Killdeer

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Hunting with the in-laws.

A decade in Manhattan

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Image via Wikipedia It came and went. I realized sometime this year that last fall marked a decade of my tenure in the Little Apple of Manhattan, Kansas. I’m not sure when I realized it, but it was much less a sharp realization than it was a dull acknowledgement. Manhattan has been good to me […]

Jamaica Friday

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Today was our last day. We awoke at 5:30 a.m. to a beautiful sunrise. I had a pot of delicious Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee. We killed a little time until breakfast, after which we put on swimsuits to float around in the sea. We took the SCUBA class on Wednesday, and were rained out both […]

Jamaica Thursday

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Thursday was the day for Dunn’s River Falls. An off-site attraction, Dunn’s River Falls is about a 20 minute drive from Tower Island in Ocho Rios. Along the way, our bus stopped and picked up a videographer at a small shack along the side of the road where we rented water shoes. Our videographer was […]

Jamaica Wednesday

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We awoke on Wednesday to a little sunshine. We found some breakfast before our SCUBA class that was to begin at 9 a.m. We began with a swimming competency test, which was perhaps one of the hardest physical activities ever visited upon my body. It was only two laps in a pool, but trying too […]

Jamaica Tuesday

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We woke about 6:30, refreshed and ready to go. We found some breakfast and killed a little time until the orientation tour. The off-and-on rain, which unfortunately became a recurring theme for our vacation, limited our activities. We ate lunch and visited the gift shop, then took advantage of the water sports kayaking and Aqua-Cycle […]

Jamaica Monday

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It was everything Diane and I could do to get up on Monday morning at 4 a.m. to make our flight from Kansas City. We were so tired after the wedding and the all-day work on Sunday that we just didn’t have it in us to head to Kansas City on Sunday night, so Monday […]

Wedding is nigh

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The wedding is upon us. View all the wedding information at dianetraffas.com. For those of you looking for the quick details, here they are. The wedding ceremony will be at 4 p.m. on Saturday, 25 September, at St. Boniface in Sharon, Kansas. Sharon is small, the church is in the northeast part of town and […]

Alzheimer’s

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I grew up in rural Kansas. There was one house within a quarter-mile of mine, and it happened to be across the road. The hundred-yard distance in south-central Kansas was the equivalent of a neighboring apartment for someone growing up in urban America. The inhabitants of the house were amazing people. The patron was an […]