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2017 - September

ttn logoSeptember, 2017: Welcome to my latest adventure!

Kim Schultz

It doesn't seem possible that summer is over. I will miss all the pool time and outside fun with my friends. The weather changes but that doesn't stop us from living, it just changes what we do. We also have to wear more clothes which mean we have to do more laundry. Now to see what fall brings!!

Keith the Critic

Keith VansickleKeith the Critic








Logan LuckyLogan Lucky The Logan family seems to have anything but luck. Jimmy Logan, who is played by Channing Tatum, was a star football player until he was injured and left with a permanent limp. His brother Clyde, who is played by Adam Driver, lost an arm in Iraq. Only sister Mellie, played by Riley Keough, has no physical ailments. When Logan is fired from his job in construction at the Charlotte Motor Speedway due to his limp, he must find income. His ex-wife, played by Katie Holmes, is planning to move across state lines with his daughter Sadie (Farrah Mackenzie) who is the love of his life. Jimmy and Clyde enlist the help of Joe Bang, played by Daniel Craig, in robbing the Speedway. Joe specializes in safe cracking. The only problem is that Joe is currently incarcerated. I enjoyed this movie very much! I loved all the actors and the excellent direction by Steve Soderbergh. The script was well written and kept you guessing what the next move would be. Channing Tatum made an excellent dad and I'm sure he's well practiced with his own kids. This movie is a whole lof of fun and I gave it 3 out of 4 stars.  

Three out of Four Stars



The War for the planet of the apes

War for the Planet of the Apes This installment of the Planet of the Apes begins with a U.S. military squad attacking Caesar and his clan of apes. The apes are able to fight them off and capture some of the soldiers. Caesar, who is again played by Andy Serkis, sends them home with a message to the Colonel. The Colonel, who is played by Woody Harrelson, returns and kills Caesar's wife and his young son. An enraged Caesar heads out for revenge with his advisor, Maurice, and his friends, Rocket and Luca. Along the way they are forced to kill a man and discover that he had a mute daughter. Maurice convinces them to take her with him and they name her Nova. They are also joined by Bad Ape who is a zoo survivor. They all set out to save their people from the soldiers. This is the best Apes movie yet and supposed to be the last one. We'll see. Woody Harrelson, Andy Serkis, and the rest of the cast were all outstanding as was the direction by Matt Reeves. The special effects are fantastic making the apes look real. I loved this movie from beginning to end and give it 4 out of 4 stars.

Four out of Four Stars



Kidnap This movie stars Halle Berry as Karla Dyson. Karla is a single mother of Frankie, who is played by Sage Correa. While at a carnival, Karla steps away from Frankie to take a phone call. When she returns, Frankie is gone. A frantic Karla begins to look for him and sees him being dragged into a beat up car. Karla will stop at nothing to get her son back and so begins the chase. This is one of the worst movies I've seen so far this year. The acting is horrific as is the directing. The story line has been done and is very similar to The Call which is another Halle Berry flop. She's again by herself going after a kidnapped child. Don't waste your time on this movie. Halle Berry is nice to look at but can't act her way out of a paper sack. I gave this movie 1/2 out of 4 stars.

Thumbs Down

Annabell CreationAnnabelle: Creation This horror film is a prequel to the Annabelle movie released in 2014. In this movie we see how Annabelle came to be. Samuel Mullins, who is played by Anthony LaPaglia, is a doll maker. On the way home from church, his car has a flat tire. While his wife and daughter wait as he changes the tire, Annabelle steps in front of a passing car and is killed. As Samuel and his wife mourn, a being pretends to be their daughter and receives permission to live within one of the dolls. It's soon clear that the being is a demon. Fast forward 12 years. Samuel allows a nun and her six orphaned charges to live with him and his now invalid wife. The girls are warned to stay out of one room. Two of the girls, Linda (LuLu Wilson) and Janice (Talitha Bateman) ignore the warnings. Now the demon is again free to terrorize through the doll, Annabelle. I really enjoyed this movie, and like the storyline of Annabelle's beginning. There are plenty of surprises in this movie performed by well crafted actors. The script was good as was the directing. It's not quite as good as the thriller Get Out, but I even caught my daughter jumping a few times. I gave this movie 3 out of 4 stars.

