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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 […]

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 […]