Category: Living

Land of fire and ice

September 30, 2021 | By Bob Rives

It was by default that our family visited Iceland in August. My wife and I, our children and their spouses had planned a trip to France to celebrate our 65th wedding anniversary. Covid stopped that as Europe closed its doors. By 2021, though, Iceland was welcoming visitors. Tourism is one of the country’s economic drivers […]

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Man of many artistic talents creates ‘Healing Wichita’ mural

| By Amy Geiszler-Jones

It took nearly two years for Victor Rose to complete the vibrant 9-by-17-foot mural he created for Healing Wichita CBD+ shop in a shopping plaza at Harry and Rock Road. Much like Rose himself — a lifelong Wichita resident who has been involved in many creative endeavors — the mural features various elements and layers, […]

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Recipe for You or Two: Madras Chicken Salad

| By The Active Age

Jane Hodge is the winner of a $25 gift certificate from The Spice Merchant for submitting this Recipe for You or Two. “I liked the bean salad recipe in the last Active Age, so I decided to share one that we make all the time,” Hodge said. “It’s really easy and fresh-tasting.” The blend of flavors, […]

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Active Age readers take in new ballpark

| By The Active Age

Readers of The Active Age watched the Wichita Wind Surge beat the Tulsa Drillers 8-6 in an Aug. 29 game at the new Riverfront Stadium. The newspaper gave away 60 tickets to the game to readers who entered a drawing. “This was a fun time despite the rain delay and later drizzle,” said Jay Hinkle, […]

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Mental illness driving homeless ‘disaster’

August 2, 2021 | By Mary Clarkin

By Mary Clarkin Micky Maddux encounters the homeless three to 10 times a day. She does not live or work in a shelter or sleep on a sidewalk. She’s the owner of an art gallery in Wichita’s Old Town Square. She’s cleaned their urine and feces off her gallery front in the morning, been accosted and […]

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Beware, that’s not necessarily love in the air

| By The Active Age

The Active Age Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett is warning older residents and their families to be on the watch for online romance scams after a Wichita area woman was conned out of $482,000. A romance scam, also known as an online dating scam, is when a person is tricked into believing they are in […]

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Debi Kreutzman

Woman behind ‘Bob Boxes’ merits honor

July 1, 2021 | By Joe Stumpe

The number of older residents served by the Kansas Food Bank is on the rise. A few years ago, about 7 percent of the people served by the food bank were seniors. Today, that figure is about twice as large. “We have many seniors who are living on limited incomes that can’t make ends meet,” […]

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Play it safe outdoors this summer

| By Monica Cissell

Outdoor activity is good for the body and soul, but too much sun and heat can be dangerous. That’s especially true for older people, people with underlying medical conditions and people taking certain medications. Follow these tips to reap the benefits of fresh air and vitamin D without overdoing it: Consider a conversation with a […]

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Grand Central cooler than ever

| By The Active Age

NEWTON — When temperatures creep up this summer, visitors to Grand Central senior center won’t sweat it. The center recently finished a $60,000 overhaul of its air conditioning system. “It’s definitely a great addition,” Grand Central board president Bob Driskill said. “We couldn’t use this facility if we didn’t have that air conditioning.” Driskill said […]

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Pandemic helps people open up about mental health struggles

April 29, 2021 | By Matthew Kelly

Wichita Journalism Collaborative The psychological toll of the coronavirus pandemic is undeniable. At the height of lockdowns last spring, one in three Americans displayed signs of clinical depression or anxiety, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.  There’s no way to predict or quantify the long-term impact of this collective suffering, but experts say people are […]

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