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12/31/2007

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL

Filed under: prairie musings — Peg Britton @ 9:47 pm

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CATCH A PIECE OF MAINE….THE READY BROTHERS ARE EASTERN COWBOYS

Filed under: prairie musings — Peg Britton @ 5:24 pm

John and Brendan Ready are doing something no one else is doing: they are selling the lobster experience. It doesn’t come cheap.

For $2,995 a year, a customer can buy the rights to all the lobsters caught in a designated trap off the coast of Maine. The customer will get at least 40 lobsters a season…probably closer to 50 a season… and they can meet their lobsterman on line. Customers know who is putting food on their tables, what the boats look like and where the traps are set.

The concept is similar to farming co-ops where people pay money up front for a share of the harvest. It’s relatively easy to meet your farmer friend at the market, but it’s harder to meet the lobstermen or fishermen who supply the nation’s seafood. The lobstermen with Catch a Piece of Maine are Bobby, Curt, Jeb, John, Randy, Ted, John and Brendan.

Last year’s lobster harvest in Maine was 73 million pounds valued at nearly $300 million. The catch in recent years is double and even triple what it was in decades past, forcing lobster dealers to find new markets for their product.

The Ready brothers, who are 27 and 25 and handsome as all get out, were pulling their own traps from a 16-foot skiff before they were out of grade school. After graduating college in 2004, they started Ready Seafood. They attracted my attention because they remind me so much of Caleb Svaty and his drive to continue what he loves most about farming and making a living off the land.

The Ready brothers say you’ll get 50 lobsters a season from your trap, that amounts to about $60 a lobster…which is very pricey for us beef eaters. There are some who can afford it and make it possible for the Ready brothers to continue with the life they love. In case you do want to be a customer, your shipment will include clams, mussels, a Maine-made dessert, bibs, cooking instructions and a gift card, plus free shipping. It sounds glorious.

The Ready brothers are selling the catches from 400 traps…50 traps each from eight lobstermen. Catch a piece of Maine features nice video that you might enjoy watching.

Just once, I’d like to get my fill of fresh Maine lobster. I can dream, can’t I? It’s like expensive wine….I just can’t stand the thought of spending that much money for something that is so fleeting.

This is a wonderful idea that others might want to explore.

12/30/2007

SONG OF THE SECOND WIND BY SAMUEL STILLMORE

Filed under: prairie musings, Ellsworth — Peg Britton @ 2:28 pm

When someone I know writes a book, I stand in awe of him or her. How anyone can write that difficult first sentence and continue writing over 200 pages developing a lovely plot, descriptions, sub-stories and come to a successful conclusion has me totally amazed. It would be so difficult.

One of our own native-born Ellsworthites has done just that with Song of the Second Wind. He uses the pseudonym Samuel Stillmore, but we all know him by another last name. The first name applies, but he’s changed the last to protect his privacy.

There are many references made to Ellsworth, places you’ll recognize, situations you’ll recall. The names have been changed, but the stories are familiar.

In high school, Sam was a member of the “Honor E” Society, forensics team, Hi-Y, El-Kan staff, and was treasurer of the senior class. He played the part of George Gibbs in “Our Town”.

Sam wore his hair in the style of high school seniors in 1972. It can best be described as a long sweep across one eye and the side of his face. Sam’s was the most extreme and well-groomed of any of his classmates. His compatriots in the new radical hair style that year were Bryce Mog, Ronald Brady, Keith Herbst, Jeff Hoffman, Scott Nichols, Randy Rathbun, Donald Stone, Rick Roehrman, Martin Hochman, Curtis Ellard, Kevin O’Donnell, Donald Stone, Jon Lange and Gary Wooten. Son Todd and many others were close to the full sweep, but I’m sure for senior class picture they were encouraged to trim enough of their hair so both eyes could be seen. I bet they all wish they had those full heads of hair now as many are partially bald.

Sam has been one of my blog readers for a long time. He wrote me several years ago, but I don’t remember exactly what our exchange of letters pertained to. Reading my blog is his way of keeping up with some of his friends and what is going on in his home town.

Recently, Sam sent me a copy of his book to read. In his note with it, he only mentioned that if I liked it, I might mention it to my readers. He doesn’t have a problem with people in Ellsworth knowing who wrote the book, but he would like to keep a level of anonymity at the internet and press level. He likes to be referred to as an Ellsworth native and former resident who is writing under the pseudonym, Samuel Stillmore.

