Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Haven't Posted Here for a Really Long Time

This is the first posting on this blog for a very long time.

I quit posting, precipitously, one day, when I realized how much time it was costing me. Without reader/user input, I was spending ridiculous amounts of time chasing down the information to post. Time when I could have been writing (or knitting). Or, more recently, dealing with the impact of a letter from the city alluding to a "potential buy-out" of my home for a stormwater improvement project.

Residents up and down Little Cedar Creek didn't want a walking trail, fought it tooth and nail. Apparently the city decided that if those folks (me and my neighbors) didn't want a walking trail, the city would turn Little Cedar Creek into a stormwater drainage project. (We'll show them who's in charge here.)

In the meantime, back to my knitting, it's the only thing that keeps me from coming unraveled.

Friday, June 7, 2013

HITTING THE HIGH NOTES AT BLUEBIRD BOOKS

Local Hutchinsonian, Randy Key, will be leading a Songwriting Clinic at 2-4 pm on Saturday, June 8, at Bluebird Books, 2 South Main. In Hutch, of course.

EPP: PETALS OF A KANSAS SUNFLOWER

Melvin D. Eppwill read from Petals of a Kansas Sunflower: A Mennonite Diaspora on Saturday, June 8, at 5:00, at Eighth Day Books, 2838 E. Douglas in Wichita.

From Eighth Day Books: His reminiscences frame the poetry of Marie Harder Epp, a farm wife who captures changing textures of Mennonite life in 20th century Kansas: buggies to cars, German to English, isolation to global outreach. A scientist raised on the family farmstead, Melvin returned to Whitewater after retirement and writes from a deep fascination with his Kansas roots.

TWO SIGNINGS FOR ATWOOD IN LARNED

When Randy Attwood returns to Larned for a reunion this weekend, he will have two book signings. Writes Attwood:

When I have my book signing Friday, June 7, 5 to 7 p.m.; Saturday 2 to 4 p.m. at Chill N Grill, 423 Broadway, in addition to the Larned-based novel Crazy About You will be seven other titles. One More Victim has many Kansas and Larned-based stories.

More about Attwood’s other titles at www.randyattwood.blogspot.com

GAUNT: THE BLANE GAME

Eighth Day Books at 2838 E. Douglas in Wichita, invites readers:

Join us on Friday evening at 7:00 as local author Philip Gaunt reads from his science fiction-suspense novel, The Blane Game. With an uncanny ability to hear other people's thoughts, Gaunt's hero finds himself part of a secret government project involving big oil, aliens, and a race to save the planet. A WSU professor for the last 23 years, Dr. Gaunt is a former BBC journalist whose research focuses on international and intercultural communication.

Monday, June 3, 2013

LAURA MORIARTY AT THE BLUEBIRD

Laura Moriarty will be signing copies of The Chaperone at 7 pm on Wednesday, June 5, at Bluebird Books at 2 S. Main in Hutchinson.

About The Chaperone: "Of all the bob-haired, knee-showing flappers . . . Louise Brooks was the one, in real life at least, who was truly wild and rebellious." Laura's website.

SEWELL, PORUBSKY AT WILSON READING SERIES

Leah Sewell and Matt Porubsky will be the featured poets at 7 pm on Tuesday, June 18, for the Thomas Zvi Wilson Reading Series at the Johnson County Resource Library, 9875 West 87th Street, Overland Park.

More about both artists at their websites, for Porubsky, http://www.mppoetry.com, and Sewell, hsttp://lsewel.tumblr.com. The program is sponsored by www.writersplace.org.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

MORIARTY AT WATERMARK BOOKS

Laura Moriarty’s The Chaperone is described by Watermark Books and Cafe as an enchanting story that ranges from the farms of Kansas to bustling 1920s New York City.

The Chaperone is inspired by the real-life relationship between the 15-year-old, future movie star Louise Brooks – cantankerous, irreverent, blossoming with sexuality and sporting her black bob with bangs – and the older, conservative, Midwestern woman who chaperoned Louise to New York City for a summer. It’s the story of an unlikely friendship between two women who couldn’t be more different, and how the summer spent together in New York City forever changes both their lives.

Moriarty will be at Watermark Books and Cafe, 4701 E. Douglas in Wichita at 7 pm on Tuesday, June 4

Friday, May 31, 2013

Kat Tales II is available on Kindle and at Amazon. The short link is as follows: http://amzn.to/Zf6VWC. I hope everyone will read, enjoy and review. Eighteen short stories plus photos to take you back in time. Shadows of the past that help make us who we are. Thank you. Carole

Follow Carole Katsantoness at http://carolekatsantoness.wordpress.com/

Thanks, Carole

ADVICE FROM AN OBSTETRICIAN

Carl P. Weiner, MD, and Kate Rope have combined forces to produce the Complete Guide to Medications during Pregnancy and Breastfeeding.

