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2/28/2010

A WALK IN THE WOODS BY BILL BRYSON - REDISCOVERING AMERICA ON THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL

Filed under: prairie musings — Peg Britton @ 2:17 pm

In my youth, back in the dark ages, a great deal of space in newspapers was devoted  to the creation of the Appalachian Trail. I was captivated and intrigued beyond measure.  The lure of that adventuresome trail entered my peripheral thoughts for several years before becoming full blown in about 1942.   Then, I believed the coolest thing anyone, especially me, could do would be to strap on a backpack and head to Georgia and hike north through the mountains to Maine, a trek of around 2,100 miles.  That was during my active Girl Scout days and I was as sure as I was 14 that I could hike that trail. I’d just gather up my gear, say goodbye to friends and head for Georgia. My family could drop me off at Springer Mountain, shower me with hugs and good wishes, and then pick me up months later in Maine.  Obviously, there were a few details I overlooked…or dismissed.  I’m not sure which.

I have no idea how I thought that was ever going to be possible, but at the time it seemed an easy and doable feat, one I really, really, really wanted to do. It didn’t occur to me that the only car we had barely held together to get dad to work and back each day and probably wouldn’t have made it past the state line. That was the least significant problem with my plan.

That’s all in the same time period where I would have gone with writer/explorer/scientist Thor Heyerdahl who sailed  the Kon-Tiki, from South America to Polynesia,  had I figured out a way to get on his raft.  It never registered in my mind that my getting sick because of the motion on our porch swing or on a Ferris wheel somehow might be connected to the prospect of sea sickness from months of bouncing around in a raft on the boundless ocean.  Life has always been one possibility after another for great adventures.

I think part of my desire to do the AT resulted from the major disappointment of not going to Switzerland that summer for an international Girl Scout gathering.  I was to be the Girl Scout representative from the U.S., or one of them, due to having a gazillion merit badges, with my expenses paid.  The war dampened any possibility of that happening.  I remember my disappointment when I learned the conference had been canceled.  I also remember my parents looking incredulously at me as if I thought they were actually going to allow me to go wander through war zones to attend a gathering of Girl Scouts.  “But it’s in Switzerland”, I argued.  “They are neutral. “   It took some time to see the irony in that. Those must have been my “nothing bad can ever happen to me” years.  So in my idle time, I concentrated on the AT, as it is commonly called, and the prospect of becoming the first thru-hiker from Salina to negotiate its entirety in a single season.

In 1948, when I was a student at KU, a man by the name of Earl Shaffer, made the AT famous.  He completed the first- documented thru-hike and later also completed the first north-to-south thru-hike.   In 1998, when Shaffer was nearly 80 years old, he once again hiked the entirety of the trail making him the oldest person ever to complete a thru-hike.   What an outstanding fete for an amazing guy.

I’ve been well- aware of my physical limitations for eons so am content to read about others who venture out on that “trail”.  The AT is far more physically challenging than one can imagine and certainly enormously more difficult than my youthful imagination ever visited.   The Hundred Mile Wilderness in Maine is part of 283 miles of the Trail in Maine with 100,000 feet of climb…the equivalent of three Mt. Everest’s.  There are no stores, houses, telephones or paved roads. It is the remotest section of the AT.  If something goes wrong in the Hundred Mile Wilderness, you are on your own.  As Bryson said, “You can die of an infected blood blister out there.”    “A Walk in the Woods” by Bill Bryson, is the best way I know to escape into nature without leaving the comfort of home.  Through him you can experience the Appalachian Trail. The book is full of laughs and information about the trail.  I think you’ll really enjoy it.  Bill Bryson is so good at what he does, he could make a story about base paint hilariously funny.

2/26/2010

SUNSHINE AND A NEW DAY…

It’s a warm, sunny, ‘Kansas sky of blue’ day.  We need this to help erase the sadness as we say goodbye to Melinda, Bill, Danny, Mary Jo, Ron and so many other friends….

