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Filed under: prairie musings, Presbyterian Manor — Peg Britton @ 7:53 am


Recently, my friends Sandra and Kirk were here visiting from the Chicago area.  It was wonderful seeing them again and catching up on their many and varied activities which are always interesting beyond description.  In her note that followed, she said:  “Visiting you, kind of felt like a cruise ship—you could eat with a group if you want; have many different activities and functions in-house, and when you want an excursion off-premise, there’s a van to take you.”

She’s absolutely right.  Living here is a lot like living on a cruise ship and this week is full of excursions….Monday was lunch at a Jalisco’s, a Mexican food restaurant, with my friend Lynn.  Last night I had dinner at Martinelli’s with birthday girl, Ally, and friends from Abilene, Cathy and Nancy.  Tonight I’m having dinner in Lindsborg at the Swedish Crown with a group from here.  The Palace bus will be leaving here at 4:00 for the short trip to Lindsborg.  Tomorrow night I’m having dinner with Todd and Karen.   Friday I’m joining Lynn, her mom and friends at Olive Garden.  If I were still living alone at home, I wouldn’t experience a fraction of this activity.

There are a few things that are different from cruising …there is no shortage of alcohol but there isn’t a bar or grill.  There is no casino either, thank goodness.  But there are other splendid things like “life boats, on-board medical help, social mixers, and I suppose dancing classes should one request them.”  And, at the Palace no one seems to intentionally rock the boat.

I love living here.

They are nearing the completion of my apartment.  They are waiting for cabinets and then the carpet layer.   Then it has to be cleaned completely. That means there is a possibility…possibility…I could move Aug. 16th.   That would be the earliest I could move.  I still don’t have anyone lined up to do the move.  Until I know for certain I can move, there is no point in lining up a crew to move my things.

I went to a new podiatrist yesterday and really do like him.  He’s Richard Bradbury and, as it turned out, a friend of Todd’s.  He is such a pleasant and thorough doctor and a real relief from the last one I saw who has to be the rudest guy in the business.  Bradbury is a very popular choice  among the residents here, who like me, can no longer reach their feet to trim their toe nails.  He also married the sister of the guy who has the Sandstone Bar and Grill in Brookville.  They were all friends from Marymount days.

My next door neighbor to be, Hazel Beggs, made scones yesterday.  I was on the receiving end of them…blueberry and apricot.  With my Assam black tea, it was a perfect way to start the morning.  Hazel loves to share food, as do I, and she is an excellent cook.  So is Amy Hoffman…a great cook and loves to share.  They have reputations for being the best cooks in the Palace.  Lucky me.   After I move, Hazel will be next door and Amy lives directly across the hall. I think the three of us will have great times sharing and enjoying the products from our kitchens.  Yes, that will be fun.

Now off to sittercise class…

Thanks for tuning in….



Filed under: prairie musings, Ally Britton — Peg Britton @ 6:29 am


How well I remember this day 59 years ago.  I’m a lucky mom to have had three such wonderful children.  Thanks, Brit!



Filed under: political musings, Pro-life/Pro-choice, religion, GOP — Peg Britton @ 8:27 pm

Tim Huelskamp, our favorite batsh*t crazy Republican Representative from Kansas, is sponsoring an amendment (the Federal Marriage Amendment) to the Constitution that would define marriage as one man and one woman. The American Family Association, home to such crazies as Bryan Fischer, is all for it.

Undeterred by studies showing millennials leaving organized religion, that “young adults perceive evangelical Christianity to be too political, too exclusive, old-fashioned, unconcerned with social justice and hostile to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people,” Huelskamp had promised such an amendment and he delivered on June 30 of this year. The last such attempt to force a religion down Americans’ throats failed in July 2006.

Just as a refresher, this is the wording of the proposed amendment:

Marriage in the United States shall consist only of the union of a man and a woman. Neither this Constitution, nor the constitution of any State, shall be construed to require that marriage or the legal incidents thereof be conferred upon any union other than the union of a man and a woman.

by Mike Muller


Filed under: prairie musings, Presbyterian Manor — Peg Britton @ 12:34 pm

Funny things happen in and around the Palace.  One learns to not place a lot of seriousness in statements like….”the show we’re going to see is Nottingham Hill NOT Notting Hill.”   ‘No….it’s Notting Hill, I know.”  “ No, I think it’s Nottingham Hill.”

My friend, Doris Wyatt, who is a font of wisdom and good sense, is an endless source of delight to me. Every day she has stories to tell.  She had a good story the other day, in addition to the Notting Hill discussion she had with some fellow tablemates.  It went like this…..

Doris and a friend were “running errands” around Salina and as  Doris had a couple of checks to cash and one to deposit, she asked the friend to stop at the bank where she’s conducted her financial affairs for 46 years so she could rid herself of the checks.  The bank teller who didn’t know Doris was eager to deposit one of her checks but said she couldn’t give her cash for the other two, one for $3.00 and the other for $19.00, unless she provided a photo ID.

Doris, who at 104, doesn’t look a day older than she did 20 years ago, pulled out her Kansas driver’s license that had her picture on it and showed it to the teller who examined the license carefully then proclaimed it wasn’t of any value since it expired in 2008.  Doris argued, “But anyone can clearly see that picture is of me.  I haven’t changed so much that it should be confusing”.  “And”, she added, “I’ve done business with this bank for 46 years.”

It was a day the teller decided she’d rankle her customers and she sure rankled the calm and serene Doris, who also is very sharp and knows an idiot when she confronts one.  After all, they were talking about two checks that totaled $22.00, hardly enough to break the bank.  Doris said, “And, what do you propose I do so that I can dispose of these checks?”  The teller’s quick reply was that she needed to go to the driver’s license office and get a new photo ID.

The next day, Doris’s granddaughter, Kim,  was visiting her, and they decided they would go get the photo ID so she could complete her business at the bank and be prepared to vote at the next election.  The line was a mile long with others waiting to get licenses or ID’s so Kim got her grandmother a chair so she could sit and be more comfortable while Kim held her place in line.

When her turn came to talk with the DL person, Doris was told they couldn’t issue her a new photo ID without further evidence of who she was.  The first thing she needed to do was get a copy of her birth certificate.  The state will have a record of that she said.  Doris interjected, “I was born in Arkansas”.  Well then the clerk replied, write the State of Arkansas and request a copy.  She handed her a printed page with all the details of the information she would need which included a birth certificate, marriage license and one other document equally difficult to obtain that she can’t recall.

Now we get to the really stupid stuff.  Since Doris was born in Arkansas, that would mean writing them and verifying who she was by submitting the statements of others who witnessed her birth 104 years ago.  I wonder who that would be?  Once she had that, she could get a copy of her marriage license to prove her name was correct.  That in itself is reason enough never to change your name.

The line kept getting longer and longer and those waiting became more restless as Doris tried to reach some reasonable alternative with the clerk.   Finally, a man near the back of the line who had witnessed all this foolishness yelled to the DL clerk, “I’LL TESTIFY SHE’S DORIS WYATT.  SHE WAS MY KINDERGARTEN TEACHER.”  Everyone gave a cheer for North McArthur and hoped the line would start moving.

Finally, reaching the point of exasperation with the clerk, she left the line and she and her grand-daughter went  to the main bank to sort out the check cashing issue, whereupon Doris asked firmly to see the “highest ranking bank officer available”.   After relating her dilemma, the officer made a couple of calls and  she was given cash for the two checks.    She apologized for the discourteous conduct of the teller and said it should not have happened.  And, she can cash checks up to $100 without any ID.  Like she says, “that’s all the money I ever need”.

As for voting, she said she just wasn’t going to vote.  She’s not going to jump through all those hoops to get a photo ID from the State of Kansas in order to vote.  She’s lived in the Palace for 19 years, and before that in Salina almost forever. Half the people in town had her as their kindergarten teacher and know and love her.