Three out of Four Stars



Dark TowerDark Tower This film is based off the Steven King novel of the same name. Tom Taylor plays the part of young Jake Chambers whose dreams continue to show him gunslingers and a man in black trying to destroy a tower. Destruction of the tower will cause and end to the world as it is today. Jake manages to leave his version of the world and joins the gunslinger from his dreams. Roland, who is played by Idris Elba, is the last of the Gunslingers. He and Jake set out to stop the man in black who is known as Walter Padic. However, Walter, who is played by Matthew McConaughey, is trying to stop Jake as well, but Walter has special powers. The book is outstanding and the movie is quite good as well. The direction by Nikolaj Arcel was great as was the script. The special effects are outstanding as was the performances by Idris Elba, Matthew McConaughey, and Tom Taylor. As is often the case, you can't get all the great detail of the book into a two-hour movie, but they did a pretty good job. I gave this movie 3 out of 4 stars.

Three out of Four Stars

The View from My NOTO Studio

Barbara Waterman Peters


View from my Studio

By Barbara Waterman-Peters

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Barbara Waterman-Peters

Fresh from my trip to California through Kansas, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah and Nevada, I tried to settle in for a day of painting. Two unfinished canvases sat on my large easel, begging for attention.

Conversations with fellow artists, checking my email and Facebook, and reorganizing my work area seemed to happen. The afternoon waned.  Not one brush stroke hit a canvas. Writing in my journal, sipping my soda, and looking out my window all occupied several minutes.  Time passed. More conversations occurred.

Finally, I found myself assembling my materials, studying my two in-process pieces all the while. They stared back. It was not to be. We had nothing to give each other this day. I pulled out a blank canvas and began applying paint.

Sometimes the Muse is on her own trip.



Lois VanLiew Derby Day SeptLois VanLiew is our Featured Artist for September at STUDIO 831

One Moment in Time

“Every historical ‘moment in time’ has had a specific and unique focus, especially with fashion. A large part of this exhibit features the current fashion trends of tattoos, rainbow hair colors and body piercings. Other inspirations came from a Kentucky Derby party this spring and still others from Dia de Los Muertos celebrations here in NOTO.”

These colorful works are a statement about trends and culture, but they are also a visual delight. Come see them on First Friday, September 1 from 4:00-8:30 PM or by appointment at 785-224-5728.




Kim's Excellent Adventures

Lake of the Ozarks - A girls weekend ended up a weekend with my friend Teri at their Lake house! We haven't gotten to spend a long weekend alone in years! It was so awesome to get to spend so much time with a life long friend. We didn't do much, we hung out at the house, went shopping and swam in the pool! It was just some good girl time!

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Fast Times at Ridgemont High- My dad was one of the first people to purchase a VCR so my house was a popular spot to hang out in high school. We would spend weekend after weekend watching three movies, Valley Girl, Warriors and Fast Times at Ridgemont High. So when I found out that Hollywood Theatre was showing the original version of, Fast Times! This had to be a girls night out. We bought the tickets and made the plans. We met at Red Robin for drinks and dinner and then headed to the theatre for the movie! I honestly don't remember the movie being so long! There was a small crowd! It was a good time!

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My trip to Wisconsin - Well, my friend Tom lives in Kansas City but was born and raised in Boomer, WI. He had mentioned that he had to drive home for another wedding. He had 2 last year. I offered my company for the drive this time. I had never been to Wisconsin and figured why not visit a new place. We left at 5 am on a Friday, Tom's birthday. He drives this route all the time but had not taken the time to do any sightseeing. Since I was tagging along, we planned to a couple stops. Our first stop was the Buddy Holly crash sight. I had no clue this existed. It is a shrine in the middle of a field. It was actually pretty cool and sad at the same time. Our next stop was in Austin Minnesota at the Spam museum. Yes, there is a Spam museum. The museum was very cool. A lot of information and displays. We even had a couple samples. The entire company seems to be very well managed. They make 13 different types of Spam and own tons of different companies including, Skippy, Chi's Chi's, Dinty Moore, Hormel, and many more! Once we arrived in Bloomer, we unpacked our stuff at Tom's brother's house, Roger, and then headed to his sister and brother in-laws locally owned restaurant. We had a delicious meal and then hung out with his family for awhile.

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Saturday - The day of the wedding but first, we grabbed a quick breakfast and then went to visit Tom's mom. This was not your typical wedding. Tom's cousin had fallen in love with another woman. It was my first Lesbian wedding and it was amazing. They both looked very pretty. After the wedding we took Tom's mom to Red Robin for dinner,  and then Tom and I went to get ice cream at a locally owned place. We arrived at the reception just as they were finishing the buffet line. It was fun chatting with Tom's family! They were all very nice! Tom's brother in law made all the mini pies instead of a cake.

