From The Blackness Of Nothing – A Video Tribute To Dad In His Own Words

“From the blackness of nothing to the brightness of everything.  The sun came bursting over the horizon and a new day was here.” – Paul Hancock, The Writings of HANCOCK, September 1975 The Northfield School of the Liberal Arts has a year-end program called, Americana.  It is an opportunity for students and faculty to summarize […]

Signs Of Life! A Stunning Surprise From The Compost Bin

Imperfection is in some sort essential to all that we know of life. It is the signs of life in a mortal body, that is to say, of a state of progress and change. Nothing that lives is, or can be rigidly perfect; part of it is decaying, part nascent. – John Ruskin Signs of […]

A Labor Of Love – What’s Happening On The EAA Biplane?

To invent an EAA Biplane is nothing. To build one is something. But to fly is everything. -Otto Lilienthal I am building an EAA biplane as a part of an EAA project team.  Early this spring, my Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter toured the Go Create facility located on the Wichita State University campus.  The tour […]

How Memorials And Memories Challenge And Encourage

“And those from among you will rebuild the ancient ruins; you will raise up 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 […]

Flaps- Caring For An Aging Senior Cat – Nineteen Years And Counting

Cats seem to go on the principle that it never does any harm to ask for what you want. – Joseph Wood Krutch Flaps is our senior cat at Maison Steinbuchel.  He has been a very healthy cat, but early during the lockdown in 2020 he had a seizure and we almost lost him.  We […]

Four Weddings Of Maison Steinbuchel – Love, Elegance and Disappointments

“To love at all is to be vulnerable.” – C.S. Lewis “Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, and therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.” – William Shakespeare June is rapidly approaching, as is the peak of the wedding season.  Even in these times, June weddings continue as a tradition.  It seemed […]

What To Do With Leftover Treasures Rescued From An Attic Renovation

The story behind a certain activity and/or objects serves to document steps in a project, especially one of long duration. These may not be as personal as other forms of story but have value nonetheless.  Following is an example of such a piece. What do we plant when we plant the tree? We plant the houses […]

The First Plunge – Conquer Doubt And Fear – Give Your Story A Voice!

A great change in life is like a cold bath in water-we all hesitate at the first plunge”  Letitia Elizabeth Landon My first plunge at giving stories voice was in February 2016.  The desire to gather and share personal stories lurked in my soul for many years.  It was one of those “someday” desires that […]

How Diving Into The Histories Of Ancestral Geography Expands Understanding

“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots. ” –  Marcus Garvey Diving into the histories of the families which converged into one and eventually made their home at Maison Steinbüchel, is an ongoing endeavor.  We do so, to better understand the Kansas Historic Landmark […]