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Filed under: prairie musings, Roy P. Britton — Peg Britton @ 7:32 pm

Death is nothing at all.  It does not count.  I have only slipped away into the next room.  Nothing has happened.  Everything remains exactly as it was.  I am I, and you are you, and the old life that we lived so fondly together is untouched, unchanged.  Whatever we were to each other, that we are still.  Call me by the old familiar name.  Speak of me in the easy way which you always used.  Put no difference into your tone.  Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorry. Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes that we enjoyed together.  Play, smile, think of me, pray for me.  Let my name be ever the household word that it always was.  Let it be spoken without an effort, without the ghost of a shadow upon it.  Life means all that it ever meant.  It is the same as it ever was.  There is absolute and unbroken continuity.  What is this death but a negligible accident?  Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight?  I am but waiting for you, for an interval, somewhere very near, just around the corner.  All is well.

All is well.

Henry Scott Holland (27 Jan 1847 -17 March  1918)

Regius Professor of Divinity, University of Oxford

ROY PORTER BRITTON— NOV. 23, 1925 – NOV. 30, 2008

Filed under: prairie musings, Roy P. Britton — Peg Britton @ 6:20 pm


Roy Porter Britton, 83, longtime Ellsworth resident and former President and Chairman of the Board of Citizens State Bank and Trust Company, died peacefully at his home Nov. 30, 2008 following a short illness with lung cancer.

Roy was born November 23, 1925, in Mapleton, Kansas, to Don Britton and Effie Belle Porter Britton. The family, including sister Virginia Lou, moved to Ellsworth in 1936 when Don was sent to Ellsworth by the Reconstruction Finance Corporation to restructure the bank.  He later was named president of Citizens State Bank.

Growing up in Ellsworth, Roy joined the Boy Scouts in 1937, achieving the rank of Life Scout. In the summer of 1943, he joined the Army Air Corps as a Cadet Reserve at the Smoky Hill Air Base. Roy was called to active duty in November, 1943, but received a deferment in order to finish high school. He reported for active duty in May of 1944 after graduating Ellsworth High School and served at air bases in California, Colorado, Nebraska, North Carolina, Texas and Wisconsin and was attached to B-29 bomber squadrons while serving at Riverside, Pueblo and Greensboro. One of his greatest pleasures was playing drums in a band for Donald O’Conner when he performed on Army Air Corps bases. His skill on the drums was not to be out done by his skill on the dance floor.

After attending the University of Kansas from 1946 to 1948, Roy became a bookkeeper at the First National Bank in Hays. He joined the Comptroller of Currency in 1949 as an Assistant National Bank Examiner, first being assigned to Oklahoma City, then to Kansas City in 1951. In the spring of 1952, Roy returned to Ellsworth and became an assistant cashier at Citizens State Bank.

Roy was named to the Board of Directors at Citizens State Bank in 1955. In 1956, he graduated from the University of Wisconsin Graduate School of Banking, and in 1959, he graduated from the Rutgers Graduate School of Banking. After his father’s death in 1968, Roy was named President and CEO of Citizens State Bank. While leading Citizens State Bank, Roy served as the State Bank Commissioner from 1979 to 1982 under Governor John Carlin.

As an active participant in both community and state affairs, Roy served on the state board of directors for the Farm Home Administration in the late 1960s, was active as a Boy Scout Master and served on the Central Kansas Boy Scout Executive Council from 1968 to 1974, was a member of the Masons, Isis Shrine, the Royal Order of Jesters,  the Lions Club, and served as a delegation leader for a group of Kansas bankers on a People-to-People exchange to China. His work to benefit the City of Ellsworth ensured that multiple businesses, including the Essex Corporation, Parkton Corporation, Chickasha Mobile Homes, Ellsworth Correctional Facility and Cashco Corporation relocated to the town.

Roy formed Britton Bancshares in 1984 and was named “Outstanding Citizen of 1985” by the Ellsworth-Kanopolis Chamber of Commerce. He continued to serve as President and CEO of Citizens State Bank until his retirement in September, 1993.

On March 17, 1951, Roy was married to Margaret Jean (Peggy) Baker in Salina. The couple had three children: son Dane Blackmour Britton, born March 13, 1952; son Todd Tedlock Britton, born July 10, 1953; and daughter Allyson Britton, born July 30, 1954.