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Sunday - A full day with Tom's family. We went to his sister's house for lunch and then sat around the fire pit. We actually had on jeans and a jacket. Then we headed to the largest grocery store, I have ever seen. This store had almost every brand you could imagine. Just watch the video below on the cheese section!!


Woodmens   Woodmens

Monday - Time to head home. First, we make a trip to the Mall of America. I have never been before and it was overwhelming. Four stories of shopping and an amusement park. I did not do any shopping, I just walked all the levels. We did make it back to Kansas city safe! I can't wait to go back!

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Dinner with Georginna: We have not had the chance to hang out for a long time. Before dinner we went to supervise Youth Court for Topeka Youth Project. Then we went to Cracker Barrel for dinner. Our next trip will be to play BINGO at Prairie Band casino. I can't wait!


Dinner with Shelley: I am self employed and this means that I don't really have benefits. No paid vacation, no holiday pay or even sick leave. I do however get to work for some great small business owners. Shelley Jensen is a very talented photographer but this night, we just went to grab a burger/salad! The Burger stand for an extra charge will put your burger on top of one of their delicious salads. How smart is that! It was nice hanging out and getting to know each other on a personal level more!

 Dinner with Shelley

Dog sitting AKA pool sitting- How much fun can it be to get to dog sit for my friends who have a pool. This time, I had a week for fun in the sun! Well, I did have to work a little bit. One day, I invited some of  my girlfriends over for a swim party! We had a fun time. I told them to bring drinks and snacks. When we were younger, that would have included beer and chips. Now that we are 50 and fabulous it included, water, iced tea, and healthy snacks. This summer was amazing! I have the best friends!

Girls at the pool

Hairball at Crossroads in Kansas City- Frankie started planning this night after her birthday in April. If you have not had the chance to see this band, you really need to. They impersonate hair bands. Kiss, Guns and Roses, Def Leopard, Queen, Steve Perry, and Ozzy to name a few! Before the show we grabbed dinner at Grinders.

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BID Meeting - One of the only boards I am still on is the Business Improvement District (BID) for downtown Topeka. Most people don't realize that there isn't much money in the genral budget for downtown. Most of the money comes from private dollars or the BID tax. This tax is paid by the downtown business district businesses. Recently we voted to change the rating system. We now have a tier system. For the majority of the small businesses, this tax is not very much. It is paid annually. It helps provide marketing, help with events, banners, Christmas decorations, benches, snow removal, clean up, and many other much needed things in downtown. I am proud to serve on this committee because I am proud in the direction our downtown is going!

Day in Lenexa - I love introducing people to new places in their own city. Tom had never had Taco Casa or Everything Bundt Cake. - 

Bundt Cake     Taco Casa

Ethnic Enrichment Festival - This was my first time attending this festival in Kansas City. Booths from all over the World were set up with food and drinks. They also had non stop live performances in the pavillion.

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Total Eclipse- Well the excitement was there and so were the clouds. My friend Jamie invited us to her office to watch the eclipse. It was still fun and we did get to use the glasses a few times when the clouds broke apart. 

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Brown V Board - I have been to this museum once before and my friend Tom wanted to see what it was about. We spent over 3 hours reading and learning about a time in our lives where segregation was allowed. If you have not visited this museum, you should. It is free and very informative. Sometimes you need a flash of the past to make you appreciate the now. After the museum we made a quick stop at the Capitol. I just wanted Tom to see how cool the Capitol is and we now plan a return trip to walk to the top.


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 Kolton Time - I miss this little guy and wish we had more time to hang out. His dad invited me over for dinner and he made steak qusadillas! They were very tasty! 

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  Royals Game - Another fun day at the K. It was my first Sunday game. The weather was great! 

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Neighborhood News: REALTOR® Robin style

Robin Bonsall


Robin M. Bonsall
Coldwell Banker Griffith & Blair
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For healthier, younger looking skin, consider getting a water softener.

The other day while washing my hands at a friend’s house, I noticed something and commented.
“You have soft water.” I said.
My friend quickly exclaimed, “I do! How can you tell?”
I chuckled and replied, “my hands feel all slippery!”

I am immediately transported back to my childhood to memories of overnight stays at Grandma and Grandpa Regular’s house. I remember they had soft water. Every time I took a bath at gramma & grampa’s, I never felt like soap was ever washed off because I always felt “slippery.” At my home, I always felt squeaky clean after a bath or a simple hand washing.

My friend coaxes me back to reality, regaling that soft water is better for our skin. “It keeps your skin looking young and healthy,” my friend promises with a beaming smile. Her skin does have a certain glow… She must be right.

