What Is A Gigantic Oak Cabinet With Sturdy Drawers Called?

b“Your home should be a story of who you are, and be a collection of what you love.” – Nate Berkus (Interior Designer) We have a number of lovely pieces of furniture in our home.  Many are vintage and all help tell the story of who we are, where we have been, or who we […]

Behind The Scenes – Reflections On September 11

It was the advent of the second plane, sharking in low over the Statue of Liberty: that was the defining moment. Until then, America thought she was witnessing nothing more serious than the worst aviation disaster in history; now she had a sense of the fantastic vehemence ranged against her … For those thousands in […]

Who Were The Strong Courageous Women Of Stately Maison Steinbuchel?

“Well-behaved women seldom make history.” — Laurel Thatcher Ulrich Strong courageous women are not looked down upon much today.  However, in the past, well-behaved was the virtue that rose to the top of the pile.  While I do not believe one excludes the other, not at all,  sometimes these attributes are judged more in the […]

Why Maison Steinbüchel? The Revealing Details Of A Curious Name!

“And those from among you will rebuild the ancient ruins; you will raise up the age-old foundations; you will be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of the streets in which to dwell.”   Isaiah 58:12 I am putting together a group of posts about how the families, for whom our historic home […]

What Three Surprising Encounters In Stunning Western Kansas?

When you leave, everything you experience outside of Kansas will be measured against all you know here. And none of it will make any sense. -P.S. Baber Three surprising encounters were to unfold as I received an email from Mission Aviation Fellowship HQ.  A church in Goodland, Kansas was requesting a speaker for their missions […]

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How To Cope When Routine Transitions Turn Ugly

“Sometimes, life’s challenges are tough to deal with. You will succeed if you focus your thoughts on how to overcome the challenge.”  – Catherine Pulsifer It is back to school season.  It happens every year and is considered a routine transition.  Yet, the back to school vibe is everywhere and makes itself known by: the plethora of […]

My Grandfathers’ Rocking Chairs – What They Represent

There is a peacefulness, an air of reflection, about a rocking chair that attaches to no other moving object. – Wallis Simpson We are fortunate that two rocking chairs, one from each side of my family, the Hancocks and the Rightmeiers, remain in the family. We do not know much about them, except they were […]

The Premier Wedding At Maison Steinbuchel – A Pretty Home Affair

A Pretty Home Affair – “Beautiful in its simplicity will be the pretty home wedding of Miss Bertha Josephine Stackman and Dr. Rene Guldner” – The Wichita Eagle, September 4, 1912 The four weddings occurring over the years at our Historic Landmark home, Maison Steinbuchel, were presented in a previous post.  One was that of […]

How To Keep Your Balance In Crazy Unpredictable Times

Get away and unplug. You’ll come back stronger than ever.  – MICHAEL HYATT Maintaining balance is vital to a healthy outlook.  No matter what side of the political spectrum you are one, we can all agree times are turbulent.  Turbulence is tiring.  Turbulence is distracting. However, it is summer, and although it may take a bit […]