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2017 - April

ttn logoApril, 2017: Welcome to my latest adventure!

Kim Schultz

As I write about my March, I realized that there wasn't much to say. I took some time off but basically worked seven days a week. We now enter into April, the Spring months of our year. I am looking forward to getting outside for my walks and contacting area businesses to see if this website actually has a value. I have maintained it for FREE for over a year. Now is the true test to see if Topeka really does want a calendar with everything in it. I only have one year left to figure this out. So next year, this section might be a good bye or a look how Topeka rocks, comment. I guess we will have to wait and see! 

Catching up with Kristi

Kristi Pankratz

Krisit Pankratz

There are things about my job that are just plain scary. Number one? Presentations to kids. I have to be at the top of my game because these kids are JUDGING me. I can tell by the “joy” on their faces when I’m introduced. Ok, maybe some of it is in my mind, but credibility is so important with kids. And talking to them about the consequences of drug use and how media influences decisions is a big responsibility. 

Kids are also pretty amusing. One of the funniest responses was when we were deconstructing a song and asked what the term “Mary Jane” was referencing. Some smart aleck kid spouts off, “Spider-Man’s girlfriend.” I liked that kid.

And, it’s amazing what kids already know (and how much we have to google based on what we overhear in sidebar conversations). I used to think I was young and cool. It doesn’t take long, hanging out with a bunch of teenagers, to see that I might need a reality check about my level of coolness.

With upcoming prom and graduation season, it’s really important to talk about the consequences of alcohol use – and it’s not just about drinking and driving, although those tragedies are 100% preventable.

It’s also illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to consume alcohol. Consequences of underage drinking include: jail time, driver’s license suspension, fines, school conduct issues among others. It is also illegal to provide alcohol to those under the age of 21.

And if you want to get all research-y about it, let’s not forget that underage drinking is linked to a whole bunch of other things that can be problematic: drug use, teen pregnancy, school dropout, delinquency, violence, depression/anxiety, sexual assault… just to name a few.

Additionally, it’s important that people know the signs of alcohol poisoning and the importance of taking immediate action. It really is a matter of life and death.

Signs of Alcohol Poisoning:

•    Unconscious or passed out and can’t be awakened

•    Vomiting

•    Seizures

•    Irregular, slow breathing (8 breaths or less per minute)

•    Cold, clammy, pale or bluish skin

What TO DO if you encounter Alcohol Poisoning:

•    CALL 911

•    Stay with your friend until help arrives

•    Turn your friend on his or her side

•    Monitor breathing closely

And, the ever important reminders of what never-ever to do…

What NOT to do if you encounter Alcohol Poisoning:

•    DO NOT leave your friend alone.

•    DO NOT let your friend “sleep it off.”

•    DO NOT allow your friend to drive.

•    DO NOT give your friend food, liquid, medication or drugs.

•    DO NOT encourage your friend to walk, run or exercise.

•    DO NOT put your friend in a cold shower

If you have kids in your life, PLEASE talk with them about this important subject. Kids are an intimidating audience – I get it. But parents/caregivers carry more weight than they realize.

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My team is made up of amazing people who live and work in Topeka! They are sure to add some fun and knoweledge to The Topeka Newsletter!


Desmond Henry Desmond Henry - Afflora Financial Life Planning

A Financially Fit Life Offers Real Abundance

Desmond Henry is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™& founder of Afflora Financial Life Planning, a fee-only financial planning firm in Topeka, Kansas that specializes in working with women, retirees, & clients in their 20s & 30s. Desmond has been quoted in U.S. News & World Report, Yahoo! News, TK Business Magazine, & recognized as one of Topeka’s ‘Top 20 Under 40 Business Leaders’.



 annette hope billings new Annette Billings - Author/Writer

"In a Flash" - By Annette Hope Billings

Annette Hope Billings is a Topeka ArtsConnect Arty award-winning poet dubbed by her fans as "Maya of the Midwest." Her body of work includes poetry, short stories and plays. A nurse for decades before becoming a full-time writer, her deep penchant for caring comes through clearly in her writing. Her previous books include "A Net Full of Hope" (2015) and her recently published, "Descants for a Daughter." Her work has also been included in several anthologies of poetry and short stories. Website: @annettebilling3Amazon:





