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I feel lucky! Maybe not Lou Gehrig – “the Luckiest man on the face of the earth,” lucky, but pretty good because I live in Kansas.

          I feel lucky because we have a governor who isn’t afraid to lead. Governor Kelly’s early decision to close Kansas schools and her recent “Stay at Home Decree” were bold steps that are helping our state deal with the Corona Virus in a manner that is allowing us to have some of the best numbers anywhere.

          Lucky also because of our tremendous local effort. Jarrod Fell and Renee Hively have been impressive leaders in Lyon County with support from their bosses. Newman Hospital also appears to be poised for an expected surge in Covid 19 patients.

          Our schools are stepping up in a wonderful way. Teachers are responding in a magnificent manner. There’s a list of community leaders and groups too many to mention that are shoulder to shoulder to create the safest place to live possible.

          My observation is we are doing a wonderful job of Social Distancing especially as it pertains to indoor events.

          Our challenge, of course, is that we are just getting started. How long will this last? The end of April for sure and maybe even a lot longer.

          It will be important to stay the course. We cannot allow ourselves to get comfortable and start cheating the rules. Six feet needs to be the minimum - even outside.

          We need to stay ahead of the curve. Flatten it and keep it that way because the experts say this virus will return in the fall. The better we do it now will determine our position later.

          Here are some old but important facts from Johns Hopkins University. Soap and hot water are the best remedies against the Corona Virus. Interestingly, it’s the soap bubbles that cut the fat and attack the virus. That’s why rubbing our hands for 20 seconds is so important. Alcohol is good too, but not vodka!

          Last thought. Last week I ask you to pray. That stands, but here’s a twist.

          When I was growing up Oral Roberts became famous as a television preacher. He was charismatic as heck and it was fun to watch him heal people. He always ended his shows with “Expect a miracle.”

          Now, it’s above my pay grade to know if we should be asking God for a miracle, but given the magnitude of this pandemic, I plan to give it a shot.

I think you’ll agree a miracle would be welcome right now.

          I’m Steve Sauder and I am Expecting a miracle.

Bobbi and I made a good decision to come home last week. We go to California to avoid the cold, snow and ice, but in these times Kansas is where we want and need to be.

          When I awoke our first day back I thought to myself "I'm thankful that bad dream is over," only to discover that bad dream is real.

          About the Coronaviruss there has been a FaceBook post often suggesting the Bible visits this situation directly.  The genesis comes from scripture, but to the best of my knowledge that Post isn't scripture. In Chronicles 2 there are mentions of rain, locusts and plague and some other things; and prayer too, but not a deal.

          The FaceBook Post goes like this:

       "Whenever I hold back the rain or send locusts to eat up the crops or send an epidemic on my people if they pray to me and repent and turn away from the evil they have been doing, then I will hear them in heaven, forgive their sins, and make their land prosperous again."

          Some suggest the rain refers to the wildfires in Australia, the locusts in Africa and of course the epidemic would now be ours and world-wide.

          While that theory might fit today's world situation it also suggests our God is trying to make some kind of a deal with us. I am certainly not qualified to debate that point.

          What I am qualified to suggest is that the solution offered in that Post is a good one and we should comply.

          As I have said countless times in the nearly thirty years I've been offering my thoughts here - our best plan to address our current challenge is to - first, follow instructions and then - pray! 

          If you don't pray this might be a good time to start.

          If you are a believer it's time to pray as you've never prayed before. I'm certain God will hear them all!

          I'm Steve Sauder.

Merry Christmas, I'm Steve Sauder and on this Christmas Day, I'm going to detour from my typical single topic message with two diverse thoughts.

          First, a short tribute and big Thank You to Bobbi Mlynar. She is retiring after over 8 years on the Emporia City Commission. Bobbi is a local girl who was an exceptional trumpet player in high school who became a legendary newspaper reporter for the Gazette. Let me say legendary at the Gazette is high praise. Bobbi was also an excellent City Commissioner displaying the rare ability to be skeptical but willing to be convinced. Not sure we've had a more relevant commissioner in Emporia.

          Time is short today and Bobbi deserves to be recognized and I didn't want to wait until spring to offer it. Hopefully, she will be my guest on the On-Air Chat in April. She undoubtedly has some amazing stories to share.

          Thanks, Bobbi Mlynar, you are a great asset to Emporia.

          Second I'm sharing with you the lyrics to one of my favorite Christmas songs - DO YOU HEAR WHAT I HEAR - written by Noel Regney and Gloria Shayne. It's a special message about the promise of this special day!