You’d think there would be enough sane people in Kansas to override the insanity of Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s voter ID law. To put this in perspective, Kobach’s justification for pushing the voter ID law in the first place was what he alleged were 221 incidents of illegal voting in Kansas over the period of 13 years, only seven which resulted in convictions.  Think of that…seven people in Kansas over a period of 13 years perpetrated voter fraud  which resulted in upending the state’s entire voting system effecting thousands of  elderly and disenfranchised citizens.  Many simply can’t afford to jump through all these hoops to obtain copies of the required records.   It includes removing Doris’ right to vote as there are too many obstacles for her to overcome in order to meet his requirements of citizenship.

And, I imagine there are others living here at the Palace and other retirement centers  who will also fall under his umbrella and won’t be allowed to vote. Kobach is a classic example of “you get what you vote for…particularly in Kansas”.

Thanks for tuning in…



Filed under: political musings, Sam Brownback, Kansas — Peg Britton @ 5:10 pm

The exodus has begun.

Jul 24, 2013 by MR

by Jill Docking

The exodus has begun. A couple of weeks ago we saw the headline in the Wichita Eagle announcing the departure of Ravi Pendse, vice president and chief information officer at WSU. Dr. Pendse is a tenured professor in electrical engineering and in the computer science department – just the kind of talent we need to attract in Kansas. And like other talented faculty, he brought with him millions of dollars of research money to benefit the university.

But the departure of talent from Kansas’ universities should not be surprising. The message of this administration is loud and clear: if you don’t like what we are doing, you are more than welcome to leave the state. National competition for talent, both public and private, will pick off the best and brightest because the time is right – because other states are investing in higher education, while we are doing the opposite. Just as serious for our state is the demoralizing message to all faculty and staff at our post-secondary schools.

It is remarkable how quickly Brownback and his legislative allies have undermined the long history of commitment in Kansas to public education.



Filed under: prairie musings, Tyler Britton USAF, Drew Britton — Peg Britton @ 5:07 pm


Grandson, Drew Britton, in green shirt with his constant companion, Sarge, and his hiking buddies atop one of the tallest peaks in the US.  I’m thinking Elbert.  With Allen Reid, Andrew Scallon, and Ben Duvall.


Grandson Tyler Britton, second from left, working on a Habitat for Humanity house in New Orleans…with Cincinnati crew members Josh Stevens, Bret Kolkebeck and Jensen De Nijs.


Filed under: prairie musings — Peg Britton @ 5:19 am

Last night I had dinner at Sabor Latin Bar and Grill in Wichita’s Old Town.  It was the best meal I’ve had in a long time.  The menu has a multitude of interesting and excellent options, but my eyes kept resting on the diver scallops.

A diver scallop is a sea scallop that has been hand-picked off a rock by a scuba diver.  Diver scallops are more ecologically friendly and less gritty than the boat-harvested variety, which are dragged along by chain nets that skim the ocean bed. Divers select mature scallops from areas with strong water currents, which helps assure that they have firm, plump flesh and nice color. Diver scallops tend to be fresher, since they are shipped directly and not held in boats while they are sorted.  The waitress assured me they were very fresh.

We ordered margaritas and crispy plantain chips to start or meal.  The chips are served with chimichurri and avocado crema, both are very tasty.  Then came the panko crusted diver scallops with saffron risotto, Spanish pisto and buttered sweet peas.

Diver scallops are more expensive but worth it.  Yes, indeed.  They were.  The four plump morsels came surrounded with the best saffron risotto I’ve ever had.  It’s buttery richness was  spellbinding….or maybe that was caused from the margaritas. We topped it all off by sharing a crème brulee. It was an excellent meal shared with a good friend.

We returned to the Palace in a downpour, which was nice.