According to MacMillan Publishers: From a renowned obstetrician and expert in maternal-fetal medicine comes the only comprehensive pharmaceutical guide available to help you make informed decisions while pregnant and nursing.

Carl P. Weiner, M.D., is the KE Krantz Professor and Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Professor of Molecular and Integrative Physiology and adjunct professor of pharmaceutical sciences at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Dr. Weiner directs the KU Women's Reproductive Health Research Scholars Program.

Kate Rope is an award-winning journalist who has been reporting and editing for more than fifteen years, with an expertise in health, pregnancy, and parenting.

MCCARTER, KRAMAR: JOY, INTERRUPTED

The Raven Book Store will host a reading at 7 pm, Friday, June 7, featuring authors Melissa Miles McCarter and Margaret Kramar. Both authors will read from Joy, Interrupted: An Anthology on Motherhood and Loss.

Six years after her daughter died of SIDS and she struggled with secondary infertility due to an ectopic pregnancy, Melissa Miles McCarter of Ironton, Missouri, edited Joy, Interrupted, which presents varying perspectives of materinal loss by authors and artists from all over the world. Kramar will share her experiences with raising a child with a disability.

The Raven Book Store is located at 6 E. 7th St., in Lawrence, Kan. Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. For more information on Raven events, please visit the store’s website at www.ravenbookstore.com.

DON'T BET AGAINST THE GOALKEEPER

Major League Soccer's Goalkeeper of the Year for 2012, Jimmy Nielsen, has established himself as one of the best players in the league and a fan favorite in Kansas City, playing for Sporting Kansas City. Yet while supporters are familiar with his achievements on the field and larger-than-life personality off it, few are aware of the remarkable story that led him to the US Midwest.

Compared from a young age to Denmark's greatest ever goalkeeper, Peter Schmeichel, Nielsen was scouted by Manchester United and a host of other leading European clubs, but at the point when he should have been building a great career he was instead developing a ferocious gambling habit. In 1999, he was dropped from Denmark's Under-21 team after missing curfew because of a lost night at the roulette table.

More about Welcome to the Blue Heaven: Don't Bet Against the Goalkeeper, and the co-author, Paolo Bandini, at Ascend Books.

STILL IN DEMAND AFTER TWENTY YEARS

This summer, Butterfield Books Inc. celebrates the twenty anniversary of the book Prairie Bloomin’ (formerly titled Pr√§rieblomman in 1993), the second book in the Butter in the Well series by Kansas author Linda K. Hubalek. This popular book has been kept in print for twenty years, and recently updated because it gives a personal glimpse into the pioneers’ life.

Linda Hubalek combines fact-driven 1889 to 1900 diary entries and real photos of Alma Swenson Runneberg and her family into Prairie Bloomin’. This tender, touching diary continues the saga of “Butter in the Well” family through the daughter, Alma, as she blossoms into a young woman.

Founded in 1994, Butterfield Books Inc. publishes and promotes books about Kansas and its pioneer history. The company is located in Lindsborg, Kansas, known as “Little Sweden USA.” (From PRWeb)

OLD NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS BASIS FOR BOOK

A folder of old newspaper clippings in the Emporia Library were the inspiration for Diana Staresinic-Deane's new book, Shadows on the Hill: The True Story of a 1925 Kansas Murder. The author spent six years researching the brutal murder of Florence Knoblock in her rural farmhouse near Burlington.

Shaun Hittle's article about Staresinic-Deane's six­ year research is found in the Lawrence Journal-World.

More about the book and the author at her website.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

PASSING ON THE INKWELL

I'm confident she can do it, but Wyatt Townley has a hard act to follow tonight when she takes on the position of Kansas Poet Laureate. The ceremony will take place at 5:30 pm tonight, Thursday, May 23, at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire.

If Wyatt has any questions, I'm sure she can turn to the current poet laureate (until 5:30 pm), Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, whose duration at the job was a few years longer than anyone anticipated when she began in July of 2009. Caryn is to be congratulated for taking the poet laureate program to unanticipated visions, and finding it a permanent lodging in the Kansas Humanities Program. All Kansas writers, whatever genre, can learn a lesson in commitment and ingenuity from Caryn.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

ALWAYS ENTERTAINING AT THE RAVEN

Stories and poems under the Big Tent at the Raven Book Store at 7 pm on Thursday, May 23, will feature Nathan Clay Barbarick and Julia Trechak.

I'll try to get some more information on this, but you all know where The Raven is, 6 E. 7th, just off Massachusetts in Lawrence.

WHAT IF YOU LIFE DEPENDED ON BEING A GOOD LIAR?

That's the question asked in Odette's Secrets. The author, Maryann MacDonald will be speaking at 2 pm on Saturday, May 25, at Mysteryscape, 7309 W. 80th Steet in Overland Park.

