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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Three Ways Reflection And Review Propel Dreams Forward

“The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection.”  – Thomas Pain In order to propel dreams forward, there are times, one must stop to reflect and review.  This seems like a waste of time when in the middle of a project.  However, this counterintuitive action actually serves to […]

How To Rescue Lost Stories – Write For Your Child Heart

“Passion is a feeling that follows action. It tends to be created or discovered, not predicted or planned. You don’t find your passion. It finds you as you get in the mix and try things.” – @JamesClear The child heart.  We all have one.  It may be buried, forgotten, or simply asleep, but one’s child […]

Three Proven Ways An Awkward Example Expands Story Writing Expertise

HAIKU – an unrhymed poetic form consisting of 17 syllables arranged in three lines of 5, 7, and 5 syllables respectively. There are proven ways to expand one’s skills in capturing story.  My one attempt at composing a HAIKU is a good example.  This was way outside my wheelhouse and, to be honest, interest.  I am more […]

How To Say Goodbye To The Why – Three Reasons

“There is much asked and only so much I think I can or should answer, and so, …I would like to give a few thoughts on what seemed to be the overwhelming question: “WHY?” And here is the best answer I can give: Because. Because sometimes, life is damned unfair… Because sometimes there aren’t really […]

What If It Was Always Awesome June? Hello Summer!

“I wonder what it would be like to live in a world where it was always June.” — L.M. Montgomery When one is retired from working as an employee, one would think that the seasons, including summer, would all blend together.  Although my time is more flexible, it is not entirely disconnected from the rhythm […]