Thursday, May 31, 2007

Pat on the Back for Phil Stacey, Alison Bartlett, and Kevin Clash

I am never going to be able to let you know all the ways people are helping Greensburg. I will post what I can.

The following items came from the Wichita Eagle. I have provided links to the full articles at the end of each blurb. I have also provided a link that gives a map for the location of Haviland High School. (Click on "Haviland High School" in the article.)
'Idol' star sings for Greensburg's benefit

Those who saw former Wichitan Phil Stacey on "American Idol" know he can sing.

But the 2,900 people who attended Stacey's sold-out benefit concert at Central Christian Church on Tuesday learned that singing is just one of Stacey's talents.

He also can play guitar and piano -- well. He can write music, as he proved by performing an original tribute to the American flag. And he's really pretty funny.

Read More..

Voice of Elmo to visit Greensburg children

In an effort to bring fun to Greensburg kids, Kevin Clash, the man who for years has been the voice of Elmo on "Sesame Street," will visit Kiowa County on Saturday.

He will put on two 30-minute shows at 1:30 and 3 p.m. at Haviland High School's gymnasium as part of the KPTS Kiowa County Kids Carnival, an event for the children affected by the Greensburg tornado.

Alison Bartlett, the woman who plays Gina the Veterinarian on "Sesame Street," will also be at the carnival.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

A Funny for Today

I don't normally post things like this, but I thought it was pretty funny. I hope you enjoy it, too.

I went to a gas station today and asked for five dollars worth of gas...
The clerk farted and gave me a receipt! :o)

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

And a Pat On the Back for Martina McBride

Photo by Kelly Glasscock

I'm not a big country music fan, but Ms McBride did a great thing for Greensburg residents this weekend. Check out the article from the Wichita Eagle here.

And here are the lyrics to her new single, "Anyway". I really thought it had a good message:

You can spend your whole life buildin'
Something from nothin'
One storm could come and blow it all away
Build it anyway

You could chase a dream
That seems so out of reach
And you know it might not ever come your way
Dream it anyway

God is great but sometimes life ain't good
And when I pray
It doesn't always turn out like I think it should
But I do it anyway
I do it anyway

This world's gone crazy
And it's hard to believe
That tomorrow will be better than today
Believe it anyway

You can love someone with all you heart
For all the right reasons
And in a moment they can choose to walk away
Love 'em anyway

God is great but sometimes life ain't good
And when I pray
It doesn't always turn out like I think it should
But I do it anyway
Yeah I do it anyway

You can pour your soul out singin'
A song you believe in
That tomorrow they'll forget you ever sang
Sing it anyway
Yeah sing it anyway

I sing
I dream
I love anyway

More Kansans Helping Greensburg

I received an e-mail with the link to a neat fundraiser. This one is being held this weekend, and is sponsored by the Lawrence, KS, fire department. If you live near there, or will be in that area this weekend, here is a fun way you can help out the Greensburg fire department. Bowling Fundraiser

I was also given the news that, within days of the tornado, two fire trucks were donated to the fire department. One came all the way from New York!

I am constantly amazed at the ways people are helping!

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Some Greensburg Photos

Even in donated gowns, no one could steal their moment!

A touch of humor.

Friday, May 25, 2007

Kansans Helping Kansans

Hutch News Photo

Each day, I am amazed again at how people are working to help the people of Greensburg. While I realize there are efforts all over the country, today I am focusing on Kansans who are helping.

One of those I must mention is Mike Greenleaf, a Greensburg resident. You can read about the rodeo (isn't that a great picture, too?) in this Hutch News article about Mike.

On the "Rebuilding Greensburg--Block by Block" front, Laura is having great success. It's still not to late to send her your afghan squares. All the info. you need is at Sugar Bunny Boulevard.

I read in today's Hutch News about two benefit concerts being held, which will raise funds for Greensburg. One is a concert with Christian artist Mark Schultz (who is a native Kansan!). The article is on the Hutch News website.

Closer to home (well, relatively speaking), an imaging system developed by my uncle's business is being used to help in the recover efforts. I'm including the text of his e-mail, as he can explain better than his technologically-challenged niece:


FEMA ordered aerial images acquired over Greensburg to document damage and aid anyone in the recovery process. I am proud to say that my multispectral imaging system (the TerraHawk Aerial Imaging System with MS3100 camera) was used. The University of Kansas flew their plane and own two of my imaging systems. The following link has images of Greensburg in both RGB natural color and in CIR which is made bands in near infrared, red and green. They show more detail. The images were acquired from about 6,000 feet and have about half meter pixel resolution at that altitude and lens that was used. You can download and look at the images at this web site:

Dewain Davis, President
TerraVerde Technologies

Thank you all!!!!!

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Bush's Fault?