Todd and Karen are coming by today and we’re going out for lunch.  The meals here are generally okay to good, but having a break from the monotony of them is refreshing.   Today there is a choice between roast pork or roast turkey and  mashed potatoes and gravy,  dressing, green beans, etc.  Some days I resort to having breakfast of bacon and eggs, or a sandwich.  There are plenty of options  other than the main menu. I don’t know where we’ll go, but I’m looking forward to it.

I can’t tell you how much I enjoy my music on Spotify.  I can pick and choose exactly what I want to hear and it’s ad free, thanks to the lovely gift from my granddaughter.  Spotify is the greatest thing since sliced bread, imo. This morning I’m listening to piano music by Philip Aaberg.  I often start the day with another pianist I particularly like…Yuveny Sudbin.   It’s still early and even though my neighbors say they never hear my music,  I want to have them rise and shine as happy campers.

I love it here.  It was the best decision I ever made.

My apartment is nearing completion.  They are waiting for new kitchen cabinets and the carpet layer.  The appliances are here… bright, shiny and stainless steel.  I still haven’t figured out how I’m going to move, but I’ll figure it out when the time comes.  I’m hoping I can hire the maintenance crew for moving the furniture and heavy objects and housekeeping to move the little stuff.  This seems to be a busy time for everyone.

Thanks for tuning in…



Filed under: prairie musings — Peg Britton @ 7:18 pm



Filed under: political musings, Barack Obama — Peg Britton @ 2:24 pm

1. Insurance companies will no longer be able to charge women more than men.
2. Women can no longer be denied insurance for having a “pre-existing condition.”
3. All new health insurance plans will cover maternity care.
4. Women no longer have to pay a co-payment for birth control.
5. Women now have access to depression screenings.
6. Women can seek counseling for domestic violence at no added cost.
7. Women are entitled to a mammogram every two years.



Filed under: political musings, print news — Peg Britton @ 9:50 am

Strange But True: There Was a Time When Republicans Actually Made Sense
June 9, 2013 By Manny Schewitz

After the thrashing Mitt Romney took in November, and the repeated rejection of politicians like Todd “Legitimate Rape” Akin, you’d think the GOP would get the message — running candidates who espouse beliefs that the majority of Americans outside the backwoods and hollers of the Bible Belt find repulsive is a losing strategy. What’s so hard to comprehend about that?

Instead of moving toward the political center and taking more moderate, common sense positions on issues like preventing mass shootings, the GOP has instead decided to double down on stupid. Like a desperate, drunken gambler slumped over a seedy dog track poker table at 1 AM, they keep pushing all in with a 2-7 offsuit in the hopes that somehow they’ll catch a lucky hand.

The problem for the GOP is that for too long now, they’ve relied on the votes and support of religious fanatics, UN takeover conspiracy theorists, gun nuts and the Dixiecrats who came over at the beginning of the “Southern Strategy.” What was initially a symbiotic relationship has now become a hostage situation they cannot get out of without becoming politically irrelevant sooner rather than later.

As a former member of the GOP, I have no sympathy for the bind they are now in. The party decided to sell its soul for political power and corporate dollars. Gone are the days of Eisenhower and the 1956 Republican platform. Seriously, just look at these snippets of what Republicans used to support, as stated in that platform:

Support for equal rights:

“We shall ever build anew, that our children and their children, without distinction because of race, creed or color, may know the blessings of our free land.”

“We recommend to Congress the submission of a constitutional amendment providing equal rights for men and women.”

Support for a social safety net:

“We are proud of and shall continue our far-reaching and sound advances in matters of basic human needs—expansion of social security—broadened coverage in unemployment insurance —improved housing—and better health protection for all our people. We are determined that our government remain warmly responsive to the urgent social and economic problems of our people.”

Support for the minimum wage:

“The record of performance of the Republican Administration on behalf of our working men and women goes still further. The Federal minimum wage has been raised for more than 2 million workers. Social Security has been extended to an additional 10 million workers and the benefits raised for 6 1/2 million. The protection of unemployment insurance has been brought to 4 million additional workers. There have been increased workmen’s compensation benefits for longshoremen and harbor workers, increased retirement benefits for railroad employees, and wage increases and improved welfare and pension plans for federal employees.”

