Wednesday, July 30, 2008


7/30/2008 7:53:33 AM


Yes Indeed, I got Fired!

Let me explain. From my writings above, Sally & I attended an all high school reunion in Bruce SD.

So I filled out a leave slip (TWICE) to leave July 21-25, 2008. I turned my request for leave in much earlier and trusted that my team manager, Paul Miller, would sign the form and approve this request. I even remember visiting with the three of us when I was “counseled” once for not telling a customer the right info. I explained to them that we were planning to leave this last week and I would be willing to work with Alorica on Saturdays to make up the difference. The chief operating manager told me verbally he would happy to approve any leave and if I wanted to make up the hours I could do so. So I take Alorica’s word for what they tell me. I do NOT even think about getting any written agreements. What ever happened to trust? Forget it! So I proceed to make up the hours I’d be missing and arrive outside my scheduled hours, like a Saturday. The HR guy calls me and tells me I’m NOT scheduled to work outside my scheduled working hours, Mon-Fri (6:00PM-10:00PM) part time. Naïve Myron should have had the perception about management’s ineptitude’s ways. They had no such knowledge. of the form I had filled out.

So Sally & I go to Bruce SD and enjoy our reunion with family & friends.

When I return, I call in sick on Monday , 7/28/8, and get ready to go to work on 7/29/8 . I arrive and am unable to get through the door. The security guard lets me in. I proceed to login and am denied access.. I listen to my cell later and am told that I have been terminated for lack of calling in, some three days in a row. This is a policy and procedure about leave of which I understand fully. If you fail to call in for three days straight you are automatically fired. I understand that fully. What I don’t understand is why? Why didn’t my team manager sign my request for time off? My biggest regret is NOT demanding a SIGNED and approved leave approval? I’m TOO TRUSTING! I will be demanding two week of severance pay.

Should I demand my team manager be fired? NOPE! I want justice and a meeting with management to review their inept management methods or lack thereof.

I will now post this to my public blog.

Myron Holter

Tuesday, July 29, 2008


7/21/2008 8:49:27 PM


Whew !!

I’m Tired !!!

Sal & I are trying to make a trip to Bruce SD for Bruce’s 125th anniversary of its existence. We’re excited! In the meantime, we need to prepare for such an adventure for 400 + miles north of us. I’ve been going through our checklist and I’m pooped!! I’ll write later.

7/25/2008 6:08:16 AM


Well, here I am in Bruce! So far it’s been quite a ride! Yesterday there was a contest for the queen bee. Today is going to be an all high school reunion. If anyone has ever graduated from Bruce and can cough up an extra 25 they can attend this reunion> BOY! I need to get my typing fingers in working order.

I am very pleased that my baby sister and her husband John has decided to buy mom’s place J

We had supper here last night and Janet brought the food. Sally & I ate out for breakfast and lunch, the ridge and Nick’s hamburger respectively.

They’re tearing up the main street of Brookings SD. BOY, what a mess! Hopefully the businesses around there will survive. It kind of reminds me of 21st & Urish here in Topeka.

Its always fun seeing old family, friends, and classmates you haven’t seen for years! I enjoy passing out our web too and the # reply is “I don’t even have a computer.” This is just a ploy. The translation is” I don’t want to communicate with you.” That’s OK by me as I don’t want to communicate with you either, but our FAITH based web is out there for one and all to share. There’s also a PRIVATE web logs of which will not be released to the public for some time.

Guess I’ll save this and post it later

7/26/2008 5:51:14 AM


What a whirlwind of activity yesterday. We celebrated an all high school reunion here in Bruce SD. My sister Delpha is very much involved. There are too many activities to mention in my little blog site. So I think what I’ll do is use the web and make a collage of photos. Sally now has a state of the art camera too so there should not be a shortage of graphics.

Stay tuned for more details later.

7/27/2008 5:55:12 AM


I never got a hug from my dad! That little statement I made yesterday to my family has made me think about our “dysfunctional” family clear back when.

My visit with Anitra has made me think of that. Yesterday I had a heart to heart with my sister-in-law and I suddenly realized that our father, Adolph, never gave us a hug! So I’ve been asking my three brother’s Wes, Ronny & Dale. “Did our father ever give you a hug” Wes’s answer was “Only toward the end” Ronny’s was “NO” Dale replied “NO” And Me, “NO”

So let me write a little about our culture growing up on the farm.