In real estate, we occasionally tour houses with water softeners and/or filtration systems. These are definitely quality bonuses and are always a lovely surprise to see in listings. When a home includes a softener, a fun part of my job is enlightening unsuspecting buyers on the perks of soft water.
1.) water pipes stay generally “build up” free.
2.) less soap scum build up in shower heads and on shower doors & windows.
3.) Laundry is cleaner, whites are brighter, and clothing doesn’t wear out as fast when washed in soft water.
These are but a few perks. It makes sense that healthier feeling skin be on the list of perks too. And all because the softener system removes minerals like iron, calcium and magnesium from our treated water. Built up of these minerals results in wear and tear on appliances, clothing, shower heads, etc.
A quality water softening system can cost anywhere $1,000 to $3,000 depending on the size of the system and needs of the household. When you consider the amount of savings you get because soft water is better for your skin, your clothes, your appliances, water pipes and overall health of you and your house…it seems that adding or upgrading a water softener may be a no brainer.
Want more info? Here’s a great article that encompasses lots of details about hard vs soft water.

If you plan to be in your home for a long time, I highly recommend you look into water softening systems. Aside from the initial cost, the negatives are limited and the benefits, countless.

Assisting You with Peace of Home,

Robin M. Bonsall
Mommy/REALTOR®/Actress with
Coldwell Banker Griffith & Blair
Text: (785) 87-6649
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A Financially Fit Life Offers Real Abundance

Desmond Henry


A Financially Fit Life Offers Real Abundance





Equifax Data Breach: What You Need To Know


As you may be aware, Equifax, one of the 3 major credit reporting agencies recently announced a data breach may have impacted as many as 143 million consumers in the U.S. exposing sensitive information such as names, Social Security numbers, addresses, birth dates, and even credit card numbers. The internet is full of helpful information about this incident, so I'll keep this short. However, there are three things I want you to know:



In response, Equifax is proposing that you sign up for their TrustedID credit monitoring service. They are giving free service for one year, regardless of whether you've been impacted by the hack. 

In return for your last name and last 6 digits of your SSN, it "allegedly" tells you if you've been impacted by the recent breach. Unfortunately, this eligibility website released by Equifax doesn't appear to be perfect. This security editor entered "Test" and "123456" and it told him he may have been impacted and prompted him to enroll in their monitoring service:

Equifax Hack Checker Page Tweet

I gave it a try, along with a few other random combinations, and got the same result. 



Keep in mind that TrustedID is an Equifax product. Obviously, the company has already allowed a massive data breach. It's a legitimate concern to wonder if it’s TrustedID service is actually trustworthy?

In addition, the free service only lasts one year. Embedded in the terms and conditions it says, “Your membership subscription may be subject to automatic renewal.” However, you do not have to provide any payment information upfront. The best Equifax can do is pester you with emails begging you to renew after a year, and at that point you can choose either to be removed from their mailing list, or continue your subscription at the going rate.

Here's what I think you should really be doing...



Given how common ID theft and data breaches are nowadays, one could make the case that your credit should always be frozen. Consumer expert Clark Howard likes to equate a credit freeze with putting a lock on your front door and a credit monitoring service with installing an alarm system. With a credit freeze, you are preventing people from impersonating you. It is a preventative measure and one of the easiest ways to protect yourself against identity theft.


With credit monitoring, you get to learn about how someone has broken into your house after the fact. That is, you are notified after someone has already broken into your house and stolen your belongings, etc.


If interested in freezing your credit report, Clark Howard has prepared a great guide to step you through the process. 

Experience Restaurants With Tricia

Tricia Peterson


Tricia Peterson

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Sept 1


A new hibachi and sushi restaurant called Mizu, just opened up across from Cracker Barrel this week. I've driven by a few times to check it out since I heard that there would be a new hibachi spot coming soon. I heard they were open so I had to get over there and check it out. It's in the building that was originally called The Rib Crib.




Sept 2


The staff was friendly and sat us immediately in a booth. The woman brought menus and a sheet of paper for the all-you-can-eat lunch of sushi and hibachi. It's encouraged to only order one of everything at first, and then ordering more when you are done so food isn't wasted. The food comes pretty quickly so it wasn't a problem for me. There are salads, appetizers, sushi, hibachi, fried rice and Japanese noodle dishes.