Roy’s surviving family includes wife Peg Britton of Ellsworth; son Todd Britton and wife, Karen, of Ellsworth; daughter Allyson Britton of Ellsworth; granddaughter Mackenzie Britton Vahalik and husband, Luke of Royse City, TX; and grandsons Rod Helus, Lenexa; Drew Britton, Manhattan; and A1C Tyler Britton USAF, San Antonio, TX.

He was preceded in death by parents Don Britton and Effie Britton of Ellsworth; sister Virginia Britton Small; and beloved son Dane Blackmour Britton.

No formal services will be held but please join us for a Celebration of Life with family, friends and food Thursday December 4th at 4:00 p.m. at the American Legion Hall, on highway 40 in Ellsworth.  Doug Stefek leading military rites, Jesse Manning, Joshua Svaty, Lew McAtee, Tyler Britton and Alan Doubrava will initiate the celebration at 4:00 pm.

Roy’s favorite pastime in recent years has been reading books from the J.H. Robbins Memorial Library.  The family suggests donations to the library at 219 N. Lincoln or the Ellsworth County Medical Center, that has been so helpful to him and his family, at 1604 Aylward, Ellsworth 67439, in lieu of flowers.

(This was written by our friend, Jesse Manning)


Filed under: prairie musings, Roy P. Britton — Peg Britton @ 8:57 am

My best friend and helpmate slept peacefully away about 4 am.  Although he made not a sound, I sensed a change was occurring so I was with him while he slept this life away.  A gentleman with a great deal of dignity, it happened as he would have chosen if given that opportunity. Maybe he made his opportunity as he did with so many successful events in life.  He had a beautiful life with the best it had to offer.

There is much about which to be joyous.  He is being cremated today and we’ll have the celebration of life he requested as soon as it can be arranged. Whenever that is, it will include the 5:00 happy hour, as he wanted.




Filed under: prairie musings, Roy P. Britton — Peg Britton @ 3:38 pm

Nancy, from Hospice of Salina, spent the afternoon with us…Brit, Todd, Karen and me. The others were down with touches of the flu.  I signed all the papers to get things in motion for Brit’s care.   It’s comforting to know such wonderful people are close at hand to offer help from every direction imaginable.

At times like this, beautiful things just fall out of the sky.  Our good friend Alan Brown in Liberal called to say he had an electric hospital bed and chair lift on the way if we needed them.  How very kind and thoughtful of him.

We’re slowly turning the living room into a hospice room and that’s just fine. Hospice will supply everything we’ll need.  Brit’s brass bed that was so carefully moved downstairs yesterday will be hoisted back over the balcony on Monday to resume its rightful place.  And the carpet under it is clean.  in our house, the dead space under beds is where dust bunnies and dog hair are manufactured for quick disbursement throughout the entire house.

Todd and Ally made an executive decision last night and got a TV for the living room…something we’ve never wanted in an area best left for good conversations.  But, time and circumstances change things and now Brit has no reason to want to leave the main floor of our house as he has everything he needs close at hand.  He’s watching the KU game while Todd decorates the tree.  In fact, we’ve never had the tree look as good as it does right now. Todd is about as particular as it comes.  The lights are perfect and all working.  Amazing!

Until recent years,  we have cut our own tree then we reluctantly agreed it was time to get an artificial tree that wouldn’t crash during Christmas dinner creating more chaos and threats of divorce. The Crystal Queen is right though; it looks a lot like a spire of green toilet brushes.  Todd is doing a remarkable job making it look like something other than a spire of green bristley brushes.

So, that’s where we are right now. Brit is finally eating some of his favorite food, his first of the day…Ally’s special mac and cheese with surprises.  That’s good. Karen is warming up turkey and dressing, taters and gravy and all the trimmings for the rest of us.  Yum. We’re all off schedule and it doesn’t matter.  Neither Brit nor I know what day it is…and rarely come close to guessing the time.  Deneen has been doing magic things around the house all day…so all is well.

Thanks for tuning in…



Filed under: prairie musings, family, Roy P. Britton — Peg Britton @ 2:20 pm

We’ve rearranged the house. I always thought a bed in the living room would be convenient. You know how it is when you feel a need to shuffle the furniture around a bit, well, we did that yesterday.  “We” didn’t include moi as I was a by-watcher only. The time arrived when we had to put a stop to Brit trying to use the stairs. He is no longer able to do that safely.

Todd, Karen, Ally and Drew collectively got most of Brit’s bed downstairs then roped the box springs with Ally using her famous rope climbing knots and lowered it over the loft railing to the living room below.  That’s the way they got it up there years ago, so I figured that was the only way to get it back down stairs.