Adolph & Cecelia raised us all on a farm 4 miles north and one mile east of Bruce SD. We were raised up Lutherans. We attended church regularly, whether we wanted to or not. We were a “typical” family with the men (and boys) doing male chores, like farming outdoors, etc. The women were to do women things; like what women do back then, never the two should mix.

7/27/2008 6:23:52 AM

It’s now later, and I used the word checker on Microsoft Word program and it’s awesome! I didn’t realize how many errors I make in typing! But then again, I type the way I think and sometimes the fingers can’t go fast enough trying to keep up with the brain J

It’s time to get back to my “dysfunctional” growing up as I like to affectionately call it.

Us brother’s grew up in an atmosphere of not showing affection towards each other. It was just the way we were. My dad never gave me a hug the whole time I was growing up and my brother’s either. So how do we each react to this lack of affection? We brother siblings reach each to our own ways. I can only write to the way I react, but I’m sure my brothers would share my beliefs.

Our father was a farmer. Mom and DAD raised six children using a farmer’s income (if you would consider it income). We grew up poor, but didn’t know it. The old saying goes like this “We were so poor we couldn’t even pay attention.”

Monday, July 21, 2008

Dr. Bill Roy

I have permission from the good Dr. to post Dr. Roy's articles. I will post these on a weekly basis. Archives can be found in our local paper. Bill's column follows .. you're welcome Bil.

Column for week of July 2-9 2008//692 words//from Bill Roy

Father Time is doing what the Germans, Japanese and their allies could not do, taking the lives of the 16 million Americans who served in World War II. The Department of Veteran Affairs estimates only 2,5 million are living, and others estimate WW II vets are dying at the rate of 1,000 a day.

Whenever I see the obituary of a male over 80, I look to see if he served. Almost without exception, he has. Many served twice, being recalled for the Korean War that began less than five years after Japan surrendered on August 14, 1945. And, some served only in the Korean War, "the forgotten war," which was just as deadly and just as miserable, and had less national support than WW II, setting pattern for future wars.

World War II was gung ho. It was everyone’s war. How could it be anything less with the 16 million in uniform coming forward from a nation of 120 million. Which has always led me to wonder why we, a nation of 304 million, have been able to muster at tops 160,000 soldiers and Marines in Iraq, which our president tells us is as important as WW II?

The Sunday, June 29th, Topeka Capital Journal carried the obituaries of eleven men, ages 81-93. Ten had served, nine likely in combat, and the 11th may have served; his obituary was a very brief death notice.

What was totally remarkable was three had served as prisoners of war. Only 130,000 Americans--less than one in 120, were prisoners of war. And nearly 63 years after that war, three former POWs died in and around Topeka, an amazing coincidence. The roll of honor.

Hardie M. Schweigen, Sr., 90, Hoyt, served in the U.S. Army "in North Africa and Italy, and was captured and held as a prisoner of war for 29 months."

Carl E. Moore, 84, Overbrook, "served in the United States Army Air Corps as a turret gunner and radioman on a B-24 during WW II. He and his crew were shot down over Austria, and he was held as a Prisoner of War for over 14 months."

Robert Donald Fox, 84, died at Colmery-O’Neil Veteran Nursing Home Unit. A native Nebraskan, he "served as a gunner and flight engineer on a B-24 Bomber during WW II…on his 20th mission his plane was shot down; he was wounded and taken prisoner by the Germans. He later escaped …with the aid of the French Underground and was returned to the American sector." Equally remarkably, six of the other seven served in war zones. Martin Dean Stover, 81, was the youngest memorialized. He was a Marine "stationed near Okinawa," the only Marine among the ten.

Ivan H. Lolley, 83, "served as a 1st Class Bostwain’s Mate, " and "was a part of the Tarawa to Japan Theatre." A short description of a long journey.

James F. Davidson was also 83 at death. He was 20 when Japan surrendered, and may or may not have used the Japanese he learned at the Navy’s Oriental Language School. But this war-time experience launched him on a distinguished academic career.

