What DNA Was Found In A Treasured Trunk?

We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.   – T. S. Eliot This past summer, I inherited custody of the Rightmeier family treasured trunk.  Since then, I have been going through its contents, taking an inventory […]

Calming Thanksgiving Afterthoughts From Maison Steinbuchel

Thanksgiving is an emotional holiday. People travel thousands of miles to be with people they only see once a year. And then discover once a year is way too often. – Johnny Carson The day before Thanksgiving is one of the heaviest travel days of the year.  This true of all modes of transportation, but […]

How To Not Spoil What You Have

 “Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.”  ― Epicurus I am writing this several weeks before it will post.  It has been a gloomy few days and even though I hate to admit it, my […]

Secrets Found In Great Grandmother’s Notebook

“In taking the measures of any person, always allow two inches extra for around the arm and two inches extra for around the hips” -Leta Grace Clark This past summer we inherited stewardship of the Rightmeier trunk containing the relics, secrets and artifacts of the Lewis Rightmeier branch of the family tree.  One of the […]

How To Give Lost Stories A Voice – First Friday Syle

Giving Lost Stories A Voice…. For years, an informal event in downtown Wichita, Final Friday, has drawn Wichitans out of the ‘burbs into city center.  It serves as a few hours of festivities to end the month and set up for a new one, while local artists of all genre, exhibit their talents. This month, […]

Why Make Time For Family? The Masters Of Storytelling

Rejoice with your family in the beautiful land of life! – Albert Einstein This time last year I re-posted content with stories centering on my maternal grandfather’s branch of the family tree.  Then I realized that during that same time frame, I had actually been in contact with parts of my grandfather’s side of the family from […]

Four Simple Steps To Find Treasure In A Trunk

You know I am given to antiquarian and genealogical pursuits. An old family letter is a delight to my eyes. I can prowl in old trunks of letters by the day with undiminished zest.   Rutherford B. Hayes A recent family gathering of my maternal family tree where family lore, good food and catching up are […]

How To Repurpose Cute Knob And Tube Components

 “Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun.” — Mary Lou Cook I re-purpose stuff.  I primarily use materials left from rehabbing our 120+ year old houses. There are oodles of vintage wood many rehab-ers toss out as scrap, especially the raw stuff from the plaster walls:  lath. […]

Calm Joyful Remembrance: Recall, Recount And Respond

Think only of the past as its (calm joyful) remembrance gives you pleasure. Jane Austen This weekend is Memorial Day in the United States.  This day of remembrance began after the civil war. Honor was expressed by decorating the graves of fallen soldiers.  In fact it was called Decoration Day even by my parents. It […]