Sept 3

Starting off I chose the green salad that comes with ginger dressing. There were other options, too, including a cucumber salad and couple others. I also chose some crab rangoons and chicken dumplings. Each item came out quickly. My husband and I shared the appetizers and also ordered some chicken fried rice. I enjoyed everything and appreciated that it all came so quickly, especially during lunch. The crab rangs reminded me of the money bags at Tuptim Thai only a little crispier. The sauce was sweet, but not real thick like that bright pinkish red sweet and sour sauce and I enjoyed it. The dumplings came with a sauce of its own and was pretty tasty, too. Everything was hot and fresh.



Next came the thin Japanese noodles and my hubs got the steak hibachi so we could share and get a little bit of both. I got the chicken noodles and the portion was just right. Because of the set up and it being all you can eat, I appreciated the smaller portions so I could have a little bit of everything. Also, once you finish you can always order more if you still want it. The steak hibachi came with a good portion of meat, sauteed veggies and some fried rice. Again, the portions aren't heaping but they are still generous, and there is the option to order more for up to two hours. We still had sushi on its way so I knew I would still need to save some room for that and didn't order additional portions.


Sept 4     Sept 5

The last thing to come was the sushi. We ordered a spicy tuna roll, a volcano roll and a rainbow roll. The volcano roll was my favorite even though it was pretty spicy, at least for me who is pretty sensitive to spicy foods. This one also looked pretty cool because it was cut differently and stood up to resemble a volcano with the red sauces dripping down the sides as if it has just erupted. The rainbow roll was good, and the spicy tuna roll was alright. I wasn't a fan of the spicy tuna roll because it had too much of the crunchy stuff that's usually on top, on the inside. Maybe if it just had less crunchy stuff I would have liked it better, I just didn't like this one. Other than that the sushi was fresh and full of bold flavors. That volcano roll I would recommend to anyone who wants to try something a little different.



Sept 6

For $12.99 at lunch I felt like the price was perfect for what can be ordered. There is a two hour time limit, but who has two hours to eat lunch most days? I get full pretty fast, too, so I don't even need an hour. I think it would be the perfect place to take a group of friends and order everything on the menu and share it and hang out for awhile. I'm excited that it's local and right down the street and I look forward to returning soon. The dinner for 2 is $30, which is a great price, especially for a date night or a night out with friends

Catching up with Kristi

Kristi Pankratz

Krisit Pankratz

Safe Streets


Now, I’m not one of those crazy, “OMG, the pumpkin flavors are here,” type of girls, but I just brought out my pumpkin cupcake flavored hand sanitizer and holy cow, I want to lick my hands. Seriously, it’s like a cake, pumpkin and vanilla all combined into this deliciousness. All I can say is if I ever get to a point where I’m starving, the sanitizer might be a little too tempting…

Aside from the pumpkin-flavored treats, Fall is definitely on its way. The kids are back to school, routines are in place, weather is starting to cool a tad and it’s getting dark way too early for this girl.

And with the changing of the seasons, there always comes different household things that we have to do, right? Or, maybe clean up the things we let go over the summer because we were too busy having fun?  A lot of these maintenance things may seem like a huge chore, for instance raking leaves. My very first house in Topeka was in an area with these big, old trees. Pretty much my entire weekends were spent raking these stinking leaves. And, let’s not go into the fact that every time I would rake, my dog would decide to pee in every single pile. He was a jerk. Such is life, though, right?

Well, these chores actually also have a crime prevention component, too. There’s a philosophy called Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) that basically says that by keeping your property maintained and using the space efficiently, it can help deter crime, i.e. it’s not inviting to criminals.

One of the components of CTPED looks at trees and shrubbery and its impact on crime. We’ve all seen the houses or businesses that have overgrown trees and bushes in the yards that create these awesome hiding spots for criminals. Well, now is the time of year that’s perfect to do some of that maintenance. Trim back the shrubbery and trim up the trees. Take a step back and look at your property from a different perspective: are there places for people to hide? Any dark spots in your yard? Then look for possible solutions to counter those impacts. Maybe solar lights or outside lighting would help.

Also, please remember that if you’re working on your yard, it’s important to make sure your garage door is closed and that you don’t leave tools or equipment unattended.

If you’re interested in learning more about CPTED or having an analysis done on your property, both Safe Streets and the Topeka Police Department provide those services.







Sports & Recreation



The Archery Club

598 SE 97th St, Wakarusa, KS 66546




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



"In a Flash" - By Annette Hope Billings

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Annette Billings






I sat across the room from my wife as she struggled to tie the odd bit of open-backed

material masquerading as a hospital gown. I knew how difficult tying it

could be from my own experiences as a patient.