Song of the Second Wind is a novel with many references to non-traditional spiritual musings. It’s a slow-paced book and introspective. He was hoping I’d like it, and I do, enough to read most of it twice. There were many passages I went over several times, because I felt the same way he did about them. I made other comments on a blog about this book on Dec. 11th if you care to go back and read it.

Here’s are some excerpts you’ll connect with:

…The mark of a true friend, Jessee would come to recognize was that when you came back together after an absence of some months or years, you could pick up, not where you left off, but at that farther spot you both had reached somehow, in your separate wanderings. As if you hadn’t parted but wandered together, even in your separate existences. It is for less authentic friends to be stuck in reminiscence only, and once the old times have been recounted, we stare across at one another silently, and shake hands on parting, saying that we must do this more often, all the while avoiding one another’s eyes…

…The sumer after their first year of college, Jesse and Jamie would meet on Mrs. Palmer’s porch to drink beer with her and her husband and discuss all that they had learned. Her husband was a marvelously jocular sort of soul who would add an unbroken comic commentary to their earnest discussions, a sort of running Groucho Marx side-chorus that didn’t detract from the discussion so much as energize it…

…It is difficult, on a long trip, to keep your spirits high. Jesse used to ride the bus a lot, back when buses were cheap. Jesse would ride from Kansas to San Francisco or New York to Tucson. Getting to see the worst parts of every town you pass through. Jesse like cross-country bus rides, but even with the best of intentions, he would eventually sink into a dull slumbering consciousness. Bus-time. Jesse thought that after a couple of hours on the bus, it didn’t really matter how long the trip was, you drop out of reality into bus-time. Time was only an offset to the next fifteen minute stop or thirty minute break. Current time was meaningless, sitting with your head rattling against the window, listening to the droning voices of the talkers, or the whining of the wheels. Driving on the interstate can be like that, with time broken into miles instead of minutes, sixty-seven miles to Blythe, forty-two more miles to Blythe, twenty-nine miles to Blythe, California. He would stop for lunch in Blythe. It was difficult to keep a good thought going.

Another’s description of Song of the Second Wind:

He grew up in a hopeful time. But lately, Jesse hasn’t been feeling too hopeful. Once he was young and unwavering. He searched for things that were lasting and true. But somewhere along the line he had given up the chase. Maybe he was too old for it now. Or maybe it was time for a second try.

Jesse is at work on the morning of his fifty-second birthday when he receives an unexpected email from a long-lost friend that sends him slipping out the back door of his office building without a word to anyone.

In this lyrical tale of renewal, Jesse retraces the paths of his youthful wandering from the deserts of Tucson, to the hills of San Francisco, and back to his hometown in Kansas. Along the way he rediscovers many of the beliefs that were once essential to him, and finds once more the possibility of wonder. Song of the Second Wind is the story of one man’s journey to a new understanding.

Sam’s book is a fulfillment of a lifetime dream although it has taken him some time to get used to the notion of other people reading it. He would like to give the book a chance to find its way, if it can. Sam doesn’t get back to Ellsworth as often as once did, since his parents passed away, but it’s still very much a part of his life. It would be nice to give Sam a boost with his book and order it from Amazon.com new for $15.95. You can also check it out at the local library, but it would be very nice and supportive to Sam to buy the book.

Title of ebook:
Song of the Second Wind
ISBN: 9780595899159
Publisher: iUniverse, Inc.
Download file size: 1255 kb
Released online for download: 12-03-2007
Author of eBook: Stillmore, Samuel

12/28/2007

GOOD SENSE

Filed under: prairie musings — Peg Britton @ 8:38 pm

In less than three minutes on TV I heard:
“Do you want Jim and I to find him?”

Him and Linda said they’d go.”

“He was dark complected.

Alas!

The tiger that killed a young man and mauled two others at the San Diego zoo was the same one that seriously wounded Betty Petersen’s niece a year ago. She has not, and will not, fully recover. Her wounds were too severe. On a happier note, Betty is also the great-grandmother of the Byerly sextuplets.

Alisha and I made headway in my kitchen today. We cleaned a cupboard and all the dishes in it so that everything sparkles. What a joy it is to have that cleaned. I not only know what is in it, I can find what I want and use it without dipping it in a sanitizer first.

