congregation to her version of The Lord Will Make a Way Somehow. You might even catch her singing while mowing the grass on one of her two — yes, two — John Deere lawn tractors. Photo by Melissa Donald.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Try this Delicious Summer Salad

By Paige Rhodes




If you’re a true Southerner, your summers were probably spent snacking on vegetables from the garden. This surely included cucumbers that were soaked in white vinegar, sugar, and water. Maybe it’s because cucumbers are a bountiful summer crop, but that dish seemed to be a commonality in a lot of families. This Cucumber, Radish, and Fennel Salad with Mandarin Dressing is a modern homage to that beloved snack. Every time you enjoy it, you will be taken back to those sticky days filled with deceptive Cool Whip containers packed with sour soaked cucumbers. This salad is even better on day two after the vinaigrette has time to soak into the veggies, but they still retain their addicting crunch. This dish may become your new favorite go-to BBQ addition.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Quick Beach Getaway

By Megan M. Seckman






No one let me in on the secret, but now I know.

Every year I search and search for an easy, affordable beach getaway for my family and either come up empty-handed or disappointed. At last, I think I’ve found my beach. Hilton Head has satisfied all my family’s yearnings: it’s close enough to drive without everyone killing each other in transit; the pristine beach is expansive enough that you don’t feel like one in a herd of colorful, greased seals vying for your square of sand; and the planning and development of the island make it so you don’t have to work very hard to have any of your needs met.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

What To Do This Weekend



This weekend, there's work to be done and fun to be had! Your family and friends can help clean up our environment at Saturday morning's Ohio River Sweep (pictured above) at the Falls of the Ohio, and get a free T-shirt. This weekend also offers opportunities to be amazed by acrobatics, party with the animals, relax with some yoga, and more.

Look below for more weekend activities:

Kelly McCormick’s Strategy for Handling Defeat

By Lucy M. Pritchett








Kelly McCormick knows no fear. When she was 9 and first skied down the snowy course at Butler State Park, she found her calling as an athlete. Now, 25 years later, she has competed three times in the World Winter Special Olympic Games and has won a medal each time. She won a gold medal in the Giant Slalom* event at the 2017 World Winter Games in Austria. She placed fourth in the Super Giant Slalom as well. When she is not practicing her ski moves, she volunteers with Metropark Adaptive Leisure Center in Berrytown.


Wednesday, June 7, 2017

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Why Tori Heyman Loves 30-Min Workouts

By Brittani Dick







Mornings for this busy fitness coach involve toddler cuddles, a healthy breakfast, and a quick workout. Tori Heyman, 27, founder of Tori Heyman Fit Life, swears by quick and efficient workouts that she can do from the comfort of her own home.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Flying (Literally) Toward Positive Choices

By Megan S. Willman




Laura Benson Jones is committed to raising kids to a higher level, and she takes that goal literally. Dismayed by the rising number of young people impacted by drug and alcohol use in our society, Laura decided to do what she could to help youth in our community make positive life choices.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Ann Carruthers Says You Can Make a Difference

By Brigid Morrissey





Ever wanted to quit your day job and join the nonprofit realm? Leaving routine and a certain set of expectations comes with risk, but if anyone can succeed at making community service into a legitimate career, it’s Ann Carruthers.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

My husband wants to stay in his affair — and stay married to me.

By Joyce Oglesby



Q: “I don’t want to lose my husband, but he wants to stay in his affair and stay married to me. He presents a great argument for the reasoning — he doesn’t want our kids to have part-time parents, we’d have to split everything, and it would be difficult for both of us to economically survive. I’m torn because I love him, but I’m not sure I can share him, either. How do I convince myself to be OK with something I’m not comfortable with?

Friday, June 2, 2017

Three Shows You Should See This Month

By Gioia Patton/Arts Insider




Stages of Bloom
Bunbury Theatre

Bunbury Theatre Company closes out its 2016-17 season with a new play by Kentucky playwright Liz Fentress.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

What To Do This Weekend


All aboard for a fun-filled weekend! Take a ride on everyone's favorite tank engine, enjoy some great outdoor concerts, have a family adventure at Churchill Downs, find beauty at flower and plant shows, and more.

See below for a list of activities to fill your weekend with smiles:

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