The ebb and flow of Kansas politics is about back to normal after a relatively slow period at the end of the spring and early summer. Mrs. SSJ is headed out of town this week on a business trip, so we'll be on our own. Yes, we do get to own the television for a couple days here, but that doesn't fill the void while she's gone. The dogs tend to be out of sorts, and the house seems vacant. It's just kind of a lonely place while she's gone. Regardless, we will . . .