Said the night wind to the little lamb
Do you see what I see
Way up in the sky little lamb
Do you see what I see
A star, a star
Dancing in the night
With a tail as big as a kite
With a tail as big as a kite


Said the little lamb to the shepherd boy
Do you hear what I hear
Ringing through the sky shepherd boy
Do you hear what I hear
A song, a song
High above the trees
With a voice as big as the sea
With a voice as big as the sea


Said the shepherd boy to the mighty king
Do you know what I know
In your palace wall mighty king
Do you know what I know
A child, a child
Shivers in the cold
Let us bring him silver and gold
Let us bring him silver and gold

Said the king to people everywhere

Listen to what I say

Pray for peace people everywhere

Listen to what I say

The child, the child

Sleeping in the night

He will bring us goodness and light
He will bring us goodness and light


And the final refrain:
He will bring us goodness and light

May the blessings that Christmas brings be
heard loud and clear by people everywhere!

            Christmas is still a week away but we've already had our office parties and my boys were here Sunday so much of our celebration has passed.

            Buying a gift for me is always a challenge. I need nothing - not shirts, pants,  sweaters or golf clubs and certainly not golf balls!

            My KVOE kids took the hint and adopted a family through SOS in Bobbi's and my names. I think you will be astounded at what they were able to provide. A vacuum, dinnerware, glassware, cutlery, 18 piece pot, and pan set, 8 piece bedding group, towels and washcloths, placemats, alarm clock, clothing for all, Fluffy Posh Ball, traveling coloring case, JoJo Bows for the girls hair, doll and horse, Frozen microphone, and a Gambino's gift certificate. SOS calls it: "Unlocking hope for others." It feels good!

            Taking a similar tact my wife surprised me with her "gift" to me. She wrote in a card about me: "He has everything, kids, step kids, grandkids, step grandkids, nice home, lots of friends, etc, etc, etc, oh and Me!"

            Bobbi then listed the ways that she knows about where we have helped others.

            Then she wrote, "So I searched how you could touch even more. This is your Christmas gift from me:"

  • Graduation Caps and Gowns for 7 homeless kids at EHS.
  • Food and supplies for Spartan Stop at EHS.
  • Provided 3 kids on Emporia High’s wrestling team with new wrestling shoes. Wrestling Coach Brook Medrano said, "their thrill and pride was beyond belief!"
  • Two young EHS girl wrestlers now have a singlet that actually fits them!
  • 3 youngsters will have their fees paid to attend Camp Alexander next summer.
  • And last, food for the pantry at our church.

            Bobbi finished her note with a familiar thought when she said, "I gave until it felt good on your behalf!"

            I was completely blown away. Christmas is a special holiday. Jesus was a gift that has no equal. We honor that gift by sharing our worldly treasures with others. When you are a fortunate person like me who needs nothing re-gifting my gift to someone in greater need was indeed humbling.

            This Christmas maybe my best ever. Hopefully, this example will motivate some of our listeners to help someone in need this Christmas. It feels really good, I know.          

          My sister Pam went to be with our Lord on Friday last.

          God was good as Pam had experienced some really bad luck over the past few months with her quality of life diminishing at an amazing rate. Bringing her home quickly was a blessing.

          Pam was my only sister, five years my senior and always a good friend and supporter.

          She graduated from Gridley High School in 1959 the same year our family moved to Emporia. She attended E-State for a year and then married her boyfriend Jerry Wilkinson. He was from Madison which was Gridley's arch-rival, but Wilky was very cool and he drove a cocky 57' Chevy.

          Pam and Jerry were good to my fiancée Paula and me. We socialized together, were in the Jaycees, played ball and hunted. We also babysat their three kids a LOT. I even coached Jay's Bantam League baseball team.

          Eventually, they moved from Emporia and in 1977 divorced.  Life was hard for Pam for a while, but old Jaycee friends, a job in a state-wide political contest and other friends came to her aide and she rebounded strongly.

          Enter Wayne Matlock!  He was older, about five foot eight and well.... he was a big, but solid man. Former President of the Kansas Jaycees, recently widowed and a friend to everyone. He and Pam were both working for Daryl Schuster a former Jaycee President who was running for the U.S, Senate. They dated a little and decided to get hitched.

          Great come back, Sis!

          Uncle Wayne, as we affectionately called him, was a lot of things. A pilot, a polo player and horse owner, Chiefs suite owner for a while, an authority on about any topic and an entrepreneur. He knew people everywhere and never lacked for big ideas.

          Most importantly - though was that he adored my sister and always put her first. He made her happy.

