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Halloween or Winterfest?

With today being Halloween, I thought I would post some photos of the final day of the Haunt season at Worlds of Fun. I will start with a video of one a great new live show they had in the International Plaza: The Skeleton Crew. But the rest of the pictures are a lot more looking forward to Christmas and the park’s upcoming WinterFest season.


And once the show finished, they wasted no time in taking the staging down…

The entryway to the park looked a lot like Christmas:


Though the boneyard had some of its Halloween up:

But the Row of Shops in Americana had a new name:

While Deja Vu was getting its makeover:



It was also the last Day for the Finnish Fling, which is being replaced next year:

The Steel Hawk is no longer a ride, but a 300-foot tree.  We got a lot of pictures from a lot of different perspectives.

Posted in Fitness

Fitness Update: dangers of fitness

Another 70 miles this past week finished the October cycling mileage quota.

One run: a 5-mile back and forth on the Cliff Byway during a cool early morning.

One run-in with the side-view mirror of a delivery van. Wednesday I turned the corner on a yellow light, he went through the light when his light went green. There was no bike lane, he didn’t see me, and his right side mirror hit my left upper arm on the back of the tricep and along the inside side that wraps toward the bicep.

Fortunately it was a foldout mirror that gave and folded in. I stayed upright on the bicycle, and we both came to a stop about the same point on the road. Even with the mirror folding it gave me quite a whack that left this gloriously horrid-looking bruise, but the the x-ray at the doctor’s confirmed the bruise is all I got.


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#240: I Am Coming, Lord

(Part of a series singing through the hymnbook I grew up with: Great Hymns of the Faith)


I hear Thy welcome voice That calls me, Lord, to Thee

For cleansing in Thy precious blood That flowed on Calvary.


I am coming, Lord! Coming now to Thee!

Wash me, cleanse me in the blood

That flowed on Calvary”


Tho coming weak and vil, Thou dost m strength assure;

Thou dost my vileness fully cleanse Till spotless all and pure.



‘Tis Jesus call me on To perfect faith and love,

To perfect hope and peace and trust For earth and heav’n aboe.


Posted in Social Issues

And the little children …

I am sitting at a table in Panera, on a cool October evening, and watching one of the truly joyous things of life: the playful chatter of someone else’s child.

Mother has obviously had a more tiring day than the child. He is burbling “hot” and talking about the fascination of the gas log stove here beside us.

Then their food is ready — signalled by the lighted vibrating call device, and they come back with their food. At first he tried spooning his soup onto his chips to eat it, but after some frenetic redirection, he uses the spoon correctly to eat the soup, and reaches for a napkin when necessary.

Mother is a little more concerned than we outside, amused, observers about some of his foibles, but takes it all in a very gracious way.

Reminds me of how much energy it takes to be a parent, especially at the first stages, and how easy it can be to lose sight of the true joy of those times. They go, never to return again, except in memory.

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A Look Ahead …

Today’s look ahead is going to see some things this weekend, and some much further out:

Worlds of Fun: Halloween Haunt (last weekend)

The weather looks to be rather brisk in the Kansas City area this weekend, the last one for Halloween Haunt:Fullscreen capture 10262017 53258 PM.bmp

So get out and get your haunt fix, if you want, but dress warmly enough.

It looks like the weather will also be cold, and possibly wet, for Halloween.



Trunk or Treat

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Avondale United Methodist Church is sponsoring its annual Trunk or Treat from 4-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29 in the church parking lot, 3101 NE Winn Rd, Kansas City, Missouri 64117




Worlds of Fun is extending its season with a new event this year: Winterfest

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Begin a new family tradition with WinterFest, a brand new holiday experience at Worlds of Fun. Holiday cheer will surround you with millions of spectacular holiday lights and festive décor, world-class live entertainment, mouth-watering treats, and heart-warming experiences.

November 24 – December 30

Songflower and the William Baker  Festival Singers

Songflower is sharing the stage with William Baker Festival Singers for our first concert of the season. We are doing some great pieces! Come have a listen…


Fri 7:30 PM · Queen of the Holy Rosary · Overland Park, KS
Tickets Available · 24 people

Starlight 2018 Broadway Series

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Now is the time to become a season ticket holder for the Broadway 2018 season at Starlight Theatre. As I mentioned in this post, my satisfaction with Starlight during our 21 seasons of season ticket holders has declined dramatically the past few years. But after writing that post, I got a call from a Jacques (?) in their HR department to discuss my concerns. Though only there for 2 months, her primary assignment is responding to all the feedback that they haven’t been able to properly process in the past few years.

So we had part of our concern validated: they weren’t listening to the feedback because they didn’t have the staff available and allocated to do so. But they are also taking care of it. So we are tentatively considering renewing. We could make a potentially satisfying season. Follow this link to see the full season offered. Then compare it to the shows we think would be worth seeing:

On Your FeetKing and I

CinderellaThe Illusionists


Carolers of Note

Finally, keep track of the city’s premiere Christmas Caroling group, available to hire for your special event, and appearing in several venues this season:


For more information contact: Carolers of Note, 913-961-9643; or follow this link.