Eager to help, I asked, “Can I do that for you?” She responded with a nod and let her

arms fall to her side.

I crossed the room to her, took the strings of the gown in hand and made quick work of

securing them. For reasons I didn’t understand I fought the urge to lean forward and

kiss the back. It would have been

something we’d have expected me to do. She loved it when I did that and I loved her

response. But I wasn’t certain if neck kissing fit the situation we were in.

“There,” I announced and I stepped back dramatically to review my work. “I hereby

declare no hospital gown has ever been tied better!”

My proclamation yielded a slight smile from her. My thought was, Good, it’s okay for me


to be funny today. Humor was my go-to response to every stressful situation—with varied

outcomes. She was a good sport, an appreciative sport. The night she’d proposed to me

she named my “propensity for levity, however odd it can be” as one of the things she

most loved about me.

“Thank you,” she said quietly as she  sat down on the edge of the hospital bed.

I sat down next to her. The air in the room felt heavy. It was gravid with worry and it

begged to be delivered. I wished I’d brought my asthma inhaler. I felt the need to lighten

the mood well up in me. I knew trying to be funny at that juncture would either be clear

genius or an abysmal failure.

I cleared my throat. She turned her head toward me. The solemnity in her eyes gave me

second thoughts and I wondered if it might be best to just let silence hang.

I put my arm around her shoulders.

She heaved a long sigh and patted my thigh. We both looked at the clock. Hospital staff

were due any moment to take her to the operation room.

Our twentieth anniversary was the next day and we’d planned a trip to Cancun. That

was before we knew about the cancer. Her surgeon had encouraged us to go ahead with

our plans because delaying the surgery by a week or two wouldn’t be harmful. We opted

to schedule the surgery as soon as it could be done done. Our thinking was a sooner

surgery might help ensure we had many more anniversaries to celebrate.

I pulled her close to me as I thought about our first anniversary.

A glass of Merlot in hand, she had said, “Honey, I can always count on you for three

things—great meals, great laughs and great orgasms!”

Having downed two or three prior glasses of wine, it wasn’t her inside voice she used to

say that. We heard a chorus of chuckles in surround sound in the restaurant.

“Oops, she’d giggled that night.

I had feigned modesty at the time and grinned across the table at her. I simultaneously let

her remarks about me sink in to the deep, self-doubting parts of me.

Then as we sat on the bed in the hospital room, I pulled her still closer and glanced at the

clock again. She let her head rest on my shoulder and sighed again. I kissed the side of

her face.

An hour earlier, I'd watched while she signed the surgery consent. Her signature,

usually close to calligraphy, belied her anxiety. 

"Seriously," she’d asked, "who puts "simple" in the same freaking

phrase as "mastectomy” ?"

When she said that, I had reached to stroke her face and my hand had  brushed across her

left breast. Something caught in my throat at the give of it—the particular softness.  It

was well known between us that breast was my favorite for reasons lovers know.  Our

first night sleeping together, she’d let me know it was her favorite breast too and a

myriad of other favorite things. Laughing she’d said, I think my left breast ranks highest

in terms of appearance and sensitivity. You do your own research.”  We had both


Sitting there waiting for hospital staff to appear I wanted to laugh with her again. I would

have even counted another smile as success. I decided to go for it.

“If we ask nicely,” I began as I nodded in the direction of her left breast,  “do you think—

they will let us take it home in a jar?"

Two hospital staff  came to take her to surgery. They found us with my wife nestled

within the circle of my arms. Her face was buried in my shirt, her body convulsing with

what could have been laughter or sobs. The surgery staff looked at her and then at me as

if awaiting information about how they should proceed.

I held onto my wife and looked back at them—clueless. 

Annette Hope Billings

Original story written 11/9/2010

Organized Chaos VS Fitness Confusion

Anthony Cay


 Anthony Cay

Owner: Total Fitness Body Zone




 I will be back in October. Big life changes happening now and can't wait to have more time to help you with becoming healtier and maintaining your healthy lifestyle!






Farmer's Markets

Downtown Market


Day: Open Every Saturday April - Nov
Time: 7:30AM Until noon.
Location:12th and Harrison, South of the Judicial Building.

