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2017 - November

ttn logoNovember, 2017: Welcome to my latest adventure!

Kim Schultz

November is really the beginning of the holiday season! Making our already busy lives even more busy!! Friends and family are awesome!!

Kim's Excellent Adventures

Ultra Sound - Eight months ago, I had my annual mammogram and they spotted something so I had to go back in for a biopsy. This came back as Benign but they still want to watch it. So October was  my 6 month check up and another ultra sound. Once again it came back ok. I would not have this comfort if it wasn't for the ACA. This allows me to afford healthcare as a self employeed person. The only stress I have is whether our elected officials believe my life has any value and if I deserve to have health insurance.

Doctor Frankie Lizar- For the past three years, Frankie has dedicated her life to getting her doctorate. This road was not an easy one! Frankie is the Principal for the Freshman academy for Turner High School. So she works a lot of hours! Then add in more school work and that doesn't sound so bad. But life does go on and throws you curve balls. I would be lying if I said that she had an easy time. Heck, I would be lying if I said, I had an easy time. Watching one of your best friends have to go through so much isn't easy! I do hope that me being there was more of a help then another curve ball. My analogy is like being pregnet for three years and suffering many complications. Then after giving birth or defending your paper, and then it's over. The life you had become accustom to is instantly gone. Now you must regroup and figure out who are you are and what happens next. I am extremely proud of Frankie for setting goals and accomplishing them. Now, I am ready to see what kind of trouble I can get into with Doctor Frankie Lizar!!

Doctor Frankie Lizar

Keen Meeting - My friend Rebecca Miller has been inviting me to attend an ABWA KEEN meeting. I finally was able to attend! I really need to get out more and network. I use to attend meetings every week but they got boring and redundant. Plus so many people get paid to go to these meetings and nothing really would happen. I don't get paid, in fact I sometimes loose money since I am not working. So, when I attend, I expect to leave knowing more than when I arrived. This might be a long shot but a girl can dream!

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Dead Battery: I go to my car to head to work and it is dead to the world. Without any thought, I call AAA to get a jump. Within an hour, my car was running but my battery was not feeling well. Luckily they carry batteries so he was able to replace the battery right there! If you do not have AAA you should really look into getting it. While I was waiting, I went to their website and found out that they also have Identity Theft Monitoring for free with my membership. Add the discounts you can get and it is a pretty sweet deal!!

Jason's Bday: Kolton and I wanted to take Jason out for Sushi for his birthday. I don't eat sushi but Kolton loves it. We picked the new place, Mizu. It was really good food.

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Steak Dinner - The tradition continues. A group of friends and family joined me for my free steak dinner at the North Star Steakhouse! Every year new people attend. I never know who will make it! Always a good time though!!  

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Pot Luck Dinner - For the past sex years I invite 200 people to my house for a end of summer pot luck dinner! One year only two people showed up besides my family. This year we had a great group. I even had two of my guy friends from Lenexa come!! The food was amazing and the company is always awesome!

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Kansas City Chiefs Game Home Opener - Excited about the new season, we got up early and headed to the stadium. I will not waste my time retyping the parking experience. You can read it HERE! Once we did get to the tailgate party, the fun began! My friends from Atlanta were in town for the game! The tailgate food theme was Philly cheese steak sandwiches. We didn't have much time to hang out before we headed into the game! The weather was awesome and the game was exciting! The chiefs won! 

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Lenexa Chili Cook Off - This is my second year attending this freaking huge event. HUNDREDS of teams come together to make their special chili! Friday night is more of a social time. I was not drinking Friday night since my car was there and so was Toms. This is his one over do it night a year so I decided that I would play the part of the DD. Plus, I didn't want to hurt on Saturday. Saturday we arrived back around 8 and started to make the chili. One of their teams actually got second place for their chili! It really isn't about the ribbon as much as it is about hanging out with friends and having a good time!!

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New project - I can't go into details but big things are happening! BAM!! More to come!!

Coming Soon                     

Dog Sitting - Another week with the little dogs in Topeka. We all had a fun time! By fun time, I mean I worked and they layed around and slept. :)

Decorating for Fall- My friend Teri text me to see if I would go to Skinners with her to buy some flowers for the front of her house. She was actually hoping I would say no but I did not. I get to her house and she says we have to wait for a delivery and if I was busy, we didn't have to go. I told her, I was not busy. We unloaded the truck and then headed to Skinners. I have to be honest. This was my first trip to Skinners. Now I am friends with the owner but I am not a big flower person. I mean, I would but I have never really made enough money to spend it on flowers to make my outside look pretty. I normally would grab some at the pop up flower lot but I found Skinners pretty cool! They had tons of stuff! Teri found her flowers and they looked great.

