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 […]

The Handkerchief – A Lewis Clan Reunion

“He produced a handkerchief—crisply folded—and handed it to her. She took it with silent astonishment. She’d never before known anyone who carried a handkerchief.”  ― Cassandra Clare, City of Bones Nothing shows both polish and utility like the nattily tucked pocket handkerchief or ‘pocket square’ in the breast pocket of a man’s blazer, sport coat, or suit jacket. […]

Making Time For Family – Stories Then and Now

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

Generations Passing The Baton

 “One generation plants the trees, and another gets the shade”  –  Chinese Proverb   The last of the great generation of Rightmeier men, Lyle Rightmeirer was laid to rest this February with his wife Virginia .  They were my Great Uncle and Aunt and passed within two years and two days of each other.  My maternal granddad […]

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Lath and Porcelain – Leftovers 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 […]

Discerning Fake News – Family History Style

The thing that interests me most about family history is the gap between the things we think we know about our families and the realities. – Jeremy Hardy In a recent post about a circa 1907 family reunion on the Rightmeier homestead in Jewell County, Kansas, I mentioned a great great uncle, August, we had lost […]

A Return to Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF)

This will re-publish as I make a return trip to Mission Aviation Fellowship -MAF.  This time I am staying for  a few days to volunteer in the fabrication shop.  I am excited.  Following is the background for this trip from a previous post. Many of the things that form our lives rest in the background. […]

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Old Airports and Second Amendment Rights

“Your connections to all the things around you literally define who you are.”  – Aaron D. O’Connell “They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” – Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1759 Over the years as I drove to and from the east side of […]

Was ist das Steinbüchel? (What is this Steinbuchel?)

A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.   Marcus Garvey   I have been diving into the histories of the several families which converged and eventually made their home at Maison Steinbüchel.  this is the Kansas Historic Landmark where we have made our home […]