Wild Planet has a special on Orangutan Island. Orangutans are magnificent primates. Orangutans and elephants are among my most favorite animals.

What happens when a zebra gets frisky with a horse? A zorse of course.

I loved Hungary when Mackenzie and I visited Dane when he was working there. I also like Ralph Fiennes. In the movie, “Sunshine”, Fiennes portrays father, son and grandson in an epic history of a Jewish family as they struggle to survive anti-Semiticsm, war and corruption in Hungary. Each man deals with the prevailing regime in his own way: Ignatz’s business thrives despite a corrupt regime; Adam’s assimilation means nothing to the Nazis; and third-generation Ivan’s friend Knorr (William Hurt) is branded an agitator for promoting pure communism. It’s a very good, thought-provoking film. It is also 3 hours long.

Netflix is a good deal for me. For $8.99, each month I can rent as many movies, one at a time, that I can watch; and get 9 hours a month of instant watching movies on my computer. The selections for each are endless. If snail mail works to my advantage, I can get almost two movies a week. I don’t often have an opportunity to go elsewhere to see movies in a theater, they are expensive as well. I can’t resist the popped corn that costs almost as much as the movie so a movie is costly. Netflix is a good, inexpensive alternative for me to access movies of my chosing.

The death penalty is barbaric and inhumane and is not a deterrent of any kind. Europeans understand that. The U.S. is the only civilized country in the world that still allows the death penalty. You can’t belong to the European union if you support the death penalty. I’ve always opposed it and I fail to understand the reasoning why anyone would support it. The real evil in the world today is human cruelty, in my opinion. Man’s inhumanity to man and animals.

Thanks for tuning in….

KANSAS VS. DARWIN

Filed under: political musings — Peg Britton @ 6:13 pm

You asked us to let you know when you could purchase your own, personal copy of KANSAS VS. DARWIN, and that time is NOW! It’s our Festival Edition DVD - the complete, uncut 82-minute feature film with scene selection menu, all for only $19.95 (plus shipping, and tax if you live in Kansas).

To order, go here and click on “Buy the DVD now!” We ship within 48 hours.
Thanks again for your ongoing interest.
Jeff Tamblyn
Unconditional Films
913 362 6533
www.kansasvdarwin.com

P.S. A bizarre confabulation about evolution and creationism ends in manslaughter conviction.

USA RANKS NEAR THE BOTTOM IN WEEKLY INSTRUCTIONAL TIME FOR STUDENTS

Filed under: print news — Peg Britton @ 5:02 pm

The USA ranks 36th of 40 industrialized nations in average weekly instructional time. Selected countries:

1) Thailand - 30.5 hours
2) Korea - 30.3 hours
7) China - 26.9 hours
14) France - 24.8 hours
15) U.K. -24.6 hours
16) Mexico - 24.2 hours
23) Japan - 23.8 hours
26) Canada - 23.6 hours
36) USA - 22.2 hours
40) Brazil - 19 hours

Measured over 12 years, students in the top-scoring countries spend the equivalent of a full extra year in school. Perhaps not coincidentally, U.S. students perform poorly on math and science tests compared to their international peers, according to a U.S. Education Department comparison released this month. In math, American 15-year-old students scored near the bottom among the study’s 30 developed countries.

Most countries that boost the number of minutes spent on math instruction find payoffs in improved math scores, according to a study released this month by the Brookings Institution. Small increases in the school day are more effective that a longer school year, the report concluded.

Two Democratic presidential candidates are backing the idea of longer school days: New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson and Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware.

GAY RIGHTS GROUP RIGHTFULLY RAISES THE RED FLAG

Filed under: prairie musings — Peg Britton @ 4:34 pm

The largest gay rights group, The Human Rights Campaign, gave Wal-Mart a red “do not buy” rating in its new consumer guide. Citing Wal-Mart’s refusal to offer domestic partner benefits to its gay and lesbian workers, it gave the company a red 40 on a scale of 100. That’s down from a yellow 65 in 2006. Also in the red were Toys R Us, Radio Shack and AutoZone.

Target, on the other hand, rated a “green” 80, meaning consumers should make every effort to support these businesses. The corporate trend is to expand benefits for gay employees. Only two Fortune 500 companies offered domestic benefits, comparable to spouse benefits, in 1990. Today 269 do. Wal-Mart is moving in reverse on equal treatment of their employees and their gay and lesbian consumers.

