Big Time Elections in Small Town Topeka

Monday evening I chatted with most of the candidates for Topeka City Council and Mayor. I had a set of questions on issues that concern me in our once-fair city, and the experience confirmed (again) that the people are changing. Many candidates are progressive, or lean to the left, and Topeka is a small blue…

Waiting for Monarchs

Many folks, friends, and neighbors have said I should just “mow it all down.”  Don’t think I haven’t considered it! I’ve been focused on weeding out the poison ivy, but it’s vines are buried under the vinca, and it’s more of a tangled mess than gum in a girl’s long hair! But if I mow…

Sweat Equity

Dear Readers, I have such a difficult time posting regularly! When I sit down to the computer, I usually read some news, check in with friends on facebook, then I’m off and outdoors! Today our weather is cool & cloudy, and who knows if it will actually rain? Over this past sunny week I’ve been…

Working for Beauty

I think I’ve mentioned that I’m trying to be a stay-at-home mom, but have I mentioned that I’ve adopted my grandmother’s garden? To be honest, its quite a mess. I can understand why she was so frustrated in her last few years. The weeds are creeping into every planned bed, and some plants are simply…

ReThink

Today the Topeka Capital Journal reported the USD 330 proposal of a four-day school week will save $88,000, and retain teachers. Jerod Gustin, a parent in the district, states “Teacher-student contact time needs to be as high as it can be.” I wonder if he realizes that suggests we have an official Nanny State. Do we really want publicly…

2009: The Year of Uff-da

“Uff-da” is a Norwegian expression I learned from my husband’s family, and is similar to “oy-vey” or “aww-dang” It’s just been that kind of year :s This year, I’ve learned about patience the hard way.  It started off with a bar brawl on my sister’s birthday in January.  This hippy hasn’t been in a fist…