This article was originally published on 8/21/15 in the Courier-Journal.

After the crazy storm opening night of Forecastle Festival, I found myself at a booth with a gentleman going through a divorce in a state that is still fault based – i.e. adultery and mental cruelty. I was agog because as long as I have practiced in Kentucky, no fault divorce has been the law.

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You might not recognize this woman without her trademark glasses. But you will recognize her name: A. Holland “Holly” Houston, attorney and general woman about town. Holly is on the forefront of girl power here in Louisville, with her leadership on many issues in the news right now, such as equal pay, women’s rights, human rights and any other form of “uneven treatment.” She wears her emotions on her sleeve and owns them all. And for all of her Louisville love, why does she dream of the White House?

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I recently tried to match-make friends. They had similar standards of living and a panoply of common interests. Their couple-dom seemed imminent. They had a getting-to-know- you-meet, and when I checked in with him, he said something similar to she’s great and clearly at the top of her game, but I don’t want to be part of a power couple and have set my sights on women with more traditionally female traits and careers. And by traditional he meant the 1950’s and 1960’s. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

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“Community Activist Tanya Torp, program director for Step by Step, a mentoring ministry for at risk single mothers, and Holly Houston, a family court lawyer and co-founder of GLOW – Greater Louisville Outstanding Women, discuss social justice, youth empowerment, leadership development, and girl power.” Watch the video of the interview on KET.

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Read my guest post titled A Family Lawyer’s Guide to a Kids-First Divorce  on herKentucky.com.

“I was in Judge’s chambers a week or so ago talking to one of our ten Jefferson Family Court Judges about peaceful parenting for divorced parents and parents who are no longer together. On its surface, the concept seems so organic and so mindful of children’s best interests. In what is arguably an age of the most indulgent parenting in our history, parents inevitably put the kids’ needs first, right? Unfortunately in my experience it is the exception rather then the rule that once-intact couples are able to detach from blaming the partner for the breakup, and buck up, shut up and put the kids first…” Read the full article here:

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As February comes to a quick and painfully cold close, I am thankful for my ability to remain nimble to accommodate all the vortexes, weather-wise and business-wise, and for the array of offerings from tech to odd to highbrow beginning tomorrow through mid March. While the veteran socialites know to block April with a black Sharpie for pre Derby events and Derby, March is the month in which to plan all the parties and fundraisers and new ideas that universe willing, don’t require hats, fascinators, florals, seersucker or pastel anything.

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Holly Houston- Photo by Pinnacle Ten

Holly Houston- Photo by Pinnacle Ten

The weather is cramping my style. As one who loves nothing more than to meet new people out in the thick of it, there are less people out in the Arctic Vortextual temps thus less mixing to be had. No more though! As February is packed with chances to meet and greet and celebrate including on February 1, the 200th anniversary of the Culbertson Mansion, a mere hop and skip across the mighty (frozen) Ohio, great plays and the always fun Lobster Feast for Actors Theatre on February 8, The 2nd annual Gravy Cup for Boys and Girls Haven on February 16, the screening of “Raising Ms. President” by our own Kiley Lane on February 25, Moth Story Slam at Headliner’s with “Vices” for its theme on February 25 and for the lovers and dreamers, “Romeo and Juliet” presented by Kentucky Opera on Valentine’s Day weekend.

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Holly Houston- Photo by Pinnacle Ten

Holly Houston- Photo by Pinnacle Ten

NuLu I love you. In the last three years, development and commerce within a few blocks between 600 and 800 East Market revolutionized the city. I frequent you almost daily. But, it seems like it’s time to broaden our horizons and extend our vision to other parts of the city we call Possibility so that the love we’ve shown you we can now extend to others.

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Chaturanga Dandasana is a basic yoga pose that requires you to hover in a low plank position with your elbows tucked neatly at your sides and then pull your body through the pose until you’re in a low cobra. While a core strength move to be sure, what it really requires is upper arm strength. You have to build your way into the pose.

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Read the ‘Overextending But Staying Sane’ article from the October 2013 Today’s Woman magazine online.

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