President Bush prays with Greensburg residents
in front of destroyed Methodist Church.
Photo website

I got the following item in an e-mail forward. I thought it was an interesting perspective, anyway.
I'm not trying to change the tone of this blog to being political. Just thought this was interesting.
Hi, my name is Tim Schieferecke and I'm a native western Kansas farmboy. No, I don't know anyone from Greensburg as I'm from northwest Kansas , but I do know what rural folks from anywhere in Kansas are like. Apparently my current leftist Governor Kathleen Sebelius doesn't though, nor does she comprehend the availability of heavy equipment assets. It was hard for me to hold my lunch down when I heard her craft an anti-Bush spin on the disaster that befell the good people of Greensburg . Slow recovery? This statement is disingenuous at best but in local lingo better understood as a downright lie. We need trucks? It seems the good Governor doesn't get out of Topeka much. Western Kansas is wheat country, and where there's wheat there's wheat trucks. Incidentally, they fill in quite nicely for hauling away debris when they aren't filled with grain. Why do they really need Hum-vees in the mix? What can they accomplish that a regular old four wheel drive pick-up can't? Other equipment? You can't spit without hitting a tractor, spit a little harder and you'll hit one that has a handy scoop. As far as the people go, they are salt of the earth good people, regardless of race, class or creed in the country. Unlike certain areas affected by disaster, the people of Greensburg will take care of their current problems themselves. They will not wait for the government to do this or that, because in the country people still know what it means to be a good neighbor. Growing up in this environment, I remember time after time the lessons my Dad taught me about being a good neighbor. Neighbors in the country take care of each other. From helping a neighbor get cattle back in to helping harvest his wheat if he was ill, neighbors in the country do whatever they can for each other as well as for anyone who happens to have a vehicle breakdown while passing through. So it will be with Greensburg . Also, I'd like the Governor to explain just how many National Guard troops it takes to seal off a little town of 1500 from looters? The good Governor points out plainly opportunistically that 40% of all troops overseas are National Guard. Now, assuming that 40% of Kansas troops are engaged elsewhere (that's 3,200 of approximately 8,000 total, there are an estimated
4,800 troops available). To guard a town of 1,500? Do they have that many down on the border? That sounds like overkill to me! It is beyond me how these libs spin everything towards making our good President guilty of this or that. How is it that President Bush has anything at all to do with a slow response to the catastrophe? How could ANYTHING have been done differently. Oh yeah, I forgot, Bush created global warming by colluding with big oil, that created the perfect F-5 tornado, and if only he had signed Kyoto this tragedy never would have happened. Give me a break!

President Bush consoles two Greensburg residents. Photo by Travis Heying, Wichita Eagle.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

It's a War!

There's a war going on at our house. And it's hilarious!

Our oldest son recently hid one of his squeaky Veggie Tales characters, Bob the Tomato, in the towel cupboard in our bathroom. He was hoping his dad would find it. Then Larry the Cucumber showed up. Then Laura and Junior. The thing is, my hubby decided to get him back. So the veggies have shown up in beds and church shoes.

Not to be outdone, son #2 decided to start hiding his Bionicles figures, too. Cereal cabinets, lunch boxes, place is safe!

My husband finally decided to put a limit on things, though. They're not allowed hiding them in our bedroom any more. And, they have to choose one character and hide only that one character.

Still, it's keeping things interesting around our house!

Monday, May 21, 2007

Calling All Crafty People!

Laura Spradlin, of El Dorado, KS, has started a project she calls, "Rebuilding Greensburg--Block by Block". She is collecting 8" bias garter stitch afghan squares, and is planning to donate the afghans to Greensburg residents in the fall.

For more information, see her blog: Sugar Bunny Boulevard The left sidebar has all the information you need. She is specifically asking for the squares, but NO FINANCIAL contributions.


Saturday, May 19, 2007

This and That from the Greensburg Front

Pictured above: Tyler McIntosh of Greensburg, KS, with a new "friend". Photographer: Fernando Salazar, Wichita Eagle newspaper.

I thought this article was a great example of the spirit of the people of Greensburg. Check it out at:
Greensburg Athletes Keep Edge

Friday, May 18, 2007

What Do They Need in Greensburg???

Obviously, not more toothbrushes! This is a humorous story I found on the Wichita Eagle's website. It also gives practical ideas...

How Many Toothbrushes Does Greensburg Need?

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Homesick for Kansas

Receiving the news about the tornado, hearing the stories over the past 1 1/2 weeks, seeing the TV stories, and viewing pictures on the has all made me homesick for Kansas.

If you are a Kansas resident, chances are you are either a Jayhawk (KU) fan or a Wildcat (K-State) fan. I happen to be of the purple and white crowd (KSU). One of my sisters graduated from there, as well as a few other friends and relatives (aunts, uncles, cousins).

Where I currently live, in northeastern Ohio, if you ask someone if they are a KSU fan, they immediately think you mean Kent State University. Nope, nope, nope. Not what I meant!