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#239: Art Thou Weary?

(Part of a series singing through the hymnbook I grew up with: Great Hymns of the Faith)


Art thou weary, art thou languid, Art thou sore distrest?

“Come to Me,” saith One, “and, coming, Be at rest.”


Hath He marks to lad me to Him, If He be my Guide?

“In His feet and hands are wound-prints, And His side.”


Is there diadem, as Monarch, That His brow adorns?

“Yea, a crown, in very surety, But of thorns.”


If I still hold closely to Him, What hath He at last?

“Sorrow vanquished, labor ended, Jordan passed.”


If I ask Him to receive me, Will He say me nay?

“Not till earth and not till heaven Pass away.”


Finding, foll’wing keeping, struggling, Is He sure to bless?

Saints, apostles, prophets, martyrs Answer, “Yes.”

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After the Harvest

Is the name of a scrappy “little” non-profit organization here in the Kansas City Area. I had the fun of working with them today, applying the old concept of “gleaning” to a new setting.

The concept of gleaning began in a more agrarian age. Its best formulation can be seen in the Pentateuch and book of Ruth in the Bible, where farmers were forbidden, in the harvest of their fields, to harvest to the very edges, or to go back and pick up crops that they missed going through the first time in the harvest. Instead, what was left, or dropped, was to be available for the poor and needy to come through the fields to gather to meet their needs. Benevolent and socially responsible farmers would leave wide borders around their fields for the poor and needy to glean.

Fast-forward to today, and we have After the Harvest. This non-profit organizes volunteers to go through farmers fields to gather left-over food to donate to area food pantries and other area organizations that provide food to the hungry in our metro area. They team with area farmers, who, like the benevolent and socially responsible farmers of Biblical days, open their fields for gleaning of unharvested food to be used to provide for the needy in our communities.

Modern agriculture processes produce a lot of food that gets harvested, but also a lot that is not aesthetically salable in grocery stores or suitable for long-distance transport. Rather than have it simply rot in the fields, the farmers, in partnership with After the Harvest, and its volunteers, bring that food to area food pantries where it fills the same social need gleaning did in days of yore.

With the above description of After the Harvest, when I volunteered to glean today, I expected to be gleaning in a farmer’s field somewhere. Instead I found myself in another location, experiencing another piece of the food sufficiency puzzle in our metro area — A community garden.

Tuesday’s Glean was at the WIC-sponsored community garden in Olathe. I was there with the field organizer and several After the Harvest volunteers, along with volunteers and organizers of the WIC community garden itself.

It was a cold morning, upper 40s and lower 50s, and very windy. But we put to work with a will, and gloriously soaked in the warmth sunlight when it finally made its appearance.

We are near the end of the season, but it was amazing how many pounds of food were left, and how many things are still growing.  We dug potatoes and sweet potatoes, pulled radishes, picked cabbage, broccoli, peppers (2 kinds). We also weeded, tilled and collected vines for composting. Once all the harvesting was done, we processed the food, cleaning dirt off potatoes, for example, and weighing it and getting it ready for distribution.

I had an enjoyable time, and felt a sense of satisfaction doing something physical to help others, being part of the very organic network that makes our metro community thrive as it does, by how we care for the environment and the people around us.

If you are interested in knowing more about After the Harvest and their gleaning project, just click on the link above. In the meantime, enjoy the pictures from today’s glean below:




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Fitness Update:

Heading into fall and getting a bit of a different focus.

Keeping up with the bicycle miles seems to be the key goal from the beginning of the year. I put in 59 miles this week.

Running, I’m at least keeping in the game again: one 5k run.

On the strength training I stayed on track with week 4 of the PEP program at the Work Wellness Center.  I’m still having issues with my left shoulder, it is getting better, but I am not pushing the amount of weight as much as I otherwise might. It has toned my chest up again, which I enjoy. Of course, once the shoulder is good I should get back to swimming, which is a good chest toner and core toner.

I also completed my daily 10,000 step goal 6 of 7 days. I used to be hip about doing it every day, but I think I learned there are times when skipping is actually more productive. Weekly averages with proper rest is really the more important.



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#238: O Jesus, Thou Art Standing

(Part of a series singing through the hymnbook I grew up with: Great Hymns of the Faith)


O Jesus, Thou art standing Outside the fast-closed door,

In lowly patience waiting To pass the threshold o’er:

Shame on us, Christian brothers, His Name and sign who bear,

O shame, thrice shame upon us, To keep Him standing there!


O Jesus, Thou art knocking – And lo” that hand is scarred,

And thorns Thy brow encircle, And tears Thy face have marred:

O love that passeth knowledge, So patiently to wait!

O sin that has no equal, So fast to bar the gate!


O jesus, Thou art pleading In accents meek and low,

“I died for you, My children, And will ye treat Me so?”

O Lord, with shame and sorrow We open now the door;

Dear Savior, enter, enter, And leave us nevermore!