Ranking up there in the green zone with Target are Kmart, Walgreens, Sears, Amazon.com, Waldenbooks, Home Depot, Hallmark, etc.

I simply don’t like the way gays and lesbians are discriminated against and it seems to me if they don’t have equality with the rest of us, equal rights and equality under the law, they should not pay state or federal taxes. Until they enjoy equal rights, the best we can do is to stand behind them and encourage others to do their shopping at green stores.

Take a look at the list of Buying for Equality. It’s nice to know who is in the green zone; many businesses are.

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against GLBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.

HRC seeks to improve the lives of GLBT Americans by advocating for equal rights and benefits in the workplace, ensuring families are treated equally under the law and increasing public support among all Americans through innovative advocacy, education and outreach programs. HRC works to secure equal rights for GLBT individuals and families at the federal and state levels by lobbying elected officials, mobilizing grassroots supporters, educating Americans, investing strategically to elect fair-minded officials and partnering with other GLBT organizations.

WHAT HAVE I DONE?

Filed under: energy, print news — Peg Britton @ 4:07 pm

Now each morning when I awake, I pray and then ask myself, “What have I done?”

RULING: NO EXTRA PROFIT FOR WESTAR WITH WIND

Filed under: energy, print news — Peg Britton @ 3:59 pm

BY DION LEFLER
The Wichita Eagle

Whether Kansans will get electricity from wind power was up in the air late Thursday after state regulators ruled that Westar Energy won’t be able to make an extra profit for developing wind farms.

The Kansas Corporation Commission rejected a key part of a proposal by Westar that would have added 1 percent to the company’s rate of return for developing wind energy.

Westar has said that it wanted the premium to compensate for the increased risk of developing wind power compared to fuels such as coal and natural gas.

Thursday evening, Westar wasn’t saying whether it would go ahead with wind power.

AFTER CHRISTMAS…

Filed under: prairie musings — Peg Britton @ 8:40 am

It could be said I’m winding down after Christmas, but it wouldn’t be truthful since I didn’t wind up for it. It came and went virtually unnoticed, which made it one of the best Christmases ever.

There was no shopping, not much cooking or any cleaning up on my part. We had family and Tyler’s friend, Gregg, gathered together for the day. We enjoyed the presence of one another to the fullest and savored the best meal anyone could ever dream about having. Gift giving was held to a minimum.

And, there is no tree to take down. I had my bird house chair lighted and in place by the fireplace. I love that weird little expression of wilderness.

So, instead of addressing clutter, a friend is helping me clean kitchen cupboards today. A couple large ones have been long neglected. Actually, they contain the good china and dishes we chose not to use this Christmas or for many Christmases in the past. I don’t know why I keep it.

We have a lot of wood in this house and it all got very dusty with the flooring changeovers, so a friend scrubbed the cabinets in the kitchen, bathroom cabinets, and all the doors in the house with Murphey’s soap then soaked them good with lemon oil polish. They look new again with all the construction dust off them. I began the long task of oiling wall masks and carvings. It will get done.

It snowed again last night so we have snow on snow on ice. It wasn’t a heavy snow, maybe 3 or 4″, but enough to make everything white and pretty again.

Dane has been stuck in the nursing home for weeks, unable to get out because of the weather and the fact he doesn’t have his electric wheel chair. The new main battery and parts have been ordered but have not yet arrived. And, without his chair, he can’t come here for his visits on Monday and Thursday each week. It’s not a good time for him. Spring can’t come soon enough for him.

If there is anything going on around town, I haven’t heard it. Oh….I might add that Ally shopped far and wide to find the best cut and best buy on a prime beef bone-in prime rib for our dinner and found it at Ellsworth Packing. It was superb. I called Rodney Wednesday to tell him that even I could not have ruined that piece of meat. He did an excellent job preparing it exactly as Ally wanted. She seasoned and baked it to perfection. That is one of her specialties and it was memorable.

More later.

12/26/2007

NAME THAT SONG….

Filed under: prairie musings — Peg Britton @ 8:18 pm

What is the name of this song….the group? Never mind the video and engine noise.

My friend Janis and I are going crazy trying to remember. Neither of us has heard it in a long time.

You might want to check the very strange sprouting tomatoes on her website.