          Wayne died unexpectedly in 2005 leaving Pam alone again. Fortunately, she had 3 great kids, Jay in Tucson, Chris at Council Grove Lake and Janie in Andover. They gave her grandkids and even a great-grandson. She also was loved by two very special stepdaughters and their families.

          Pam and her cousins had many interesting encounters that won't be described here. She was a family person and Aunt Pam to my sons.

          She moved into Andover, made new friends, starting playing bridge again, and upped her Miss Kansas activities.

          Pam got involved in Scholarship Pageants with the Miss Emporia Pageant in 1969 and ended being an active lifelong Miss Kansas supporter.  Former Miss Kansas Kimberly Dugger will sing at my sister's services tomorrow.

          I'm at a point where I feel numb. She was my big sister. She could have out-ed me a hundred times, but never did. Hopefully, I reciprocated her love.      

          One Post said they "could still see her big smile and bubbly personality - that her laugh was contagious." We all agree.

          I just know our Christmas will be a lot less joyous without Pam and especially without her Chex Mix loaded with cashews!

          Love you, Sis.

          I'm Steve Sauder

             Life is too serious. Sunday, the Children's Sermon was about joy and hope. I was planning to talk about those words today, but frankly, I get a little confused. I'm okay with hope, but joy has me worried because it's supposed be about "feelings of great pleasure and happiness." I'm good with lots of joy too except when I have joy because Washburn loses at anything or Don Hill misses an easy putt. I'm pretty sure that's not what joy is supposed to be, so I'm not discussing hope and joy any further.

            So today I'm taking a safer tact with several stories straight from Facebook.

      Wife texts husband on a cold morning: Windows frozen, won't open.

            Husband texts back: Gently pour some lukewarm water over it and then gently tap edges with a hammer.

            Ten minutes later the wife responds: Computer really messed up now!


      Picture of President Trump Monday holding a sign which says:

      Chiefs are going to win the Super Bowl and the Raiders are going to pay for the parade!


      People are really excited about using their new IPhones!

But, no one has caught up with the awesome technology of using their blinker when they drive!


      Am I getting older or is the supermarket finally playing great music?


      And last a helpful hint about Exercise for People Over 60!

      Begin standing on a flat surface with plenty of room.

      With a 5-lb potato bag in each hand, extend your arms straight from your sides and hold them there as long as you can. Try to reach a minute then relax.

      Each day you'll find that you can hold this position a little bit longer.

      After a couple of weeks move up to 10-lb bags. Depending on your age and condition you might even reach 25-lb potato bags! That's where I am now.

      Once you feel confident you've reached your maximum level try putting a potato in each bag!

      Okay, I apologize admitting those jokes were not joyful, but given the world we live in if we don't laugh once in a while we may cry and that's not what anyone hopes for.

            I'm Steve Sauder!


            I'm guessing Russia's Vladimir Putin missed some of his favorite TV shows last week because he was enjoying watching his grand plan play out in the United States as Democrats, Republicans and our President took turns playing the lead in Washington's 3 Ring Circus.

          Thursday Dr. Fiona Hill testified the Russian intervention was aimed at both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton with the single goal to disrupt America's election in any form possible.

          Understand, Russia didn't particularly care who won the election as long as they created chaos. In fact, they were probably more surprised by Trump's victory than we were.
          As things stand in Washington now no one has a chance to win.
          If you are a Democrat you are excited because you have successfully built the case against President Trump and you will soon be sending this matter to the Senate for trial, but while this may feel good now one has to wonder how it will feel when the Senate refuses to convict the President?
          Republicans, you have been strong and consistent defending every facet of this question except the President's innocence. One does have to think your less than stellar attempts to discredit some pretty impressive Americans will prove to be embarrassing in retrospect.
          Yes, you may prevail in the end, but the outcome will certainly not be much of a victory.
          And of course, President Trump is again at the center of attention and able to deflect bad behavior without showing any sign of a conscience. He's about worn out his Twitter account and it looks like he will survive for another fight, but history may not be kind.
          And as our ongoing American circus runs it course Putin sits in Russia laughing and likely high 5-ing with his supporters because their plan to make America look discombobulated, disorganized and vulnerable is working better than they could have ever dreamed.
          America will survive, but we are giving up a lot of world-wide creditability, and you can believe me when I say that's Creditability with a capital "C."
          There's Something to Think About and I'm Steve Sauder

          The roots of United Way of the Flint Hills run deep. It began in 1938 when a group of local business leaders formed the Emporia Community Chest in hopes of improving the quality of life for our community’s residents. In that first year, the Community Chest raised $29,530 in ten days and exceed their goal by $6,000. Through the years, the funds raised by the Community Chest continued to grow and today is raising nearly $600,000 a year.