Brit is now located close to me so he’s never out of my sight, except when he’s in bed asleep and then I can slip downstairs to check mail and blog. He has his air horns and medical alert button to call me.

He’s so weak he can barely walk and can’t be alone in that regard.  He objected to the thought of having his routine changed, but after falling twice in 12 hours, we had to make changes that were for his safety and better for him. I need him closer to me day and night.  He just didn’t want to let go as he’s a creature of habit. He loves his little “apartment”, as he calls it, at the top of the house.  He hasn’t objected since the move and slept a solid 13 hours last night.

This is to explain in part that I won’t be able to do much blogging. I’ll just have to see how our days go.  We’re going to call Hospice and have them come here to help. They do wonderful work and will help enormously with pain management.  It’s time.

Todd, Ally and Drew are coming to decorate the Christmas tree tonight.  Brit has always enjoyed the tree with its many weird ornaments we’ve collected from far and wide on our trips.  He’ll like watching the kids assemble it.  We’re very fortunate having Todd, Karen and Ally just a phone call away…they are so willing to help. The grandkids help when they are here. We’re very lucky to have such a great family of helpers.

Thanks for tuning in …



Filed under: Ellsworth, print news — Peg Britton @ 7:09 pm

Attached, and pasted below, is a press release detailing a potential business incentive that may also help address the child care needs across Ellsworth County.  I hope you find this information useful as Smoky Hill Development Corporation continues to focus on the issues facing our community.

Tax Credits Available for Child Care

The Child Day Care Assistance Tax Credit available through Kansas Department of Revenue is designed to encourage businesses to purchase or provide child care services for their employees’ children.  A business which provides this service is entitled to a credit against their income tax or privilege tax liability.

To be eligible, the business must be income producing and provide either a facility for day care services or pay for the child care services of their employees.  The child care facility providing the services in either instance must be licensed or registered by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

“While this may not help solve the potential shortage of child care providers in Ellsworth County , it is a program that can be useful for businesses and their employees,” said Rob Fillion, Executive Director of Smoky Hill Development Corporation.  “Providing additional benefits, like child care services, as a recruiting and retention tool is an advantage to those businesses looking to have a competitive workforce.”

Businesses who pay for child day care services will receive a credit of 30% of the net amount spent for the day care service for their employees’ children.  The credit cannot exceed $30,000 for any business during the taxable year.  If the amount of the child day care assistance credit exceeds the tax liability for a taxable year the excess credits are refunded as cash to the business.

Businesses who provide the facility and equipment for child care services will receive a credit of 50% the first year, and 30% in subsequent years, of the net amount spent for day care service.  The facility must be used primarily for the businesses employees’ children, but may also be used in conjunction with other citizens.  The initial credit cannot exceed $45,000 and $30,000 in subsequent years.

“Business owners across the state and country have been taking advantage of these tax credits for years.  Disseminating this information is an attempt to give local business owners the same opportunity,” said Fillion.  For more information you may contact Rob Fillion at (785) 472-4136.

On a related note, parents are reminded child care surveys need to be returned by December 1, 2008 and can be dropped off at local banks, city halls, or mailed to Ellsworth County Courthouse, 210 N. Kansas Avenue, Suite 1 , Ellsworth , KS  67439 .



Filed under: prairie musings, family — Peg Britton @ 8:28 am



From Ryon Carey:

Here are some honest to goodness turkeys, happy and free-roaming.  They are from my “flock” of Thanksgiving survivors.  They escaped the Sara Palin fate of being pardoned and them summarily slaughtered in full view of the T.V. watching world.  These are the true survivors and will hopefully be prolific procreators of many Thanksgiving bound turkeys next year.

The turkeys above are Royal Palm and are very rare.  Their status with the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy is Watch primarily because they haven’t been bred extensively enough for size and marketability.  Frank Reese and I are working on that problem.  If we can get the hens up to 12-15 lbs  and the toms to 18-24 lbs (processed weight) then we can bring them back.  Taking care of them isn’t all the difficult, but the hens are crazy.  My biggest problem is getting the hens to roost in the right building.  Half of them want to roost with the chickens and the other half go where they’re supposed to.  It will get better in time.

