Category Archives: Personal

Are zoo’s next?

Any trip home to New York features three things: family, food and the Bronx Zoo.  The first two are obvious; seeing family takes precedence, and a get together of the extended family is always scheduled.  Food is also obvious, as … Continue reading

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What am I learning?

First Lutheran Church  Plainville, Kansas Peace Lutheran Church  Natoma, Kansas February, 2019 Around the first of each month, church newsletters hit the mailbox and the internet.  To be honest, reading who the greeters are or whose birthday it is in another church … Continue reading

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Requiem for a toy store

After a week of rumors, the news is now apparently official: Toys R Us will close all of its US stores, likely before the start of summer.  There is a sliver of hope that maybe some stores will be spared, … Continue reading

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Christmas Letter 2017

Christmas, 2017 There is no shortage of nativity scenes this time of year, available both for purchase and for viewing pleasure.  They come in all shapes and sizes; some with just a few pieces, and others with seemingly all of … Continue reading

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Greetings from America

My grandparents visited in one way or another, all 50 states.  Alaska was the last one, and they took a cruise on what was one of their last big trips together. Of course, not every trip was the big deal … Continue reading

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I saw a whale

Call me Schmidt. I have been going to the zoo my entire life.  I have seen lions and tigers and bears.  I have seen special exhibits of pandas and koalas.  I have pushed through crowds to see a new gorilla … Continue reading

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What are you looking forward to?

  Today marks less than 10 days until Lindsey and I will be married.  Needless to say, we are both tired of waiting and we want to be married already; and we reflect, sometimes in jest, other times in seriousness, … Continue reading

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