West Fest: National Day of the Cowboy

We, here at XYZ, are so darn rootin’ tootin’ excited for this event that we just had to wrangle up some of the details for you in advance. This is going to be a great event for the whole family!

In its second year – West Fest: National Day of the Cowboy – is sure to be a hit with your little cowboys and gals at the Kansas Museum of History on Saturday, July 26, 2014 from 10a – 4p (rain or shine)! Continue reading


Smithsonian + Skateboards + the Sabatini

 The Alice C. Sabatini Gallery will soon look like Topeka’s fourth skate park complete with its own version of a half-pipe. It’s all in honor of Ramp It Up: Skateboard Culture in Native America, a Smithsonian exhibit, which takes us outside the local skate scene and deep into Native American culture. This is the gallery’s 12th annual art exhibit for children, so teens and kids are asked to bring in parents and grandparents to show off this art form. Continue reading

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stay-at-home pop culture: hi-ho

blog and photos by Jeff Tigchelaar

Sometimes, here, I feel less like a “good old-fashioned” blogger (?) (maybe I should say “good honest”blogger) and more like a mere storyteller…a talespinner…a creative nonfiction practitioner.

In other words: like I’m trying to make it appear as if it’s all hijinks and excitement, all high times up in here. Continue reading


Say Yes To Kittens (and Vengeance)

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Our seven-year old has been begging for a kitten since she was six. That’s one seventh of her lifetime, and yes, we are very cruel for making her wait an eternity. Our hesitation boiled down to basically one factor – cat poop. Since convincing Mimi to brush her teeth was akin to pulling teeth, the thought of nagging her to scoop a litter box every day so that our house didn’t smell like a Cat People House was like an actual nightmare I’ve had before.

But eventually we gave in. (We accidentally walked through an animal shelter.) Who doesn’t love kittens?  People without hearts, that’s who.

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“clackin’ them bones” – Okee Dokee time!

Justin Lansing and Joe Mailander are not brothers by birth, but they’ve been together since age three – spending their Colorado boyhoods splashing in the creek, fishing, and playing outdoors. They began playing music together as teenagers, and as college students they spent summers performing live music with a 6-piece bluegrass band in some unexpected venues–homeless shelters, retirement communities, and soup kitchens. The friends say that they wanted to perform in places where live music wasn’t usually heard. Continue reading


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