The Republican Party of the 1950′s was also pro-labor:

“Revise and improve the Taft-Hartley Act so as to protect more effectively the rights of labor unions, management, the individual worker, and the public. The protection of the right of workers to organize into unions and to bargain collectively is the firm and permanent policy of the Eisenhower Administration.”

These are but a few of many examples of what Republicans used to stand for when they were indeed, “The Grand Old Party.” However, it’s not a “Grand Old Party” anymore. The big tent that once covered the middle class is now tattered and torn. What was once “grand” now resembles a bizarre carnival of snake oil salesmen and snake-handling End Times preachers. If the moderate Republicans don’t take their party back soon, it’s game over for the GOP.



Filed under: political musings, Authors, Sam Brownback, Kansas — Peg Britton @ 2:52 pm

H. Edward Flentje: State sinking in debt

By H. Edward Flentje

Published Sunday, July 14, 2013, at 12 a.m.

“I place economy among the first and most important virtues, and public debt as the greatest of dangers to be feared. To preserve our independence, we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt.” – Thomas Jefferson

The radical Republicans who now rule Kansas often hail Jefferson as an icon of their small-government dogma but have not heeded his warning.

In their struggle to clean up the financial mess they created one year ago, Gov. Sam Brownback and his political allies focused on taxes and spending and gave little attention to the impact of their actions on state borrowing. Their inattention could damage the state’s credit ratings for the long term.

Kansans may not be aware that over the past 25 years their state government has aggressively issued debt to address its obligations. As of July of last year, the state had $3.2 billion in tax-supported debt on its balance sheets – an amount that is more than twice that of our surrounding states, both in terms of per capita debt and debt as a percentage of state personal income.

Brownback has continued along this path. During his governorship, he has signed off on $660 million in new tax-supported debt and plans to issue another $360 million this year and next. In addition, he has supported $580 million in new borrowing financed by other state revenues.

Kansas has historically managed its debt professionally and maintained rock-solid credit ratings. However, Brownback’s perilous tax experiment has placed state finance on an unsustainable course, with state government now projected to spend more than it takes in this year and each of the next four years until it goes underwater in a sea of red ink. And shaky finances will assuredly weaken the state’s borrowing capacity – eroding credit ratings and raising the cost of borrowing.

Moody’s, one of the nation’s most reputable credit-rating agencies, issued state lawmakers a shot across the bow this month with a three-step downgrade of $200 million in economic development bonds that are secured by state income taxes. The value of those Kansas securities plummeted immediately, and any investor holding these bonds will face huge losses in trying to sell them.

Another canary-in-the-mine alert came a few weeks earlier when Moody’s gave investors a “negative outlook” on $14 million in state bonds issued in 2010 to finance student union improvements at Emporia State University. Moody’s cited “flat state funding” as one of the factors in its warning, likely unaware that just days earlier state lawmakers had cut the university’s tax support by $1.5 million, or nearly 5 percent in the current year.

The budget cuts required to finance Brownback’s income-tax cuts will increasingly draw the scrutiny of credit-rating agencies and inevitably diminish the state’s credit. Investors will become more wary of Kansas state debt, and borrowing costs will edge upward.

State lawmakers have also embarked on a slippery slope by applying bond proceeds from long-term debt to pay for current-year obligations. This egregious practice was begun in 2009 to deal with the economic downturn but has been continued by Brownback for his purposes.

For example, in December 2012 the state issued $200 million in highway bonds, and one month later Brownback applied those and prior bond proceeds to pay for an array of operational expenses in his two-year budget, including $248 million for school finance and $10 million for mental health. Republican legislators gave their approval.

In essence, the state highway fund has become a finance playpen for lawmakers. They could apply excess highways funds to improve roads or pay off existing debt. Instead, Kansans will be paying sales taxes, gas taxes and vehicle-registration fees into the highway fund for the next 20 years in order to pay for income-tax cuts in the current fiscal year and next. Even with this perversion of state finance, Brownback’s risky tax experiment continues on an unsustainable course.

