A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.  – John 3:8

Ah…  the wind.  We love wind here in Kansas, especially in March!  We were recently on the highway heading for Yoder, Kansas – with wind gusting at record speeds.  We were heading for an elevated bridge and there was a very large truck literally weaving from one lane to the other as we came closer to the bridge.  My husband wisely said, “I think I’ll just stay back here until we clear that bridge.”  Smart guy.  I was going to suggest it, but I don’t like to be a backseat driver… turns out I didn’t have to be an annoying and nagging wife.  kansas

The gift of the Holy Spirit of God is the most precious blessing the Lord gave us.  He is our Comforter, our Light, our Peace, our Love, and it’s only with His help we can have the good fruits in our lives.  Those would be the fruits we find in Galatians:galatians-5-22

These are the characteristics we lean on God’s Spirit to help us achieve.  There’s no way to do it on your own – many try.  It’s so much easier to just stop leaning on your own understanding and lean on God’s wisdom every minute of every day.  As situations crop up, just pray – instead of going into panic mode or fix it mode – take a few seconds (trust me, that’s all it takes) to just whisper a prayer.  It’s amazing how much easier things are after you hand them to the Father.

I LOVE this poem Lucinda wrote called THE TUG.

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I found this original song on You Tube – CATCH YOUR WIND.  Yes…  lets!

Someone once told me that hymns are the most difficult songs to play – well, I’ll tell you something else – writing about spiritual things is more difficult than writing about the coming of springtime and what you plan to plant in your garden!  Suffice to say…  the Holy Spirit of God is honestly better FELT than TELT.  It can’t be explained in words, because words won’t be good enough to explain Him.  If you know God’s precious Holy Spirit, you are blessed and you know it.

Please keep KANSAS in your prayers.  We have wildfires burning which if not contained soon, will prove to be dangerous to homeowners.  Thank you.  🙂

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HAPPY HALLOWEEN

TL HAPPY HALLOWEEN 10-31One of the oldest ghost stories around is the story of Theorosa.  Have you heard of Theorosa’s Bridge in Valley Center, KS?  I grew up just a few miles from there.  You can stand on the bridge and summon the ghost of Theorosa – or so they say.  Stand on the bridge and call out …  THEOROSA… THEOROSA..  I HAVE YOUR BABY.  They say if you say that 3 times in a row, she will appear.  I would not go there alone…  especially at night.   Jus’ sayin’…theo-900x456

Theorosa’s Bridge was originally made of iron and wood. It burned down in 1974 and was then rebuilt. In 1976, fire again destroyed the structure and it was closed for 15 years.  It used to be a pretty ol’ bridge.untitled

In 1991 the road leading up to Theorosa’s Bridge was reopened and the bridge was rebuilt as a concrete structure.  I took a few photos for my own archives and to share with you today.

I caught some images of a pretty field close to the bridge:img_1550img_1549Most of our trees still have green leaves.  A few are just beginning to turn though.  It finally stopped raining every day, so maybe it will dry up now and get a little cooler.  We’ve had temperatures in the 90’s during the day with cooler temps in the morning.  It’s sweater weather, but not quite time for hoodies.img_1544img_1541img_1542img_1543

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Sadly, the new concrete bridge lacks the character of the old iron one.  It’s functional; however, the profanity and other graffiti that covers every inch of it, frankly embarrasses me.  People from all over the country come here because of the legend and to experience paranormal activity.  For them to see such a disgraceful sight makes my heart sink.  I suppose I can rest easier knowing the words are at least spelled correctly.  Well, most of them…  lol.

Gather ’round boys and girls.  I’m going to tell you the story of Theorosa.

Theorosa was a Native America woman.  According to the legend, she and a white settler had an illegitimate baby.  Theorosa felt such disgrace and shame that she dropped the baby into Jester Creek and drowned it.  Then Theorosa was so overcome with grief and felt so guilty about killing the baby, she hurled herself into the water and drowned.untitled-2Theorosa can be heard crying at the bridge sometimes.  Don’t tell her you have the baby or she will come up out of the water and attack you!  Balls of light float over the bridge.  Sometimes cars stall or shake while parked on or near the bridge.  People have reported feeling cold spots and they say the weather conditions are drastically different at the bridge than anywhere else in the area.

I don’t have any unusual or peculiar happenings to report personally – but – I was there in broad daylight.  It was not Friday the 13th, but a day much like other autumn days in Kansas.

If you decide to cross Jester Creek on Theorosa’s Bridge, you’d better not do it alone.  In our modern world, of course…  you take your video camera – and post the results on You Tube!  Well, DUH!

