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  • The Medallion Hunt is On

    I am not sure who writes the Medallion clues. Is it done by commitee? That would explain some of the past difficulty in deciphering them. I must admit that so far this year they have been just the right amount of challenging. Let me know what you think. How close have you come to finding the medallion in past years? Email me with your thoughts on the Medallion

  • Rarely Are Crowds Well Behaved

    I had the opportunity to spend part of Memorial Day Weekend at the 9/11 Memorial. Hundreds of people were there at the same time I was. We went through security, we waited in a long line and then were able to walk freely on the grounds. It was cold, windy and raining. One of the Memorial employees told us how honored she was to work there and how the experience had changed her life and given her purpose. Everyone visiting there, people from all over the world, were quiet, thoughtful and polite. Sure, it seems like that might be a no-brainer, but we've all been places and seen people act like idiots when the occasion called for some dignity. This is one time everyone showed respect.

  • Am I the Only One?

    I am the only one who finds it too sad to put flowers on the graves of loved ones? Am I the only one who thinks the deceased are unaware of my doing that? I put a flag on my dad's grave, because he is a veteran of WWII....but I find it difficult to think of him and other loved ones as being in the cemetery, as I feel certain he is not there. Just me perhaps. Any thoughts on me at

  • School Storm Shelters Needed in Tornado Alley

    I believe it should be a law that just like smoke detectors and panic bar door openers, schools in tornado alley should have storm shelters. These should be either very close to the school property, or in schools yet to be built, below the actual school. There should be multiple entrances, accessible every few yards. Yesterday they had about 12 minutes warning before the tornado in Moore. Drills should be held to ensure orderly progression to the shelter in the event of an emergency...12 minutes is a long time if you are organized. FYI, there have been tornadoes in every US state. I am advocating these storm shelters be mandatory in tornado alley. Tornado alley consists ot the states of Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska and South Dakota, Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi.

  • I Love It When Criminals Screw-Up

    The latest criminal to screw-up story comes from Houston. Three men recently broke into a house and encountered a young man who lives there. They threw him into what they thought was a closet in the home. It was a gun safe. The young man grabbed a gun and crept down the basement stairs to see if he could see the robbers. One of the robbers fired a gun at him and he fired back, hitting one of the burglars in the neck and leg. The three robbers ran.. the wounded one collapsed, but got a free ride to the hospital from the police. He'll get a free ride to jail when he gets out.

  • The Day I met Dr. Joyce Brothers

    On January 10, 1994 I had a unique and wonderful opportunity. Dr. Joyce Brothers was speaking at the Women's Fair at Century II. Her speech was great and then thanks to the kindness of my dear friend, Debbie Trimmell-Martin, I was able to visit with Dr. Brothers at a backstage event with no other media present. Debbie is a therapist and had special access. In the room were fewer than 10 people, including me and Dr. Brothers. She spoke with us not like a lecturer, but like we were all old friends chatting. She was so unpretentious and approachable. She shared with us that day several things I will never forget:

  • Bye-Bye Barbara, Thought You Were Like The Eagles Song

    So Barbara Walters is retiring this year after starting her career in 1961! I appreciate all she has achieved...but other than The View, I thought she was already gone...retired that is. Sometimes, too, when celebrity deaths are announced...I thought they were already dead! Am I the only one this happens too?

  • Can You Imagine Being Held By a Kidnapper?

    Good news from Cleveland where three women, believed dead, had actually been held by a kidnapper(s) and were freed yesterday. Imagine what they went through. Police believe they may have been tied up most of the past decade. How was yesterday different? What happened that allowed one woman to break free? The full story will be heartbreaking, but still interesting. Was "Stockholm Syndrome" part of the senario, where captives start to like their captors, mostly because they haven't been killed? Do any of us really know what we would do in such circumstances?

  • WHY Do We HAVE to Use Lead Shot?

    There are some really stubborn hunters who insist that they need to use lead shot in their shotgun shells, even though it fouls our water and soil and kills the birds that ingest it. That includes our federally protected and most beloved, majestic national symbol, The Bald Eagle. Seriously, they can't pay slightly more to save the lives of the unintended victims? I'm not buying that argument.~Jan Harrison

  • Do We All Agree KC needs an OT?

    If we go with an OT, I am guessing Eric Fisher, though I certainly could be wrong. I still have some concerns about whether we have the right QB. Anybody have thoughts on this? I will be glued to the TV tonight.!