Jack Lindley Sweeney, 86, "served as a P-47 fighter pilot…in the Pacific Theatre, and in Korea." He remained in the reserves--as did many who were recalled for Korea--and retired as a U. S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel and decorated intelligence officer.

Austin Victor Spencer, 93, also had extended service. He served in the Army in WWII, and in Korea, and only retired in 1965, apparently after 20 years service..

Clarence W. Risebig, a longtime hospital accountant and auditor, died at 86. He served " in the field artillery of the 95th Division, which liberated Metz, France…a fact Clarence was very proud of."

Marvin S. Chilcoat, 90, Nemaha County native, "served in the U.S. Army from 1944-1946...and was stationed in the South Pacific and the Southern Philippines, where he earned the Bronze Star," and a passel of other medals and ribbons. Like so many others, he was active in veteran organizations.

These men missed this Fourth. But they made it possible for the rest of us to celebrate our nation’s liberty.

Dr. Roy may be reached at

Saturday, July 19, 2008


7/19/2008 10:56:36 AM


Saturday mornings is one of my favorite time slots for me. I get up, do my usual bathroom duties, etc. and get ready for my morning financial advice. But before I start learning I need to get my red green humor on pbs. Fix.

Then the tv is in order. I watch intently and write down the stocks to search. These financial programs are then analyzed in my expensive computer systems.

Also, I’m hoping to scratch off one # on my handwritten bucket list as posted on

Thursday, July 17, 2008


OSLC Midweek, July 17, 2008
Click on this link for the church calendar.
OSLC Announcements:
Discipleship Committee meets this evening at 6:30 in the Library.

We will have a youth group from Christ Lutheran in Blaine, Minnesota staying overnight at the church Friday night.

The 50th Anniversary Committee will meet this coming Sunday, July 20, following church in the library. The meetings from now on will be very important (have you noticed how fast September 27/28 is approaching?)

Page Turners Book Club will meet on Monday, July 21, at 7:00 p.m. at the home of Lynda Weaver, 6426 SW 23rd St.

Bazaar Work Session -- The next work session will be on Thursday, July 24, from 7:00-9:00 p.m. in Room A at the church. There is something for everyone to do, so please come and help us.

Sock Sunday is July 27th! Please bring at least one package of socks to church on July 27th. They
can be boys or girls socks, any size or color. These socks will be given to Quinton Heights for the
children that come to school in the winter time without socks.

Dinner for Eight -- The fall round of Dinner for Eight is upon us!! Please sign up at the Information Center
to participate in this fun, adult activity. This round will go from September through December. This is not a
gourmet group -- just a simple meal is all that is required. Each group meets four times in each other's
homes. It is a great way to get to know each other better. Sign up from this weekend through August 10. If you wish, you can email Charlene Swanson at with your request to be put on the list.

Please help us out! Several food containers and other kitchen related items have been “abandoned" in the kitchen over the past who-knows-how-many-months (years?). These need to be picked up by their owners by Sunday, July 27. Any “homeless” items will be donated to Goodwill on Monday, July 28. Thanks.
Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity
The next scheduled build date for Our Savior’s is July 26 (Please note the change from July 19). We will be working with Faith on exterior painting. With the weather becoming warmer, work at the site begins at 8:00 a.m. and ends mid afternoon. If you are able to help at the site or by providing lunch, please contact Linda Carr at 379-5765, or by email at
Some of the other churches involved could use additional volunteers, and you are welcome to help any Saturday you’re available. If you are not able to work at the site, but would like to make either a monetary contribution or a donation of materials, please contact Regina Rohlfs. We are selling Thrivent Builds t-shirts as a fundraiser. The shirts cost $10 and may be purchased through Regina Rohlfs.