 Robin Bonsall

Robin Bonsall - Realtor/Actor/Wife/Mom

Neighborhood News: REALTOR® Robin style

About Realtor Robin

Robin is a born and raised Topekan who, as a youth, always thought she'd go far, far away from Kansas.  As an adult, Robin has discovered so many wonderful things about this community that make her proud to be rooted in Topeka. :)  Ever the performer, Robin spends a fair amount of "free time" volunteering on-stage, backstage, and in other capacities with Topeka Civic Theatre & Academy and with the Ad Astra Theatre Ensemble, a budding grassroots theatre company in the area.  When theatre isn't consuming her free time, Robin enjoys family bike rides, pretending to garden, singing lullabies to her babe, doing laundry (does one really enjoy this?) and supporting her husband in his hobby: UAV & Drone building!  There is never a dull moment in the Bonsall household. :)

Robin and her husband, Graham, have been blissfully married since August of 2009.  In 2013, they successfully brought a tiny human into the world. He has been terrorizing the family chihuahua, Joplin, and changing Robin & Graham's view of "the world" ever since.


Chris Schultz

Chris Schultz - President Tinkham Veale Creative and Founding Partner - Schultz Management, LLC

Being an Entrepreneur

Chris was born and raised in Topeka.  He is a graduate of Shawnee Heights High School and he attended Washburn University where he earned his B.A. in Theatre. In May of 2002, he opened Field Of Greens restaurant in Downtown Topeka. It wasn’t long before his family started getting even more involved in the company, which was the catalyst that grew his dream to include the opening of The Break Room and The Gourmet Cabaret Theater. Chris and his family were recently honored by Topeka Civic Theatre when they were presented with the prestigious Waldo B. Heywood award. In 2011, The Jayhawk Area Council of the Boy Scouts named Chris as one of the 20 Under 40 business leaders in Topeka. Chris is the creator of GabLocal.TV and serves as the President & Executive Producer of its parent company, Tinkham Veale Creative.


Chelsea Howe

Chelsea Ellis - Graphic Designer/Artist

Ampathetic Wannabe

Chelsea Howe is an award winning comic strip artist whose work has been published on a collegiate level. Her work has earned her first place in comics in 2013, second for online comic content in 2014, first place in illustrations in 2015, and second in infographics in 2016 at the Kansas Collegiate Media Conference. She was also the 150th Washburn University Yearbook editor-in-chief which took silver at state in 2016 and also won her the Most Outstanding Student Media Award for her hard work and dedication during Washburn's 2015 Mass Media Banquet. Her graphic design talents know no bounds, from designing play/musical posters and programs for well known local establishments, a jazz concert series and an award winning director, to the posters advertising local Topeka fundraisers, such as the 2014 Downtown Adventure Race Topeka. Her vast versatility extends to privately commissioned local business logos, short notice clip art and page layout for the award winning Washburn Review and Bod Magazine, and graphic assets for the local TV show Talk About Topeka. Her work has also been featured in juried shows at the Mulvane Art Museum.

In 2016, for the beginning of TPACs 25th Anniversary season, she won their public logo competition amongst all other entries and is excited to see all the new shows with her reward of season tickets.

When she's not working on graphic work she can be found exercising, sewing, foam armor crafting, playing Destiny, or catching up on her shows on Netflix.


Kristi Pankratz

Kristi Pankratz - Safe Streets

Cathing Up With Kristi

Kristi Pankratz is the Director of Safe Streets and Prevention Services at Prevention and Recovery Services (PARS) in Topeka. Safe Streets is dedicated to creating a healthier community by addressing crime through prevention education and citizen empowerment. Programs include Neighborhood Watch and National Night Out, among others. Kristi is an experienced public relations administrator who has served the Topeka community in public service roles for the past 15 years. She has a background in public safety, public health and prevention. Prior positions she has held include: spokesperson for the Topeka Police Department, Communications Director for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and Community Prevention Specialist for PARS. She is a Topeka native and graduate of Washburn Rural High School, Tabor College in Hillsboro, KS and Washburn University.



Anthony CayAnthony Cay

Owner: Total Fitness Body Zone

Organized Chaos VS Fitness Confusion

I’d like to say I fell into this business, but the reality is this business called me.
I worked at a local gym here in town as a personal trainer in 2011.
I really enjoyed the training aspect of my job and working with people. I just didn’t appreciate how the company mistreated their clients. The lack of listening of clients need and wants. I chose to provide a service that clientele would be able to benefit from physically and still be economically feasible. In August of 2011 Total Fitness Body was born.
The purpose of this company is to promote healthy lifestyles and provide fitness training and nutritional education to all age groups and all fitness levels including beginner, advanced, and or professional. Our focus is on safety first and always. Provide first class training and face to face customer service, the attention to these details have set this company apart from all the rest.