So, allow me the pleasure of expressing my support for my favorite home-state college. GO WILDCATS!!!!

Monday, May 14, 2007

What It Means to Be a Kansas Farm Girl

I miss the golden, waving wheat...the heat shimmering above the fields in the summer sun.

I miss seeing the harvest, too, as the combines churn
through those golden waves, and grain piles high in
the bin.

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

More Things I Love About Kansas

A bouquet of wild sunflowers, picked from the side of a country road. They add sunshine to a room...

The song of a western meadowlark on a warm, summer morning. They love to perch on fence posts, and warble their merry little tune.

As the old slogan said, "Kansas...Land of Ah's"

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Things I Love About Kansas

There are too many things to list here. But I think this picture says more than my feeble words could ever express. The sunrises and sunsets are beyond breathtaking. (And yes, this is from Greensburg!)

Monday, May 7, 2007

How You Can Help

American Red Cross Midway-Kansas Chapter
P.O. Box 3726
Wichita, Kansas 67201
(indicate that you want to give assistance for the Greensburg tornado victims)

If you go to this website and click "donate now", there will be a form to fill in for your donation. Under "donation details", donors can specify the amount they wish to give. There is also a box to fill in called "specific use". Just type in "Greensburg tornado", and they will make sure that is where your funds go.

Kansas Disaster Relief Fund
Box 1663
Dodge City, Kansas 67801
They also request that you put "Greensburg, KS, disaster relief" in your memo line.

And keep praying!!!!

Saturday, May 5, 2007

For All My Friends and Family in Kansas

There is no humorous post from me today. My hometown was hit by a tornado last night. Please pray for Greensburg, Kansas, and the wonderful people there. It's hard to be in Ohio, when they're all there, trying to dig out. My heart and prayers are there, though.

Thursday, May 3, 2007

Have We Got a Show for You!

If you have not experienced Veggie Tales, then this whole post will just be lost on you.

I was introduced to the lovable veggies while working at a Christian bookstore. When they first sent the promos, I thought, "You have got to be kidding?! Vegetables that tell Bible stories? This will never catch on!" Was I so, so wrong!

We have been loving Veggie Tales in our household since our oldest son (AKA Harry) was just 2 years old. When Harry discovered the veggies, our lives were never the same. Harry has this incredible memory, and would memorize them from beginning to end. The great thing about this talent of his? He could entertain himself (and us!) on many long car trips, as we "listened" to whatever video he was quoting (including the ad tags at the beginning and end). One of my favorite memories was a trip to the grocery store. Harry still couldn't pronounce his "L" sounds yet. He was still on the ads, and cried out, "And Veggies, the Ward!" (He meant "galore", but thought it said, "The Lord!") Well, anyway. We thought it was cute!

A neat memory: Harry had a friend whose family was Hindu. One day when his little friend was over playing, Harry wanted to watch his newest Veggie video. I wasn't sure that was a great idea, since Veggie Tales are blatantly Christian. I didn't want to offend his parents. I made a quick phone call, and was reassured this was fine. His mom even told me he had received a Veggie Tales video from his grandparents for Christmas! Wow! So you just never know!

Yes, there are times when I'm trying to get one of those Silly Songs with Larry out of my head. I think the worst for me was "His Cheeseburger" (a love song to food!). Still, I'm thankful my kids have this silly series to reinforce the biblical principals we are trying to instill in our kids.

So, thanks, Aunt Christina. You are the one who really started our journey into fun times with Junior, Bob, Larry, and the entire Veggie gang!

P.S. This was my first attempt at adding a picture to a post. Whew! :o)

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Charlotte Has a Web...But Not in MY House!

My youngest son (AKA Clyde) recently read Charlotte's Web. Then we were able to view both the new and old versions of the movie. Now we have a new rule: We must leave outdoor spiders to themselves. Indoor spiders, or spiders trying to become indoor spiders, may be terminated. (Those on the door or near it are fair game!) How is it that this young child who used to try to eat rocks, revels in getting filthy-dirty, has broken each of his arms once, and is a bundle of boy-energy...suddenly has the softest heart toward these little creatures? I love it (his soft heart, not the spiders)!

And how can he love these 8-legged things that give me the "willies", yet not want to hold a nice, wiggly worm? :o) I'm just glad he doesn't want to hold spiders, either!

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Sunny Day Fun

It's a quite-warm day here in Ohioland. The sun is shining. The birds are singing. The humidity is climbing. Nothing like that Ohio sweat bath we get every summer!

I liked some of the creative ideas you had for rainy day fun. Have to try some of those out sometime.

So what do you do OUTDOORS on a sunny day? Sidewalk catch...blow bubbles...??? Give me your creative ideas!

One fun thing we did last summer was play "volleyball" over the top of our swingset!