During a Skype visit with my friend Ann, who lives in County Durham England, she said that recently a British soldier walked into a store in the southern part of England and was refused service.  He was in uniform and told to leave the store.   Incredulous.  Ann said not everyone  in England has the same respect for servicemen as do we in the U.S.

My youngest grandson who is in Afghanistan prefers to go through the British food line  rather than the U.S. Marine  chow line.   He said both are good but the Brit food is exceptionally good.   Yesterday, duty took him from Afghanistan to the United Arab Emirates to Qatar to Iraq and all the way back again in 36 hours. I don’t know how he learns to work and be alert for that many hours without sleep, but he and others do.  He loves his work.

Grandson Drew was home for Bill’s service.  It was good to have him here if even for a short time.  I don’t see enough of my grandchildren.

“No Smoking” signs will be popping up all over the state after legislation passed determining where smoking is allowed.  After more than five years of debate in both the House and Senate, yesterday the House concurred with the Senate version of  HB 2221 which  creates the “Kansas Indoor Clean Air Act”.   The bill makes smoking unlawful in virtually all public places and the work place.    The law exempts certain private clubs, tobacco shops and gaming floors of state owned casinos.

I was particularly happy to see they had the foresight to allow smoking in designated areas  in adult care and long term facilities.  Smoking was the only thing that gave Dane any relief from anxiety and  “life” in general. At that point, it didn’t matter that he smoked.  The Ellsworth hospital staff understood this better than any other facility and willingly made provisions to accommodate him.  Smoking is a killer habit for most people.  We’ve all lost loved one’s  because of it.

The Senate has now approved two bills dealing with texting when using a cell phone.  SB 351 prohibits text messaging while operating a moving motor vehicle.  Recent studies show that texting while driving is even more dangerous than driving while intoxicated.  Either can, and often does, result in death.   The second bill expands the state’s harassment laws, making it a crime to harass someone using any type of telecommunications device.

Both these issues needed addressing.  Texting seems to be addictive to those who “do it” and  I personally think one of the rudest acts a person can commit is to pull out a cell phone and text at the dinner table or while engaging in a conversation with someone.

Ringo is lying on the deck and soaking up the warm sunshine.  He’s as weary of winter as the rest of us. My inability to train him to wipe his feet before he comes inside has led to our new decor…”paw print on hickory” hardwood floors. I’m becoming accustomed to it.

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2/24/2010

MELINDA SVATY MEMORIAL SERVICE

Filed under: prairie musings, friends — Peg Britton @ 9:06 am

As soon as the time and place of memorial services are determined, I will post the information.  Ellsworth is filled with sadness…

The memorial service for our friend, Melinda Svaty, will be held Friday at 2:00 at the First Presbyterian Church, 405 North Lincoln.  Donations in her memory can be made to the Smoky Hill Charitable Foundation % of Parsons Funeral Home,  307 North Lincoln, Ellsworth KS 67439, 785.472.3861. The family home address is 310 Nebraska, Ellsworth, 67439.

2/22/2010

FUNERAL SERVICES FOR BILL FINKE

Filed under: prairie musings, friends — Peg Britton @ 1:02 pm

Many people are searching my blog for funeral service information for Bill Finke.  Sammy said:

I  know a lot of you have already heard the news but I just wanted to let my friends know that my Dad passed away yesterday at around 7:30 pm.   He was surrounded by all of his family and we are all grateful that he is no longer suffering.   I think the funeral is going to be Thursday in Ellsworth but I will have more details later this afternoon.  I will post them on my Dad’s caring bridge website so please click here for more details.

Visitation will be (today) Wednesday from 1-8 pm at Parson’s Funeral Home in Ellsworth, KS with a vigil at 7 pm.

The funeral is at 10:00 am on Thursday at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church with burial following in Ellsworth Memorial Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to the Ellsworth County Cancer Fund in honor of Bill Finke or the Bill Finke Memorial Fund c/o the funeral home, Box 45, Ellsworth, KS 67439.