I am a current Sergeant and Combat Medic in the United States Army. I have been an EMT for 11 years and a Certified Personal trainer for 6yrs. I have played all physical sports and have received advanced training in all of them. Some of the sports would include football, basketball, volleyball, baseball, tennis, softball, track wrestling and Jiu-jitsu just to name a few.  

So while I will definitely kick your butt with a great workout, I will always keep your safety as my number one priority.  
Weight loss and strength conditioning
Post rehab transitional therapy
Body building
Sport Specific Athletic Training


Tricia Peterson


Tricia Peterson

Experience Restaurants with Tricia

Tricia Peterson is a Kansas native and Washburn University graduate who loves living in Topeka. At Washburn she studied Mass Media and from there began her local food review blog, Tasting Topeka. She grew up north of Topeka in the small town of Mayetta where she graduated from Royal Valley.  Now she owns a small catering company, 2 Chefs Catering and runs her blog from home. Tricia enjoys reading fiction, studying history, going to see live music and writing about food and entertainment.




Barbara Waterman Peters

Barbara Waterman-Peters

The View From my NOTO Studio

Local Artist, Owner: Studio 831 (NOTO)

Barbara Waterman-Peters Barbara Waterman-Peters, (BFA, Washburn University, MFA, Kansas State University, Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts, Washburn University) whose award-winning work is in museum, corporate and private collections, is represented by several galleries. She was a founding member of the Collective Art Gallery (1987-2014) and is a charter member of Circle of 7.  She has shown regionally, nationally and internationally in over 250 solo, invitational and juried exhibitions.  
Waterman-Peters taught at Washburn and Kansas State Universities as well as Lassen Community College in California.  Currently, she writes about art and artists for TOPEKA, LAWRENCE and KANSAS! Magazines. She also writes an “Artist of the Month” online for TOPEKA Magazine.
She has received a Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Achievement from the State of Kansas and the Monroe Award from the Washburn University Alumni Association. In 2011 she was awarded the ARTY for Distinguished Visual Artist from ARTSConnect in Topeka.
For many years, Waterman-Peters has been the staff artist for the Andrew and Georgia Neese Gray Theater at Washburn University.
She served on the Quality of Life team for Heartland Visioning part of which then became the original NOTO Board.  In addition, she served as co-chair of the CREATe group, another facet of HV. In 2010 she became the first Core Artist in NOTO, founding STUDIO 831.



I will add my stars to the page, as I meet with them! Check back to see who will be helping make this newsletter come alive!

Kim's Excellent Adventures


Tax Season - Well the 2016 tax season is almost coming to a close! I have had a fun time working with Kelly and Curtis again this year. My favorite part about tax season is seeing my clients and catching up with them! You might only see each other once a year but they are still very special to me! Some of them, I have been working with for twenty years!! I am blessed to know each and everyone of them! 

Dog sitting in Topeka: I got to spend about a week with Daisy and Scooter again.  Both of them are showing their age. Stairs are now a problem for both of them. They are so little, their size adds to the complication! We had a great week though! They no longer treat me like I got rid of their mom and dad, they now know it is only temporary! I guess that is how I think they are thinking!

St Patrick's Day (Weekend): Topeka's parade committee decided to celebrate on the 11th which ended up being a rainy day. I am not the biggest parade fan. I mean, I love that kids love them. I don't mind working them but I wasn't planning on attending the one this year since we were not open and I didn't have to work. Quite a few people venture out and enjoy the day in downtown!  On the 17th I actually went to Kansas City to hang out with my friend Frankie, Friday night and then on Saturday, my friend Tom and I went to see John Wick Chapter 2! I finally got to see this movie! I really liked the first one and Keanue Reeves should really ask me out on a date! It would benefit both of us, I am just saying! Chapter 2 was a bit more bloody but nothing very graphic. 

Beauty and Beast.. The Movie It was time for another girls night out so we picked a late movie on a Thursday night. If you even knew some of these girls, you would understand how much of a rebel some of them are! A couple almost didn't make it through the 30 minutes of previews! Luckily the movie kept their attention and no snoring was heard! The movie was really good! It isn't the kid movie version though. So make sure your kid isn't a wuss like me when I was little. I think the beast and Gaston would have scared me! Luckily I out grew that sensitivity a few years back!