From the albc:
The Royal Palm is a strikingly attractive and small-sized turkey variety. The first birds in America to have the Palm color pattern appeared in a mixed flock of Black, Bronze, Narragansett, and Wild turkeys on the farm of Enoch Carson of Lake Worth, Florida in the 1920s. Further selection has been made since then to stabilize the consistency of color and other characteristics. As an anonymous breeder wrote to Feathered World magazine in 1931, “Turkeys of this type of coloration do crop up by chance where different color varieties are crossed . . . but it takes years to perfect their markings.” The Royal Palm was recognized by the American Poultry Association in 1971. It is similar to a European variety called the Pied, Crollwitz, or Black-laced White, which has been known since the 1700s.

Have a very happy Thanksgiving with family and friends. Share the bounty and enjoy the day.


Filed under: prairie musings, friends — Peg Britton @ 8:11 am

Today I’m wandering west to WaKeeney to have the last cheeseburger of the last hour of the last day of the existence of Jim Cleland’s ice cream fountain and hamburger grill.

Jim Cleland has been a fixture in WaKeeney and a pharmacist there since the beginning of time.  As of two o’clock today he is closing his famous ice cream soda fountain and hamburger grill and, over the weekend, moving the pharmacy to a smaller building. He’ll have a drive through and walk-in pharmacy but no more old-fashioned soda fountain, the last vestige of another day and time.


It’s a sad day for the folks who claim his cheeseburgers are the best in the world. So, I’m joining the throngs who’ll be at Jim’s today, waiting for a stool to have one last hamburger and milk shake before he closes.  The conversations that take place there will be no more.  That’s the really sad part as everything good that happens in western Kansas seems to originate in Cleland’s pharmacy over one of his famous cheeseburgers.

I’ll have pictures at the end of the day and a story about Jim and his pharmacy by Sandra Stenzel.

Brit will be well taken care of as grandson Drew is coming to spend the day with him and study for finals.


This is Jim, weaving stories, area history and political assessments for us in a way no one else can.  His counter will seat 17 and is 31 feet long.  It’s designed so 17 could be seated on the other side.  What a treasure this is. And the cheeseburgers, shakes, sodas and fountain drinks are the best ever.  No kiddin’.


As it turned out, it wasn’t his last day.  That will come the first of next year. There is still time for more burgers.



Filed under: prairie musings, Wilson Musings — Peg Britton @ 5:21 pm

Sunday, November 30    12 noon to 3 p.m.

Enjoy Refreshments &  Meet the artists

RoJean Loucks will provide beautiful harp music throughout the afternoon

Artists and Craftsmen:

Michelle Weigel: Hand-painted Christmas ornaments

Angela Bates: Author “The Adventures of Nicodemus Annie”

Jerry Ostermann: Photographic Design Art

Helen Aust: Fabric purses

Carol Hall:  Author  “Prairie Meals and Memories”

Paul & Mary Roper: Variety of handmade items

Mary Moore McKown: Grandma Moses-style paintings

Carol McNickle:  Scroll-saw Ornaments

Troy Thompson:  Café Gourmet Sauces

Kansas Originals Market & Gallery
233 Hwy 232      (I-70 Exit 206 north side)
Wilson, KS 67490


Filed under: prairie musings, Ellsworth — Peg Britton @ 10:31 am

From Doug Stefek:
Ellsworth County Medical Center will be decorating an outside Christmas tree this year. The reason for the tree is for remembering our loved ones that have passed on before us. The tree will be located outside, on the south side of the connecting tunnel of the Hospital and Rural Health Clinic. In order to place a name of a departed loved one on a laminated card, all you have to do is call Doug Stefek at 785-472-5028 ext 307, or e-mail him at, with the name you wish to have on the card and your name. This is open to anyone, not just Ellsworth County residents, and there is no cost involved. If you would like to make a donation, that would be fine also.



Filed under: political musings — Peg Britton @ 3:13 pm

This guy called the housing bust a year before it happened.  Here’s his take from a couple days ago.
Watch this …


Filed under: prairie musings, friends, Heritage turkeys/chickens — Peg Britton @ 3:05 pm

Someone shot one of my Toms!!! Now I’m down to two Toms and one mildly relieved Helen. It sounds rather bleak but with the flock of wild ones we could add in another 30. Those guys are getting huge! This morning my husband and I were having coffee when we heard several LOUD thumps on the rooftop. Both of us were startled and ran to the window to see what was falling from the sky. It was the wild ones flying up in trees and flying up on the roof. Not very graceful landings and they crashed onto the rooftop. Anyway - there’s the update - 3 left going into winter.