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Kimtober - October is now known as Kimtober. A month of fun birthday stuff! I mean, I have fun all the time but I blame it on my birthday in October!

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Fall Trip to Atlanta - It wouldn't be fall, if I didn't go to Atlanta! This week, we had tons planned! Eating at my favorite restaurant, Matthew's Cafeteria. We went to see The King and I at the Fox Theatre. I did my first 5K and ended up on the 50 yard line of the new Football/Soccer stadium, Mercedes Benz Stadium. We tried many new restaurants! Everything was very fun. One night, Rob cooked Pesto Chicken Pasta for dinner! Daman made some amazing Spaghetti for a small gathering which was followed by Cards Against Humanity! The next day we just chilled at home an watched movies. Daman grilled delicious juicy hamburgers! On Monday, they both had to work so I stayed home with Bastian, their dog and worked on the newsletter! I am blessed to be able to work from anywhere! This trip ended in October! I already miss my Atlanta family!!



The View from My NOTO Studio

Barbara Waterman Peters


View from my Studio

By Barbara Waterman-Peters

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Barbara Waterman-Peters

November marks the beginning of my eighth year in NOTO! The business across the street just celebrated one year! Watching the changes over the past seven years has been fascinating, but poignant as well. Welcoming new entrepreneurs and reconfigured storefronts has been fun, but saying farewell to others has been bittersweet. I wish everyone well as they move on, but I miss some of them very much.

However, life brings changes and NOTO is proof of that in a microcosm. Ever in flux, its heartbeat displays energy, excitement and movement. The current exhibit at the NOTO Arts Center called “The NOTO Plein Air Project Exhibit” captures some of that in a myriad of images, sculptures and textiles; a new executive director will bring fresh ideas to enhance the wonderful ones already in place. The future Redbud Garden will totally transform the concrete lot across from the arts center.

And I continue to work on my same canvas, making improvements, wiping away others in perfect harmony with the activities in NOTO.

STUDIO 831: Publicity for November

Our November exhibit, "Artists’ Favorites," will feature a favorite work by each of our artists: Michael Bradley, Kathleen Cobb, Anne Kufahl, Diane Lawrence, Gwen McClain, Larry Peters, Tyler Quintin, Hi Stockwell, Lois VanLiew, Trudy Waterman and Barbara Waterman-Peters! The show opens on First Friday, November 3, from 4-8:30 PM at STUDIO 831 in NOTO! In case you missed it in October, come see it this First Friday!

Stockwell On the Kaw

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Desmond Henry


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Can Money Buy Happiness?

September 27, 2017 Money & Relationships

Money can’t buy happiness. We’ve all been told this at some point in our lives. It’s an adage that’s intended to guide us toward aspects of our life that aren’t material – love, meaningful relationships with friends and family, faith, personal fulfillment in our work lives, etc.

However, I don’t believe that this age-old notion holds true as a universal rule. 

Money can buy happiness. Whoever said otherwise wasn’t spending correctly.


How you’re spending your money matters.


There have been several scientific studies that back up my claim that money can buy happiness. The key focus needs to be on how you’re spending. By spending intentionally on services and experiences – you can create happiness in your life. So, stop buying “stuff” you don’t need. Instead, focus spending your money in one of the following areas.


Buy some time.

Family Riding Bikes

Most of the research shows that buying yourself time is the top way to “buy” happiness. The lives we live in today glorify being busy – and that hurts us psychologically and emotionally. When we fill our schedules to the brim, we often find ourselves without enough hours in the day to do the things we truly love. Time to spend with family and friends, or to participate in a favorite hobby, is rare.

So, spend money to save time. Outsource tasks you dislike such as house cleaning or yard work. Then, focus the extra time you have on your meaningful relationships, or on accomplishing a task or goal you’ve been neglecting. Instead of mowing the lawn on a Saturday morning, maybe you spend an hour learning a new language! Or rather than deep clean the bathroom (again), you can take your family to the park.


Spend money on experiences.

Suitcase Packed For Vacation

If you look back on your life, you’re more likely to remember the experiences you had – not the stuff you bought. That’s because the pleasure we get from experiences lasts longer than the rush we get from purchasing material things.