CREW RELEASES LIST OF TOP TEN ETHICS SCANDALS OF 2007

Filed under: political musings — Peg Britton @ 6:08 pm

Washington, DC – Today, in light of another year rife with corruption, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) released a new report on the Top Ten Ethics Scandals of 2007. It is available in its entirety here.

There is no ranking of these egregious activities, rather the following list outlines CREW’s new annual study on the past year’s on-going scandals:

  • No new enforcement mechanisms for congressional ethics;
  • Ted Stevens still sitting on Senate Appropriations;
  • Senate Ethics Committee looking into Sen. Craig, but not Sen. Vitter;
  • Millions of missing White House emails still unaccounted for;
  • Rep. Murtha’s abuse of the earmarking process remains unchecked;
  • Lurita Doan remains chief of GSA despite illegal conduct;
  • White House covering up its role in the firings of the U.S. Attorneys;
  • No Child Left Behind funds directed to Bush fundraisers who provide inadequate reading materials for kids;
  • Court decision regarding search of Jefferson’s office limits ability of DOJ to investigate other corrupt lawmakers; and
  • FEMA knowingly let Katrina victims live in hazardous trailers

Melanie Sloan, executive director of CREW, said today, “This past year was filled with unethical, illegal and just plain outrageous behavior by public officials. We hope by calling attention to these scandals, government officials will take responsibility — or at least, be held accountable — for their conduct.”

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) is a non-profit legal watchdog group dedicated to holding public officials accountable for their actions.

For more information, please visit www.citizensforethics.org or contact Naomi Seligman Steiner at 202.408.5565/nseligman@citizensforethics.org.

DAILY KOS

Filed under: political musings — Peg Britton @ 11:39 am

I guess my big news of the morning is that I have been linked by Daily Kos in raatz’s posting, “I met Barack Obama’s sister Maya”. I’m very flattered as this is the “ultimate” link on the net…a once in a lifetime kind of link for bloggers like me.

If you travel down his article until you come to “a touching picture” and click on it, you’ll come back to kansasprairie and the picture I posted of Barack Obama and his grandparents, Stanley and Madeline Dunham.

If his 600,000 daily readers click on it, I’m going to be in big trouble with my blog host, Metapros as I’m currently at 143.33 percent of the hosting plan’s Transfer Quota. I already have over 160,000 hits this month. That’s a good kind of trouble.

About Daily Kos:

Markos Moulitsas — a.k.a. “kos” — created Daily Kos on May 26, 2002, in those dark days when an oppressive and war-crazed administration suppressed all dissent as unpatriotic and treasonous. As a veteran, Moulitsas was offended that the freedoms he pledged his life for were so carelessly being tossed aside by the reckless and destructive Republican administration.

Daily Kos has grown in those five years to the premier political community in the United States, with traffic of about 600,000 daily visits. (Click on the rainbow box at the bottom of the page for up-to-date stats.) Among luminaries posting diaries on the site are President Jimmy Carter, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, and dozens of other senators, congressmen, and governors. But, even more exciting than that, tens of thousands of regular Americans have used Daily Kos to lend their voice to a political world once the domain of the rich, connected, and powerful.

Daily Kos is run by a staff of two — Moulitsas and a programmer. In 2007, parent company Kos Media, LLC began a fellowship program to help fund a new generation of progressive activists. About a dozen contributing editors contribute content for the site, with 3-4 new editors being chosen from the Daily Kos community every year.

If you want to be informed, Daily Kos is the premier political blog on the net. Get in the habit of reading it and you’ll understand what an important political tool it is.

Thank you Markos.

12/24/2007

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL

Filed under: prairie musings — Peg Britton @ 9:51 pm

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May you always have love to share, health to spare, and friends who care.

12/22/2007

KU 78, MIAMI OF OHIO 54—-K-STATE 90, WINSTON-SALEM STATE 48

Filed under: print news — Peg Britton @ 10:23 pm

Kansas is 12-0, K-State is 8-3.

I-70 PILE UP…

Filed under: prairie musings — Peg Britton @ 3:49 pm

The latest information that I have from my friend who was in the wreck is that about 36 more or less people are in the Methodist Church in McFarland. They are waiting to be interviewed by police personnel regarding the accident, and that might take a long time as no one has been interviewed as of 3:30.