See the website, www.mysteryscape.com for more information:

What if your life depended on being a good liar? New York City Author Maryann Macdonald discusses and signs her wonderful new middle-grade novel, Odette's Secrets. This unique book, written in verse, shares the real-life story of Odette Meyers, a child survivor of the Nazi occupation of Paris during World War II. As a young girl, Odette lived a secret life in the French countryside in order to escape the Holocaust. This gentle introduction to a dark period in history is for ages 10 and up.

Maryann will read from her book and give a presentation about Meyers, who eventually became a university professor, poet and activist. This event is free and open to all ages.

SIROIS: ON LITTLE WINGS

Regina Sirois will speak about her new book, On Little Wings, at 7 pm on Wednesday, May 22, at Rainy Day Books in The Fairway Shops, 2706 W 53 in Fairway.

From Rainy Day Books (see their website for ticket information):

ABOUT THE NEW BOOK: Jennifer is an only child, and so were her parents, at least that's what she thinks, until she finds an old photo in the back of one of her mother's books. The woman in the photo looks just like Jennifer, down to the smattering of freckles across her nose. And her mother refuses to talk about it. Compelled to find answers, Jennifer embarks on a quest that takes her from the wheat fields of Nebraska to the fishing town of Smithport, Maine, home to the one person who can help her solve this family secret, the woman in the photo. But Jennifer learns that it takes the entire village of Smithport to piece together the story of her mother's hidden past. She needs help from Nathan, the genius with the reluctant smile from across the cove; Little, the elderly town matriarch and former movie star; and The Jacks, three weathered fisherman who dabble in pyrotechnics. As Jennifer discovers the lost chapters of her mother's life, she unwittingly begins to write a few chapters of her own.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

PATRICK ROTHFUSS AT MYSTERYSCAPE

From Mysteryscape:

Come meet the award-winning high fantasy author that George R.R. Martin calls "bloody good." Author Patrick Rothfuss will read from, discuss and sign the first two titles in his Kingkiller Chronicles Thursday, May 23, 7 pm at Mysteryscape.

Once released, both of his books, The Name of the Wind and and The Wise Man's Fear quickly hit the New York Times Bestseller list. The Name of the Wind has been translated into 30 languages, won several awards, and has become a bestseller in several countries.

When Patrick's not working on this third book in the series, he's raising money for Heifer International and making his own mead. Come meet him at this free, public event. Remember there's parking behind the building. The red Mysteryscape back door will be open. At 7309 W. 80th Street, Overland Park, www.mysteryscape.com.

Monday, May 20, 2013

GARTON, RICKETT AT THOMAS ZVI WILSON SERIES

Victoria Garton and Shirley Rickett will be the poets for the Thomas Zvi Wilson Reading Series at 7 pm on Tuesday, May 21 at the Johnson County Central Resource Library, 9875 West 87th St, Overland Park.

From www.writersplace.org:

VICTORIA GARTON began writing and publishing poetry in her twenties. Her poems have appeared in literary journals such as Prairie Schooner and Cimmaron Review and in Kansas City venues such as The Thorny Locust, The Same, and The Kansas City Star. Her book of poems Kisses in the Raw Night was published by BkMk Press. In addition to writing poetry, she enjoys keeping a journal. She has taught English and literature classes for Crowder Community College, Neosho, Mo., for the past seven years and also enjoys raising cattle with her husband Norman.

SHIRLEY RICKETT holds an MA in Education and an MA in English and Creative Writing from the University of Missouri at Kansas City. In 2000 she was awarded a grant to travel to Norway and interview a group of adult children whose parents were Nazis, with the express purpose of writing a book of poems about them. The book, Dinner in Oslo, was the result. She is the recipient of a fellowship from Colgate University in Hamilton, New York, and has won other awards for her work. She is the author of three chapbooks, including Love: Poems for Vintage Song Titles (Finishing Line Press, 2012). Her poems have appeared in over 30 journals and magazines.

ATKINSON: THE GUNS AT LAST LIGHT

Rick Atkinson will be speaking about The Guns at Last Light, the third book of his Liberation Trilogy, at 7 pm on Monday, May 20, at Unity Temple on the Plaza, 707 W. 47th Street, Kansas City, MO. The event is hosted by Rainy Day Books. For ticket and purchase information, go to www.rainydaybooks.com. 

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

TRACY MILLION SIMMONS STARTS BOOK TOUR IN DODGE

The place to be at tomorrow, Wednesday, May 15, is the Cup of Jo-Nes in Dodge City, one of the settings for Tracy Million Simmons’ Hunting Tiger.