Experiences are a way we connect with others, engage in the world around us, and achieve personal fulfillment. Think of the last vacation you had. You were excited and happy from the moment you booked the trip. During the vacation, you were engaged and interested. Afterwards, you have the memories you made and a sense of nostalgia – both of which make you happier. The happiness you got from the vacation is long lasting, and much deeper than the happiness you get from buying nonessential “stuff.”

One of the reasons stuff doesn’t make us happy is because we adapt to it. We’re exceptionally good at adapting to changes in our lives, and a material item is just that – a change. More importantly, once we adapt we set our sights on the next best thing.


Donate to a cause you care about.

Money Wrapped Up In A Bow For A Gift

Treating yourself can be a wonderful feeling, but treating someone else with your hard-earned money feels even better. A Harvard study conducted across 100 countries found that whether their test subjects were rich or poor, people who continually gave to charity were generally happier.

You don’t need to give away your life savings – even small donations have a positive effect on your psychological state. Additionally, the study found you can increase your happiness even more by giving to a cause where you’ll see the impact your gift has.

So, pick a charity that’s near and dear to your heart (and remember the potential tax benefits to charitable giving). Or help a friend or family member in need. Either way – you’ll be helping yourself and them by giving away your money.


Keep your budget in mind.


It may feel awesome to donate huge sums of your earnings to charity, and that trip to Disney World with your family may leave you feeling warm and fuzzy for years to come. Still, it’s important to remember your budget. You won’t be happy if you can’t afford the necessities!

In most cases, people with debt or without a savings fund to fall back on in case of emergencies tend to be less happy. Make sure that you’re taking care of the basics – paying down debt, building up savings, and covering your cost of living expenses – before you go crazy spending money on happiness-boosters.

This all circles back to the idea of spending your money the right way to “buy” happiness. If you’re spending your money on building a nest egg, getting out of debt, or your kid’s college education – you’re spending intentionally. If you’re spending money on a vacation for your family rather than another kitchen appliance you don’t need – you’re also spending intentionally.

Work to build this habit of spending money on the right things, and you’ll be pleasantly surprised at just how much happier your life can be. Remember: money is a tool, nothing more. You can use it to build the life you want. Spending your money wisely is the first step in making that happen.

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The holidays are right around the corner and I’m trying to wait until then to indulge. When it gets colder out I want comfort foods like macaroni and cheese, chili with cheese on tops and Fritos, any kind of soup and anything with gravy on it. This year I’m trying to stay away from all that by cooking at home and trying to do lighter versions of my comfort food favorites that like to hang out on my waistline.

For awhile I got rid of fats, carbs and sugar to kind of cleanse my body. During that time I found a soup recipe and modified it a little and ended up making it a few more times because I liked it so much. It was pretty simple, especially because I had a ton of garden fresh tomatoes laying around with nothing planned for them. So I blanched and peeled them, diced them up, then cooked them into a soup that I pureed a little bit at the end, but I left some chunks because that’s how I like my tomato soup. Here’s the recipe I used:

3 cloves garlic

2 ounces chopped onions

1 ounce chopped celery

Saute these ingredients in water if you can’t have fat, or butter if you can.

Add the tomatoes and other ingredients and simmer for at least 45 minutes.

13 ounces fresh, chopped tomatoes (you can used canned, too)

1/8th teaspoon thyme

1/8th teaspoon oregano

1/8th teaspoon basil

1/8th teaspoon rosemary

1 bay leaf

¼ teaspoon smoked paprika

After simmering for awhile, puree to your desired consistency. If you want it to be creamier, just add some hot cream or milk.

This recipe saved me on cold days and added freshness to my dull meals that I was getting tired of. It’s also one that I will use even while not dieting just because it’s so good. Any of the herbs can be fresh or dried, just whatever you have on hand. I also like to play around with different paprikas and that really changes the flavor of the soup, too.

What’s your favorite recipe for soup? This is mine for now, please let me know if you like it, too.

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Daddy's Home 2

Daddys Home 2This comedic sequel features returning cast Will Ferrell as Brad, Linda Cardellini as Sara, Brad's wife, and Mark Wahlberg as Dusty, Sara's ex-husband. Brad and Dusty have become much friendlier to each other and decide that this Christmas will be together as one family. What they hadn't planned on was grandfathers.

