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Listening to gourds

By Jonna Spelbring Priester

Once, a customer looking at one of Lynn Horine’s pine needle baskets was puzzled.

“Is that leather?”

Bedford resident Lynn Horine working on a pine-needle gourd basket. Photo by Jonna Spelbring Priester

Bedford resident Lynn Horine working on a pine-needle gourd basket. Photo by Jonna Spelbring Priester

No, Horine told the customer. It’s a gourd.

“What’s a gourd?”

She’s a country girl now, but Bedford resident Lynn Horine grew up in the city.

Because of her own experiences, she’s not surprised by the questions some of her customers ask.

“I got to thinking back — I spent the first 21 years of my life in a city. I thought milk came from cartons, not cows. The questions aren’t silly, they just don’t know.”

Horine moved to Trimble County from Long Beach, Calif., with husband George 43 years ago. She worked at Bedford Bank several years and then took a position with Wal-Mart, where she unloaded trucks for a living before working her way to assistant manager.

And then suddenly, in 2004, the effects of degenerative disc disease left Horine incapacitated. Overnight, she was bedridden and needed help with the most basic tasks. The disease required three spinal fusion back surgeries, which themselves resulted in a small stroke.

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Kentucky Humanities October issue hot off the presses

In just a few days, the October issue of Kentucky Humanities magazine will arrive in your mailbox. Not on our mailing list? Fix that now by e-mailing your address to Editor Julie Nelson Harris at If you love Kentucky and appreciate its history, culture and heritage, you want to get this biannual publication.

October 2009 KH coverWhat will you find in this issue?

• Information about the 275th birthday celebration of Daniel Boone at Fort Boonesborough State Historic Site, plus an in-depth look at the work of Kentucky Chautauqua’s Daniel Boone, portrayed by Scott New. Also learn about the man responsible for the majority of Boone research, Lyman Draper.

• An excerpt from Kentucky author Charles Bracelen Flood’s latest book, 1864: Lincoln at the Gates of History. This chapter focuses on the events of Election Night, 1864, and is a fascinating read about this crucial time in Lincoln’s political career.

• Meet Lynn Horine, a Kentucky artist who began making pine needle gourd baskets after suffering from a degenerative disc disease.

• Read about two Kentucky universities — Campbellsville University and Northern Kentucky University — that are working to preserve history by cataloging it for the public to view.

Check the Kentucky Humanities Council Web site to download a PDF of the magazine, and join our mailing list today if you’re not already there!