Musing 0731
July 27, 2014
I received many responses from my last column regarding old songs from years long gone. If anyone has mementoes from long ago perhaps it is time to consider donation to the history room in the Baldwin City Public Library. A friend supplied me with the words to the school song of Vinland High School.
Musings 0717
July 14, 2014
A change of pace from last week’s history lesson regarding the Declaration of Independence. A chance remark by a friend patrolling Signal Oak Hill set my thoughts on new paths. She had encouraged wild blue flowers blooming in her yard until she was surrounded by them.
Musings 0710
July 8, 2014
What happened to the signers of the Declaration of Independence, the brave men who pledged “our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honors?” They signed, knowing they could lose their lives and property and in so doing also put their families in jeopardy.
Linwood’s Operation WildLife aiding animals despite challenges
July 2, 2014
Operation WildLife’s 20 years in operation helping injured and sick animals is often tested by financial struggles and the constant influx on animals, but that’s not stopping the organization’s founder or its volunteers.
Musings 0703
June 30, 2014
Long years ago our ancestors fought to secure our independence. When the story is truly realized we should be proud that we stood strong while defying the largest army and navy in the world. Despite the fact that we had no standing army or navy we relied upon a rag-taggle militia backed by legions of men, women and children.
Musing from the Hill 0626
June 23, 2014
Found—the fireflies! One night I sat late upon my deck enjoying welcome cooling night breezes. Summer heat had finally caught up with us. We were wondering what had happened to our normal hot Kansas summers.
Musings from the Hill, June 19
June 16, 2014
If Mike Davis can dodge between rainfalls, the grass will slowly come under control. I know we needed the rain but—as they say in New Jersey —“enough already.” Give us a break
Musing, June 6, 2014
June 2, 2014
I had many comments about the flour sack underwear poem in last week’s column. I did not know that later flour sacks came in a variety of prints. Some were flowered and the difficulties in obtaining just one more sack to finish a garment endangered an entire project.
Musing 0529
May 27, 2014
A change of pace from my last column concerning the necessity of acting fast when dealing with a stroke. I shall recall those cherished days of yore still fresh in the memories of many
Kansas mayor faces recall vote in council dispute
May 25, 2014
A small-town Kansas mayor faces an August recall vote after critics say she violated the state’s open meetings law and doesn’t get along well with most City Council members.
Musings 0522
May 19, 2014
Important information for those as ignorant as I was regarding how to handle a stroke. Recently, I had a stroke and I learned a few things formerly unknown to me. Fortunately, I quickly recovered with no apparent damage
Musing 0515
May 12, 2014
I am enjoying the merry month of May. In the evening I linger longer on the deck reveling in the shade provided by my finally full leafed silver maples. We planted them many years ago because they are fast growing.
Musings 0508
May 5, 2014
I do believe that although spring was shy this year, spring has arrived. Our area truly has escaped the worst ravages endured in other parts of our country. Whether we like it or not, weather rules our lives. In 1977 a tornado passed a few miles north of my hilltop home. It did seem to follow the power line and severely injured a neighbor. Several homes were destroyed.
Musing 0501
April 29, 2014
May Day! May Day! Whence came this universal cry for help? When I was a child, the cry was SOS. It signified “Save our ship.” Later came a May West or life jacket. We older folk well remember the buxom actress,