Market Manager:
Betty Lane - 785-249-4704

Opens April 8th  - Nov 2017

Capital City Market

 Held in Topeka every Wednesday May 10 - October 18, 2017 from 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. on the south side of the Capitol along 10th Avenue

Monday Farmer's Market

Farmers Market


7-11:30 am

Mondays until October 9th 2017

Topeka City of Character

Topeka City of Character


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September – Empathy

Showing consideration and understanding to heal the hurt of others






New Businesses

One Heart Project

One Heart Project


Mizu Sushi

Mizu Sushi and Hibachi  Now Open

1320 SW Ashworth Pl

Top Dog

Top Dog

Huntoon and Gage



Pizzeria Via Family Dining - Coming Soon!

738 SW Gage Blvd


Pizzeria Via Family Dining offers hand crafted and stone baked pizza, salads, grinders, wraps, wings and we also serve a variety of alcoholic beverages.


BrianChild Animation & Multimedia

818 NE Kansas Ave

Website coming soon


Deals on Wheels


785-783-2773 or 785-250-4676

2640 NW Topeka Blvd

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Ethan Anna Childrens Boutique

Ethan + Anna Children's

2829 SW 29th St, Topeka, KS


New Life Fountains LLC

Maurice Ansley


Eagle Aerial Solutions LLC


Eagle Aerial Solutions LLC

Maricel's has reopened in downtown Topeka

729 S Kansas Ave


Bruno's Downtown Grill & Bar

1003 SE Quincy, Topeka, KS 66612

Brunos Downtown Grill Bar


 skys the limit logo topeka kansas video game party

Sky's the Limit Mobile Gaming

(785) 260-2476


Sky Zone Tampoline Park



Coming Soon 29th and Wanamaker



Brightstar Event Services


After years in the event services industry, BrightStar founder Nick Holmes saw its challenges and wanted to create a different kind of event company. After years of hearing about what’s most important to brides from years of bridal shows and weddings, Nick built BrightStar to focus on what matters most.

  • Service and expertise. We’ve seen hundreds of special events and spoken with even more brides and brides-to-be. We’ll listen carefully to your needs and help you navigate the journey to your special day.
  • The extra mile. Sure, we help execute hundreds of events every year. But we know that every one of them could be someone’s event of a lifetime. We take that responsibility very seriously. That means we do what it takes to nail your event.
  • Great execution. Our team is good at what they do. We guarantee your satisfaction.


Interior Design Resources

2109 SW Belle 478-5706

Interior Design Resources Provides Interior Design, Design Services, Cabinets, Flooring Materials, Window Treatments, Countertops And Furniture To The Topeka, KS Area.


Culligan Water

3116 SW 29th Street. Topeka Kansas 66614..

Bottled Water/Coolers for your business or home, Water softeners and Bottle free water coolers and Reverse Osmosis Drinking water systems.. 8:30AM till 5PM MOnday thru Friday.. 785-350-2551.

Free drinking water fillups. Bring your jugs and we will fill them for FREE! 5 Gallon limit per customer.


create\uplift is a multimedia company based in Northeastern Kansas and services Topeka, Lawrence, Kansas City and beyond. We provide professional photography, videography, graphic design, website development, interactive marketing, and creative consulting to brands and businesses. Since 2015 we have operated from our workspace in Downtown Topeka, located in the collaborative makerspace, 712 Innovations.
Topeka Pizza
1630 SW Arvonia
Delivery and Takeout! Topeka Pizza is coming this October, right across from Lowes
Fuzzy Taco
Fuzzy Tacos - 
Old Team Sporting Goods building
Studio 62 Art Bar
5648 SW 29th St

The Healthcare Resort

6300 SW 6th Ave.

Topeka, KS 66615


The Healthcare Resort of Topeka is changing the way that healthcare is being delivered to the Topeka Metropolitan Area. With the fusion of world-class healthcare and personalized hospitality, you encounter an experience that is truly unique and memorable.


IHOP coming soon to North Topeka

551 NW US Highway 24


Colaw Fitness

Colaw Fitness

1935 S.W. Westport Drive

Coming Soon 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
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.

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.

West Post

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.

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!





Apathetic Wannabe

Chelsea Howe

Chelsea Ellis








Not everything I do involves drawing. One hobby I became interested in at a very young age was sewing. My mom could sew a button but not much more. My grandma however use to make a lot of my mom's clothes and tons of square dance dresses. I had been given an old sewing maching in middle school and had tried to find classes to show me how to sew. I then ventured to the internet and decided to learn on my own. Sewing came easy to me. The main reason I wanted to learn to sew was to make costumes. My friends and I, loved going to Anime conventions and I wanted to experience the entire convention as it was planned, this would include a costume. My costumes have included, Kim Possible, Rogue, and this year young Elastigirl from The Incredibles. My entire costume is hand made. I even permed and combined two wigs to make the Rogue hair. 