Christ Lutheran Church is having an Ice Cream Social & Pie Auction on Sunday July 20th at 6PM. This is a Habitat fundraiser and all are invited.
50 Days of Sharing
To celebrate our 50th anniversary, the Social Ministries Committee will sponsor 50 Days of Sharing, a fifty day period of sharing and giving. To kick off the 50 days of Sharing, Keith Hooper of Lebanon, Ks. will be our worship guest and will be delivering the sermon on August 9 & 10. Mr. Hooper is the founder of H.E.L.P. (Humanitarian Efforts to Lessen Poverty of Underprivileged Children in the Philippines). The foundation feeds 500 children in 4 villages daily, started livelihood projects in 7 villages, sponsors medical missions to remote areas with volunteer Filipino doctors and nurses, built and operates 2 preschools, provides funding for an orphanage, along with other programs. 100% of all contributions go to the program and all administrative costs are paid by Mr. Hooper himself.
Youth News
Saturday, July 19The LYO will be shopping for supplies to donate to the Greensburg Volunteer Village. This is made possible through previous congregational donations. Kitchen hardware is still being accepted. Thank you for all you have given.Meet 2:00 at church. LYO Mission Trip to Greensburg - July 27-July 30
There is still space available! ALL ARE WELCOME, as relief help is still much needed. Jobs range from cooking to construction. Call Clay Davis to reserve your place: 230-6088.Leave from church at 2:00.
OSLC Softball
On Monday the team picked up two wins. The next games are Monday, July 21, at 6:17 and 8:17 pm. Games are at the Kuehne Family YMCA, 1936 N. Tyler. Join us at the ball park and make a fun family evening of it.
Other Items of Interest:
Here is a request for help from Chapman.

Here is an invitation to really help out a farmer who lost all of the buildings, including his home, to the tornado. We will meet at the auto museum, North side of Chapman, at 8:30 on Saturday, July 26th. I'll figure out lunch for everyone but I'll need to know the approximate numbers of workers. The idea is that, although these fields have been walked already, now that they are harvested of wheat, they need to be walked again to remove boards and smaller pieces of tin (their buildings!) and, depending on what is found, they'll be burned and walked again this fall. We'd really like to have about 30-45 people to do a good job. Also, if folks don't want to walk as far, there are corrals that can be gleaned that are less extensive in size but just as vital to clear. If you'd let your people know and get back to me, I'd really appreciate it. If you don't have numbers, come anyway! We have found that simply e-mailing congregations and asking them to share the info and invite interested persons usually yields many servants! I look forward to hearing from you.
God's Peace to you all,
Amy Truhe,
Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.—Albert Schweitzer.


7/17/2008 5:09:27 AM

That’s the subject of my writings today.. DECISIONS.

Every day we need to make a decision. I have decided to get up. That’s a decision. I’ve decided to write in my public blog to write about decisions, That’s a decision. I’ve decided to password protect some of my writings. That’s a decision. I’ve decided to handwrite my bucket list and make a web page on page two of our web site. That’s a decision.

Where am I going with this?

I’ve decided I’m going to quit my job at Alorica the end of next month no matter what. That’s a decision. Because of my decision, my attitude was changed totally. I felt a happiness I haven’t felt in a long time. This job SUCKS! Last night I couldn’t take it anymore and left an hour early to relief my stress. The spa at the downtown Y was a temporary relief. I feel sorry somewhat for the new people coming on looking for a job. They are in for a rude awakening. Someday I’ll write about my experiences at the call center. My last day will be the last day of August 2008. The budget will have to be readjusted accordingly. My days are numbered and I’ll be FREE then. Next week I’m taking a week off from work. I may not have a job when I return. We’ll see. Guess I’ll post this to my public blog so everyone can read this. That’s another decision I’m making.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Dear city leaders & those who care:

Dear city leaders and those who care:

Please keep informed by listening to Jim daily. If he calls you for an interview, please accept his invitation.

When it comes to our tax monies, please lay all personal agendas aside.

I have been hired to be Rita Rookstool's webmaster.

If you have any questions, please reply.


Myron D. Holter5112 SW 33rd STTopeka KS 66614785-272-4986 (home)785-220-2040 (cell)visit us online

Monday, July 14, 2008


7/14/2008 5:11:42 AM


I’ve gotta delete the unknowns from my outlook express address book. So many unknowns with only an email address, no name and town, etc. I sent a global email to that effect. We’ll see how many negative replies I receive. I could care less anymore.

Saturday, July 12, 2008


7/12/2008 6:55:20 AM


I am saddened to hear on Fox news about the passing of Tony. He was in my life as a news person and also another follower of Jesus. Of course I’ve never met the man, but sure would have liked to meet him. Another hero of mine, Tim Russert, died a few weeks ago. My heroes are dying.