Some were taken to hospitals, she presumed as ambulances were there being loaded at the scene.

Some of the people have said that a Beemer was going a high rate of speed around everyone. She didn’t know if that meant a high rate considering the road conditions or just generally speeding regardless of them. It was said that the driver of the Beemer was the fatality that has been mentioned. A friend of her passenger was also involved. He went through the windshield of his truck and was thrown into the ditch only to see a semi roll over his car. He has cuts and bruises but is okay and also in the church.

A lady from Greensburg was also in the church and said she could hardly wait for this year to end. I’m sure

They all spoke of the horror of looking in their rear view mirrors at the cars and semi’s coming right at them.

A judge from Salina is also in the church.

They had to cut one lady out of her car who commented that it was a good reason to go on a diet. She couldn’t get through the sun roof.

Everyone had to leave all the Christmas gifts, food and other possessions in their cars. They weren’t allow to bring anything with them. She said her eggnog latte exploded all over her and she probably wouldn’t see a shower for hours, but that was better than some who were covered with sweet potato casserole and other festive dishes. They were all just very lucky.

My friend was near the end of the pile up. Only a couple of cars behind her were involved. She was very, very fortunate. She probably lost her car, but she’s all right and so is her passenger. She slid into a guard rail on the right and her passenger was pinned in then another car hit her on her side of the car so getting out was a problem. I’m not sure how they managed but they did. All they wanted to do was get off the highway someway. That’s what everyone was trying to do.

There is someone at the church who will drive her to Manhattan, she thinks. They can pick up another car there and come on back to Ellsworth.

She looked at the forecast before she left home and didn’t see anything about bad weather or roads. She just wants the holidays to end.

BURRRR

Filed under: prairie musings — Peg Britton @ 12:53 pm

The wind is blowing a gale out of the north bringing snow…again. We’re only supposed to get “one to three” today but there is that much on the ground now, and it’s drifting. The Kansas City area is really going to get the major brunt from this storm.

Dane called and said he was pretty grumpy since he can’t get outside to smoke.

Caleb brought a load of wood for us yesterday and one to Ally. He stopped by to straighten up our wood pile and came in for a visit. We always have good visits with Caleb. He likes everything to eat, just as I do. I shared my California figs, the pecans from Rose, Goji berries and rom pope with him.

Brit is going to town for the mail and meds and then spend the day stoking the fires and reading. It’s not fit weather for us who aren’t all that steady on our feet to be out and about. As for me, I’m going to try to find a quiet corner by the fire and finish Sam’s book. It’s a good book and I’m enjoying it very much. There will be more on that later.

But first, there is a kitchen counter to clear off, dishes to wash and tidying up to do. I can’t keep up with it.

A very good friend just called to say she was in a pile up on I-70 near Topeka and totaled her car. She got her car stopped safely after hitting a guard rail then was hit by the car behind her. I guess there are miles of wrecked cars and semi’s. She and her passenger are fine, but it’s a mess and she’s trying to figure it out. I wish I were closer to help out. I offered but she said ” HELL NO!!!. Having one crazy person out here is enough.” It’s a huge pile up that she’s stranded in…one fatality and the worst wreck that the trooper she talked to had ever seen….many cars and trucks involved.

Jesse has been searching for news articles finding information for me. That what he does, and he does it very well. It’s a 25 car pile up, with 40 miles of highway closed between mile markers 313 to 352.

My friend is staying in touch so I can feed her the information Jesse finds about the wreck. I-70 east of Manhattan to west of Topeka is closed because of the accident, which is a huge pileup, she said. They are busing all the stranded people to McFarland then the Red Cross is coming in to take over from there. She thinks they’ll end up taking them to motels in Topeka. She’s definitely stranded, but safe.

An “acquaintance-to-be” wrote from Madison: “I may come out again when the weather permits. I was just looking at your site, at the list of businesses. I want to visit every single one of them. I wish I’d thought of this earlier, I’d be doing my Christmas shopping in Ellsworth.” For a year, she and I have been trying to get together.

More later….

Update on the accident: There were 41 cars damaged in the chain-reaction wreck. My friend is in McFarland at the fire department sitting in a school bus. One of the EMT’s said, “Where is the driver of that sports car who caused all this?”