My family’s mailing address:

703 Blake Street
Ellsworth, KS 67439

“WE APPRECIATE YOUR BUSINESS…”

Filed under: prairie musings, Ellsworth — Peg Britton @ 11:18 am

“We appreciate your business” is a phrase seldom heard these days.  I was very pleased to hear it last week as I picked up my tax work from Sherman, Hoffman and Hipp attorneys.  Patrick shuffled through all the papers I took to him and filed my taxes for the first time.  Greg explained their work to me and what I was/wasn’t required to do this year.  As he showed me to the door,  he  said, “Thank you, Peg….we appreciate your business”.  It’s a simple phrase that means a lot to a customer/client.  How very nice that was.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO KAREN BRITTON, FAVE D-I-L……….

Filed under: prairie musings, family — Peg Britton @ 9:26 am

Today is Karen’s birthday so wish her a happy day if you see her as you pass through the bank.  She’s a special one, for sure.

2/21/2010

ELLSWORTH ART GALLERY OPEN HOUSE…A HUGE SUCCESS…

Filed under: prairie musings, Ellsworth, Ellsworth Art Gallery — Peg Britton @ 12:08 pm

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Ellsworth artist, Kenneth Crease, has established himself as one of our finest and most talented local artists. Some of his paintings are pictured behind him. Look for him to have an outstanding one-man show and when that time comes, you’ll not want to miss it.

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Ellsworth native, Karl Soukup, had a future career as an engineer when he realized his love for the arts were so compelling he channeled his interests to the K. U. School of Fine Arts.  He encompasses his other love of poetry into his paintings.  His paintings at the gallery drew a lot of interest and praise as have his showings on the K.U. campus and in Lawrence.

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Mark Swiderski has loved painting since he was a child. His painting of a black lab on display emerged from his days as a second grader.  After 20 years working for the railroad, he is now retired and living by Lake Wilson.  He is in the process of selling everything except his car and his paintings and moving to Austin to pursue his art work.

The reception Friday night brought more visitors to the gallery than I have previously witnessed.  It was nice to see individuals visiting the gallery who had never been there before Friday night.  If you get into the habit of visiting the gallery, you become more aware of what is going on in the community.  The art work of students k-12 from Ellsworth, Quivira and Wilson is now on display.

Here are additional photos from the gathering Friday night.

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The world’s most valuable volunteer, Meredith Vargo, replenishes  somethingorother at the refreshment table.  If it weren’t for the volunteer efforts of Meredith at our schools, with cancer patients and elderly people about town who need a helping hand, with the gallery, at the flower shop, and the nuts and bolts around town…well, the list is endless….things simply wouldn’t get done or be done as well as they are.  She spends all day every day of the week volunteering her efforts for “something”. Jennifer Crease, Cathy Harshbarger and half of Ally also appear in the picture.

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Todd and Karen Britton, left, visit with Shannon Mog and Ally.  They attended to represent their son, Tyler, who displayed his collection of Dr. Seuss books and paintings.

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For more information and pictures previously posted about this display, click here and scroll way down.

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Gallery faithfuls rest a bit.

Stop in the art gallery when you are downtown.  Their hours are from 12:30 to 4:30 Monday through Friday.

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As you can see, downtown was hoppin’ Friday night as a steady throng of supporters visited the gallery.  Note the open house sign by the gallery, the spindly new tree that one day will add so much to the attractiveness of down town and the brick inserts in the side walk.  Ellsworth downtown is very spectacular, particularly at night, with the addition of new street lights that give off a bright, warm glow.

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2/19/2010

INSURANCE FIGHT OVER ABORTION, SMOKING AND ERECTILE DYSFUCNTION IS “SMOKIN’ HOT”…

Filed under: political musings, print news — Peg Britton @ 3:50 pm

Rep. Peter DeGraaf, R-Mulvane, pushed through an amendment on HB 2490 that would require women to buy extra health insurance to cover abortions. The amendment was passed 73-45. The exception would be if the abortion was required to save the life of the woman.

Anyone who would vote for this lost my vote. End of discussion.

Supporters of the amendment said it would save people who oppose abortion from seeing their insurance payments subsidize such coverage.

Opponents called it ludicrous and discriminatory. What if a woman is raped and needs an abortion, but doesn’t have the procedure covered on her policy, they asked.

State Rep. Barbara Bollier, R-Mission Hills, successfully added an amendment that would require an extra premium to cover illnesses caused by tobacco products.

Bollier said the Legislature shouldn’t micro-manage insurance companies, but that the abortion amendment opened up the door.

Then state Rep. Ann Mah, D-Topeka, proposed an amendment to exclude coverage of erectile dysfunction from insurance poiicies, unless the policyholder purchased a specific rider to cover that.

Peck drew guffaws when he said the amendment “won’t stand up on its own.” But Mah’s amendment was approved 64-35.

At least we have a few thinking people in the legislature like Boiler and Mah who seem to grasp the concept of unintended consequences.

Now is the time to wish for the return of our former Governor who could be counted on to veto any legislation calling for restrictions on abortion rights for women.

For more info and the rest of this story by Scott Rothchild, see the LJW here.

COCONUT COOKIES

Filed under: prairie musings, recipes — Peg Britton @ 3:25 pm

Ally made these cookies today and they are delicious.
Subject: COCONUT COOKIES
Makes 60 cookies.
•    1 cup salted butter, softened
•    1 cup melted virgin coconut oil
•    3/4 cup granulated sugar
•    3/4 cup lightly packed brown sugar
•    2 teaspoons vanilla extract
•    2  eggs
•    3 1/2 cups flour
•    1 tsp salt
•    1 teaspoon baking soda
•    1 cup dried, unsweetened chipped coconut
•    1 cup cornflakes,  not crushed
•    1 ½ cups slightly chopped walnuts
•    1 cup course chopped dried fruit… cherries/raisins/cranberries/apricots  etc.
•    1 cup instant rolled oats

Beat butter and sugars until light and fluffy with an electric mixer fitted with paddle attachment. Slowly add oil and mix until oil is well incorporated. Beat vanilla extract and eggs in until well incorporated.

Mix flour and baking soda together and stir into butter mixture just until combined. Combine remaining ingredients and add to dough, mixing just until incorporated.  Chill dough for an hour.

Roll dough into size of a pingpong ball.  Roll in sweetened shredded coconut.  Place on an ungreased cookie sheet spacing about 1 inch apart (they won’t spread much).  Bake in preheated 375 degree oven for 15-17 minutes, just until lightly browned.

You can also freeze individual balls of cookie dough and freeze for later baking. To bake simply place frozen cookie dough onto sheet (there’s no need to defrost) and bake as directed (adding a few minutes to cook time). Or bake and freeze.

I order Tropical Traditions Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil and coconut meats from here.

2/16/2010

TOM HOLLAND FOR GOVERNOR…

Filed under: prairie musings, political musings — Peg Britton @ 8:16 pm

Tomorrow at 1:00, at the intersection of Garfield and 11th in Topeka, Tom Holland will announce his candidacy for governor of Kansas.  The press release says, “Small businessman and state senator Tom Holland, his family and supporters will be in attendance”. It doesn’t say he’s a Dem, but he is.  He’s the Democratic challenger to Sam Brownback.

Not that it matters a lot to Holland, but I’m going to withhold my support until later on. Who knows what might unfold.

2/15/2010

BILL FINKE UPDATE…

Filed under: prairie musings, Samantha Finke — Peg Britton @ 4:43 pm

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Sammy updates her site regularly so checking for updates is the best way to find out how Bill is doing.

Sammy just called and asked me if I would post the address for updates on her dad’s condition.  The family is inundated with phone calls and she respectfully requests that friends please click on her website for the latest updates on his condition.

From Sammy Finke regarding her father:

To keep you up to date on my Dad we created a website for him.  This is the best and easiest way for us to keep everyone up to date on what is going on with our Dad so please share his website with anyone who would like an update.   Not only can you post messages there that he will receive but you can also see pictures and read journal entries that my mom and I will post.  Make sure to sign up to receive notifications so you know every time we post an update.    In the mean time, if you want to send him an email card you can go to the following link Send Bill an E-card.  The hospital will deliver it to his room 3307. Promise Regional Medical Center 1701 East 23rd Avenue Hutchinson, KS 67502

Visit Bill’s website in two easy ways:

You can send Bill an email greeting card by clicking here.

