Musings from the Hill, Feb. 5, 2015
February 2, 2015
Thoughts from here, there and everywhere fly quickly through my mind. What is now considered new was often well known to mankind.
Legislative update
February 2, 2015
Three weeks into the legislative session, and very little (so far) has been done to address the over $757 million in projected budgetary deficits affecting both the current fiscal year 2015 and next year’s FY 2016 budgets. The deficits are there because of one reason – Gov. Sam Brownback’s uber-business friendly tax policies.
Musings Jan. 15
January 13, 2015
A few nights ago, PBS aired an interesting program regarding the control of energy consumption. It behooves us to act now! Did you know that Germany is one of several countries who are far ahead of us in this field, even though they have fewer sunny days and less wind than in the USA?
Musings from the Hill, Jan. 8, 2015
January 6, 2015
Another year has flown away — a time for new beginnings. I was shocked to hear on public radio the frightening news that 70 percent of our nation‘s rivers are polluted.
Kansas court orders more state spending on schools
December 30, 2014
A state district court panel has ruled that Kansas isn’t spending enough money on its public schools to provide a suitable education for every child.
Musing from the Hill, 0101
02:37 p.m., December 29, 2014 Updated 02:36 p.m.
Happy New Year! My wishes for all are joy and health in the days ahead. The years fly by, where did they go? So swiftly they flew as an arrow shot into the night, is quickly lost to sight. How many years have we lost moaning over hurts and mistakes now long past? Forgive and forget.
Musings from the Hill 14/25
December 22, 2014
Many of us have special Christmas memories of times long gone: traditions passed down from generation to generation. It is a part of Christmas we should endeavor to continue —links to our past. I pass along this family tradition, the parody poem “T’was the Night Before Christmas” my mother Margaret van Haagen Howe wrote in 1955.
Musing, 12/11
December 9, 2014
Many remember that fatal day when our country was plunged into another great warThis was totally unexpected, Our warships lay in ruins and thousands of lives were lost with thousands more grievously wounded I cannot express the shock we felt as an entire nation No one seemed to be more astounded than Japanese-American citizens
Musings, 12-4
November 30, 2014
How quickly the days fly. When I was a child, I could barely wait for the day of all days. Even though we were knee-deep in the Great Depression, our mother managed to make the day special.
Musing 1127
November 24, 2014
Whatever happened to “over the river and though the woods to Grandmother’s house we go”? Has it been replaced by Black Friday and the pursuit of the big buck?
Musing 1120
November 18, 2014
This is the second try at this column, as I was unable to obtain the first version written from my lovely new abode in the friendly town of Baldwin City. Thank you to my daughter, Tricia, and the many gracious friends who so generously helped make my relocation possible
Musing 1113
November 10, 2014
One surety of life is change. Hopefully I shall return to my beloved hill when spring returns. Events beyond my control turned my life upside down, as happens to all of us eventuality. Musings will again come from my lovely newly restored home in the pleasant, well-run town of Baldwin City.
Musing 1106
November 4, 2014
A rare treat greeted my daughter Tricia and I when we visited Wells Overlook just west of Baldwin on C.R. 458. I had not been there for years. Tricia asked me why I had never suggested we stop there. Many long years ago I had been to the Overlook but what a change. A new sign ‘Wells Overlook’, replaced the old one which merely stated “Park.” I believe we used to call it Quantrill’s Overlook.
Musing 1030
October 28, 2014
How fondly we recall those Halloween days of long ago. When I was young our pranks were harmless. No destruction of property was permitted. We soaped a few windows, rang doorbells and quickly ran to hide in any nearby bushes. One trick I remember was sticking a nail through an empty spool of thread