Beauty Beast Girls Night

Phantom of the Opera - The Thank You-  I spend more time trying to make other happy then myself. Actually making them happy also makes me happy! I really love random acts of kindness! I believe that we need to work on the good Karma because bad Karma seems to come way too easy! During the past trip to KC I was left with two extra tickets on the floor. I didn't want to waste these amazing seats so when I arrived, I ventured up to the upper level to find two people and hopefully make their theatre experience better! I approached two women standing by the wall and asked them if they would like to join our group on the floor and they politely said, no thanks. I continued to look around and try to find two people who I thought would really enjoy these seats. I noticed an older couple standing in the middle of the room. He had a a suit and tie and she was fancy in a nice dress. I approached the couple, because I am not very shy and asked them if they were sitting in the upper part and the gentleman lifted up his binoculars and said, yes at the top. I then explained that I had a big group and two people had cancelled and would they like to join our group! They were a little shocked and then I handed them my business card and said, I am not a crazy person, this is who I am. They agreed to come join us. Once they were seated, they gave me the thumbs up!  I also spotted them taking a selfie with the stage in the back ground.  I imaged that they probably sent their kids a text with the picture. My heart was happy at that point. Then I got an email with a picture of a Thank You card. They had tried to mail me a Thank you and it was returned so they emailed it to me! See below:  

 Thank You 1    Thank You 2

I immediately contacted the person who wasn't able to use her tickets so she knew that the tickets were appreciated! This is just how my brain is programed and I always want to see people be happy and successful! I blame my parents!! They were always helping people! I didn't know any different and so now, I continue the tradition! 


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Tricia Peterson


Tricia Peterson


The Topeka Farmers Market is up and running which means spring is here. Recently,I decided I was going to have a booth at the Farmers Market,  selling cheesecake and maybe some other items.

Last year in July I was going to start a booth but then I broke my ankle while working. I own my own catering company called 2 Chefs Catering and for the most part we specialize in small parties, buffets and higher end plated meals. In the last few years, I’ve noticed, not many places in Topeka sell items that I like to make such as cheesecake, tiramisu or creme brulee. This made me start thinking that maybe people would want to buy it from me. My only problem is I lack a storefront so i started doing street fairs in NOTO.  Then, someone brought up the idea of doing the farmers market because it’s weekly and constant.

I love the Downtown Topeka's Farmers Market. So many local businesses show up every week to sell their wares, including my favorite: food trucks. I also have a garden every year and get my tomato, squash and pepper plants there because they’re organic and grown locally. I also talk to one of the farmers who lives close to my house who sells compost at a reasonable price, especially if you bring your own bucket.  Every time I go, I see friends and get something tasty to eat. If I had  booth there it would be a great excuse to be there every week.

It will be the perfect opportunity to reach a new demographic in Topeka, and let them know who we are and what we can do.


Neighborhood News: REALTOR® Robin style

Robin BonsallRobin Bonsall


Robin M. Bonsall
Coldwell Banker Griffith & Blair
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What is it like to be a cash buyer? Well, I imagine the fear and excitement are similar. You want your hard earned money to get you a deal. After all, Cash buyers have the potential to close extra fast and some sellers will- hands down-take a cash offer over an offer with a lender any day. Is cash the new handshake? I recently helped a delightful gentleman buy a house for some very special family members here in Topeka. He doesn't live here. He was not buying for himself. He bought a house for his family. And he paid cash. Who does that? It was so inspiring. And the stress factor for this whole family was pretty minimal. Don't misunderstand, this fellow, he works his tail off saving money to do this. So, let's not pretend putting money away and NOT touching it isn't hard work. And stressful. Kudos to everyone who is doing this currently. When it comes time to buy a house, there are less hoops and hurdles when you're a cash buyer. You have better bargaining potential. And quite honestly, when you have worked long and hard to save up all that cash money, your personal investment is super meaningful. Also, in Topeka,'s amazing how far you can stretch a dollar. Wanna talk more about this? Hit me up. If text is best: 785.817.6649 Robin M. Bonsall Mommy/REALTOR®/Actress with Coldwell Banker Griffith & Blair This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


A Financially Fit Life Offers Real Abundance

Desmond Henry


A Financially Fit Life Offers Real Abundance




How Long Should I Keep My Tax Records?