Here are some You Tube videos I found:

I did find this account online, if you dare to read it.  LOL!  http://www.angelsghosts.com/theorosas_bridge_ghost_story

Well – it’s a fun story to tell anyway…  have a happy Halloween!  🙂

 

WHEAT MONTH

TL 7-21 JULY IS WHEAT MONTH

July’s Grain of the Month is Wheat. Worldwide, wheat is the third most-produced grain, trailing only corn (maize) and rice. In the United States, wheat accounts for about two-thirds of all grains consumed. However, much of the wheat we eat is refined (missing its nutritious bran and germ) or enriched (refined grain with just five of the dozens of missing or reduced nutrients added back in). If you eat wheat products, make sure they are whole wheat.WHEAT

Wheat fields are so graceful and agile just before harvest.  They wave in the Kansas wind and are probably the most friendly welcoming committee our state has!  Our crops were good this year – yay!  Most of the state got to harvest before all the really heavy rains hit, so that translates into profits.CHILDHOOD PLAYGROUND

I think it’s funny that I live in Kansas – the bread basket of America – and don’t eat wheat products.  Weird, huh?  Well, I’d support the wheat farmers if I could.  I have a disease that won’t let me eat products made with wheat – so I have to make adjustments.  Even though I can’t eat wheat myself, I can still celebrate wheat month!

Here is a low carb bread recipe.  I say low carb, but it’s more than I usually have.  I suppose on a day when I’m just craving bread so much I would make this, but I’d really have to be desperate.

LOW CARB WHOLE WHEAT BREAD

Makes 16 slices

19g carbs per slice / 9g protein per slice

INGREDIENTS:

1 C. water

1 1/2 C. whole wheat flour

1 1/2 C. medium rye flour

1 Tbs. honey

1 Tbs. molasses

2 Tbs. Vital Wheat Gluten

1 tsp. salt

3 tsp. yeast

1 Tbs. olive oil

INSTRUCTIONS:

Put all ingredients in bread machine on dough cycle.  When that’s complete, shape dough into a log and let rise for one hour.  Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.

It is my goal to have single digit carb count per serving of any food, so 19g carbs for one slice of bread is a bit much for me.  Besides, I haven’t owned a bread maker since 1999.  😉

 

 

 

A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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As we say good-bye to June, I want to send a big SHOUT OUT to the lavender farms in Kansas!  Let’s take a tour of a lavender farm together!  One last look before the season ends…

Whether your goal is to create your own craft project or just take in the massive scent and muted hue of lavender, if you want to relax and have a good time, a visit to Lavender Farm is what the doctor ordered.

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Prairie Lavender Farm is in Bennington, KS.  Though they are a small farm, they are dedicated to growing and developing the highest quality lavender and lavender products from the High Plains Prairie.  They offer over 80 bath and beauty products, culinary items along with their wonderful lavender.  They have over 4,000 plants of 9 different varieties!  They welcome visitors, but request that you call first.

http://www.prairielavenderfarm.com/photos.html

There’s another nice lavender farm close to Topeka, KS.  Ingwerson Lavender Farm was once a traditional farm with cattle and hay, but Jim and Mary gave up a couple of acres and began growing lavender.

Washington Creek Lavender is in Lawrence, KS.  They have a great website with handmade products at reasonable prices.  I like the lavender pottery they make!

http://www.washingtoncreeklavender.com/

Do you know someone who is hyperactive and has a difficult time shutting down at night?  Why is everyone saying MY name?  No, no…  I mean someone in your family or a friend – LOL!!!  Wouldn’t it be nice to get them an eye pillow infused with lavender scent?  Lavender has a calming quality and may help them drift off into dreamland.

You know I love baskets, but a basket with lavender inside is especially gorgeous!  I happened to find a photo that spoke to me.  I asked Lucinda Berry Hill if she would write a poem for the photo and she graciously agreed to do so.  It’s so purty…  I knew it would be!  LAVENDER IN A BASKET

God’s gifts are all fantastic…  that’s true.  One of the best gifts He gave Kansas was its lavender farms!  🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

APPRECIATING GOD’S CREATION

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I am not a human being; I am a human becoming.  – Author Unknown

Today we get to watch a double feature!  John Coyote has been very busy in the last week or so, exploring the backwoods of Kansas.  He said both of these videos were shot ten miles southeast of Augusta, Kansas.

https://youtu.be/PM81j-alhr8

https://youtu.be/LPxh9xZ0zQs

Man’s heart away from nature becomes hard.  – Standing Bear

Are you feeling stressed and overwhelmed today?  It’s amazing what a walk out in the wilderness can do to adjust your attitude!  Watching nature for just a bit can really make a difference.The older I get, the more convinced I am that the blessings of this earth are gifts from God.  When we stop to appreciate the creation and especially the Creator, we are expressing gratitude to Him and that is the most sincere form of praise!

You need special shoes for hiking — and a bit of a special soul as well.  – Terri Guillemets

Since I posted John’s last video, I’ve been asked if there are any resources on the internet regarding hiking and backpacking in Kansas.  I found three pretty good ones:

Wildernet is a great Web resource that has a lot of info on finding a good hiking trail.

AllTrails has a lot of good info on finding your next great trail.

Gorp has a great list of places to go as well as tips and guides.