Rogue 2016 Top Con

Chelsea Top Con 2016     Chelsea Top Con 2016 

                                                                                           Picture provided my Marvel Comics

 Elastigirl - Top Con 2017

Elastigirl 2017       Elastigirl 2017  Elastigirl2017

                                                                       Picture Provided by Disney

 Ren Fest Bonner Springs 2016                                                                                 Ren Fest Bonner Springs 2012

 IrishInspiredRenFaire2016      RenFaireGarb2012     

Comic Con Kansas City 2014



Maid Cafe - Comic Con 2013 and 2014

MaidCafe2013  MaidCafe2014



Gab Local


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Check out the new shows that are being recorded LIVE in the Break Room Studio

Will you stand with us to make Topeka and Shawnee County the safest capital community in the country? Kristi Pankratz from the Safe Streets Coalition tells us all how we can get involved in the mission. And it's our first episode filmed in front of a LIVE audience in our new Downtown studio! Talk About Topeka is back! #TopekaProud

You're invited to a 200th birthday party! The Shawnee County Historical Society will be celebrating John Ritchie on July 16th with ice cream, entertainment, crafters and historical interpretations. Chris Schultz discusses the event with SCHS President George Bernheimer.

2016 Arts Connect - Legacy Arts Award - Topeka Art Guild - TOPEKA ART GUILD

2016 Arts Connect - Literary Arts Award - Leah Sewell

Talk About Topeka - Stephanie Mott & Dan Brennan- Capital City Equality Center The new Capital City Equality Center hopes to reduce suicide numbers for some of our most vulnerable and marginalized local residents. Chris Schultz discusses the new facility and the mission with President Stephanie Mott and Executive Director Dan Brennan.

Talk About Topeka - Laura Burton - Midland Care Midland Care provides comfort to many local residents when they least expect it, and most need it. Chris Schultz discusses their mission with Laura Burton.

2016 Arts Connect - Performing Arts Award - Martinez Hillard Last Minute Folk Topeka Blues Society

Talk About Topeka - Tawny Stottlemire – Community Action Poverty is a big problem that plagues many local residents with anxiety and crime. Tawny Stottlemire, Executive Director of Community Action, paints a picture of our local issues with Chris Schultz. They discuss ways in which community members can get involved and take action with a compassionate heart.

Talk About Topeka - Lalo Muñoz - El Centro of Topeka El Centro of Topeka provides a wide range necessary services to some of our most vulnerable residents. Chris Schultz discusses those services with Executive Director Lalo Muñoz.

Talk About Topeka - Nancy Harms - Midland Care Findables Findables is a great way to turn your shopping habits in to compassionate action for Midland Care. Chris Schultz discusses the store with Nancy Harms.

Talk About Topeka - Susan Cantrell - Topeka Capital-Journal Findables is a great way to turn your shopping habits in to compassionate action for Midland Care. Chris Schultz discusses the store with Nancy Harms.

2016 Arts Connect - Visual Arts Award - "John Holcomb Britta McKee Larry Peters (WINNER)"

Safe Streets Neighborhood Night Out There will many great opportunities to meet our neighbors, sprouting up in over 80 neighborhoods, on August 5th all over the city. Chris Schultz discusses the annual Neighborhood Night Out event with Safe Streets Director Kristi Pankratz.

Talk About Topeka - Vince Frye - DTI Things are really taking off in downtown Topeka! There's even an opportunity for one lucky entrepreneur to realize $100,000 toward the dream of owning their own business. Chris Schultz discusses the curent progress with Vince Frye, President and CEO of Downtown Topeka Inc. #TopekaProud

Check back often for more shows from Gab Local or just visit their website





This website is a prototype for an idea that I have been working on for ten years! It is continually changing and I hope to make this the main site for anyone that wants to find something in Topeka to use.

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.
  3. Everything Topeka is a plethora of information compiled in a map based program.  Here you can search and find different venues in different categories. You can pick one or all categories to search. This search will not find information that is not on the map though so you will need to use the website search function also. It is free to be listed with a simple profile and an affordable way to enhance your listing.
  4. Everything Else is more businesses that are not listed in the Map feature. There is a guide page that actually will lead you in the right direction.  It is free to be listed with a simple profile and an affordable way to enhance your listing.


We have 2 different search bars.  We use a program called Hot Spot and it does not integrate with the rest of the website at this time.  So you will need to use both places if you can't find what you are looking for.  Search Articles option will search everything but the maps. It even includes the calendar.



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