Author Archives: Hazel

From Empty Space to Bookstore in Five Days

Just five days ago, the storefront at 1101 Commercial in Emporia, Kansas, was empty. That was before Marcia Lawrence, proprietor of Ellen Plumb’s City Bookstore, gathered together a band of booklovers who cleaned the space, hauled in dismantled shelves, and put … Continue reading

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In Search of a Fly Swatter

When I moved three years ago, I lost my fly swatter. Every summer since then, when flies zoom in through a momentarily opened door and begin buzzing annoyingly around my ears and landing on fruits, vegetables, or other food in the … Continue reading

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Beware of Walmart Family Mobile

If like me, you believed Walmart Family Mobile was a pay-as-you-go, month-to-month plan, you would be wrong. I am finding out the hard way. I signed up for a plan for a family member who was subsequently unable to pay … Continue reading

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Speed dating a book

If you’ve ever been to a library book sale, you may be able to appreciate the need to speed date a book. You are standing with your paper bag in a narrow aisle. People are coming down each end toward … Continue reading

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Poker Walk at C of E Park, Week 2

The Poker Walk Yesterday was cool and sunny for the Walk Kansas Poker Walk at C of E Park. A jacket was too warm, but walking without one too cool. The beautiful white blossoms on the tree I photographed last … Continue reading

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Poker Walks at C of E Park, Emporia

Tuesday April 5 was the first Walk Kansas Poker Walk of 2016. When I attended these walks in 2015, I was struck by the seasonal changes and have decided to document the weekly changes this year. Come back next week … Continue reading

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Weekend Overwhelm

This last weekend was one of those during which there was far more to do than time allowed. Saturday First there was great-grandson Alyja’s 5th birthday. There was no way I could miss singing “Happy Birthday,” to this cutie and  watching him … Continue reading

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Women’s History Month

March is Women’s History Month. “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men and women are created equal. . . ” Elizabeth Cady Stanton, “Declaration of Sentiments of the Seneca Falls Convention (1848)” In this election year, it seems … Continue reading

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