Sometimes we get so wrapped up in making a living that we forget to enjoy life.  Most of us make our living in a stale, air-conditioned office building… I did for a long time.  It’s only since I’ve been retired that I’ve discovered a special place…  called – OUTSIDE.  If you can just leave your computer, calculator, cell phone and everything else behind that tethers you to your work…  just go outside for a while.GOD'S DESIGN

John has a great knowledge of the wild things that grow – and I enjoy learning new things all the time.  Thank you all for the wonderful feedback you leave on facebook and twitter.  There’s a great following here on Heart Hunger Blog and I appreciate every one of you!  Have a great May Day – and get outside for a while!  🙂

NOVEMBER 18-24 IS NATIONAL FARM-CITY WEEK

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Kansas is rich in agricultural traditions.  As you drive along our state’s highways you can’t help but notice the lovely quilt of farmland with the occasional horse, herds of cattle or sheep, and of course the state flower, the sunflower.

The farmers of Kansas provide food and other resources for the rest of the country.  It’s a proud heritage to be a farmer, but it certainly won’t make you rich.  Maybe it does make you rich, it’s just not from monetary gain.  There is a rich satisfaction in farming… knowing that you’ve done a good day’s work for your fellow-man is worth more than money.

You know when I think of a Kansas farm, I think of the Peterson Farm.  Those guys are crazy…  yep – they’re Kansans alright!

https://youtu.be/hSp9mGcaESc

When I think of Thanksgiving, it’s natural to think of harvest.  I can’t imagine living in a big city where harvest is just a concept and not a reality.  Something about having harvest as a way of life just makes me more thankful than I would be otherwise.

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It’s a silly memory, I know…  but I remember taking field trips to my 5th grade teacher’s farm around this time of year.  Maybe it had to do with this holiday – who knows?

It’s important for children to be exposed to farm life once in a while.  They need to know that they’re milk comes from a cow and eggs come from chickens.  Some of those city kids might decide they want to move to a farm one day and enjoy a slower, more structured, simple life.

The only downside to farming is the butchering of livestock.  I know some don’t have a problem with it, but I’m just a bit of a squeamish soul, I suppose.  I thought it would be fun to have a herd of sheep and sell wool.  There is a new kind of farm emerging on the horizon that sounds interesting – Alpaca farms!  Alpaca fleece is softer than cashmere and is in demand.  As an alpaca farmer you can raise the animals and not have to butcher them – just shear them.  I think I could handle that!

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One more video from the Peterson farm.  https://youtu.be/toyN81wZzLw

I hope sometime this week you will take a city kid to visit a working farm – maybe even the Peterson farm!   The only way we can encourage kids to appreciate the food they eat is to show them where it comes from – and all the work involved in making it happen.  Have a great week!  🙂

 

A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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… and meanwhile, back in Kansas – What is John Coyote up to?  Let’s take a look at his latest videos!

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He said this video was taken at Little Walnut River, ten miles southeast of Augusta. Kansas.  There is a unique beauty here in Kansas – or maybe I’m just biased in my opinion – ya think? 

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I want today’s post to serve as a gentle reminder that we should get outdoors while we still can.  Before long the weather will be too bad and we’ll be stuck indoors – and you know what that means…  CABIN FEVER!  What will you do before the first snow of the year?

If you live in or around Kansas, you might want to take in the 16th annual Homemade Holidays Craft Show in Ottawa on November 14th.  It’s held at the Ottawa and Franklin County Visitor Information Center at 1230 S. Ash from 9am – 4pm.  I believe it’s free – (at least I saw no mention of a charge).  For more information you can call them at 785-229-8030.

Are you in the mood for some relaxing music and a bunch of friendly folks?  THIRD SATURDAY is also going on in Ottawa through December 19th when everyone in the community comes together for a fun relaxing day.

November 21st is the annual Christmas Festival and Parade of Lights in beautiful downtown Salina, Kansas.  I didn’t see what time it begins, but I’m guessing it’s around 10-ish.

The Downtown Holiday Parade in Hutchinson, Kansas is also on November 21st at 10am.  Good luck being in two places at the same time.  Why do they do that?

Kansas has a Swedish community not far from Wichita called Lindsborg.  It’s a college town and they have unique shops and restaurants.  Every Sun, Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri & Sat from November 8th – January 24th they will have the Birger Sandzen Holiday Gift Show at the Memorial Art Gallery at 401 N. First St.  For more information about that you can call them at 785-227-2220.

An evening stroll may be a little brisk these days, but in Wellington, Kansas they have the First Friday Art walk at the No. 7 Coffee House at 115 S. Washington from 5pm – 7pm.  I guess you grab a cup of their coffee to keep warm before you walk – or even while you walk – good thinking, No. 7!  For more information you can give them a call at 620-326-6777.

There’s still time to get out and go before we get stuck indoors!  These are all fun activities – but I think my friend John has the right idea – just go out and enjoy nature!  You never know what you may learn.  🙂