The Complete Compost Gardening Guide

Do you find the thought of making compost daunting?  No wonder—most books will tell you that you have to mix the ingredients precisely and monitor the project carefully every step of the way to ensure a pile that will heat up properly. Composting doesn’t have to be that difficult!  There are many different ways to…

Friesian

The spectacular Friesian horse of the Netherlands has been around since anyone can remember.  It was long the valued steed of the soldier, beginning in Roman times and continuing on through the Crusades.  But it was not just a warhorse.  Its immense power and strength made it a good draft animal for farmers, as well….

Pros and Cons of the Interstate Highway System

The Interstate Highway System has its roots right here in Kansas.  Its foremost advocate was President Dwight D. Eisenhower of Abilene.  A portion of I-70 running through the state was the first to be completed under the Federal Aid Highway Act of 1956. That was 60 years ago.  There is no question that interstate highways…

Quote of the Week: Keep on Shooting

Aim at the high mark and you will hit it.  No, not the first time, not the second time and maybe not the third.  But keep on aiming and keep on shooting for only practice will make you perfect.  Finally you’ll hit the bull’s-eye of success. —Annie Oakley

Intellitouch Tuners

There are many ways of tuning your instrument.  Not surprisingly, each has its own set of pros and cons: Pitch pipe: Simple and portable, but limited to standard tunings, hard to hear in noisy settings, and not accurate if you blow too softly or too forcefully. Tuning fork: Simple and accurate, but limited and hard…

Connemara

The only native pony breed of Ireland is both ancient and legendary.  No one knows for certain how it came to the northwestern coast of the Emerald Isle.  Most likely Celtic tribesmen brought it sometime in the fourth century B.C.  On the other hand, the Connemara might have traveled with the Vikings around 795 A.D….

6 Reasons to Preserve Kansas Heritage

Kansas has a unique heritage.  Just about anywhere you go in the state, you can see relics of our fascinating history mingled with modern everyday life. Have you ever stopped to consider the inestimable value that many of our state’s historic places and handed-down stories can provide?  Here are some of the reasons that we…

Quote of the Week: Noise

Noise proves nothing.  Often a hen who has merely laid an egg cackles as if she has laid an asteroid. —Mark Twain

The Book of Clouds

Here’s a hefty photo book that anyone who likes to keep an eye on the sky will enjoy.  The Book of Clouds by John A. Day provides an interesting look at atmospheric phenomena that can serve multiple purposes. First, the clouds and optical effects we see in the sky on a regular basis are grouped…

Clydesdale

The Clydesdale is yet another breed of horse whose precise ancestry has been lost over time.  We know that it hails from the Clyde Valley of Scotland, but little else becomes clear until the mid-1700s.  Then three stallions came to the forefront as the founders of the breed. The first stallion was a Flemish horse…