Brad and Dusty arrive at the airport to pick up their dads. Dusty's dad is a man's man and Dusty is worried about how his father will react to his new friendship with Brad. The differences between their fathers is immediately apparent when his dad, Kurt, who is played by Mel Gibson, arrives. Brad's dad, Don, who is played by John Lithgow, is outwardly loving and the opposite of Kurt.

Kurt decides to rent a house for the two families to use for Christmas as one happy bunch. This will be a great Christmas, or will it?

This sequel is just as good as the first. There are some really funny scenes that will have you rolling. Mel Gibson and John Lithgow were the perfect actors for their roles and a great addition. John Cena again has a small role and is an excellent bully. Go see this and bring your family. I gave it 3 out of 4 stars.

Three out of Four Stars


Happy Death Day

Happy Death Day


Jessica Rothe plays Tree Gelbman, who believes that the world is suppose to wait on her. After a wild night of partying, she wakes up in the dorm room of her classmate, Carter, who is played by Israel Broussard. It's her birthday. As Tree is headed to a party that night, she is murdered by someone wearing the mask of her school's mascot.

Somehow she wakes up the next day again in Carter's dorm room. As she leaves, she realizes that everything is the same as the day before. She decides to stay at her sorority house to avoid a repeat of her murder, but is still killed by the masked attacker. When the same thing happens the next day, she decides to stay in her room. Still the masked intruder is able to kill her. Tree realizes that the day is just repeating in a time loop. She tells Carter her story and he convinces her to use the day to discover the identity of her killer.

Happy Death Day is a solid movie. It was well written, well directed, and well acted. It's similar to some movies, but it has a twist. Jessica Rothe was outstanding as were the other actors. Check you mind at the door and I think you'll enjoy this movie as I did. I gave this movie 3 out of 4 stars. It's a fun horror movie.

Three out of Four Stars


Thor: Ragnarok

Thor RagnarokThis Marvel movie again features Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Tom Hiddleston as his brother, Loki. Thor escapes the fire demon, Surthur, after finding that his father, Odin, is no longer at his home on Asgard. He finds that Loki has sent their father to Earth and Loki has been pretending to be Odin. Thor and Loki go to Norway to find their father who informs them that he is dying. Before he dies, he warns Thor to beware of their sister, Hela. Odin had feared that Hela was too dangerous and had locked her away. With Odin now dead, Hela, who is played by Cate Blanchett, is free to continue her destruction of the world.

After crash landing, Thor is captured by a bounty hunter known as Scrapper 142. She sells Thor to the Grandmaster, who is played by Jeff Goldblum. The Grandmaster forces Thor to fight Hulk, who is played by Mark Ruffalo. When Thor learns that Scrapper 142 is a former Valkyrie fighter from Asgard, he convinces her to help him and Hulk escape to save the world from Hela.

This movie was directed by Taika Waititi and he did a fine job. The movie had some great comedy and some well done action scenes. Seeing this in 3D is eye opening to how really good the special effects are. They are deserving of an Oscar nomination.

The movie is well written and well acted. Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Mark Ruffalo, Jeff Goldblum, and Cate Blanchett were all terrific. Again this is a movie that whole family can see. You don't have to see it in 3D to enjoy. I gave this movie 3 1/2 out of 4 stars.

3 and half stars


A Bad Mom's Christmas

Bad Moms Christmas

Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, and Kathryn Hahn reprise their roles as moms Amy, Kiki, and Carla. The ladies have high hopes for this Christmas but when their moms arrive, all plans are changed. Amy's mother, Ruth, who is played by Christine Baranski, expects a show with everything done with extravagance. Kiki's mother, Sandy, who is played by Cheryl Hines, announces that she has purchased the house next door so she can be with her daughter at all times. Carla's mother, Isis, who is played by Susan Sarandon, is more of a mess than Carla is. The younger moms must take back Christmas.


I thougth this movie was very funny at times. The acting was really good with a great cast but the script was just OK. There just wasn't enough for the actors to work with. I'm only giving this movie 2 1/2 out of 4 stars. Wait for it at the cheap theater or on blue ray or DVD.


 two out of Four Stars


Thank You For Your Service

Thanks for you ServiceThis movie shows the struggles our service men and women go through when returning home from war. Miles Teller plays the part of young Staff Sergeant Adam Schumann whose job in Iraq was to spot IUD's before the troops unwittingly did. He was considered a hero by his brothers in arms but he felt he was anything but. When he and his squad return home to Kansas, life is not the same. Sounds, dreams, certain words, all strike fear in these brave soldiers.