Friday, July 11, 2008

Cell PHONES on the WEB

7/11/2008 6:35:24 AM


This Internet on cell phones is getting too much! Last night we had Sprint Instinct training at work. Then this AM I hear on Fox & Friends that there’s a line formed for the new Iphone. Are people stupid or what! I’ll NEVER stand in line for any stinking phone! In fact, I’ve decided yesterday that my days are numbered at the call center. My emotions were reversed when I made that decision. One of my bucket list #’s will be crossed off. Soon.


Thursday, July 10, 2008


7/10/2008 6:39:51 AM


I attended the funeral for Grant. He was a true patriot. I made a web page and his obit. Is posted on page two on our site.

Monday, July 07, 2008

My coz Martha

On Jun 30, 2008, at 6:02 AM, myron holter wrote:
Thanks for the update coz ...
Be sure to blog with us too and would you like me to make a link for you?
let me know, ok?
Myron D. Holter
5112 SW 33rd ST
Topeka KS 66614
785-272-4986 (home)
785-220-2040 (cell)
visit us online at:
----- Original Message ----- From: "Jim and Martha Towner" <>
To: "Marsh Gabriel" <>
Sent: Friday, June 27, 2008 12:18 PM
Subject: SPAIN Towners NEWS
Hello, friends. There are big changes in our lives and ministry. Check out
Jim and Martha Towner
Jim and Martha Towner
Jim and Martha Towner

Sunday, July 06, 2008


Sure, thanks Myron!

From: myron holter [] Sent: Sunday, July 06, 2008 8:30 PMTo: info@ghosttourkansas.comSubject: Re: Death and Victory- July tour updates

Hi Beth ...

Would you like for me to post this email to our blog?

let me know

Myron D. Holter5112 SW 33rd STTopeka KS 66614785-272-4986 (home)785-220-2040 (cell)visit us online

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Sunday, July 06, 2008 2:32 PM
Subject: Death and Victory- July tour updates

Kansas Paranormal Conference 2009- Agenda posted online- Vendor Booth Registration- Conference Registration
Author and premier ghost investigator Troy Taylor headlines the Kansas Paranormal Conference 2009. Troy is the founder and president of the American Ghost Society, a national network of ghost hunters that collects accounts of ghost sightings and haunted houses and uses investigative techniques to track down evidence of the supernatural. The conference will be held February 6-7 at the Kansas City Garden Hilton. Sessions will feature investigation techniques, case studies, research and equipment. If you would like to be a presenter, please email a brief paragraph about your topic to
Vendors will also be on hand with the latest in paranormal information and equipment. Vendor booths are still available.
Complete conference information is online at
Ghost Investigation of Constitution HallHere is your chance to meet a ghost! As the oldest building in Topeka, Constitution Hall is an extremely haunted location with documented spirit activity. Join investigators and psychic July 18 at 9PM. Seats are limited, order tickets online today!
Death and Victory- Quantrill in LawrenceThis heritage tour will stop at key locations of Quantrill’s deadly August 21, 1863 raid of Lawrence. Tour departs from the Eldridge Hotel at 8 p.m. August 21. Tickets are available online.
Upcoming Tours July 11- 8PM-Dinner with a Ghost in Lawrence- 11 tickets leftJuly 18- 9PM-Ghost Investigation of Constitution Hall, TopekaJuly 19- 8PM-Tour of Downtown TopekaAugust 15- 6PM Spirits for the Spirited at the WoodwardAugust 21- 8PM Death and Victory heritage tour of LawrenceAugust 23- 8PM Tour of Kansas City, KansasHalloween Tours- all locations
For additional tours and information visit us online at
New Staff AddedAnthony Tinoco is the new group sales and marketing manager for Ghost Tours of Kansas/Kansas Heritage Tours. Emily Rupple is a new tour guide for Lawrence and Topeka.
If you are no longer interested in receiving this email please reply and I will remove you from the list
Beth CooperKansas Heritage ToursGhost Tours of

Friday, July 04, 2008

G-RAP (I'm a recruiter assistant)

Message to all Air National Guard Recruiting Assistants

As Independence Day approaches, we would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your selfless service to our country. Without brave men and women like yourselves, we would not be afforded the opportunity to enjoy the freedoms of our wonderful nation. Your commitment and sacrifice is greatly appreciated.

