Taking Time For Exciting Memorable Chance Encounters

For me, serendipity, coincidence and chance are more interesting than any preconceived construct of our human encounters. –Charles Traub Recently while my husband was blowing off our sidewalks, he spotted a gentleman taking time looking over our house from the curb.  This is not an uncommon occurrence, since the house, even in its current “need […]

The Real Story Of Our Stunning “Tiffany” Window – A Sparkling Jewel

“Color is to the eye what music is to the ear.: – Louis Comfort Tiffany At the first turn of the curved front staircase in our home is a stunning Tiffany style mosaic stained glass window.  We first laid eyes on it the summer of 1987 when we traveled to Kansas on a “pre-house hunting” […]

Five Invisible Threads Holding A Carousel True To Purpose

“Invisible threads are the strongest ties.”  ― Friedrich Nietzsche My husband and I are members of Botanica, The Wichita Gardens.  This is the new home for the Joyland Carousel which opened to the public fall of 2019.  We visited the building site several times while it was under construction. Then as an anniversary outing, in December […]

How Does One Find The Slipstream To A Transformational Adventure?

I have lived my life in the slipstream of experience – Author: Elizabeth Jane Howard A slipstream is defined as “a current of air or water driven back by a revolving propeller or jet engine” and “an assisting force regarded as drawing something along behind something else.”  As applies to life, it usually is in retrospect that I […]

Generational Stories Provide A Foundation Of Delight

“It’s important to teach our children their heritage. Who are your ancestors? What were their traditions? Each of us has (generational) stories to tell. If these stories are unwritten, then how are your children going to know of their parentage?”  ― Linda Weaver Clarke This time a couple of years ago, I was preparing for […]

Three Transformational And Memorable Stories That Connect Time

“Family stories can be told nearly anywhere. They cost us only our time, our memories, our creativity. They can inspire us, protect us, and bind us to others. So be generous with your stories, and be generous in your stories. Remember that your children may have them for a lifetime.” Elaine Reese Collecting and recording […]

An Update On Daddy’s Biplane

It’s time to update the progress on the biplane project.  For those unaware of this, below is a partial reprint of an earlier BLOG post.  The update is at the end of the post. Me, at seven years of age: “Daddy, how long will it take to build the biplane?“ Daddy: “I’m not sure, but […]

Repairing the Breach, Restoring Streets, Rebuilding Ruins

“And those from among you will rebuild the ancient ruins; you will raise of the age-old foundations; you will be called repairing the breach, the restorer of the streets in which to dwell.”   Isaiah 58:12 There are a series of BLOG posts about how the families, for whom our historic home is named, converged […]

What One Thing Never Fails?

Love Never Fails….. (1 Corinthians 13:8) The gavel came down and the divorce was final.  My childhood sweetheart, the boy down the street had simply decided he did not want to be married.  I had no say, no voice in the matter, except to go on record that this was not my desire, but the […]