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Sabbatical Update: (delayed from Tuesday)

Summer is wrapping up, and so is the summer pattern. Weather changes seem ahead, certainly schedule changes. More than the items that defined my sabbatical are changing around me this fall as well. Need to decide whether I want to take a significant role in certain things, or just be the supporting extra used on another’s move through the social strata.

That wording was elusively and intentionally unspecific, and will remain so.

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#299: Day by Day (Scheduled for previous Sunday)

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


Day by day and with each passing moment,

Strength I find to meet my trials here

Trusting in my Father’s wise bestowment,

I’ve no cause for worry or for fear.

He whose heart is kind beyond all measure

Gives unto each day what he deems best —

Lovingly, its part of pain and pleasure,

Mingling toil with peace and rest.


Ev’ry day the Lord Himself is near me

With a special mercy for each hour,

All my cares He fain would bear, and cheer me,

He whose name is Counselor and Pow’r.

The protection of His child and treasure

Is a charge that on Himself He /aid;

“As thy days, thy strength shall be in measure,”

This the pledge to me He made.


Help me then in ev’ry tribulation

So to trust Th promises, O Lord,

That I love not faith’s seet consolation

Offered me within Thy holy word.

Help me, Lord, when toil and trouble meeting,

E’er to take, as from a father’s hand,

One by one, the days, the moments, fleeting,

Till I reach the promised land.




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I get to use my Food Handler’s Card (meant for this past Saturday)

When I was first hired on at World’s of Fun all three members of my family hired were instructed to complete the Food Handler’s training and certification for Clay County. The stores at the park and divided into areas, and one area has goods that fall under food handler regulations. In the end, the other two members of the family ended up working in that area, while I didn’t but we still all went and paid the $25 to take the course and be certified.

But I never had to use the card, until Saturday.

The Merchant staff was overfull on Saturday: everyone scheduled had shown up, no absences, calls in sick, and so five of us were lent to the foods division, which had had the opposite problem. This often happens on the staffing between departments, with the One Team environment, and my having a food handler’s card ensured that I got to be one of the people that helped out with foods.

I had the card, but I had never worked food service or fast food any other time previously in my life. So when I was sent to the Vittle Griddle, it was my first experience. I had all the training, but hadn’t used it in months, ever, so I was concerned about remembering the right things at the right time. Glove rules especially.

So it was rather a relief to have a skeleton team of food team associates there to train us. Of course, none of them had been trained on how to train people, so I served in the role of chief observer and question asker, for those who were trying to get answers on how to do things. Obvious answers for them left major holes of assumptions that needed to be filled for us to prevent mistakes.

I also played the role of observe everything to understand and be able to do it all.

When things fell out, it ended up with Betsy, who had also been sent to foods, on the grill (she has  years recent McDonalds experience opening for breakfast, but not grill experience), one of the others assigned to drop fries and tenders, and another to prepare plates and serve to guests.

I ended up in the middle, with the unremarkable job of buttering and browning the buns.

which meant that I ended up in the middle of it all: transferring messages from the grill to the assembly line, invading the cooler and freezer for needed items, loading buckets of ice into the soda fountains, and the one with enough “spare time” to wipe down the tables and empty trash cans in the seating areas outside.

I got to see how essential Betsy was on grill. She may not have had grill experience at McDonalds, but she sure had the experience of staying calm through a rush and keeping everything moving. Her calm hand and cool head at the grill was the cornerstone of our successful day.

And I got to be part of a different team, and learn new things, and have a greater appreciation for what it takes to be on the foods team.

While they got to appreciate the members of another team helping them out, and proving the “one team” slogan is more than just a slogan, but a lived out fact, day after day, at Worlds of Fun.

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A Look Ahead — Zoo Days

Weekdays Through August  — Clay and Jackson County Zoo Days

Recently Updated

Residents of the Clay and Jackson counties still have a few more weekdays to take advantage of their free visits to the zoo in August that is their right for paying the special zoo tax. Anyone in the two counties can take the ticket they got in the mail and get in for free for the remaining weekdays of this Month. Earlier months this year included April and July, and this option will be available again in November.