Filed under: prairie musings, Ellsworth, Roy P. Britton — Peg Britton @ 10:15 am

The dust is settling from yesterday.  Brit had a wonderful 83rd birthday with family and friends. The food was excellent, as you might expect with Ally and Karen in charge. And there were drop-ins…Deneen, Samantha, Nick, Mary Ann and Bev.  And I passed on birthday greetings that many of you send via email.  He appreciated them.

Mary Ann brought pictures that her mother and dad kept of us during our early years of marriage and of trips we took with Vera and Reuben.  She brought a picture taken in May 1970 that proves both Dane and I were skinny at that time. One picture can bring back a flood of memories.  I guess that’s why we take and keep so many of them.

Today is another day. Brit had his worst night ever last night and is barely moving today.  He’s going to spend a quiet day in bed or doing whatever he feels like doing. Ken is here helping and giving a lot of support.

In other news:  Bill Snyder is going back to coach the Wildcats.  I’m sure that will make all their  fans happy.  Kathleen still hasn’t had a nod from Obama, but seems poised to accept if it comes. The Cat Backers parade of homes is Sunday and should be a huge success…you can tour four beautiful homes…Mary Ann and Bob Fredrickson’s, Joni and Curt Glaser’s, Cindy Choitz’s, and Bob and Tracy Hudson’s.  The tour is followed by a soup supper that is included in the price of the tour.  It’s a good cause, so participate if you can.

I have a lot on my plate today so I won’t be back until this evening…

Thanks for tuning in…



Filed under: prairie musings, family, Dane Britton — Mackenzie Britton @ 8:07 pm

Hey everyone, it’s Mackenzie.  I’m on here without grandma’s permission so hopefully I don’t get in trouble :)

I am doing a fundraising drive for the National Stroke Association, they are currently trying to raise $25,000 to increase knowledge and education about strokes for hospitals and the general public.  I decided to jump in and make a goal of $560 dollars.  That is $10 for each year of my dad’s life.  I have raised just over 25% of my goal and need your help getting there.  So if you would like to make a donation in memory of my dad, Dane Britton, it would be greatly appreciated.

I hate asking for money on here but I know many of you knew my dad and read this blog for several years to keep up with his health status so I felt it would be a good audience to ask.  If you’re offended by my asking then ignore this post and continue on reading grandma’s regularly scheduled posts :)

4 years ago this Nov. 29 dad had his initial stroke and it changed our family forever, March 9, 2008 he had a second stroke which contributed towards his death.  Strokes are dangerous life changing events that can be prevented and can be treated if the patient gets to the hospital quickly.

So let me leave you with this - if you would like to donate, visit  Either way please take a moment to remind yourselves of the warning signs of a stroke:

Act F.A.S.T.

F - Face… Ask the person to smile, Does one side droop?

A - Arms… Ask the person to raise their arms, Does one arm drift downwards?

S - Speech… Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence, Are the words slurred? Can they repeat the sentence correctly?

T - Time… If the person shows these signs, time is important, call 911 or get to the hospital fast! Brain cells are dying.


Filed under: prairie musings, friends, Roy P. Britton — Peg Britton @ 8:56 am

This is a very special birthday for Brit…one suggested he’d probably never see. Sometimes people are wrong and in this case, we’re very grateful that #83 rolled in almost flawlessly. He’s sipping his morning coffee and not experiencing any pain at the moment.  He slept well last night and said the hardest thing so far today was getting out of bed. After a few thankful groans, he was up and looking for coffee.

The prime rib is in an oven, well-seasoned and slow roasting at 225 degrees.  Half of a Cure 81 ham is marinating and I’ll pop it in the oven shortly.  We’re eating after the church folks are released to head this way and bring the rest of the meal.

Around noonish for our Happy Birthday meal, we’ll expect Karen, Todd, Drew and Kayley.  Ally and Miss Maggie are already here.  We’ll miss Tyler, Mackenzie and Luke, Rod and Genn.

Maggie is keeping Ringo in line.  She climbs all over him and rolls off, bounces and climbs up again.  She’s relentless and it’s a hoot to watch the two of them having fun.

Thanks for tuning in and sending your birthday wishes to Brit.




Filed under: political musings, print news — Peg Britton @ 4:51 pm

In the first two weeks since the election, President-elect Barack Obama has broken with a tradition established over the past eight years through his controversial use of complete sentences, political observers say.