1. Visit the CaringBridge website by clicking the link below.

http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/billfinke

2. Enter the website name, billfinke, at www.CaringBridge.org.

He was hungry for some cookies, so Ally baked raisin nut oatmeal and peanut butter cookies for Sammy to deliver to him tomorrow.

ART GALLERY OPEN HOUSE

Filed under: prairie musings, Ellsworth — Peg Britton @ 2:23 pm

The Ellsworth Art Gallery will be hosting an open house on February 19th at 7:00 in appreciation of those who have displayed their art and collections during the past month.  Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.  Refreshments will be served.

This display with its wide diversity of techniques has attracted a lot of attention from a large number of visitors.  If you haven’t seen it, you might want to take advantage of the open house to attend.  The gallery is open from 12:30 to 4:30 Monday through Friday.

Support the Arts!

AMAZON AND EBAY

Filed under: prairie musings, Tyler Britton USAF — Peg Britton @ 11:56 am

There are nice things about ordering used books from amazon and ebay beyond their very reasonable prices. Once you press the “order” button you can walk to the front door and there are your books.  They are delivered  almost that fast.

The copy of McCullough’s John Adams I ordered for Tyler was $1.85 and perfect for sharing in Afghanistan.  A new copy is $20 and it’s pointless to send a new book to that part of the world where everything turns to fine sand within days.  Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged in paperback is $25 at Waldenbooks or from Amazon or $83.84 for hardcover. The “new used” one I ordered was $4.25.  When they say they are used but like new, I find they appear to be new and never read. Add $3.99 for shipping and I find that inexpensive for a good book.

Brit read so much after he retired that our floors were about to collapse from the weight of hardcover books he was buying.   I finally got him to go to the library for some of his books and that worked perfectly for him.  He always read one book at a time and finished within the allotted time, something I rarely do. He was a real American history and war buff , topics which were of less interest to me.

On the other hand, sometimes I feel compelled to make comments in books.  My copy of The Family is full of remarks, highlights and underlines.  The copy of Walk in the Woods that a friend of mine received from her son had all the grammatical corrections made in the entire book.  They annoyed him so much he just couldn’t let them go.

I like to share books with friends, especially those someone has shared with me.  A friend sent me The People of the Book as she liked it so much, and after I read it, I sent it on to my birthday group in Salina.  It’s a very good read and one to share.  I may have three or four books going at one time so I’m happy with good used books that are read over and over.

I think the reason I avoided Atlas Shrugged in my youth was that I didn’t think I’d live long enough to finish it.  Well, why I’m starting it now, with my limited lifespan a stark reality, I don’t know.  I’ll have to spend a lot of time with my nose in it to keep up with Tyler.

Once again the sun is no where to be seen.  Earlier today there was some blue sky and hope for a sunny day, but they have vanished.  We’re back to wind and gloomy weather.

Our family Valentine’s Day dinner last night was delicious and heartily enjoyed by all. There were only four of us as circumstances have down-sized our family that was small to start with.  We miss “family” who aren’t here…we always do.

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2/14/2010

READING AND WATCHING THE OLYMPICS…

Filed under: prairie musings, Tyler Britton USAF — Peg Britton @ 1:47 pm

For two weeks, I can participate in two of my favorite activities:  reading and watching the Olympics.

The book in hand is The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, which I find delightful, charming and timeless.  It was recommended by several of my friends so I’m finally getting around to reading it.  It’s a remarkable tale of the Island of Guernsey during the German occupation and of a society that is as extraordinary as its name.

I’m still re-reading parts of The Family and wonder why everyone can’t see the dangers of this secret fundamentalism at the heart of American power.

