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‘To infinity and beyond’
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Fifty-four years ago this week people around the world were glued to their television sets, watching as US astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to walk on the moon.  … more
Medicare fraud
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Almost all senior citizens 65 years and older are signed up for medicare or medicade health care coverage. For most, it is a lifesaver when it comes to dealing with health care problems. You go to … more
When we were young
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My husband and I will be celebrating 25 years on this marriage journey in a couple of weeks. We are going on a much needed vacation, so I decided to make an 80s/early 90s road trip playlist called … more
How to beat the heat
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I’m not sure about you, but I’m feeling the summer doldrums. Heat, humidity, no rain — not conducive to outdoor activities or even some indoor ones (no soup making being done these days!) … more
National Music Museum
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When you think about it, there is a museum for just about anything you can think of. Some may seem a little odd — having a museum dedicated to a food or a candy for instance — but today, let’s … more
Back in the middle to late 1990s — the Stone Age of the early internet — I was a huge fan of the science fiction tv show, “The X-Files.” There was a cult following around the show and part of … more
Frog hunting around Arma
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In this excerpt from his memoir, “Frogdancer”, Arma native Frank Jeler Jr. shares boyhood frog adventures with his dad and grandfather. — J.T. Knoll My frog hunting education began when I … more
Sing along with JT!
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How many of you remember watching “Sing Along with Mitch (Miller)?” If you say yes, then you’re admitting to being a certain age. I sure thought I remembered seeing a little ball bouncing over … more
Summer evening memories
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I enjoy sitting in the swing on our patio in the early morning hours, as well as in the evening when the sun goes down. That is a time for quiet and peaceful reflection with only the sounds of nature … more
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I have been a special education English educator since 1998. This year, I suffered from burnout from teaching in the pandemic. I was tired all of the time. I felt like my whole life was in a huge … more
Read, White, & Blue
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When I was in 4th or 5th grade, I checked out “Johnny Tremain” by Esther Forbes from the school library and loved it. I don’t know if that’s what piqued my interest in history or … more
Gas & electricity & scissors, oh my!
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This excerpt from “Frogdancer,” Arma native Frank Jeler Jr’s memoir, continues the story of his return to college in Pittsburg in 1962. — J.T.K. I was at the college at 8 a.m. And when … more
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With the 4th of July just around the corner and since this would be published after the 4th if I didn’t send it this week, I am writing my column this week on “America.” I think many … more
Is nostalgia dangerous?
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Recently, I finally decided to unpack several boxes of pictures from my childhood in the 1970s and 80s. Stacks and stacks of Polaroids that my grandma Bonnie had meticulously taken and written … more
Formatted to read
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We all have our favorite way to read. I’m not talking about sitting in a favorite deck chair or seated next to the dog on a comfy couch or propped up in bed. I’m taking about the format you … more
Jam out at Sketchjam!
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Yam packed with goodies
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Pittsburg Area Farmers’ Market hosted its once-monthly “Kid’s Days” event on Saturday. more
Traveling as Empowerment
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Twenty-six years ago this summer, I traveled over 6,000 miles away from Pittsburg to my first teaching job in Ulsan, South Korea. I had never been on a plane before. The farthest I had been in my … more
Reading for the health of it
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Do you ever feel guilty about spending an afternoon with your nose in a book? (For the record, I sure don’t). But if anyone tries to shame you for reading — and they shouldn’t; what you do is … more
CHEROKEE, Kan. — Tucked away in the countryside outside of Cherokee, The Cake Shed is a real treat for dessert fans offering up cookies, handheld pies, delicious desserts, and fun filled events for … more
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