Through September 23 — Mamma Mia at New Theatre Restaurant

On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past to the door of the church. Featuring the #1 hits of legendary group ABBA, DANCING QUEEN, KNOWING ME-KNOWING YOU, TAKE A CHANCE ON ME, and many more. This Super Trouper musical comedy hit sold out 14 years on Broadway.

August 14-19 — Love Never Dies at Kansas City Starlight Tbeatre

Show Time: 8 p.m.
Gates Time: 7 p.m.

Duration: 2 hours 20 minutes, with intermission

The ultimate love story continues in Love Never Dies, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s spellbinding sequel to The Phantom of the Opera. This story of boundless love, full of passion and drama, follows The Phantom of the Opera, one of the most successful musicals of all time that has been seen by more than 130 million people worldwide and won over 50 international awards.

The year is 1907. It is 10 years after the Phantom’s disappearance from the Paris Opera House, and he has escaped to a new life in New York where he lives among the screaming joy rides and freak shows of Coney Island. While he has finally found a place for his music to soar in this new, electrically charged world, the Phantom has never stopped yearning for his one true love and musical protégée, Christine Daaé.

Now one of the world’s finest sopranos, Christine accepts an invitation to travel from Paris to New York to perform at a renowned opera house. Her marriage to Raoul is suffering at the hands of his drinking and gambling, and they desperately need the financial rewards that America can give.

In a final bid to win back Christine’s love, the Phantom lures her, Raoul and their young son, Gustave, from Manhattan to the glittering and glorious world of Coney Island… not knowing what is in store for them.

Love Never Dies is a dazzling new production that takes audiences on a thrilling roller coaster ride of intrigue, obsession and romance. Be seduced by the beautiful, sometimes magical and poetic, sometimes joyful and, occasionally, melancholic score.

Contains adult subject matter; national tour recommends for ages 12+.

Aug. 19 — Rehearsals continue for Madrigalia Bar Nonne.

This isn’t an open to the public thing, but interested singers are always welcome to come and join rehearsals, and see if they might want to try out for this select group of period a capella musical performers. Rehearsals continue most Sundays through August, and then the group sings daily at the Kansas City Renaissance Festival at its grounds in Bonner Springs. Anyone interested in joining a rehearsal or the group, drop me a line and I will get you the necessary contact information.  I have been singing with this group since 1999.


Weekends September 1 to Oct.  14 — Kansas City Renaissance Festival

Welcome to the 2018 Kansas City Renaissance Festival! The Kansas City Renaissance Festival is celebrating its 42nd Season! Come and be a part of this long-standing tradition by visiting the festival grounds in Bonner Springs, KS.

Open Weekends September 1 – October 14 Plus Labor Day and Columbus Day 10am to 7pm • Rain or Shine • 913.721.2110 Free Parking!

Kansas City’s History with the Festival

The Kansas City Renaissance Festival began its journey in September of 1977 as a benefit to the Kansas City Art Institute. Since then, the Kansas City Renaissance Festival has grown to be one of the largest Renaissance Festivals in the united States with an annual attendance of 200,000.

About Mid-America Festivals

Mid-America Festivals is the nation’s largest producer of outdoor themed events. In 2016, we entertained nearly one million people in a wide variety of locations across the country.

Mid-America Festivals currently devotes its time towards developing some of the best festivals in the country. Mid-America Festivals, along with affiliated entities, owns and operates the Minnesota Renaissance Festival, the Trail of Terror (located in Minnesota), the Bay Area Renaissance Festival at MOSI (located on the grounds of the Museum of Science and Industry in Tampa Bay, Florida), the Kansas City Renaissance Festival, the Michigan Renaissance Festival, the St. Louis Renaissance Festival and many other events. The company demonstrates its event production and promotion leadership by embracing all aspects of event production from specialty merchandise and corporate sponsorship to ticket sales and multi-media marketing.

Based in Minneapolis, Mid-America’s staff is comprised of talented managers’ experiences in all aspects of entertainment. Mid-America Festivals began producing Renaissance Festivals in 1976 as a natural extension of its president’s career in major venue promotion and production. The company’s background ranges from rock and roll events like the Beach Boys, Rolling Stones, and Prince to event management for concerts like Rock the Garden in Minneapolis.

September 8  — Avondale United Methodist Church Book Club

The club meets at 10 a.m. in the Church Library, and is open to anyone that wants to come and discuss, or listen to the discussion of the book slated for the month.  For September it is The Radium Girls, by Kate Moore. See the following blurb:

As World War I raged across the globe, hundreds of young women toiled away at the radium-dial factories, where they painted clock faces with a mysterious new substance called radium. Assured by their bosses that the luminous material was safe, the women themselves shone brightly in the dark, covered from head to toe with the glowing dust. With such a coveted job, these “shining girls” were considered the luckiest alive–until they began to fall mysteriously ill. As the fatal poison of the radium took hold, they found themselves embroiled in one of America’s biggest scandals and a groundbreaking battle for workers’ rights. The Radium Girls explores the strength of extraordinary women in the face of almost impossible circumstances and the astonishing legacy they left behind.

September 14-16 — Chicago at Kansas City Starlight Theatre

Show Time: 8 p.m.
Gates Time: 7 p.m.

Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes, with intermission

There’s never been a better time to experience CHICAGO, Broadway’s razzle-dazzle smash. This triumphant hit musical is the recipient of six Tony Awards®, two Olivier Awards, a Grammy®, thousands of standing ovations and now the title of No. 1 longest-running American musical in Broadway history.

CHICAGO has everything that makes Broadway great: a universal tale of fame, fortune and all that jazz; one show-stopping song after another; and the most astonishing dancing you’ve ever seen. It’s no surprise CHICAGO has wowed audiences from Mexico City to Moscow, Sao Paulo to South Africa. And now it’s coming to your town!

Whether you’re looking for your first Broadway musical, seen the Academy Award-winning film and want to experience the show live on stage, or seen it before and want to recapture the magic, CHICAGO always delivers!

Contains adult language and subject matter; national tour recommends for ages 13+.

Note: This is the one show at Starlight that Betsy and I ever walked out on when we saw it.

Sept 26-Dec. 2 — Always … Patsy Cline at New Theatre Restaurant

Always…Patsy Cline is more than a tribute to the legendary country singer who died tragically at age 30 in a plane crash in 1963. The show is based on a true story about Patsy’s friendship with a fan from Houston named Louise Seger, who befriended the star in a Texas honky-tonk in 1961, and continued a correspondence with Patsy until her death. The musical play, complete with down home country humor, true emotion and even some audience participation, includes many of Patsy’s unforgettable hits such as CRAZY, I FALL TO PIECES, SWEET DREAMS, WALKING AFTER MIDNIGHT. The show’s title was inspired by Patsy’s letters to Louise, which were consistently signed “Love always… Patsy Cline.”

Sept 28-30 — The Illusionists and Kansas City Starlight Theatre

Show Time: 8 p.m.
Gates Time: 7 p.m.

Duration: 2 hours, with intermission

Direct from Broadway comes the world’s best-selling magic show.

The mind-blowing spectacular of THE ILLUSIONISTS – LIVE FROM BROADWAY™showcases the jaw-dropping talents of five of the most incredible illusionists on earth. This magical production has shattered box office records across the globe as it dazzles audiences of all ages with a powerful mix of the most outrageous and astonishing acts ever seen on stage. A non-stop show, THE ILLUSIONISTS is packed with thrilling and sophisticated magic of unprecedented proportions!

Suitable for all audiences.


 December 5-February 17 — Shear Madness at New Theatre Restaurant

SHEAR MADNESS is America’s most popular and longest running comedy (now in its 31st year at Washington D.C.’s prestigious Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts). More than 12 million people worldwide have seen the hilarious whodunit and there is no end in sight; its success just keeps going and going.

In this hilarious whodunit, a renowned classical pianist is murdered in her apartment above the SHEAR MADNESS beauty salon and you, the audience, along with Inspector Nick O’Brien, interrogate the suspects, evaluate the clues and solve the mystery. The wacky, spontaneous comedy never has the same ending twice, so you can see it again and again.

February  20-April 201– Biloxi Blues at New Theatre Restaurant

The laughter rarely stops in this Tony Award-winning “Best Play” that tells the story of Eugene Jerome and his experiences as a 19-year-old draftee who, with a handful of other recruits must endure ten weeks of boot camp and a tough as nails, hard-drinking platoon leader in the steaming swamps of Biloxi, Mississippi in 1943.

April 25-July 7 — The Buddy Holly Story at New Theatre Restaurant

It’s Back! One of our most popular productions of all time! BUDDY-THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY. This joyous musical tells the story of Buddy Holly’s short yet explosive career and features his classical hits: PEGGY SUE, THAT’LL BE THE DAY, NOT FADE AWAY, OH BOY, MAYBE BABY, RAVEON and many more. This show Rocks!

July -Sept. 15 — Joseph and the Amazing TechniColor Dreamcoat at New Theatre Restaurant

Based on the “Coat of Many Colors” story from The Bible’s Book of Genesis, this upbeat musical is filled with a cornucopia of musical styles. From country-western to calypso to bubblegum pop & rock ‘n’ roll, this Old Testament tale emerges both timely and timeless. With its family-friendly storyline, universal themes and catchy music, JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT is a musical theatre event not to be missed. From the composer of PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, EVITA, CATS AND SCHOOL OF ROCK.@

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#298: God Leads Us Along

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


In shady green pastures, so rich and so sweet,

God leads His dear children along;

Where the water’s cool flow bathes the weary one’s feet,

God leads His dear children along.


Some thru the waters, some thru the flood,

Some thru the f ire, but all thru the blood;

Some thru great sorrow, but God gives a song,

In the night season and all the day long.


Sometimes on the mount where the sun shines so bright,

God leads His dear children along;

Sometimes in the valley, in darkest of night,

God leads His dear children along.



Tho sorrows befall us and Satan oppose,

God leads His dear children along;

Thru grace we can conquer defeat all our foes,

God leads his dear children along.



Away from the mire and away from the clay,

God leads His dear children along;

Away up in glory, eternity’s day,

God leads His dear children along.



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Sabbatical Update: Weekdays Resume

Yesterday’s fitness post took a lot of today’s content. The chief point is that I have gotten weekdays back, and that I have caught up on most of the things I wanted to do and keep as a standard in my life, so now I can carve out a schedule and get to work on finding the work that is more that just work, but a career, again.

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Fitness Update: Weekdays resume.

Okay, so in these fitness updates I keep avoiding the workout information that was their core for such a long time, and start finding peripheral causes and topics to talk about.

All of those topics are important, whether core or not, but part of their use is to give space to figure out how to reorganize the workout routine.

There is a way where being physically fit helps everything in life get better.  There is a way in which the workout routines get in the way of all the other things one needs to do to make life interact with the important people in life.

Getting up early takes time away from the “being there” with the spouse, for example, which has proven a very important part of keeping things stable during this Sabbatical year.

So I haven’t gotten up early to workout as much as previously.

The varied work schedule in the family has also rearranged, on a weekly, sometimes daily, basis the flow of the household.  This made it hard to put other things on a schedule.

But I need to find a regular schedule for everything.

So now that my seasonal job is weekends only, I need to establish a regular week-day schedule to put everything back in place.


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#297: God Will Take Care of You

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


Be not dismayed whate’er betide, God will take care of you;

Beneath His wings of love abide, God will take care of you.


God will take care of you, Thru ev’ry day, O’er all the way;

He will take care of you, God will take care of you.


Thru days of toil when heart doth fail, God will take care of you;

Whek dangers fiuerce your path assail, God will take care of you’



All you may need he will provide, God wil take care of you;

Nothgin you ask will be denied, God will take care of you.



No matter what may be the test, God will take care of you;

Lean, weary one, upon His breast, God will take care of you.