When we take a road trip, we put as much effort into researching the coffee shops, diners, and restaurants we plan to visit for our meals as we do our route, hotels, and sights. With an 83-year-old history broken into two chapters, the Old Mill Tasty Shop is Wichita’s oldest downtown restaurant. This was our […]

Perhaps this seed organizer caught your eye on Pinterest or over at Better Homes & Gardens, as it did mine. It looked easy enough, which is good since I couldn’t really find any step-by-step instructions online anywhere. With Mother Nature teasing me with a warm, sunny day a few times a week and March 21st […]

Gibbons are lightweight apes that can weigh between 10 and 30 pounds.  Like all apes, gibbons don’t have tails.  Unlike all apes, gibbons mate for life.  The lighter colored arm just to the left of this shot, belongs to this cutie’s mate, and every time I’ve visited the Sunset Zoo, the two of them have been […]

The last place I lived when I was a college student at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas (back in a year that started with a 1) was near the Sunset Zoo. My long, mind-clearing walks would often take me through the zoo which was not much more than some native birds and a bobcat or two. […]

A squirrel feasts on a seed dropped by birds from a bird feeder overhead.

When The Chef opened in 1943 in downtown Manhattan, Kansas, Manhattanites had to order and eat fast in the small cafe, because a long line of people were ready to take their place.  Today, there is still usually a line for a table in the cozy restaurant featured as Food Network’s ultimate breakfast joint for the state of […]