Hannah Brown

Mission create change

In 2003, Dr. Roger Strunk set out with a team of 12 area doctors to help people in Honduras still living in the aftermath of Hurricane Mitch that occurred five years earlier. “The hurricane inundated Honduras with water,” Strunk said. “It poured rain for days. Cities washed away. Five years later when we went, they were still suffering incredible consequences from that.” One of the immediate effects that the team set out to reverse was the parasite problem. One of the team members was Sister Lorraine, with Water with Blessings out of Middletown. She and the doctors saw the...

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Getting in the Christmas spirit

When you walk into Kim Bell’s Indian Hills home at Christmastime, you can’t help but get into the holiday spirit. Everywhere you look has a touch of the holiday. Kim and her husband, Dave, moved into the home 31 years ago, and about five years ago completed a major renovation. They knocked down walls to create a more open concept between the kitchen, dining and front and back living rooms. A wall with a two-way fireplace divides the living rooms. The kitchen has an abundance of counter space that Kim has decorated with a vintage Christmas theme. About six...

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Add these books to your winter reading list

“Boy, Snow, Bird” by Helen Oyeyemi “This imaginative novel explores identity, race and family, arguing in brilliant language that black, white, good, evil, beauty and monstrosity are different sides of a single, awesome truth.” — People Communication can be difficult, especially between different generations, cultures and races because each of us has a fundamentally different perspective influenced by our experiences. “Boy, Snow, Bird” by Helen Oyeyemi centers around this difficulty, examining the relationship between an abusive parent and daughter, a White woman and her biracial daughter, and two sisters, one of whom can pass as White while the other cannot. It is a book filled with imaginary fairy tales, evil parents and trauma. The central character of “Boy, Snow, Bird” is a White woman named Boy Novak, and the book follows her from her adolescence in the 1930s through her adulthood in the ’50s and ’60s. Boy has always had extremely fair hair and spent most of her life admiring it, leading her to develop a strange and slightly obsessive relationship with mirrors. However, she was never good at getting along with others and was always a bit wry, a bit aloof. Her father, Frank Novak, was an abusive rat catcher who would torment rats and Boy until she eventually ran away to the idyllic, fairy tale-esque town of Flax Hill. It was there that she met Arturo Whitman, a...

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‘Trust in the journey’: Mary West breathes life back into self and home

When Mary West makes a goal, she sees it through. In July 2019, she set out to refurbish her 1950 bungalow on Fifth Avenue with a goal to have it done by Thanksgiving, which was exactly what she was able to accomplish. “It has been really satisfying seeing this cute bungalow that I love come to fruition,” West said. Up until last year, West spent her entire adult life caring for her family — first her grandparents then her parents. She traveled between Frankfort and Louisville often to care for them. Her Fifth Avenue home was more like a...

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Chasing horizons: Charles Bogart joins the Navy, sees the world

Out of high school, Charles Bogart knew one thing — he wanted to travel the world. As he walked past the post office in his hometown of Fort Thomas, Kentucky, near Newport, he would stop and look at recruitment posters for the Navy. “There was no money in my family to send me to college,” Bogart said. “I had never been anywhere. “The signs said ‘Join the Navy and see the world.’” The Navy served as a means of escape for Bogart, allowing him to see a part of the world other than the world his parents were locked...

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