If you’re like most people, it's easy to get in the habit of hoarding tax documents with the rationale that maybe, someday, you might need them again. But if you're looking to get your financial house in order, be smart about what you keep - not all of it needs to follow you to the grave. This is the perfect time to do some financial spring cleaning.


In most cases, you should plan on keeping tax returns along with any supporting documents for a period of at least three years following the date you filed or the due date of your tax return, whichever is later. Supporting documents include things like W-2s, 1099s, donation receipts from charities, etc.

Keeping tax returns for the three-year time period is tied to the IRS statute of limitations. Under the statute, you generally have the later of three years from the date you filed the original return or two years from the date you paid the tax, to amend your taxes and claim a refund. Likewise, the IRS generally has only three years from the filing date or due date of the return (whichever is later) to audit you and assess any additional tax if you did not accurately report

However, there are a few exceptions to the 3-year rule of thumb:

  1. If you claim a loss from worthless securities or the bad debt deduction, you need to keep your tax documents for 7 years.
  2. If you omitted more than 25% of your gross income from your return, the IRS has six years instead of three to assess an additional tax. We don’t recommend this one.
  3. If you file a fraudulent return or don’t file one at all, the statute of limitations never expires. We don’t recommend this one either.

Wait…before you start shredding things…one more thing!

Make sure your Social Security earnings record agrees with your W-2’s. If their records are wrong, you may not receive all the retirement benefits you’re entitled to. You can sign up to get a copy of your Social Security statement here. Once you’ve done so, review the earnings chart on page 3 carefully using your own records to make sure their information is correct and that they’ve recorded each year you worked. You’re the only person who can look at the earnings chart and know whether it is complete and correct.

Note: There’s a limit on the amount of earnings on which you pay Social Security taxes each year. The limit increases yearly. Earnings above the limit will not appear on your earnings chart as Social Security earnings.


Lastly, I recommend storing hard copies of tax documents in a fire-proof safe or bank safe deposit box. If you prefer, you can scan your documents and keep them in the cloud on a service like Dropbox. The IRS does accept digital copies of documents as long as they are legible. After all, no one wants their home to look like an episode of “Hoarders”. This method takes up far less space and is easier to organize than a stack of papers.

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About the Author:

Desmond Henry is a fee-only CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ practitioner & founder of Afflora Financial Life Planning in Topeka, Kansas that specializes in working with independent women, millennial HENRYs (High Earners, Not Rich Yet), & the retiring/retired to improve their financial lives.

Desmond has been quoted in U.S. News & World Report, Yahoo! News,, TK Business Magazine, & recognized as one of Topeka’s ‘Top 20 Under 40 Business Leaders’.


The View from My NOTO Studio

Barbara Waterman Peters


View from my Studio

By Barbara Waterman-Peters

April! Excitement hums through NOTO with the warmer weather and promise of new beginnings! Glancing out my window I notice a small group of people deep in conversation, not a unique sight, but different this time because I recognized two of the participants. One is a talented photographer who tirelessly captures events in our city; the other is a wonderful community activist who focuses on innovative programs. Watching them create a new image to promote a new idea was fascinating.

The NOTO Plein Air Project, kicking off this month, will be an opportunity for many creative people to participate in the same sort of process. On April 22, artists, writers, musicians and other creatives are invited to come to NOTO (meeting at STUDIO 831) to soak up the atmosphere and to create a work of art which expresses their response to our ARTS District. Even if they can’t come that day, the invitation is open! Later in the year, these works will be exhibited, read, shown and then placed in a publication for future generations!

Barbara Waterman-Peters


Studio 831 April Artist


Featured Artists at STUDIO 831 in April

Michael Bradley & Larry Peters

“Earth, Water and Fire”

Ceramics are created using the three elements in the title of this exhibit. Both of these artists are using clay in unique ways, addressing issues outside of function, but with traditional forms.

Work by Bradley is hand built of various colors, utilizing several techniques such as layered thin slabs of colored porcelain slips. Peters’ pieces are wheel thrown and surface treatment is done with underglaze stains.  He also utilizes wood bases.



