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  • Watching The Storm

    The drought has been horrible, but that is not why I watched the storm in such awe last night. The river birches were bending in the 60mph wind gusts and the various lines into the house were frantically dancing in the wind. Drivers were pulling to the curb to wait out the torrent of rain. I found it all quite interesting to watch, quite pleased to be living in the moment , sitting with my husband in the living room and not chastising myself for still being awake at 11:15. Because the power was out, there were lighted candles all about the living room, dining room and kitchen. I had chosen our wall colors specifically to enhance candle light and they did not disappoint.

  • Pet Safety is Paramount on These Hot Days

    Phil and I received a call from a very nice woman this morning. She called us in an effort to remind folks about pet safety, hoping to avert the tragedy she and her family have just endured. It seems her mom forgot her dog had been let outside and the dog succumbed to the heat in less than an hour. Please remember pets are not immune to dying from heat-related causes. What's more important, a clean kitchen floor or a safe, happy and healthy pet? You know how I'd vote.

  • How Hot CAN it Get?

    The record high temperature for Wichita is 114, set on August 12, 1936 during the dustbowl! The predicted high for today, August 2, 2011 is 113...but predicted highs each day have been broken all summer...will it happen today? If we get to 115 we set a new record. The anticipation and the heat are killing me!

  • How Can Anyone Think Littering is Okay?

    I was thrilled to read about the man in Leavenworth (the town not the federal prison) who set-up a camera to catch whomever had been throwing an empty bottle of tea his yard, each day for years. He caught the woman on tape and she was cited and fined a hefty fine. How could she justify what she did? How could anyone. I realized the other day that in every house I have lived in I have been near the corner. It seems those yards near the corner always get the most trash dumped on them. I guess people approach a stop sign to a busy street and say to themselves, "Well, here I go into traffic, better lose this beer bottle (pop can, chip bag, pair of socks) right now!

  • Take A Look at These Photos

    Yet another Wichitan is in a national contest, where voters decide the outcome! Alexis K. is featured on our facebook page, facebook.com/1045the fox. She is vying to be the new Wet Seal model. You can peruse all teh candidates and hopefully find our own candidate vote-worthy like we did.

  • Is it Time We Made Marijuana Legal?

    I have to admit something not very cool. I have never smoked Marijuana. I have not done so for several reasons...A) I have an aversion to feeling like I am in an altered state. B) It's illegal C) Don't want to damage my lungs. However, I dated many pot smokers and former pot smokers, so please don't think I was ever on a "high horse"about it...pun intended. It seems that pot is more popular than ever and it clearly has been effective in treating several medical conditions. One of my most conservative friends who works in a high position in law enforcement..again no pun intended...says he and many collegues think it would be better to legalize pot. We could reap the rewards of taxation, free law enforcement to focus on other things, and take away some of the profits from drug dealers. Maybe I am wrng in thinking some form of legalization might be a good idea. I want to know what you think. Please take our poll or call the J and P show any weekday morning at 436-1045.

  • Live to be 100? Exercise is Not The Key Says One Doctor

    Dr. Ephraim Engleman is a 100 year-old Rheumatologist who is still practicing medicine, with no plans to retire. He says exercise is not the key to longevity. He has his owns ideas about how to live to 100. Find them here: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/43903066#43903066

  • The Big12 Has It Right, Now

    A salute in last year's Pin Stripe Bowl that was ruled excessive celebration raised a lot of questions as to just what consitituted excessive celebration. At Big12 Media day yesterday, Big 12 Coordinator of officials, Walt Anderson had some welcome things to say about the celebration rules. I am so happy about this, I could just spin in a circle, do a back flip, pound my chest and throw my arms into the air! See all the details at http://www.kansas.com/2011/07/26/1948222/big-12-officials-address-the-salute.html

  • Do We Need a Dollar Coin?

    So, I went to the vending machine this morning and in the return change I received was a dollar coin. Seriously a dollar coin? Didn't we learn long ago those are not popular? Do we insist on making them because they last longer and are therefore cost effective? Is this new coin featuring President James Buchanan one in a series of dollar coins featuring Presidents? It appears to be a pain in the neck for vending machine owners...as I got back 1.75, when I should've gotten just 1.00. Just my opinion and I may change my mind, of course.

  • Sometimes Reality Hits You in The face

    Ever gone to your high school reunion only to discover your former aquaintenance is now the president of his own company and has a PhD. in whatever it is you're interested in and volunteers at the local foodbank and mentors under privleged kids still has time to woo his beautiful spouse who was Miss Oklahoma 2000 and drive his race car? You know the guy or gal I mean? And to make matters worse he is a really nice guy!?...That person who has achieved so much can really make you take stock of your life and say...do-overs? To no avail, of course. More Monday on the J and P show.