Jefferson would be appalled.

H. Edward Flentje is a professor at Wichita State University.

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Filed under: prairie musings, Todd & Karen Britton, Salina, restaurants/food — Peg Britton @ 12:54 pm

If you haven’t tried the food at Seoul USA Korean Restaurant on South 9th in Salina, you’re missing a very special treat.  It’s all you hope for when you try to find locally owned, home-cooked meals with healthful, fresh ingredients served in a friendly and spotlessly clean environment.  The Korean Restaurant may be one-of-a-kind, in that regard, in Salina.

The restaurant had been recommended to me by Amy Hoffman and Ann Headrick amidst raves of “delicious, wonderful, exciting…” so last night being the special occasion of Todd’s birthday dinner, we decided to try something new, different and as it turned out, memorable.

We were greeted as we arrived by the “proprietor”, Tim Bobbit, and asked if it was our first visit.  Since it was, he went over the menu with us and explained the various dishes, the “sides” and some of the other options.   He made you feel as though you were eating in his home, and for that matter, it was very much like that.  His wife and John do the cooking and he manages the rest. “ He” being Tim Bobbit from Kanopolis.  He looked familiar when I first saw him.

I ordered chicken Japchae which consists of mixed vegetables and noodles made from sweet potatoes.  It is served over white rice.  Todd had the pork bulgogi which was, according to him, spicy, savory, sweet gingery and mouthwatering.  Delicious. It was also served over white rice.  Karen had fried rice which was also very good.

Other choices were Galbi made with marinated beef short ribs in Korean sauce and cooked on the griddle, Gimbab rice roll with egg, carrot, cucumber, pickled radish and bulgogi.  The serve as an appetizer Korean fried dumplins with pork and veggies and a Korean pancake made with mung beans and veggies.  I’

The condiment sides are on a separate table and we helped ourselves to them.  They change on a daily basis.  You can check their website for their daily updates.  Friday’s side dishes were: Seaweed noodle (angel noodle) salad, cucumber kimchi, and watermelon.



I hope they do well.  They are very innovative.  Once a month they have a special International dinner…by invitation/reservation only.  The first night they had 26 reservations immediately.  They will feature specialty food from different countries…Germany, India, etc.  I want to get on that list.

They close at 7:00 pm so we barely made the closing hour.  for hours and photos of their delicious entrees.

Thanks for tuning in…and I hope you give their restaurant a try…



Filed under: prairie musings, Tyler Britton USAF, Drew Britton, Todd & Karen Britton — Peg Britton @ 7:50 am


This says it all…Todd and his wonderful family….Tyler, Karen and Drew.




Filed under: political musings — Peg Britton @ 8:19 am

U.S. Citizenship, Our Constitution and When Life Begins: A Situation Republicans Can’t Answer
July 6, 2013 By Allen Clifton

Many Republicans are often adamant about their beliefs that life begins at the moment of conception and we must have strict laws on immigration.

And for this argument, let’s just say that they’re absolutely right on both issues — life does begin at conception and we need to have much stricter laws when it comes to immigration and becoming an American citizen.

Giving them the victory on both of those arguments, I now present them with the following hypothetical situation:

A German citizen (male) and a Spanish citizen (female) meet during a layover in Japan — on their way to Los Angeles.  During their time in Los Angeles they go out a few times and end up having sex, which results in an unplanned pregnancy.

Nine months later she has the baby while visiting her parents, who now live in Italy.

Being that we’ve allowed Republicans the victory in defining life at the very moment of conception, and that we must have stricter guidelines on citizenship, I would love for them to answer the following question:

Should the baby be considered an American citizen?

If Republicans want to argue that life begins at conception — well, then this hypothetical life “began” on American soil when the woman became pregnant in Los Angeles.