Sports & Recreation



The Archery Club

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Capital City Crushers

Capital City Crushers



Golden Giants



Topeka Train Robbers



Heartland Park

Heartland Park Topeka



Ravenwood Lodge

Ravenwood Lodge



 Sunflower State Games

Sunflower State Games


Topeka Roadrunners

Topeka Roadrunners Hockey


Washburn University



Organized Chaos VS Fitness Confusion

Anthony Cay


 Anthony Cay

Owner: Total Fitness Body Zone


  • Spring is here so it’s time to shed the extra unwanted pounds and bring out all of our skin revealing summer wardrobes.  All of a sudden our winter months decisions are finally starting to matter. You know what I mean or maybe its just me. But  I know for a fact that during Thanksgiving I may have eaten an entire pie in one sitting.  But now when I see that same pie during the Independence Day celebration I may eat only one piece.  The reason behind the change in heart is because I  know that what I eat is a direct reflection on how my body responds.  So to eliminate summer love handles I start making better food choices and really stay strict on my portion control. My reasoning is they don’t make summer clothes to hide bad eating choices. So let’s start making better choices in general because in all reality nobody has to know about any of our holiday indiscretions.   The countdown starts now, it’s time to bring sexy back.  Lets showcase that new and improved summer body.  Some people consider the springtime as a time for new beginnings. It can also give us the chance to reassess all those new years resolutions about working out and get healthy that we have yet to make good on. For all us folks in the Midwest our weather limits the amount of outdoor activities the we are able to participate in during the year. This might be a coincidence but I’ve noticed We don’t have nearly as much illness as we do when we can’t get out and be active.  Imagine that, I wonder if better health is directly related to physical activity and good eating. I’ll let you think about that one for a few minutes.  Everyone needs a start point to move forward in life.  I am going to give you 4 exercises for your core that you can so now you can have a new start point .  You are able to perform these exercises without equipment and minimal space.  I only ask for one small donation YOUR TIME.  Give me 10 minutes daily and I can get you to a healthier place with a stronger core.  I call this program “4 for the Core” we use it in the military and in my gym Total Fitness Body Zone.  It is excellent for all beginners and challenges my advanced people as well.
  • Before you do any exercise always make sure your are cleared by a your physician  to perform any and all exercise.
  • The exercises are as follows:
  • The Front plank exercise can be performed on elbows and toes or modified to elbows and knees.  The goal it to try to maintain this position for 1 minute.  This can be all at once or collectively in increments.

April 4 Plank                 April 5 Plank

  • The Right side plank exercise can be performed on the elbow and feet or modified to elbow and knees.  Lift your hip off the ground and keep it off. The goal is to try to maintain this position for 1 minute.  This can be all at once or collectively in increments
  • The Left side plank exercise can be performed on the elbow and feet or modified to elbow and knees. Lift your hip off the ground and keep it off.  The goal is to try to maintain this position for 1 minute.  This can be all at once or collectively in increments

April 2 Plank            April 6 Plank

  • The Pelvic thrust exercise can be performed by lying on the back and keeping your heels shoulder width apart.  Bring your pelvis off the floor while you shoulders and heels remain in place.  Go up as high as you can then come back down barley touching the buttocks to the ground and repeat 20 times

April 3 Plank

  • Do this once daily consistently and I promise your body will be completely confused.  This in turn will cause chaos which in turn will cause confusion. At the end of the day  you will begin to devlop new muscle and forge a stronger core.

April 1 Plank







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Cutting the cord to Cable/Satelite TV Part 2

Part 2

So did you take a couple weeks to analyze your television watching habits?

Now, if you don't have a smart tv then you need to purchase a Roku. They start at $30 and go up from there. I have the all different types. I even had to get one with RCA cables since the tv didn't have the other connection.

You also need to purchase an antenna to see which local channels you can get. I am sure there is a local business that would help you install the pretty inexpensive antenna.

Some might just want to cut the cord and hope for the best but getting rid of cable can be hard to adjust to. As I said, you are now in charge of what you watch.


The two paid services that I recommend is, Netflix $7.99 for 1 screen, $9.99 for 2 screens and $11.99 for 4 screens and Amizon Prime which is $99/year pr $10.99 a month. It depends on what you like to watch though. Some would recommend HULU.  $7.99 with commericals and $11.00 commercial free.

Most everyone will want to purchase a digital antenna. This sounds fancy but there are a few different types. The most popular one cost $10 to $70 and connects directly to your tv. Your location in Topeka will determine which local channels you can receive. 


If you want to get fancier you can install or have someone come and install an outside antenna that conncets to all your tvs. This is a bit more complicated but worth the money in the long run!  