Haley Bennett plays Adam's wife who tries to support him any way she can. Beulah Koale plays Adam's buddy, Specialist Tausolo Aieti whose fighting his own demons. And Joe Cole plays the other friend, Billy Waller, who returns home to find his fiance has left.

This very real story based on truth is well worth seeing. I really enjoyed it. It's emotional and telling. War is cruel even after the fact. This movie was well written, well acted, and well directed. Amy Schumer has a small part that is much different than her norm and she did really well. I gave this movie 3 1/2 out of 4 stars. Thank you to our veterans for their service!

3 and half stars

Only the Brave

Only the Brave

This movie is based on the true story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots. These brave men were firefighters who put their lives on the line to save whole towns and people from wild fires. Josh Brolin plays Eric Marsh who is the crew leader. His wife, Amanda. who is played by Jennifer Connelly, is very supportive but worries every time he goes out.

Miles Teller plays Brendan, who is a young punk at the beginning of the show. After learning that he is a new dad, he sets out to better himself and stop his drug habits. He convinces Eric to give him a chance. Eric believes in his team who are only allowed to help on the peripheral. He convinces Duane, who is played by Jeff Bridges, to help them get certified to become hotshots so they can really get involved. All the guys love it, but the families are left behind to cope.

This movie is fantastic and gives a glimpse into the lives of the firefighters. Jeff Bridges, Josh Brolin, and Miles Teller were well prepared to play their parts. Firefighters were involved in making this movie and it shows. It was well acted and well directed and just really good to watch. I gave this movie 3 1/2 out of 4 stars.

 3 and half stars All Star Team

I would like to introduce you to my 2017 All Star Team

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
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Tricia Peterson


Tricia Peterson

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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.

Keith Vansickle


Keith Van Sickle

Keith the Critic


I began my career as a film critic nearly 25 years ago, inspired by my first viewing of Star Wars in 1977 at the old Sunset Drive in Lawrence, KS. I continue to wonder how Annie Hall beat Star Wars for best picture that year and demand a re-count!

I got into radio by giving reviews on WIBW radio in Topeka. Later came here to Country Legends 106.9 as not only a film critic, but also Promotions Director and the Morning Show Producer.

Joining forces with Randy Guzman, we created the television show “The Aisle Seat”. The show was very successful and aired on KTWU. We not only discussed movies but also local entertainment and held celebrity interviews. Some of the biggest names I got to interview were: Tom Cruise, Billy Bob Thorton, Will Farrell, and Dakota Fanning.

I’m a certified Batman fanatic, die-hard Chicago Cubs fan, and a true blue KU Jayhawk supporter! In 2005 I started creating the “Slash & Bash Horror/Sci-Fi Film Festival” with movie screenings and special guest appearances.

I suffered a series of strokes in February 2010 and a lingering viral infection that landed me in the hospital and several weeks in intensive care, almost costing me my life. After months of recovery at Kansas Rehabilitation Hospital, I regained my ability to speak and write.

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I heard on Saturday of the passing of Adam West. His Batman has been my favorite character all of my life. I got to interview him for Country Legends 106.9 and it was one of the highlights of my career. It was a pleasure and he was kind, down to Earth, and an unequaled family man. He knew of the impact of his work on society and never let his fans down. He will be sorely missed. Thanks Adam for all of the pleasure you have brought to the world.

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Blast from the past



Chris talks with Suki from Uncle Bo's Blues Bar at the Topeka Ramada - Sept 4, 2012

John Bell from Old Prairie Town. Stephen Smith from Stephen Smith Images Sept 2, 2012

Karen Hiller - July 18, 2012

Chris talks about finding 3.5 tons of Marijuana in our Thank Goodness it wasn't Topeka segment. He speaks with Kelly Stephens from Life House and Ed Gerhardt, President of the Kansas National Guard Museum. - June 11, 2012


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It is being built with those who live in Topeka and the surrounding area but not limited to them.

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.
  2. The Community Calendar is actually the most important part of this website, right now.  Each community should be informed on what is going on. This doesn't just mean the bar scene. When I say informed, I mean fundraisers, sports, daily food and drink specials, sales, entertainment, recreation and anything else going on.  This calendar tries to include anything that the public is invited to. There is no charge to include your events.  We enter all the events so it saves business owners time. They just need to send us the information and we will take it from there.
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