Except it wasn’t born in the United States and neither parent is an American citizen.

Yet if life begins at conception, it was conceived on American soil.

But then, how could someone prove where conception happened?  Couldn’t every birth that occurs 9 months after a trip to the United States by foreign citizens then be put into question based on the parameters for which Republicans want to define life?

And then, if we recognize life beginning at conception, wouldn’t that encourage more “anchor babies” (as Republicans like to call them)?  Only this time, it’s with people rushing over here to become pregnant just to say their child was conceived on American soil — thus making it an American citizen.

Oh you know what, there’s really no need to present Republicans with these kinds of situations.

Our Constitution clearly defines citizenship.  In fact, it defines when life begins — at birth.

As our Fourteenth Amendment states:

All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.

This clearly shows that our Constitution (you know that document Republicans claim they support) clearly defines life as beginning at birth by stating that citizenship for a fetus begins the moment it is born in the United States.

Let’s say a woman came over here on a temp work visa, then her boyfriend from Australia came for a visit, during which they had sex resulting in a pregnancy.  She proceeded to stay here just until birth, then went back home and gave birth.  Even though the child was conceived here and carried to term 98% of the time here — it would still not be an American citizen, because it was not born here nor did it have citizens as parents.

Even if a woman becomes pregnant here, carries the pregnancy 95% of the way on American soil, neither parents were citizens nor was the baby born on American soil.

All of this clearly shows that life, and citizenship, begins at birth — not conception.

So if these Republicans want to define life as beginning at conception, they then must define United States citizenship as anyone who was conceived on American soil.

So please, share this with a few Republicans you know and see if they can counter these points.  I’m willing to bet the responses will be nothing short of comical.

By Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is from the Dallas-Fort Worth area and has a degree in Political Science. He is a co-founder of Forward Progressives, and author of the popular Right Off A Cliff column. He is also the founder of the Right Off A Cliff facebook page, on which he routinely voices his opinions and stirs the pot for the Progressive movement. He has made appearances on various media outlets including HuffPost Live, and his work has appeared on Current TV’s popular “The Young Turks” program.



Filed under: prairie musings, EKCC — Peg Britton @ 12:25 pm

July 4 - USA’s Birthday

July 8 - 25 - USD 327 Summer School - Class will run from 8 am to 10:50 am. Please watch for children walking to and from school.

July 8 - 12 - Immanuel Lutheran Vacation Bible School - Classes run from 6 pm to 8 pm. each evening. Our theme is “Go Tell it on the Mountain”. There will be a Potluck Supper on Friday, July 12 at 6 pm. with a short VBS program starting about 6:45 pm. Come Join the Fun!!!

July 12 - July Chamber Luncheon - Lunch will be provided by Pizza Hut at a cost of $6.50 per person. Speaker will be Carol Kratzer, Executive Director of the Ellsworth-Kanopolis Area Chamber of Commerce. She will be sharing some of the things going on at the chamber in regards to supporting our businesses. Please RSVP by July 11 at 3 pm by calling 47204071 or email.

July 12 - Fort Harker Days Begins - The annual Fort Harker Days celebration starts with the Forsyth Scouts Reunion from 4:30 pm-5:30 pm at the Junior Officer’s Quarters. Other activities include a hamburger feed from 5-7 pm at the commanding officers quarters sponsored by the Ellsworth County Historical Society with dessert provided by Independent Salt, a Sand Volleyball Tournament at 5 pm at Kanopolis City Park.

July 13 - Fort Harker Days Continues - The annual Fort Harker Days celebration continues with registration for the Forth Harker Walk/Run from 6:30-7:30 am at A and Kansas Streets, the run at 7:30 am, sand volleyball at 8 am, the “Let it Snow” Parade at 10 am, turtle races at 11:30 am in Kanopolis City Park, the presentation of the Kanopolis Volunteer of the Year award at 8 pm in the park.

July 14 - Ellsworth County Medical Center Open House - Come enjoy the beautiful remodeled patient rooms and view the new Friends & Family Room from 12:30 - 2 pm, refreshments served and tours provided.

