Honoring “Bobio”; a man I didn’t know

Robert J. “Bobio” Brewer, 69, of Merriam, Kansas, passed away November 11, 2013, at his home.

I didn’t know Robert “Bobio” Brewer. Neither did the more than 30 other members of the Patriot Guard who escorted him on his final journey to the National Cemetery in Leavenworth on Tuesday morning, Nov. 19. There was no funeral service at the Amos Family Funeral Home in Shawnee.

Bobio had no family. Continue reading

Creating memories one fingernail at a time

Rylin's "handy" work on Grandpa Chuck's right hand.

Rylin’s “handy” work on Grandpa Chuck’s right hand.

Chuck Kurtz

Chuck Kurtz

You’ll get no argument from me that I will do just about anything when it comes to each of my five grandkids.

To say they have me wrapped around their little fingers is, well, an understatement.

Our oldest, Alexandra, is 13 and leaves on Whidbey Island near Seattle, Wash. Dylan, 7, and his sister Carys, 5, live in Windsor, Colo., just east of Fort Collins. Then there are Rylin, 4, and her sister Ashlyn, 18 months, who live in Olathe and who I have been babysitting three afternoons a week since Rylin was six months old.

I would watch them all if it were possible. Continue reading

Discounts for seniors; but you have to ask

This for all my old friends…and I mean “OLD” friends!

I got this from Olathe High School Class of ’68 friend Beth as a Facebook post, which she was passing along to her “old” friends. Might be good information for some classmates planning to come back to Olathe for the class’ 45th reunion in October.

But, as usual, this is from the Internet…soooooo…keep in mind the following information is unverified by ViewFromTheMidwest.com. But it’s worth asking the question. All they can say is no. Right?

The Internet post claims the author of this piece of information was waiting in line behind an older gentleman at Wendy’s recently and heard him ask for his senior discount. The girl at the register apologized and charged him less. When asked the man said seniors over age 55 get 10 percent discount off everything on the menu, every day. Continue reading

High water, cloudy skies, but a good time catching a few trout

Yours truly and fishing buddy AJ Lang took some time this past weekend to do some angling for trout at Bennett Spring State Park about 15 miles west of Lebanon, Mo. Two of the three days were cool and cloudy with some occasional rain. The water was high and moving fast making catching fish more difficult. And while I only was able to hook four trout (and I threw one back because it was so small) in three days, AJ had much better luck catching his limit.

Enjoy the video…


Mind’s eye journey to find the source of those ‘voices’

It wasn’t long after my wife Terri had left for work this past Monday that I had sat down in front of the computer, placed my morning cup of coffee at the side and then began typing one of several articles I had planned to do that day.

It was a nice morning. The sun was shining. The wind blew through the branches of the tree outside the window and I could tell it was going to be a good day; more-than-likely a motorcycle-riding day — providing I could get my articles finished.

Blaring from my iTunes selections was Bob Dylan’sLike A Rolling Stone” and my fingers were pounding the keys in rhythm with the music.

(Once upon a time you dressed so fine … Threw the bums a dime in your prime, didn’t you? … People call, say, “Beware doll, you’re bound to fall,” you thought they were all  … a kiddin’ you…)

I was in my “writer’s zone” with the words flowing from my mind through my fingers and onto the screen.

It was magical. Continue reading

Ways for men to get out of shopping — permanently!

OK, guys, we’ve all had that feeling when we’ve heard our wives say, “I need to go to the store and the mall and I want you to go.”

Just writing that creates tingling shutters to travel through my body and tickle my spine. And we’ve all tried to get out of accompanying our other halves on these oh-so-boring outings with varying excuses: mowing the lawn, changing the oil in the car, raking leaves, even washing clothes but usually to no avail.

Well, guys, keep reading and find out how you can get out of those shopping excursions forever — that’s right — forever and even have some fun along the way. I wish I could take credit for coming up with these ideas, but I can’t because this bit of information was passed on to me by my cousin Kenny.

I don’t know if all this is true and don’t really care because not only is it clever and plausible, it also is pretty darn funny… Continue reading

The “green thing” of the past

I know this probably has been floating around awhile on the Internet. Don’t know if it’s true, but it doesn’t really matter because I think it’s worth passing it along some more to folks. Thanks to my Facebook friend Lesle Knop for posting this the other day.

Here it is:

Checking out at the store, the young cashier suggested to the older woman, that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags weren’t good for the environment.

The woman apologized and explained, “We didn’t have this green thing back in my earlier days.” The young clerk responded, “That’s our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment f or future generations.”

She was right — our generation didn’t have the green thing in its day. Continue reading

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