Roxie’s Cottage

Roxie Hatler, 92, has run Roxie’s Cottage Restaurant on the corner of Louisville Road and Old Porter Pike in Bowling Green, Ky, for 28 years. It’s not quite 4 a.m. on a Friday morning in…

Leisa Hutchison: A Life Devoted to Helping the Disabled

Leisa Hutchison with her son Ben, Nov. 13, 2017. At a table in the middle of a large room at Thanksgiving dinner for Best Buddies, the organization’s president, Leisa Hutchison, 55, scooped food from her…

Ayurveda in the West

W hen an upscale boutique in trendy East Nashville hosts an event called “Managing Anxiety with Ayurveda,” they offer rosé. I declined the rosé. Instead, I sipped on the herbal tea I bought at Ugly…

Parents in Rural Kentucky Struggle to Help Their Foster Sons

Laura Webb talks with her foster sons Dawson and Alex in the kitchen of their home in Edmonson County. Laura has been their foster mother for over three years and will adopt them in the…

Shelter from the Storm

The main gathering room of the Catholic Action Center is crowded. It’s Sunday, and more than 100 people are sitting and standing at various donated tables, chairs and couches around the room, waiting for the…

Kentucky’s last abortion clinic

On the sidewalk of a four-lane, one-way street, a woman walks to EMW Surgical Center in Louisville, Kentucky for her appointment. It’s a Saturday morning in the fall and the sun is just about the…

How I Met My Mother

My childhood was periodically sugar-free. Sporadic impulses led Mom to purge the house of junk food, disfiguring the pantry with Kix cereal and Nutrigrain bars. Kix tastes like cardboard spritzed with sugar water. In 2% milk, the…

Growing Together

After long hours of working in the fields, Drew Snider stretches and hops down off his tractor and heads toward the barn. His wife, Laney, greets him with a wide smile and a handful of…

“Baked” treats defy Kentucky law

O n one cold October night, she walks into her galley kitchen barefoot, scratching her head before switching on the light above the oven. She reaches into her light brown cabinet to grab her white…

When I’m Healed

Beverly checks for messages on Facebook at the Warren County Public Library. She received a message from her son, Jacob, saying he couldn’t come visit her like he had hoped. B everly Carr, 53, writes down…

Multicultural dinner is family tradition

T welve ramekin-size white dishes are brought out on a brown plastic tray by an older Korean woman who speaks broken English and spends her time between the front and back of house. We, the…

Splitting a Family: A Scientology Story

Danni Peck, 24, has lived in an apartment with her husband, Adam Sims, in Bowling Green since 2014. She and Sims moved from Nashville the same year she left the Church of Scientology. J udging…

It Started With Soccer

The boys of the Bowling Green Projects United soccer team huddle in a corner of the field before their game. Their coach, Daniel Tarnagda, opens a box of brand new uniforms and passes them out….

American girl, Bosnian girl

T he chandelier-lit living room fills with a burst of laughter that drowns out the Bosnian reality show, “Couples,” on the large TV across the living room. A framed Quran clock hangs above. Damira Ibresevic,…

Riverview: The house on the hill

The historic house stood on a rounded hill with a slim, autumn leaf-covered driveway looping around it. Christmas wreaths hung from the white double doors and green garland was draped over the railings. The red…

Diversity born from civil war: refugees from Myanmar in Bowling Green

A traditional dance is performed by members of the Karenni refugee community at Warren Central High School in Bowling Green prior to a screening of “Like We Don’t Exist” Nov. 18.   Lam Nu, 26,…

A Taste of the United States

Many families have come to America hoping to find better opportunities and a better life. Sefika Varajic, and her family were one of those families. In Bowling Green they were able to start a business, which stayed…

‘Not just about books’: Warren County library serves as millennial hotspot

Yoga classes are taught at the Bob Kirby Branch every Monday from 6-7 p.m. Instructor Laura Beth Fox-Ezell said crowds are usually twice as big as they were on this Monday evening of Thanksgiving week. The…

Appetite for success

Silverware clinking against plates and light conversation filled the space at The Bistro where 39-year-old owner and executive chef Sasha Mandrapa sat comfortably in a black leather-upholstered booth. On the table there was a notepad…

You know, until you don’t

“Who do you want to be? What do you want to do?” I remember the clicking and tapping sound throughout the computer lab, the whirr of the monitor and the hushed conversations of the children…

The Corvette Museum – A Car Enthusiast’s Dream

Before you step through the doors of the National Corvette Museum, you know that this is a haven for car enthusiasts. A conspicuous yellow dome is designed to evoke the taillight of the Corvette Stingray….

The Wild World of Waz

On most nights, Waz Blankenship, 62, can be found in his basement, surrounded by 10,000 of his favorite records and the painted faces of dead and tortured artists. His birth name is Warren, but Blankenship…

Marijuana a solution for Kentucky’s pension crisis?

For Heather Mendez, 38 of Glasgow, the pension crisis in Kentucky hits close to home with her brother being a teacher at Grapevine Elementary School in Madisonville, Kentucky. Mendez’s brother, along with thousands of other…

Domestic Violence Shelters Struggle to Meet Needs

Domestic violence shelters in Kentucky and nationwide are struggling to meet a growing need for services. In Bowling Green, Kentucky, the Barren River Area Safe Space (BRASS) is at or above capacity most of the year….

My small, black suitcase

I remember the continuous packing. Every Friday afternoon I would gather up my clothes for the coming school week and my ratty, stuffed golden retriever, Shadow, who was my riding companion from house to house….

Kim Greene: Chasing Dreams

Kim Greene, 68, stopped practicing law after 25 years to practice dream tending, helping others to better interpret meanings of their dreams. Greene now tends dreams in the upstairs loft of her home in Louisville, Ky….

The value of family

Traveling to America was nothing Senida Husić had ever experienced as a 12-year-old. She and her parents and four younger siblings took three plane rides to reach Bowling Green, Kentucky. This was the family’s first time…

A Little Taste of Bosnia in BG

O n the corner of Old Morgantown Road and Parkhurst Drive, between slender white, wooden columns, in mesh black chairs, hazed by cigarette smoke and steamy espresso, two older gentleman converse, speaking softly, in a…

Revamping a community favorite

The neon lights above Bowling Green’s Capitol theater used to signify that a social event for the community and its guests lied just beyond the double doors of the building. Recently, though, those glowing letters…

Debating Marijuana in Kentucky

In the lobby of a crowded doctors office, Lisa Howard, a 53-year-old waitress from Bardstown, is patiently awaiting her appointment with her eye doctor. Howard suffers from glaucoma, a disease that damages the eye’s optic…

Traveling through a failing memory

With my grandmother, Elizabeth Oudhuis DeLetter, August 2015. Photo provided by Emily DeLetter. “I’ve been to Java, Batra, Sumatra, Borneo, Celebes, Bali, Lombok, Sumba, Sumbawa, Flores, Timor, enzoorvort…”  I’m fiddling with my napkin. I watch…

Jimmy with Asperger’s: The Early Years

It was a typical preschool classroom in Hendersonville, Tennessee, on a hot August day in 1997. Four-year-old kids were playing with toys and socializing with one another as they waited for someone to pick them…

Bowling Green residents react to confederate statue removal

As passerbys hustled about their days, Walter Wilkerson, 77, sat with his thoughts in the crisp September air. Wilkerson, of Adolphus, who boasted of long southern lineage, said he believed the removal of Confederate monuments…