Millions of Americans who watched Mr. Obama’s appearance on CBS’s 60 Minutes on Sunday witnessed the president-elect’s unorthodox verbal tic, which had Mr. Obama employing grammatically correct sentences virtually every time he opened his mouth.

But Mr. Obama’s decision to use complete sentences in his public pronouncements carries with it certain risks, since after the last eight years many Americans may find his odd speaking style jarring.

According to presidential historian Davis Logsdon of the University of Minnesota, some Americans might find it “alienating” to have a president who speaks English as if it were his first language.

“Every time Obama opens his mouth, his subjects and verbs are in agreement,” says Mr. Logsdon. “If he keeps it up, he is running the risk of sounding like an elitist.”

The historian said that if Mr. Obama insists on using complete sentences in his speeches, the public may find itself saying, “Okay, subject, predicate, subject predicate — we get it, stop showing off.”

The president-elect’s stubborn insistence on using complete sentences has already attracted a rebuke from one of his harshest critics, Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska.

“Talking with complete sentences there and also too talking in a way that ordinary Americans like Joe the Plumber and Tito the Builder can’t really do there, I think needing to do that isn’t tapping into what Americans are needing also,” she said.

Andy Borowitz is a comedian and writer whose work appears in The New Yorker and The New York Times.


Filed under: prairie musings, family, Gene's IGA — Peg Britton @ 10:30 am

Ally has wonderfully seasoned creamy ham and bean soup that is DELICIOUS.  It’s full of ham, celery, carrots and other secrets…and $4.99 a pound.  She’s also smoking a few slabs of baby back ribs (we’ve reserved a slab for dinner) and she’s making homemade sticky, pecan-caramel buns that she’ll sell by the 8 pack.  She didn’t have time to tell me what else she’s stirring up today, but there will be more surprises. And they will all be good in case you don’t want to cook…or cook everything.

Brit said he’d like ribs and baked beans for dinner. Along with a green salad…hey, I can’t go wrong.

Pain can be discombobulating so Brit isn’t feeling all that well today.  He’s just taking it easy and reading to take his mind somewhere else. It’s his birthday tomorrow…big 83…so we’re gearing up for that. Prime rib…his fave the slow-roasted way Ally fixes it…is on the menu.

Thanks for tuning in…



Filed under: political musings, print news — Peg Britton @ 7:59 pm

From We Blog

Conservative columnist Kathleen Parker was already in hot water with the GOP base for criticizing Sarah Palin. Now she may be excommunicated for declaring that the GOP has a God problem. “The evangelical, right-wing branch of the GOP is what ails the erstwhile conservative party and will continue to afflict and marginalize its constituents if reckoning doesn’t soon cometh,” she wrote. “Simply put: Armband religion is killing the Republican Party. The choir has become absurdly off-key, and many Republicans know it.” Parker argued that “it isn’t necessary to evict the Creator from the public square, surrender Judeo-Christian values or diminish the value of faith in America. But like it or not, we are a diverse nation, no longer predominantly white and Christian. The change Barack Obama promised already has occurred, which is why he won.” Her conclusion: “The future of the GOP looks dim and dimmer if it stays the present course. Either the Republican Party needs a new base - or the nation may need a new party.”

* By Phillip Brownlee


Filed under: political musings, print news — Peg Britton @ 5:17 pm

Published: November 21, 2008

Everyone’s talking about a new New Deal, for obvious reasons. In 2008, as in 1932, a long era of Republican political dominance came to an end in the face of an economic and financial crisis that, in voters’ minds, both discredited the G.O.P.’s free-market ideology and undermined its claims of competence. And for those on the progressive side of the political spectrum, these are hopeful times.

Read more….


Filed under: prairie musings — Peg Britton @ 4:55 pm


It starts like this: Todd Britton is getting sheared by Greg Piper.  And what is this all about?


Here’s the finished product.  I’ve never seen Todd….ever….without a full head of hair.  He was born with a lot of hair. He seems pretty pleased with the way he looks.


Baldies…from left to right:  Major Robert Murrell, Warden Johnnie Goddard, Robert Hudson, Deputy Warden Bill Finke, Marty Sauers, Bud Hackmeister and Todd Britton.


Bright light is glistening off the heads of these men at the Ellsworth Correctional Facility.  They shaved their heads in support of Deputy Warden Bill Finke who is undergoing chemo therapy and lost his hair in the process. Everything is a team effort at the prison so it came as no surprise to see all these men support their friend. It was a good thing to do.

Our friend and helpmate, Deneen Shively, took the group pictures.  She can do everything.

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