July 16 - 19 - 4-H and County Fair - Come enjoy beautiful crafts, great food, and support our children in 4-H. Fair grounds open from 9 am to 8 pm depending on weather. Grounds will be closed if too hot or stormy. For more information call Jamie at 472-4442.

July 22 - July Chamber Meeting - The chamber will be meeting at 6 pm at the office at 114 1/2 N Douglas. All are welcome.

July 23 - Discover the Possibilities - Mosaic will be sponsoring a free luncheon from 12 to 1 pm. Come discover what wonderful things they are doing and how you can be a part of this exciting work.

July 25 - 27 - Wilson After Harvest Czech Festival - Three days of fun! For more information click here


Filed under: prairie musings, Dane Britton, Presbyterian Manor — Peg Britton @ 8:22 am

I had the most magnificent view of private and city fireworks last night from my 4th floor windows.  I couldn’t see 180 degrees but nearly so.  And, it was unobstructed.  The sky was full of displays from horizon to horizon for an hour before the city started their display. I sat in my comfortable office chair and enjoyed the private extravaganza.

The city display was right across the street from where I live, so I couldn’t have been closer or had a better seat.  The city display was very similar to the ones we have in Ellsworth…the same length and with the same number of displays.   I think the same company might be involved in the pyrotechnic displays.  Ellsworth has been on top of the heap for city displays since the early 80s.

I saw one emergency vehicle pass the Palace just as the display was ending. I hope it was a safe night for all, particularly the little children.  I’m sure the long standing police from 841 Highland meant that those kids only had a few lady fingers and snakes.  It was not a day of celebrating with fireworks at our house.  Unfortunately, it was the same with my kids when they were young….a few sparklers here and there was all.  They changed all of that as adults.

The last time we experienced Salina fireworks was a number of years ago when we sat on Dane’s deck and watched both the Salina fireworks and the Salina Country Club fireworks.  We had whip lash from looking left then right, but it was a lot of fun.  As I recall, Dane fixed some of his famous lemon pepper chicken filets on the grill for dinner that night. Good memories.

Last night the sky was on fire and full of the most brilliant colors one can imagine.  I won’t have this vantage point after I move but next year I can go to the lounge on any of the floors and watch.  And, I’ll look forward to it.

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Filed under: prairie musings, Ally Britton, Presbyterian Manor — Peg Britton @ 8:41 am

My doctor’s wife, Lydia Slomka,  attempted a swim across Wilson Lake (5 miles) this past weekend and made it 2 1/2 miles.  That’s pretty amazing I think since she’s 57 years old and hasn’t done much long-distance swimming since her more youthful days.  She set an attainable goal for herself so I bet she makes the full distance one day soon.  That would be a lot of laps in a backyard pool for practice.

I read a couple of Bill Bryson’s books and a Lee Child thriller over the weekend.  Soon I can move back to Christopher Hitchens, Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris.

Ginny called this morning to check on the ingredients to make shoepeg corn salad.  I’ll bring you some, she said.  NOOOOOOO.  I gave her some of mine the other night and I’m still going to have to take the rest of the barrel full to the soup kitchen.  It doubles overnight in the refrigerator….like fruit cake.

Ally is coming today.  I always like it when she’s here.  She’s getting accustomed to having lunch here at the Palace with me.  I didn’t say she liked it.  She’d just like to get a hold of their kitchen for a day.  We’d all like that.

I think we’re back on schedule with exercise classes this week.  Last week we had impromptu  “saw” music and some other things that crept into our schedules.  I’ll go to 10 o’clock sittercise and try to make another dent in the polar regions.  It’s a forever, endless thing and when you’re as far behind as I am at age 85, how in the world do I catch up?  Well,  maybe it will happen when I’m 104, which seems to be the new age 30 around here.

I need to figure out something for the 4th of July.  We have a perfect vantage point for viewing the city fireworks…

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