  • A Happy Ending to an Ugly Divorce Story

    Mike Taylor, a guy in Montana, had to have been married to a heartless woman. He lost his Macau parrot in a divorce. She actually sold the bird without his knowledge . She also sold the contents of his storage locker later. Heartbroken, he thought he'd never see "Love Love" again. But strangely, a friend of his spotted Love Love at a bird sanctury in Great Falls. Love Love had been taken there by the woman the bird had been sold to after Love Love bit her. Mike was able to convince the sanctury that the bird was his and even got Love Love's cage back from a guy who bought the contents of Mike's storage locker. Man and bird are doing well! I love a happy ending!

  • So, The Hangover 1 is Now Believable

    When I was a kid I used to dream about a lion sitting on our porch peering into the big glass panel in our 1800's front door...waiting for me on a sunny morning. Pretty far fetched until you consider the plight of a woman attending the circus in Salina. A tiger apparently wandered into a women's restroom and was primping maybe? When a woman walked in and in a big "wow moment" saw the tiger, kept her composure and carefully backed out of the room. When she returned to her seat all her 3 year-old daugher wanted to know is if the tiger washed his hands.

  • The River Festifval is Coming!

    I have a feeling the festival is really going to be good this year. Maybe it's because the admiral is "Mr. Chico" of radio fame years ago. He's a lot of fun and attitudes trickle down. This year The Fox will be part of the Cajun Food Fest! We will be introducing "Big Bad Vodoo Daddy". I am pumped for it. Do you go to the Cajun Food Fest? Why you do go or don't go would be good information for us. Please email me at

  • One-Mile Walk/Run For Boston

    YOU are invited to join the Fox tomorrow (Sat. 4/20) at 8am on the Bike path next to the Hyatt downtown to show your support for Boston! We will walk or run one mile to the Keeper of the Plains and back. Runners from the Prairie Fire Marathon coming in May may join us...but you do not have to keep up with them! Big thanks to the Wichita Sports Commission for helping to get the word out.~Jan

  • There Are So Many Good People In the World

    It's true there are way too many people in this world who seek to do bad things to others. We should not forget, however, that there are way more people who don't want to hurt anyone and would help a stranger in whatever way they could. Know someone who is incredibly nice or thoughtful? Tell them thanks for being on "Team Nice" in the human race.

  • Will We See More Security at Large Events Nationwide?

    I am wondering today, in light of the terrible tragedy in Boston, will there be TSA agents and more police at major events throughout the country? Will this tragedy do to the process of geting anywhere near a large event do what 9/11 did to the process of getting on a plane? I wish police for every community could afford bomb-sniffing dogs. Your thoughts welcome on anything that might change in terms of security measures. Just email me at

  • Imagine a Frat House Without Beer

    Back in the 70s, when the legal age for beer, maybe it made sense for Fraternities and Sororities to have beer at their parties. However, after the law changed and alcohol for anyone under 21 became illegal, it made no sense to allow alcohol at Fraternity and sorority parties. After mutiple student deaths across the country from alcohol poisoning, including one at KU in 2009, many frats are going dry. So far, 2 of 19 frats at KU are not allowing alcohol in the house, 9 of 19 frats at KSU don't allow alcohol, 4 or the 5 frats at WSU are alcohol free as are all of the sororities at WSU. I think its a good idea, students 21 and over can still have a drink elsewhere. What do you think? Email me at Thanks~Jan

  • Ship My Pants!

    Looks like Kmart has finally said, "F it, we're not Target and we're not Walmart... we're @#$%*! Kmart."

  • Dang Funny Birthday Card

    I hate birthday cards that insult the person receiving it. I wouldn't go to the trouble of picking out a card to insult someone...I'd just insult them...simple enough. I know, I'm not serious. I am not big on insulting anyone, really. SO, I was delighted when I found a card that was not too sappy and not insulting to my friend, Ken who was having a milestone birthday. I stepped outside my comfort zone and bought it even though it featured a baby jumping up and down inside, farting to music. Normally I would think that was a little too crude. I guess as I get older my crude threshold is getting a little lower, probably a good thing as Ken loved the card!

  • So, Would Taking the Statue Of Liberty Down Help?

    Someone posting on Facebook says that at least 10 movie posters promoting "end of the world" movies feature our friend from France, Lady Liberty taking a hit. Is she a meteorite magnet? Does she tick-off aliens?..Maybe they think she is taunting them with her torch. Why doesn't the end of the world ever start in France? Do aliens love the Eiffel Tower, it's never the target! Great Wall of China? Pyramids? Taj Mahal? Do we take her down to protect the earth?

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