Today I ordered a couple more used books from Amazon.com.  Bill Bryson’s A Walk in the Woods has been described as one of those books that brings tears of laughter even while sitting home alone.  The other is a book I didn’t read in my youth as I was supposed to:  Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged.  Tyler wants me to read it, as he is doing the same.  It’s one of those books that everyone should read at some point in their life.  Rand’s Fountainhead is one of my favorite of all books, as it has become Tyler’s.  It sent me truckin’ off to study architecture at K.U.

Here’s a very cool Valentine/birthday story.  A local woman was the recipient of flowers for the occasion.  One bouquet had a hundred red roses with two yellow roses.  The other was a bouquet of 100 yellow roses with two red roses.  Magnificent!  You guessed right…she is 102 years old.  Anyway…they tried to deliver the flowers to her and she wasn’t home.  It turned out she had gone to Topeka to gamble at the casino.  Isn’t that a wonderful story?

And so the day goes…wind and all…

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2/13/2010

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY…

Filed under: prairie musings, family, Ellsworth — Peg Britton @ 10:00 pm

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Karen’s Valentine’s specialty.  Every year she bakes these sugar cookies and every year, since each son was born, they came with Todd bringing us cookies on this special day.  For several years it was a real task juggling three boys and the cookies.  Now, the boys are grown and live elsewhere so Todd continues with the deliveries alone.  There were also beautiful roses and a card to welcome me when I returned from Salina after the movie.

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Here is Ringo with his big toothy grin.  He knows a Valentine cookie when he sees one.  He loves Valentine’s Day.

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Check out the nifty new street lamps.  The trees, shrubs, planters and benches are now installed.  More pictures will follow.

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This is a photo of Seitz Drug Store renovation in progress.  It’s about finished and is a great addition to the downtown area.  Dr. Kurt Williams Medical Arts Building is on the left.  Mark and Josie Roehrman’s Village Mall is on the right.

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The “birthday girls”…Ivy, Moi, Shirley and Shannon at the Coop in Salina. Ally took the picture.

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Our thoughts are with the tall guy on the left and his friends.  Karen sent them a big box of Valentine cookies.

Tomorrow the family is coming for dinner.  There will be four of us so we’ve downsized a lot.  Dillion’s had a special on Alaskan king crab today so that’s what’s for dinner.  It’s always fun to get together and I look forward to it.

Have a very special Valentine’s Day with family, friends….someone.  Anyone works.

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BREAD ANYONE?

Filed under: prairie musings, Ryon Carey — Peg Britton @ 11:26 am

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Here’s one of Ryon’s trucks loaded with $12.85 worth of bread.  The bread and rolls make good feed for the chickens and one of his dogs loves bagels.  Ryon also reports the Sara Lee “everything” bagels are excellent. The work in this production is in opening all the individual packages containing the various bakery items.  Isn’t this a great truck?

VALENTINE’S DAY…

Filed under: prairie musings, Tyler Britton USAF — Peg Britton @ 10:00 am

Valentine’s Day is a very cute movie.  We went to the 7:00 show last night and the theater was packed to the roof.  It’s a sweet movie.  I wondered how you could get that many stars in one movie and have time for them to do much more than walk across the stage, but they took about 2 1/2 hours and made a very cute story with the events surrounding various couples on Valentine’s Day.   Ashton Kutcher owned a flower shop and was the pivotal center of the action.  I think you’ll enjoy it too.

I regret missing the opening ceremonies of the Olympics.  I regret more not finding the Olympics on this morning and was hoping for a rerun of the ceremonies.  Back in the early 50s they showed the Olympic events from start to finish with very few commercials.  It was almost like being there as the coverage was so complete.  I don’t think there has been anything like it since those days.

When I returned home last night I had Valentine-shaped cookies, roses and a card waiting for me.  Karen makes beautiful Valentine cookies every year….and every year since they were born, the boys and Todd have delivered them to us.  It was a beautiful production watching him juggle babies and cookies.  This year she included a new picture of Tyler in his uniform to help with the delivery.

