Walk for Hunger

Every year the Good Samaritan Center of Excelsior Springs holds a Tortoise and the Hare 5k Walk and Run in April to help raise funds for the needy in the community. When I was a child, it started as a Hunger Walk. People brought canned goods and then did a walk for the homeless. One year, my mother and I participated in a social experiment after the walk where we slept out on the streets for a night. We couldn’t take anything with us and had to beg for food. It left a lasting impression on me, even though I knew at the end of the night, we got to return to a home and a bed. I could never imagine the mentality and loss of hopelessness that an individual must have without those resources.

This year the race had an artist theme and my Aunt Molly Morgan Roberts was asked to design the medals!

Good Samaritan Center Director Martha Buckman and Caseworker Jen Chappel.

This year’s race was dedicated to Norma Gorsett, who recently passed away. Norma was instrumental in the work that is taking place at the Center and has been for decades. This past year we held an event for the homeless and Norma took it upon herself to organize volunteers that would be needed. On the day of the event, there were over 120 people there to help. This was thanks to her amazing work and passion to help those less fortunate. Ironically, this year’s race featured Norma’s granddaughter, Holly Spencer’s artwork on the front of the shirts. Meant to be!

My friend Samantha Kilgore and her son, Justin, playfully ran their own race after the participants were out of sight. I thought it was cute seeing my friend having so much fun with her son.


Don, Martha, and Jen all worked hard to make the 5k a success for another year. There were a record number of participants this year and we are so glad that the weather decided to cooperate!

My childhood friend Justin Cook and his lovely wife Amy were there to help loosen runner’s muscles so they wouldn’t be in pain!

With the run having an artist theme, there was some nice artwork on display from local artists with the Bohemian Sage Gallery.

Norma Gorsett’s Family, including Holly Spencer on far left, artist whose work is on the shirts

Was really proud of my husband, Jason, who placed third in his age group, despite slowing to run alongside a young girl who was having a hard time on the course so she wouldn’t be alone.

My friend Matt and his daughter Caitlin both placed, making it a fun event for the two of them, I’m sure!

For more information on the Good Samaritan Center or to make a donation to their cause, please visit their website by clicking here!

Monday’s Agenda

🎶 The sky is full of clouds and my world’s full of people….You got the different kinds, with different ways…It would take a lifetime to explain…Not one’s the same 🎶

Sunday’s Agenda

🎶 Wow, look at you now, flowers in the window, it’s such a lovely day and I’m glad you feel the same…cos to stand up, out in the crowd, you are one in a million, and I love you, so, let’s watch the flowers grow 🎶

Saturday’s Agenda

🎶 And the world, is made of energy…And the world, is electricity…And the world, is made of energy…And there’s a light inside of you…And there’s a light inside of me 🎶

Friday’s Agenda

“And there is always one last light to turn out and one last bell to ring

And the last one out of the circus has to lock up everything

Or the elephants will get out and forget to remember what you said

Oh and the ghosts of the tilt-o-whirl will linger inside of your head

Oh and the Ferris wheel junkies will spin there forever instead

When I see you, a blanket of stars covers me in my bed…”

Monday’s Agenda

🎶 Well how could we have known?

I’ll tell them it’s not so hard to tell

No no no

If you keep on adding stones

Soon the water will be lost in the well 🎶

He does this every morning waiting for me to scratch his belly. Then he grabs my arm and pulls my hand up to his mouth to give me a bite. I’ve learned over time that is his way of saying good morning.

After having a tough morning I came into work to find some kind soul had left me a surprise box of Oatmeal Creme Pies! God must have told them I needed it. Thanks anonymous friend.

Spent a good part of the day delivering these St Pat’s Day t-shirts Jason designed around the district to teachers. I ordered extras in case anyone wants one that didn’t get one. Let me know!

Saw this in the Performing Arts Center lobby and the more I looked at it the cooler it got!!

Stopped by Spirit Pack to pick up our Tiger Pride decals, designed by former Tiger Skyla Sullivan! I think they look grrrrrrreat!!!

Came home to find these cool cats hanging out!

Dropped by Grandma’s to see how she was getting along. I remember when there was a tree growing out of these windows! Love the look of revitalization.

Afternoon light casting shadows on the pavement makes me feel compelled to capture it for some reason.

Was amazed by all the students achievements that were recognized at tonight’s school board meeting! We have such talented and gifted students!

Cheeseburgers and fries night!

Officially calling off the state of emergency after picking up some creme eggs earlier today!

Tuesday’s Agenda

It’s shocking but we’re nothing; We’re just moments; We’re clever but we’re clueless; We’re just human; Amusing and confusing; We’re tryin’ but where is this all leading; We’ll never know…

Monday’s Agenda

The words “Be Not Afraid” are written in the Bible 365 times. It’s no coincidence that God wants you to be reminded of that every single day of the year.

Sunday’s Agenda

🎶 If you don’t have a date, celebrate. Go out and sit on the lawn and do nothing. Because it’s just what you must do and nobody does it anymore…🎶

Saturday’s Agenda

🎶 And I don’t understand why I sleep all day…then I start to complain that there’s no rain…and all I can do is read a book to stay awake…and it rips my life away but it’s a great escape…🎶