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.

11 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

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