August Is A Flying Flower Dance Party At This Beautiful Home Garden

Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, she became a butterfly. –  Barbara Haines Howett Robert Frost called the butterfly a Flying Flower.  The why is on full display late summer at Maison Steinbuchel:  it is Butterfly Season.  I confess I cultivate plants that make these beauties happy, but they are not fussy:  […]

The Unique And Sacred Trust Stewarding A Historic Landmark Home

“For you have in your possession a unique and sacred trust. Guard it well.” — B. J. Palmer We set aside Wednesday mornings to tend the gardens.  This was an almost everyday task during the growing seasons, however, these days reliable and hard-working help eases the load.  Thus, in three to four hours, we get about twenty […]

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 […]

The Eldest Daughter Of Maison Steinbuchel – Bertha Stackman Gouldner

“What I wanted most for my eldest daughter was that she be able to soar confidently in her own sky, wherever that might be, and if there was space for me as well, I would, indeed, have reaped what I had tried to sow.” = Helen Claes Bertha Stackman was the eldest daughter and child […]

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 […]

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 […]