Congratulations! The spring promotion has now ended and the number of RAs with qualifying accessions exceeded all expectations. If you had two G-RAP accessions dated 1 April – 30 June, you will be receiving an ABU backpack. RAs with three or more accessions will be rewarded with a backpack, an Apple Ipod Touch, and a chance to win a Gateway laptop computer. Please contact G-RAP at 866-566-2472 if you are eligible for the additional incentives to verify your shipping address. Items will be shipped in August, 2008.

Reminder: The Officer promotion is still going strong. RAs with nominees who directly commission into the ANG as an officer on or before 30 Sept 08, will receive a $2000 accession payment. A second $2000 payment will follow after a Prior Service Officer completes their first 90-day affiliation with the unit. Non-prior Service members must ship to AMS by 31 October 2008 to be eligible for the second $2,000 payment.

Tips for Success: When a nomination is made into your G-RAP account, an email is sent to the ROS of your unit letting him/her know that you, as a Recruiting Assistant, have nominated a new Potential Airman. None of your nominee’s personal information is forwarded to the recruiting office. Therefore, it is imperative that you contact the recruiting office and provide them with the pertinent information on your nominee, and facilitate the first meeting between the two.

If you have additional questions regarding G-RAP, please feel free to respond to this email and I will be happy to assist you! You may also contact the ANG/G-RAP team at 866-566-2472. Watch each month for further G-RAP Tips for Success!!

Cheryl Garove
866.566.2472 toll free
205.380.8546 direct
205.605.6190 fax

Thursday, July 03, 2008



It all boils down to that one word, FREEDOM!

That’s how our country is run. That’s why we’re the BEST country in the world! I’m reminded of the song by Lee Greenwood where he sings “I’m proud to be an American, at least I know I’m FREE.”

These turbulent times couldn’t be more appropriate than to reflect on the freedom’s we do have!

My freedom is that I have the capability to write whatever I want, when I want and where I want. If I were living in a 3rd world country, the thugs who hate my freedom would have confiscated my laptop months ago. I would not be sitting here writing about our freedom, but working for a socialistic society and making the same salary as everyone else. There’s no freedom of expression there.

So anyone reading this, please be thankful of the freedom you do have.

I will now freely post this to my public blog without fear of recrimination.

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

My Beloved Sally

Hi all,

I made it through the procedure ok. I almost passed out though. It is called a vegal response. Guess that's cause I was somewhat nervous and didn't know what to expect. They were good to me though. Had to monitor my oxygen level, blood pressure, etc. When they stuck the needle in to deaden the area, they were amazed that I didn't jump or anything. When they put the needle in to draw out the fluid, I got so hot (like a major hot flash that you've never experienced before) and almost white and almost passed out so they had to lay me down and give me some cold compresses on my forehead and around my neck. That seemed to help.

I could have probably driven by myself if I would have known what to expect but I'm glad Myron went with me. It will take awhile to get some of the test results back. Some, she told me, could take only 3 days to come back and some take longer. The doctor wanted a bunch run. They took out about 1/2 cup of fluid. They say I didn't have much there. Most folks they take it out of have at least a litre or more. The way they explained it is everyone has a little bit of fluid around their lungs. It would be like driving a car without oil if you didn't have it there.

I am a little sore but not too bad. Don't know if all the local has worn off yet or not.

I suppose I could have gone to work but I probably would have been uncomfortable. Guess I need to go back and sit in my chair. I might read tonight while Myron goes to work.

Of course you know he said he would take the vacuum cleaner and suck it out of me - well, the nurse laughed at that. I had a Nurse practitioner do the procedure. She was very good. One of the best, I guess. Nice gal too. Single mom (the other nurse told me). I felt like they really took good care of me. That's a nice feeling although I hope I don't have to do this again anytime soon. Don't like the feeling of almost passing out. Guess I got as white as a sheet.

I'm glad that you could go to the graveside services, Dale. So sorry to hear about all that. We got to meet her at Aunt Thea's birthday party. A delightful child. I don't think Myron remembers her.

Does anyone know how Aunt Clarice is doing today?

Hugs to all,