My grandson is in the midst of the military offensive in southern Afghanistan.  It’s called Operation Moshtarak    It’s the biggest operation of the Afghan war and is an Afghan-led initiative to assert government authority in the center of Helmand province.  Afghan and ISAF partners are engaging in this counter-insurgency operation at the request of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Helmand provincial government.  They have released advance information on the invasion in order to avoid as many civilian casualties as possible.  This is a four phase operation with phase one now just beginning.  The idea is to clean the towns and countryside of the Taliban and insert the Afghan Army to keep the area safe.   I’ll be glad when we get to phase four which is to win the hearts and minds of the Afghans.

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2/12/2010

BEAUTIFUL DAY IN KANSAS…

Filed under: prairie musings, Ellsworth, Tyler Britton USAF, Drew Britton — Peg Britton @ 3:37 pm

It’s been a lovely day to be out and about town.  And…it’s a good day for a short road trip for dinner and to see Valentine’s Day.  It’s supposed to be a cute, funny movie that will be right for me.  There are so many people in it, I don’t quite see how there is time for them to do much more than walk across the “stage”.  I’ll soon see.

Speaking of movies, sort of.  A friend recommended The Wire to me on Netflix.  She’s a nice church going individual who has never sworn in my presence…so I just don’t get this.  If you take all the swearing out of this series, there isn’t enough dialog to figure out what is going on.  I’ve been so distracted by all the trash talk that I have no idea what the series is about…except Baltimore and the ship yards.  I watched a couple sessions and am foregoing the rest.

Middle grandson Drew made a quick trip home for overnight as he’s having vehicle problems.  It was so good to see him even for only a few minutes.  I miss having my grandkids around….a lot.

Ally and I shipped a package to Tyler today and it should arrive in his tent about the 26th.  It’s full of goodies, none homemade like his mother always provides, but  he’ll go for the dried fruit, Russell Stover candies, licorice, turkey jerky, M & M’s, lotions and body/foot stuff.  Also included is the one thing he requested:  John Adams by David McCullough.  I bought it on ebay for $1.48 so he can leave it in the desert sand for others to read.

The downtown street lights are very impressive and give off a very warm, but bright hospitable glow at night.  The area is very much improved and shows it has recently received a lot of attention which makes you want to stop and look around.  The new front on the Seitz Drug Store building is now more visible and is impressive. I understand Terry has had it restored to its original appearance. I’ll take more pictures to post so you can see for yourselves.

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TAKE NOTICE: MONSANTO IS TRYING TO CAPTURE THE AGRICULTURE SEED MARKET BY PATENTING LIFE ITSELF. TAKE ACTION!

Filed under: political musings — Peg Britton @ 1:55 pm

Normally I don’t send these action alerts from activist organizations, but this one is very dear to my heart.  Monsanto is trying to capture the agriculture seed market by patenting life itself.  Genetically modified seeds have their pluses; they are easy for a farmer to grow.  They don’t need constant cultivating to keep the weeds out, but they cross pollinate with surrounding crops.  Therefore I can’t grow non-GMO seeds and keep them that way.  Then, Monsanto and its goons come around, take a DNA sample of my crop and say I have illegally kept their seeds.  They then sue me and put me out of business from the weight of legal fees.  It’s that simple.  That’s why this is so important.  Read the following from CREDO and if you’re so moved, submit a comment to the USDA and let’s try to derail the Monsanto train.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture is on the verge of granting Monsanto permission to market its genetically modified alfalfa, despite findings that show almost certain danger of the spread of modified genetic material to conventional and organic alfalfa crops.

The approval would present a huge threat to organic farmers and the integrity of the organic label. We need to act now to stop the USDA from making a colossal mistake.

The USDA is accepting public comments in the approval process, but only until February 16. Will you submit your comment urging the USDA to consider the impacts on organic farmers in its review of Monsanto’s genetically modified crops? CLICK HERE.

KINGS FIRECRACKERS JUMP ROPE TEAM…

Filed under: prairie musings, Video — Peg Britton @ 9:09 am

Here’s the way children used to stay physically fit as everyone had a jump rope and used it regularly. This is an amazing jump rope demonstration by the Kings Firecrackers Jump Rope Team at the U.S. Naval Academy. Take a look.

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