How An Attic Is Practical While Beautifully Mysterious

“As the years pass, I keep thinking that our greatest lack today is an attic.  Modern homes never have them, with the result that young people live only in their own generation, feeling no intimate connection with the past.  Their roots will go deeper if their homes have attics?” from “More Than Petticoats” – the chapter […]

A Time Tested Lesson In Processing Loss And Grief

“Trials make you strong. Failure makes you humble. Challenges make you strive. Life keeps you going and growing” ― Kemi Sogunle, Beyond the Pain by Kemi Sogunle Over the past months, the world, literally, has been in a state of shock.  This pandemic, this silent thief, has us all dealing with loss at many levels.  The loss: […]

A Forgotten And Lost Wichita Pioneer – Peter Stackman

“I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestioned ability of a man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor.”  – Henry David Thoreau Recently I explored nearby and familiar locations where a little known early Wichita pioneer and entrepreneur, Peter Stackman, lived, worked and invested. Sparked by a re-reading  “A Living Gravestone” written by […]

Three Simple Lessons From A Dreaded Jury Duty Day

“I vote and I do jury duty.” –  Christopher Hitchens “It’s rare to find someone excited over jury duty. If they’re out there, I’ve never met them. Not a one. When the summons for jury duty arrives in the mail, how many people scream, ‘Yes!’ and run to clear the calendar? None. Our first and […]

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 […]

Searching Frantically! Help! What Is A Dixie Maid?

What Is A Dixie Maid?  I thought I would write a bit of history and back story about the “Dixie Maid” label I used to make this cute decorative coat hanger.  What I found was not at all satisfying, so I need help.  First, here is what I found. The term “Dixie Maid” seems to […]

What To Do With Leftover Treasures From the Attic

What do we plant when we plant the tree? We plant the houses for you and me. We plant the rafters, the shingles, the floors, We plant the studding, the lath, the doors, The beams  and siding, all parts that be; We plant the house when we plant the tree. by the American author, Henry Abbey […]

Delightful Treasures Out Of Old And New

 “Then said he unto them, Therefore every scribe which is instructed unto the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which bringeth forth out of his treasure things new and old.”Matthew 13:52 (KJV) Blending the old and new into attractive functional spaces can be a challenge, but when done […]

If It Is The Joyland Carousel Then It Is Wonderful Wichita!

 My husband and I recently visited Botanica, The Wichita Gardens.  This is the new home for the Joyland Carousel scheduled to be open to the public fall of 2019.  I have know this was coming, seen pictures and layouts, but it was not until this visit and seeing the building site, did I truly […]