Kansas Weather

Okay, from where I am sitting, it is gray and rainy, the weather is cool, the skies are cloudy. It has been that way for a week here in Kansas and will likely remain so for another week.

For Kansas, this is other worldly, Irish maybe, Seattle like, certainly more akin to the rainy, foggy Northwest, maybe Scandinavian gloom, where summer hath too short a stay.

No Camelot, Kansas is known as hot, dry, windy, and droughty, a word we don’t hear too much today.

Ah, but the rain has colored the Flint Hills an emerald green, the prairie flowers of May are in bloom, the Indigo and phlox purple, the tiny thin Spiderwort blue, the Wild Prairie Rose pink, the Mallow, yellow, white, and pink, the Iris, appears yellow along the river banks, and purple in my yard.

Ah, but the loveliest flower of all is the Peony, dressed in pretty pink as if for a party.

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Designer Dos

Yesterday was a designer don’t, i.e. buy everything on sale at the same place.

Today is a designer do – incorporate the outdoors into your living and dining rooms. Windows bring the great outdoors in. Open walls that lead from one room into the next creates a natural flow. Decorate with plants. Add flowers for a touch of color, place some green apples in a bowl to freshen the room. Reserve color for a dynamic rug in a geometric shape that complements the house.

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Traditions Home, Wichita and Overland Park


Labor Day

My daughter, a reporter for Channel 8 in Dallas, did a story this Labor Day about women who make their own destiny, then she did two live Facebook feeds. One Facebook Live was about the American Idol auditions in Dallas. The other feed was about jobs and what we like about them and what we don’t.

A dad likes to brag, she got a ‘bijillion’ views, likes and shares. Bijillion, if you compare them to my paltry views.

It is both fitting and ironic that we are talking about jobs on a holiday. It is fitting that we celebrate all those who work and bring meat to the table. Not all jobs are fun, not all jobs are easy and nice, but they are necessary. Somebody has got to do the necessary stuff so that the rest of us can day off.


So, here is to those who work on Labor Day. Soldiers and policemen and women for sure, but hospital workers, and restaurant workers, and gas station attendants, and a thousand others who keep life moving on.

And yes, reporters, like my daughter.

As for me, I love what I do, so I am not sure if it is truly work. Perhaps it is a labor, but a labor of love, one I don’t mind doing, even if the store is closed.

And what do I do?

Mostly, I sit and I think. Occasionally, I type a thought or two. A thought which always brings to mind the last line from John Milton’s sonnet, “When I Consider How My Light is Spent.”

“They also serve who only stand (‘sit,’ I interject) and wait.”

An enlarged reading of the sonnet explains that the poem was, in part, about Milton’s increasing blindness. Here are the lines below, so that you can imagine the author’s true feelings.

When I consider how my light is spent
Ere half my days in this dark world and wide,
And that one talent which is death to hide
Lodg’d with me useless, though my soul more bent
To serve therewith my Maker, and present
My true account, lest he returning chide;
‘Doth God exact day-labour, light denied?’
I fondly ask. But Patience to prevent
That murmur, soon replies: ‘God doth not need
Either man’s work or his own gifts; who best
Bear his mild yoke, they serve him best. His state
Is kingly. Thousands at his bidding speed
And post o’er land and ocean without rest:
They also serve who only stand and wait.’

The words are rich in meaning, the phrases full of life, the sonnet, a beautiful expression of our purpose here on earth, to serve God’s purpose in whatever manner we might.


I want to be alone

I confess that I am torn between twin desires – I love to travel, I love to stay at home. We travel, some of us, forever seeking other places, other lives, and other like-minded souls, and yet, we always long to return home, to be alone.

As the Russian ballerina Grusinskaya (Greta Garbo) in Grand Hotel (1932) said, “I want to be alone.”

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Christmas time


Merry Christmas!

Christmas time is that special time when families gather near.

Christmas time is that pleasant time with thoughts of Christmas past – of mince pies, plum-puddings, of candies and Christmas trees and child-laughter, and pretty little rosy mouths, sweetened by sugarplums, puckering into Christmas kisses underneath the mistletoe, in cozy cottages covered in piles of snow.