Midsummer’s 2008

Lindsborg Kansas will once again host its annual Midsummer’s Festival the weekend of June 21st, 2008. Festival organizers this year are planning dramatic changes to underscore the community’s Swedish heritage and, at the same time, offer visitors the experience of stepping into it. In early February, Lindsborg News-Record publisher John Marshall conducted an interview with … Read more

The Union Square Cafe’s Bar Nuts

Sheryl found this recipe during the holidays, and we’ve made it a couple of times since then. They are extremely tasty! The Union Square Cafe’s Bar Nuts Recipe courtesy Nigella Lawson, 2007, modified by Mike & Sheryl, 2007 2 1/4 cups (18-ounces) assorted unsalted nuts, including peeled peanuts, cashews, walnuts, pecans and whole unpeeled almonds. … Read more

How Long?

Everyone is different, but from what I’ve heard, the flu that’s going around locally seems to last about a week. I’m in my sixth day, so that seems about right. My fever receded a day or so ago, which is a good sign, but I still feel terrible, and given the (so far) slow rate … Read more

Balloon Hats

I’ve spent time visiting our local nursing home since I was a young cub scout performing Christmas carols, and I’m pretty sure the residents of Bethany Home would enjoy a visit from the balloon hat man. His creations are so whimsical and colorful that it makes me interested in learning more about how they’re done! … Read more

Very Large Lenses

In the past few days I’ve seen a few stories about a very special Canon lens, a 1200mm monster that weighs 36 pounds and costs 99 thousand dollars (that’s not a typo). It was interesting, but not something I would have necessarily mentioned here. Then, today, came another story about a truly monster lens, a … Read more

Yes We Can

Yes We Can (These are the lyrics to the video that appears at the end of this posting.) It was a creed written into the founding documents that declared the destiny of a nation. Yes we can. It was whispered by slaves and abolitionists as they blazed a trail toward freedom. Yes we can. It … Read more

Crystal River

These photos of a frozen river near Marion Reservoir remind me of a milky quartz crystal we have in our collection. The photos were taken last weekend. The final image is of a bald eagle, who strangely enough was just hanging out on the frozen waters of Marion Reservoir.