  • Hope the Greens Are The Big Gainers

    Jamie and Carter Green have entered a video contest where they could win a million dollars. It depends mainly on getting the most number of votes for their fabulous video made right here in Wichita! If I were vying I'd want help from all the Wichita folks and then I'd want to give the money away to great local causes and great local people...all anonymously, as long as I could some how see the joy on their faces!

  • Another Eagle Rescued

    I have fallen in love with birds of prey. Ken Lockwood from the Eagle Valley Raptor Center has now rescued another Bald Eagle, this one in Oklahoma. It is a video that made me tear-up. Find it here http://www.kake.com/searchresults?searchKeywords=Eagle+rescue&dateRange=60 My love for these various birds began last year when Ken brought Hannah, the Red-Tailed Hawk to the Jan and Phil Show last year. I am happy to report she can see again after successful surgery. I went to see Hannah at her home at the center recently. She was delightful as always, obviously happy and healthy too. I also went to meet the juvenile Bald Eagle that Fox listeners are naming. I am telling you these birds are as easy to love as puppies and kittens. In no time at all I was smitten...to the point I fed them (dead) mice. Don't get me wrong, I am sorry for the mice, but their diet is nature's plan and thus I complied. Mice and everything else that these birds require, up to and including surgery, does not come cheap. ken Lockwood has made it his life's mission to care for these birds. I am sure glad he has.

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    This Beautiful Bald Eagle Needs a Name

  • Can't Wait to Meet the New Eagle

    I am excited to go to the Eagle Valley Raptor Center on Sunday to see the latest addition there. It is a bald Eagle that I am told is huge! On Monday Fox listeners can begin voting on what to name this fabulous bird. Ken warned me to "bring a change of underwear"...his way of telling me he wants me to "hold" her and she's really big! She will soon be evaluated at K-State as she is injured. In any event, if she cannot fly again, she will still have home at the fabulous Eagle Valley Raptor Center. Look for a photo gallery on Monday and please be ready to help with a name!

  • Sometimes Both Drivers Should Get Tickets

    My husband recently assured us of higher insurance rates. He did it at approximately 5 miles an hour, by never-the less, he did it. He and a co-worker (Dave) had just had lunch together at a restaurant in the Twin Lakes area. Dave was in line to pull out of a driveway and go east bound. Next in line was a woman going the same way and third in line to exit the drive was my DH. Dave sees a car travelling about 10 miles per hour and approaching the driveway, signaling a turn. He pulls out. Next the woman in front of my husband sees the same thing and pulls out. Next it is my husband's turn. He sees the same thing, and by now it appears the elderly lady is about to make the turn. He looks west and pulls out...right into the side of the lady's car. She has failed to turn into the drive as she indicated and has stopped immediately in front to the driveway. Granted my husband should have glanced back one last time to make sure she completed the turn she was indicating. However, I think she should have gotten a ticket for inattentive driving. The woman in front of my husband who succesfully tuurned saw what happened and felt she had been part of the cause. She filed acted as a witness. She was very kind and in no way at fault. Oh well, it's better than the time my DH backed out of a driveway and into the car parked on the street across from the drive....in front of our new insurance agent!

  • I'm A Gunslinger

  • Seriously, Betty Ford?

    The Westboro "Baptist Church" is at it again. This time they are picketing Betty Ford's funeral. Seemed like a good "First Lady" to most of us, but they think they need to vilify her because she was married and divorced before marrying President Ford and talked about sex with "tawdry reporters". I am not sure how they know she did that, but really, so what? Their insanity rolls on.

  • Horrible Bosses

    I once had a horrible boss. He asked me to do something that would have comprised my integrity and possibly put listeners in danger. I refused to do it, knowing I would quit or readily accept termination if it came to that. He backed down. Its not always that easy. Many people may fear leaving a bad situation due to the lack of jobs right now. We want to know, are you currently working for a horrible boss? Please take the poll here on our home page.

  • Reasonable Doubt

    Jurist William Blackstone once said "It is Better that ten guilty men go free than one innocent man be convicted". I agree with him and that is my philosophical view of the Casey Anthony case. I doubt anyone thinks Casey Anthony is completely blameless in the death of her daughter, but the prosecution did not have sufficient evidence to make their case for her having murdered her daughter. "A lack of motive" was cited by an alternate as part of the difficulty in reaching a guilty verdict. If convicting Casey could have brought Caylee back, I might have a different viewpoint, but of course it could not. I therefore have to hope that Casey Anthony gets the mental health evaluation and treatment she needs and goes on to do good in the world.

  • Love is an Amazing Thing

    I love you Bono! For the work you do for the marginalized all over the world and for what you did for one blind guy at your recent concert. To see what he did just go to our facebook page...facebook.com/1045thefox. My eyes were brimming with tears, yours maybe too!

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