12/21/2007

KU TASTED ORANGES IN ‘47 AND ‘68

Filed under: prairie musings, print news — Peg Britton @ 2:57 pm

In 1947, I was a sophomore at KU and remember well the Orange Bowl game that year. in fact, I actually remember all the players mentioned in this article. The university was much smaller then, it was easier to get to know other students. Several of those team members I had classes with and dated/double and considered them friends back then…Frank Pattee, Ray Evans, Don Fambrough, Red Hogan, Lynn McNutt, Tom Scott, Bud French, Dick Bertuzzi, Forrest Griffith, etc.

Frank Pattee, who was from Smith Center (they’ve always been known for their special brand of football) was a “KU tailback, fullback, linebacker, passer, punter, blocker, receiver and tackler and anything else you can conjure up.” They didn’t have offensive, defensive or special teams. Players went both directions and played the entire game. Frank Pattee’s daughter, by the way, is Erin Brockovich, the famous social activist.

You might enjoy reading this article by Bill Mayer about the KU teams that went to the Orange Bowl in ‘47 and ‘68. Neither date seems all that long ago to me. The article appears in the LJW today: Mayer: KU tasted Orange in ‘47, ‘68.

Football was a lot different back then, and to me, far more enjoyable. It was a “game” and college sport back then, as opposed to what seems to me now to be a professional training camp. It would take me all day to explain the differences to anyone who didn’t live through those times. I remember when Ray Evans graduated and left to play pro ball. He was paid $10,000 a year, which to the rest of us was like a million dollars. I still think those were the best days of collegiate sports.

PLEASE HELP WITH THE COAT PROJECT FOR USD #327 STUDENTS IN NEED

Filed under: prairie musings, Ellsworth — Peg Britton @ 2:25 pm

Cynthia Ederle, guidance counselor at Ellsworth High School, is coordinating a project throughout the school district to provide coats, hats and gloves to students in need. She may be contacted at 472.4471 for specific sizes.

New or gently worn coats, hats and gloves may be delivered to the Immanuel Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall. Monetary donations may also be sent to the same address to purchase coats, hats and gloves for this project.

Please contact Julia Dufon (472.3039) or Sharon Urbanek (472.3448) for more information.
Sponsored by: Immanuel Lutheran Church
P.O. Box 133
905 Stanberry
Ellsworth, KS 67439
785-472-4045

12/20/2007

MOVING RIGHT ALONG…

Filed under: prairie musings, family, friends — Peg Britton @ 5:42 pm

Moving right along…

Mackenzie and Luke sold their Toyota Camry very well to a man in Houston who bought it for his daughter. They have the usual paranoia until the deals done. The other guy probably feels the same way.

Drew is working at the bank so we took him to Paden’s for lunch. We don’t get to see him all that often when he’s in school (finishing his junior year at K-State, majoring in finance) so it’s fun to know where he is during the holidays. Usually I do my banking at the drive-in, but when he’s working, I go to the main bank and let him help me. He’ll be there all summer working as an intern so we’ll see more of him. He’s already having a good time in the evenings with his high school pals who are back for the holidays.

Tyler should be on his way home tomorrow. I don’t know when he’ll arrive…when we see the whites of his eyes, I suppose. He’ll probably have stops along the way to see friends. He will be here until the first of the month.

Ken is moving right along with staining the woodwork. He’s working in the basement now and will probably finish tomorrow. Then there is more varnishing to do and touching up the walls he painted earlier that other people messed up. I’ve never known the basement to be so warm. Panzer’s paint additive is responsible for most of it although having new carpeting with a pad under it is bound to have helped as well. Something has made a huge difference.

Some of my pals are coming by this afternoon. Meredith is coming to pick up her Christmas stash. When Anne and Cindy learned that, they said they were coming too. And, I’m looking for Josh and Kimberly tomorrow. Holidays are fun to share with friends.

A lot of snow and ice remain on the streets and sidewalks and it’s very slippery underfoot. I doubt that it’s going to melt before the next snow falls on Saturday. Back in the old days when we got heavy snows like this early in the winter, it usually meant we were in for a lot of snow and a long winter.

We’re really going to miss not having Mackenzie and Luke here for Christmas, but they are married now and have to share holidays with both families. They’ll be going to Victoria TX for Christmas, but will come here in February for a late Christmas with us. We’re all looking forward to that.

Empire of the Sun arrived from Netflix. I think I’ll take the evening off and watch it.

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