For nine years I wrote a Commentary column for the Kansas City Star’s Blue Valley/Leawood Neighborhood News. But since I do fundraising for non-profits, I could no longer write for the Star.

With this blog, I will write the columns I would have written for the local community.  But, I will also write about places, events  and people that I think are important, or that are important to me.  And memories of places, events and people that have impacted my life.

20 Responses to “About”

  1. Madonna B. October 19, 2014 at 9:19 am #

    Hi! Thank you for following my blog. I really like your yours very organize. I’m still on the journey on my blog:-)

  2. Protopian Pickle Jar April 10, 2015 at 5:29 pm #

    I have nominated you for a Liebster award because I really enjoy reading your blog. If you’re interested in playing along with this blog award/participatory meme/community building exercise, check out my post at: https://protopianpicklejar.wordpress.com/2015/04/09/liebster-award/

  3. Brian Irving April 27, 2015 at 12:29 pm #

    Hello. My grandparents were the Freedmans, of Freedmans Lake Road Cottages whose announcements you apparently heard from you place closer to Amber Lake. It has been a pleasure to stumble on to your blog!

    I am trying to find the property on Google maps, even the outline of the old swamp or the pool, but not having success. Do you have an idea how far from Kauneonga Lake I should look?

    Thank you for your blog, and for a paragraph that includes Finks, Sheppys AND Freedmans. I never thought that I would see all these places mentioned together unless my family said it.

    • zicharon April 27, 2015 at 12:32 pm #

      Amber Lake is actually connected to Kauneonga lake. So zoom in and you will see a little circle off to the right side.

    • zicharon April 27, 2015 at 12:33 pm #

      Then follow west shore road up towards Happy Avenue. You should be able to figure out which is yours. If you read the blog on walking up to Hurd road and the Woodstock site there are some photos of how it looks now.

      • Brian Irving April 28, 2015 at 10:48 am #

        Thank you! This would all be easier if I had more than a child’s memory of locations.

        Really, it was a magic time for us. The fact that it was my family’s place made us feel more tied to it, perhaps. Unfortunately we couldn’t keep it in the end.

        During Woodstock we were on a family trip to the South. I think maybe my parents wanted to avoid the area. My older brother was not pleased.

  4. Susan May 18, 2016 at 5:39 pm #

    How can I get in touch with you? I am researching a family with last name Szenk in New York. Also had family in Kalisz, Poland.

  5. rochellewisoff May 22, 2017 at 6:20 am #

    Dear Ellen,

    Nu? What a pleasure to meet you yesterday. 🙂 I enjoyed your rapid read. I hope our paths will cross again.



    • zicharon May 22, 2017 at 7:48 am #

      Thank you Rochelle. I enjoyed your poems as well. Best wishes, Ellen

  6. Sharon Fleitman September 26, 2019 at 10:23 pm #

    I just read your entry about the Jewish cemetery in Leavenworth and having funeral records for some of your family members. My great grandparents, grandparents and two great uncles are buried there. Are records available? How do I get them? My great grandparents died in 1914 and 1940 so I’m especially interested in them.

    • zicharon September 26, 2019 at 10:42 pm #

      I will ask my friend and get back to you.

  7. Sharon Fleitman December 28, 2019 at 2:07 pm #

    My great grandparents, 2 great uncles and one set of grandparents are buried at Sons of Truth Cemetery in Leavenworth. I read your entry about finding burial records for your husband’s ancestors. How could I obtain them for my family? I’m most interested in my great grandparents (died 1914 and 1940) and the great uncle that died in 1944. The others were later so I have less interest in those. Who/where do I ask to see if these exist?

    • zicharon December 28, 2019 at 2:44 pm #

      A friend actually got them for me. Our family is buried in Mt Zion cemetery there. But I think if you contact Louis chapel in Kansas City they can tell you who to contact for Jewish burials.

  8. Sharon January 20, 2020 at 7:48 am #

    Hi~ I have tried to follow your blog a number of times using the follow me button and each time it tells me to I need to use a valid email address~ which of course I am so I am not sure what is wrong. Wondering if you know of this problem. it suddenly occurred to me to ask you to send me an invite to the blog through my email address please 🙂 nwpaintedlady@yahoo.com ~ Sharon

    • zicharon January 20, 2020 at 7:53 am #

      Hi Sharon, I have not heard of that problem. Did you try to follow me thru your blog? But I will email you and see if that helps.

    • zicharon January 20, 2020 at 7:55 am #

      But when I tried to email you directly from WordPress it showed an error. I tried twice. Will try from my email.

    • zicharon January 20, 2020 at 8:04 am #

      I have sent a request to WordPress on how to send you an invite.

    • zicharon January 20, 2020 at 4:09 pm #

      I just sent an invitation.

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