My friend Araon Koker with Electronic Life (Formally KAV and Home Connections) in Topeka and can help with all your antenna plus other electronical needs! For more information and pricing give them a call. 785-232-5966 (store) 785-221-0325 (cell)

I will be honest, the only time I have used my antenna is to watch SNL. I am basically now just using the ROKU. 

Once you get your ROKU you will want to go online and get a ROKU account. If you have more than one television, you will probably end up with more than one ROKU. You will use the one account to register all your ROKUs.

My Account

Create Account

Once logged in go to My Account and you scroll down to see, My Linked Devices.

Click Link a Device

Type in the code that you see on your television screen.

Description or Name should be which room/tv the Roku is in. 

Now you are ready to use your ROKU.

You can add channels from the website or the ROKU. I find using the website easier.

On the website go to The Channel Store

Some channels require a monthly or annual fee so you will want to pay attention to that.  You can always remove a channel later, if you decide you don't want it.

So, if you have decided to go this far, take this time to shop and find the station that you want to install.

Once you have selected them, you then have to install them on each Roku by updating them. 



Part 1

I can remember back in the 80's when cable finally reached our house! I was so excited to have more than 5 channels! Now I am excited about not having cable.  Getting here was not easy though.

2015, I started thinking about getting rid of some of my cable channels. I called Cox and realized that they have quite the racket going on. I was put in a bundle package.  What is a bundle package? Well it is a marketing tool that cons a consumer into thinking they are getting a great deal. It hooks you in to buying services or channels you don't really need to save money. We all know that you aren't saving anything. Oh, they show a big credit but they just mark up the price and then treat their customers like complete idiots. I have to have a home phone and high speed internet for work so I can't cut it off completely. During 2015, I talked A LOT about how I needed to just get rid of cable. I had a good job so the extra $120 a month didn't seem to impossible. Then in 2016, I left that job and went back to not making less money.  In January 2016, I contacted Cox and told them that I wanted to cut my cable off. They were going to cut it off on the bill date which was in 3 weeks. This would give me time to purchase more antennas and Rokus. A few hours after I got off the phone, my cable was shut off. I had just spent 2 hours on the phone making arrangements and Cox wasn't even able to follow their own instructions. I had a party that evening and figured I probably would need television so back on the phone I went to get it turned back on. It only took another hour for them to reconnect my cable but then they said, I had to call back the next day to cancel it again. Just to make sure the people who shut me off wouldn't screw up again.

Well as you can tell, I never called back because I just got busy and was still too use to having cable. By October 2016, I started to stop watching cable and use my Roku more or my smart TV. I really enjoy older show so I can find them on Netflix or the internet. I can use my Chrome cast on any of my TVs to stream movies from my lap top!

I got serious in February of 2017. I started disconnecting the cable boxes from the TVs so it wasn't available for me to use. I was sort of surprised how easy it was to just use the antenna or Roku. There are so many channels on a Roku!  The antenna gives me access to most of the local channels.

So how do you start to cut your cable costs.

First:, if you are a sports fanatic, there currently isn't a free solution for you to view most sports at home. This actually is another way of keeping you connected to your cable or other paid option. I believe this will change in the future.

Second: Having cable, you are being told what you can and can not watch. This isn't always a bad thing for those who have a hard time making decisions. Not having a cable, leaves you 100% responsible in finding something you want to watch. The list of movies, tv shows, and documentaries is endless depending on which way you go. Learning how to search and find shows can take some time, energy and work on your part.

Some people just use an antenna. This is a good option for some. I am struggling with getting channels on my tv so I am still working on finding a better antenna option.

If you currently have cable here are the first steps.

Make a list of all the shows and every channel you watch for two weeks. You will be suprised at how few channels you actually watch.

After two weeks, purchase a Roku for your TV and disconnect the cable box. See which channels you can get on the Roku for free.

Most paid options give you a FREE week so you might want to check those out.

The most talked about paid option is Here you can get a limited number of channels for less than $25/month. They have sport options but I was told that they black out the Royals games. I have not confirmed that yet!

So to wrap it up! First you must be ready to take control of your TV choices! Next, make a list of all the shows and channels you watch for two weeks. Then, get a Roku for one of your TVs and try to just use the options on there, to watch TV. Many paid options come with a FREE week. You might want to give that a try.

Until next month! Good Luck!


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There are 4 sections to this website.

  1. The Topeka Newsletter is the first part.  It is going through some major overhaul since most of the information can now be found in a better organized manner on the website.  This is free for any locally owned business to use to promote their business.
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