February 2014

Innovative Museum where children can learn about farming

My daughter told me about the museum in Normal, IL a while back. We finally got a chance to take the grandkids and check it out. From my mom to my daughter to my grandkids we were all impressed with the hands on opportunities offered at this museum where nothing was off limits. As a […]

Volunteering Opens doors

You never know what one action will lead to another. My mom Lori Disque always says “God will prepare you for what you need.” This was certainly true in the case of Paul and Carol Livezey who began as volunteers at the Florida Flywheelers grounds in Fort Meade Park and today they serve as the […]

U.S. Space & Rocket Center

Seeing a space ship catapult on its way to the great beyond on television gives us this visual of fire and lift off. Seeing the rocket engines that provide the thrust to push a rocket into space is an amazing opportunity. We saw these engines along with rockets and rocket models and learned a little […]

Davinnci exhibit an amazing visual

I was not expecting to see an exhibit of works by Leonardo da Vinci at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Birmingham, Alabama. Walking through the exhibit I learned that da Vinci was not just a painter and inventor, but a scientist, engineer, sculptor, anatomist, biologist, musician, architect, philosopher. In the words of the […]

Roy Lee Bakers Amazing Engine

This was the 33rd year for the Gateway Mid-America Farm Toy Show. Roy Lee, his wife Audrey and daughter Faye hosted the event. Almost everyone in the Baker family is involved and along with members of the Gateway Farm Toy Club. There are many innovators that come to the St. Louis show building scratch built […]

The Baldwin House, story of a doctor and missionary

I love history and thanks to the Lahaina Restoration Foundation the beautiful Baldwin House was open for tourists like me to come in and learn all about a fascinating story. The Baldwin House offers the entrance a group of individuals that had a profound effect on the island and Hawaii, missionaries. The first missionaries arrived […]

Wo Hing Society history on Lahina

Traveling this winter, we discovered the lovely town of Lahaina on the Hawaiian island of Maui and found the seaside downtown on Front Street. I was delighted to find the Wo Hing Museum, which served the Chinese population in the early 1900’s as both a temple and community building. Hawaii is a melting pot of […]

Don Turner's Allis Chalmers G pedal makes a splash-picture by Keith Ladage

At the Gateway Farm Toy Show I always keep my eyes open for those items that are new and different to write about in Toy Farmer and Farm World. This year I was excited to see Don Turner’s very cool Allis Chalmers G pedal that he scratch builds. Don is building only 25 of these […]

Pickin cotton at the St. Louis Gateway Farm Toy Show

Darryl Cox is well known for his cotton pickers that he creates from scratch. This year those pickers found a place at a cotton farm and scratch built cotton gin that would have been circa 1960 or so. Darryl grew up in the cotton heyday and now lives near Humboldt, Tennessee. He explained about the […]

Shrimp from Giovanni's Shrimp Truck!

When we headed out to Hawaii, we did our homework and my sister-in-law Debbie heard, “You have to find Giovanni’s Shrimp truck, it is the best!” In our rental car we cruised the north shoreline of Oahu seeking out the beautiful ocean views and keeping an eye toward the elusive Giovannis. It is amazing how […]