A native of Dodge City, Simmons chose to start her book tour in Dodge. Julia Kazar of the Dodge City Daily Globe wrote as follows: Tracy Million Simmons was born and raised in Dodge City, and obviously the area had a big impression on her, as it's the setting for her debut novel Tiger Hunting.

Simmons will be at Cup of Jo-Nes on Wednesday from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. signing copies of her book. The book will also be sold there, at Hastings and the Christian Book House or may be purchased online at tracymillionsimmons.blogspot.com.

Read the rest of Kazar’s article at www.dodgeglobe.com.

Cup of Jo-Nes is at 909 W Wyatt Earp Blvd in Dodge.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Why I've Been Offline This Week

I haven’t been able to access the internet and blog for several days now – I hope you missed me. Here’s why:

I’ve been keeping a log of my internet service, or the lack thereof, and sending a copy when I pay my monthly Comcast internet/phone bill. After several weeks of futile mis-negotiations, a technician came to the house. Suggested I allow him to install a Comcast router to replace my router. He had a router “in the truck”.

Couple of weeks later I get a letter from Comcast saying their records show that I have recently downgraded my service (false) and that I had equipment attached to my account that was no longer in use. Further, I should arrange to return the equipment within 14 days to avoid penalties.

May 3 I made a trip to the Comcast office. What’s this all about? After scrutinizing her computer screen, which I could not see, the clerk said that what the letter meant was that I needed to exchange my router and modem for new one-piece hardware. “Do you think you can do that, or shall I send out a technician?” she said, implying that any dummy could change the equipment. I said I could probably do it, but I wanted to wait until Monday.

On Monday this week, I carefully made a drawing of all the cords and where they were connected. With finger pressure I dis-connected all the cords except the cable fastened to a wall outlet. T he modem connection was about two inches long and had two hexagonal nuts – which one to turn?

I set out for the Comcast office, told the clerk I was not able to unfasten the cable cord. “You have a wrench, don’t you?” I contemplated for a few seconds the application of a wrench to the task, which gave her time to ask, “In your tool box?” She hadn’t mentioned a tool box when she suggested I could change the equipment.

She couldn’t tell me which nut to disconnect on the modem side, but I decided I could probably use pliers to unfasten the wall side. This time I actually have to get down on the floor, This time I actually have to get down on the floor, easy enough – with one replacement knee, it’s the getting up again that presents a challenge.

Second trip to Comcast office, this time with router, modem, and various dangling cords. The clerk disappeared into the supply area and returned with an eMTA (I learned when I had to sign for it). I have an ominous feeling when I see a single, poorly copied sheet of instructions. At home I manage to find the right connections for all the cords – getting up from the floor again is no easier than the first time. Turn on the computer. I cannot make the screen match what I see on the instruction sheet.

Third trip to Comcast. I want to talk to the same clerk. Foolishly, I think that she reward my honest efforts with an early (priority?) schedule for a technician’s visit. I wait endlessly while a 250-pound woman with four children under seven argues about getting reconnected again. I finally yield to the clerk’s suggestion that I allow the second clerk to handle the matter.

The second clerk is cold-eyed and unsympathetic. A plea for priority only heightens her disdain. No technician is available until Wednesday, when I have commitments. Also on Thursday. Friday 8 to 10 a.m. will be the earliest. She promises that the technician will call before arriving. I ask how the technician can call me since I have also lost my telephone service. “What is your other number?” she asks. I have no other number.

The technician arrived shortly after 9 a.m. He carried an eMTA in his hand. The first thing he said when he looked at the eMTA I had tried to install was, “They gave you the wrong one.”

Friday, May 3, 2013

EVERY FAMILY HAS A STORY . . .

From The Hays Daily News:

Every family has a story and, at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 11, the Kansas Room, along with Ellis County Historical Society and Forsyth Library, will sponsor a Family History 101 program featuring Grady Birdsong.

Birdsong recently published his own family history, A Fortunate Passage. He not only will read from his book, but also give a presentation on how to research, write and publish a family history. There will be an opportunity for questions and answers followed by presentations from the historical society and Forsyth Library on some of the research materials and special artifacts available in their facilities. This should be a wonderful opportunity for anyone who is interested in writing and passing down their family story.

That's the Kansas Room at the Hays Public Library, 1205 Main Street.

RATTLESNAKES IN THE ROCK CHALK

I'm not making this up.

Rattlesnakes in the Rock Chalk is the second book in the Kaw Trilogy written by Chester Sullivan, associate professor at the University of Kansas.

Amazon describes this new book: This Kansas epic spans one hundred and fifty years from the steamboat adventure of a fourteen-year-old girl, told in the manner of Mark Twain, to the present day. It mingles mystery, history, herpetology, and romance until quiet meditation erupts in violent action threatening the lives of these resilient people, all scrabbling to find their emotional toehold in the layered limestone - early settlers called it rock chalk.