Only one cure for evil: death

Chuck Kurtz

Chuck Kurtz

Mid-afternoon Wednesday, I was sitting on the couch in my son’s home and next to me, as usual, was 4-year-old granddaughter Rylin, snuggling next to me while playing doctor and dentist on her tablet. Then she stretched out, putting her head on the pillow and her legs and feet across my lap.

“Tickle my feet,” she said.

And, of course, I obliged.

We talked about her day in school, about how she ate the rest of Mee-Moo’s (Grandma Terri’s) meatloaf for lunch, and then began playing a maze game. We took turns helping each other.

“We make a pretty good team,” I told her. Continue reading

One year ago…

It was nearly one year ago to the day when Olathe was pounded by the worst snow storm of the winter.

Sitting in the front room, working on my taxes while surfing the channels on the television to the delight of my wife Terri, I stumbled onto a rerun of the show Survivor Man. He was left stranded in the Artic for seven days, alone to survive in the elements.

Staring at my tax receipts, glancing out the window at the heavy snowfall and listening to Les Stroud as he tries to create a shelter, I was reminded of being battered in Olathe’s snow storm a year earlier in my attempts to be Snow-vivorman!

Enjoy my rerun!


1967 to 2014: Will you still need me?

Chuck Kurtz

Chuck Kurtz

Barring any unforeseen incidents, turning 64 is inevitable for everyone and although countless thousands of people have reached that milestone and countless more are destined to follow, somehow I never thought it would happen to me.

When The Beatles came out with the song of the same name in June of 1967 I was 17 at the time and looking forward to enjoying the summer prior to the start of my senior year at Olathe High School. Listening to that song and the mere thought of turning 64 years old, well, was nothing more than a nano-second flash through my brain and an assumption it would take a lifetime to reach. Continue reading

You’re only as old as you feel or until somebody tells you

Chuck Kurtz

Chuck Kurtz

It’s not that I don’t know I’m getting older.

I mean, that’s just a fact of life. From the day we’re born, it is our destiny to get gray-haired, wrinkled, to feel aches and pains longer, and to develop love handles.

I get it.

But I don’t need to be reminded of it! Continue reading

OP Arboretum Luminary Walk

The next Luminary Walk at the Overland Park Arboretum is scheduled for Dec. 6 and 7.


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