Farewell, Edith … and Tony Soprano, Mrs. Krabappel and the Quintessential Mouseketeer
We followed the life of sweetly, naïve Edith Bunker for nine years and 200-some episodes of television’s All in the Family and Archie Bunker’s Place, coming to love her and, by extension, the actress who portrayed her, Jean Stapleton.
The Waldo Story: The Home of the Friendly Merchants by Ladene Morton
When you ask a Kansas City native where they live, their response is the name attached to their neighborhood or housing subdivision. Waldo is the neighborhood bounded by State Line Road to the west, 85th Street to the south, Troost Avenue to the east, and Gregory Boulevard to the north. It was named for one of its original residents, David Waldo, who ran freight on the Santa Fe Trail.
When Cold Weather Strikes, Wrap Up with an Audiobook!
These past few days, I have been wondering where all the warmth has gone. It seems like just earlier this week, I was enjoying a leisurely bicycle ride and picnic in the park, now my hands become icicles within seconds of being outside. As a funny happenstance, I unknowingly began to listen to an audiobook earlier this week that is now turning out to be quite timely in its subject matter. I had heard about Between Shades of Gray; it's a historical fiction book based around the time of the holocaust.
Sometimes we wonder, “can I change the world?" And the answer is yes. If you are passionate enough, one person can change an entire nation. Martin Luther King, Jr. was one of these passionate people. King was born in Atlanta, Georgia on January 15, 1929 as Michael King, Jr. to the parents of Michael King, Sr. and Alberta Williams. At fifteen, he entered college to begin his bachelor studies. By the time King was nineteen, he was an ordained minister with a sociology degree in hand.
I have stated before that I have never really been a fan of mysteries. Recently, I began exploring a little more of this genre, and I have found a couple of good books. I just finished my first Agatha Christie novel and enjoyed it quite a bit. I was also delighted with theNo.
I chose this book, Vintage Kansas City Stories, because it looked interesting, and I was right, it is! It’s a collection of news stories, ads, and jokes from the Kansas City Journal 1907-1909. I read with interest one particular story about a statue of Venus brought from Florence, Italy in 1907 that was supposed to be donated to the Kansas City School Board but they rejected it.
As we begin the new year, I am reflecting back. Over the holiday, I like to ask people (young and old) a simple question: what was your favorite present? This usually transcends individual tradition. Some have a ready answer, some have to think about it, and many feel the need to qualify their answer with why it's not some big, expensive, elaborate gift.
During November, we take time to salute our veterans. My father, Thomas, was a United States Marine during the Korean War era. After high school, he enlisted in the Marines, and during the time he was in basic training, the cease fire agreement was signed. Thankfully my father never saw combat, but he did spend 14 months in Korea as part of a peace keeping force. However, his older brother, Jack, who was serving in the Navy was part of combat missions in Korea.
I had just started reading James McBride’s The Good Lord Bird when I heard it had won The National Book Award. I was pleasantly surprised to hear this because I had enjoyed the book from the beginning. The story centers on Henry, a child slave who is sort of “abducted” by abolitionist John Brown when Henry’s father is killed in a skirmish between Brown and Henry’s owner. Brown thinks Henry is a girl, partly due to the sackcloth he’s wearing, and nicknames him Onion. The boy pretty much just goes along for the ride, but finds he’s become fond of this incredibly strange man.
It is the year 4,000,000,000. Beneath the baleful glare of the red giant Sun, post-human cyborg archaeologists are working frantically to excavate, record, and preserve the history of Terran civilization before the planet is consumed by the ever-swelling Sun. As they reach the deeply buried strata corresponding to the 20th and 21st centuries and analyze the artifacts, these future scientists come to the following conclusions about our society: