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2018: The Year I Almost Died (the teaser)

I really wanted to post a blog today, but I can’t get the words to gel. Because I am still suffering from the medical malfeasance and neglect that has scrambled my head and poisoned my brain. The actions that could have killed me if I hadn’t intervened, by accident, in my own behalf, and thus stopped a medical receptionist from keeping me from the help I needed and which she promised to get me, then totally ignored.

Instead I will try to publish it tomorrow. If I really didn’t die in 2018.

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#310: Whiter Than Snow

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

1

Lord Jesus, I long to be perfectly whole;

I want Thee forever to live in my soul.

Break down ev’ry idol, cast out ev’ry foe,

Now wash me and I shall be whiter than snow.

CHORUS

Whiter than snow, yes, whiter than snow —

Now wash me and I shall be whiter than snow.

2

Lord Jesus, look down from Thy throne in the skies

And help me to make a complete sacrifice.

I give up myself and whatever I know –

Now wash me and I shall be whiter than snow.

CHORUS

3

Lord Jesus, for this I most humbly entreat;

I wait, blessed Lord, at Thy crucified feet

By faith, for my cleansing I see Thy blood flow —

Now wash me and I shall be whiter than snow.

CHORUS

4

Lord Jesus, Thou seest I patiently wait;

To those who have sought Thee Thou never saidst “no” —

Come now and within me a new heart create.

Now wash me and I shall be whiter than snow.

CHORUS

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A Look Ahead — Winterfest at Worlds of Fun

Through Dec. 31 — Winterfest at Worlds of Fun

Select Nights Through December 31, 2018.

Holiday cheer rings out at Worlds of Fun during the annual WinterFest holiday celebration. Thousands of sparkling lights transform the park with an inviting glow that warms the heart and lifts the spirit. Witness festive live shows, meet iconic holiday characters, join holiday activities like ice skating and cooking decorating, ride select park attractions, and create lasting memories with family and friends. This holiday event takes place on select nights in November and December.

Ride is coming to historic Baldwin City this holiday season!

Powered by Midland Railway, this magical experience opened November 17th and runs through December 30th. Exact dates, times, and prices are available by visiting the Schedule & Tickets page. Each ticket includes fantastic entertainment, delicious hot chocolate, a scrumptious cookie, and a keepsake sleigh bell to bring home. Families are encouraged to wear their pajamas for the ride!(

 To 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 2019– 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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A Look Ahead — Shear Madness

To Dec. 30 —  THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride is coming to historic Baldwin City this holiday season!

Powered by Midland Railway, this magical experience opened November 17th and runs through December 30th. Exact dates, times, and prices are available by visiting the Schedule & Tickets page. Each ticket includes fantastic entertainment, delicious hot chocolate, a scrumptious cookie, and a keepsake sleigh bell to bring home. Families are encouraged to wear their pajamas for the ride!(

 To 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 2019– 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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#309: Beneath the Cross of Jesus

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

Beneath the cross of Jesus I fain would take my stand,

The shadow of a mighty Rock Within a weary land;

A home within the wilderness, A rest upon the way

From the burning of the noonday heat And the burden of the day.

2

Upon that cross of Jesus Mine eye at times can see

The very dying form of One Who suffered there for me,

And from my smitten heart with tears Two wonders I confess —

The Wonders of His glorious And my own worthlessness.

3

I take, O cross, thy shadow For my abiding place —

I ask no other sunshine than The sunshine of His face,

Content to let the world go by, To know no gain nor loss,

My sinfulness my only shame, My glory all the cross.

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Untangling wires

One of the things that can happen when your adorable 30-year house that you are 15 years into was built in the 1920s is that you may find tangles like the one pictured below when you are walking through your undeveloped basement garage and look up into the floor joist for the main floor that are above you:

Since the rest of the house has been so well refurbished in the past year, my sights have been turned to our basement, to make it as clean and presentable as possible. The younger offspring unit and I have been trying to identify all the wires and other structures in the floor joists and have been removing the ones that started nowhere and ended nowhere. 

When we ran into this, still connected, I fortunately knew how to indentify it.  I went to a private online Facebook group I belong made up of the most eclectic people who know or do or practice or have researched every imaginable topic.  A writer’s group. 

They came back that it was an old school Western Electric lightning arrestor for our landline telephone. Well, since we haven’t had a landline since we threw of the traces of AT&Ts internet/cell/landline bundle years ago, I decided we would pull all those wires out. If anyone needed landline phone in the future, it would be better to run new lines anyway.

Now we bought the house from a family who ran a successful construction business out of the house, so our house is wired for two lines, residential and business. So I had to unhook two plugs from the AT&T box outside to remove the juice from the house lines.

Those two plugs happened to be crossed, because When AT&T transferred landline from the prior owner to us, they put our residence phones on the old business line. We had to flip to use our correct working residential phone lines.

Anyway.

We pulled those main units and are starting to clear out the related wires, As all the triplicate (Why three  for two lines I do not know) things start to look much neater, and the electric wiring begins to make sense and be accessible. Two thirds of the electrical looks good, but about one third has aged so the outside of the plastic insulation is starting to look somewhat papery.

But here below are pictures of the main components, moderately dusted off, to show how durable, still usable, and enduring these solid parts have been. Especially after not being used (except doubtless a carrying voltage) for the past 10 years).

Anyone know if these have any value to collectors, or are they best served as landfill? I know we would rather see a valued item saved than junked, but we aren’t going to value it.