          As the years passed, the Community Chest changed its name six times and expanded its service area to include all of Lyon County, as well as Chase, Coffey, Greenwood, Morris, Osage, Wabaunsee, and Woodson Counties.

          I share this because the annual United Way Drive is now underway and KVOE's Ron Thomas is this year's Drive Chair - a job he willingly accepted but really didn't need.

          Most know Ron seldom says "no." He's a community asset helping efforts in all shapes and sizes in addition to his leadership responsibilities here at Emporia's Radio Stations.

          So, when Ron agreed to lead the United Way Drive it became my hope that his involvement signaled how important this campaign is and that it deserves our sincere support.

          Monday I asked Ron when the Drive might end? he replied, "when I say it's finished."

          Understand this too, Ron Thomas seldom misses a goal. And that includes this one even though it became way more difficult when his veteran

United Way Executive Director Jamie Reever resigned just after the Drive started.

          Ron didn't flinch - despite the fact he starts his KVOE days at 3:30 A.M., - he just re-doubled his United Way efforts.

          So, that's today's message. Ron Thomas needs and deserves our help. Many of you have already pledged, but if you are impressed by Ron's commitment to the United Way you might amend your pledge up a little.

          If you've not pledged yet or never helped the United Way give us a call here at KVOE, 342-1400 and we will get you the forms required.

          This cause is great. Whether it’s this traditional fundraising campaign, or work helping communities following a disaster, or implementing new and exciting programs such as Dolly Parton's Imagination Library with over 100,000 books already in kids hands or LEAP dealing with lifestyle and Alzheimer's, the United Way of the Flint Hills works hard to serve all members of their communities.

          Ron Thomas and the United Way are worthy of your consideration!

          There's Something to Think About. I'm Steve Sauder


          Today, my recommendation for a series to watch on your television if you are old or planning to get that way.

            The Kominsky Method is an American comedy web television series that paints a surprisingly poignant – if a little paint-by-numbers – portrait of life and aging, elevated by two top-notch performances by acting legends according to Wikipedia.

          Sandy Kominsky, played by Michael Douglas, is an aging acting coach who, years earlier, had a brief moment of success as an actor. Alan Arkin plays his longtime agent and best friend.

          Both men are closing in on 80 years of age and experiencing classic life-changing adventures us older people face.

          Forgetting names comes first, then the word they want to use starts becoming elusive, followed by physical changes most of us in our 70's are starting to understand. It deals with the lighter side of challenges like having an aging romantic partner, losing a loved one and trying to figure out adult children. Simply going to the bathroom can provide challenges plus all those other things that are harder to accomplish as we grow older.

          If you are 70 or more you know of what they speak. If not, you soon will. In any case, these guys are hilarious.

          Recently, The American Film Institute honored the Kominsky Method its' three top awards - Best Series, Leading Actor and Supporting Actor.

          In a disclaimer of sorts if a touch of raw language or adult talk offends you the Kominsky Method might not be for you. It's not awful language, a few bad words are uttered.

          There are 8 shows in each season running just 23 minutes each, so it's perfect for several nights of binge-watching. You will have trouble turning this off.

          Netflix is a streaming service that costs about $10 a month that offers a wide variety of movies, TV shows, and original series. If you like TV it's a bargain!

          If you have a Smart TV all you do is sign up for Netflix. Otherwise, you'll need a device your Internet provider can help you with. Beware: once you get Netflix you will get hooked.

          And, the Kominsky Method is just the tip of the iceberg, but a really funny series, especially if you are in my age range.

          I’m Steve Sauder

            I had so many ideas for today it was confusing - School Bond outcome, President Trump, the relentless Democrats in Congress, the don't confuse with the facts my mind is made up Republicans in congress and of course some really funny stories from FaceBook.

            But, they all can wait because my really neat next-door neighbor posted this on FaceBook and it is really timely.

            Author Gus Speth titled his thoughts: "We scientists don't know how to do that" and then wrote:

  • I used to think top environmental problems were biodiversity loss, ecosystems collapse, and climate change.
  • I thought with 30 years of good science we could address these problems.
  • But I was wrong.
  • The top environmental problems are selfishness, greed, and apathy.........and to deal with those we need a spiritual and cultural transformation. - and we scientists don't know how to do that.

      My interpretation of this message is - it's time for prayer. If you don't embrace that practice it might be a good time to start. Because we do need help!

      I'm Steve Sauder