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First Book Event

June 4th, 2014 at 8:09 pm

The first book event with my new book, Waiting on the Sky, will be Friday at Emporia’s own Town Crier Book Store. Thirty-some authors till be there. Saturday, June 7, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Town Crier 716 Commercial, Emporia. Waiting on the Sky is a second collection of my Flyover People columns as seen […]


May 29

June 4th, 2014 at 8:00 pm

May 29 For Marilyn   Maryland, oh my Maryland. It’s her birthday today! My friend till the end: Marilyn. I could tell all of the stories – of riding around town in cars, of breakfast at The Rock, of telling tales at the lumberyard bench of machetes in the milo, of swimming in the horse […]

life on the ground, nostalgia, Poetry & Haiku

May 23

May 23rd, 2014 at 5:54 pm

May 23 Sometimes thunder comes as a teenage boy, reckless, loud, a demolition derby in the clouds. But today, thunder is an old man, hesitant, lurching across the sky, the pain of age pulling at his bones.


Cover Art – WOTS

May 23rd, 2014 at 1:35 pm

Soon, very soon, in a few weeks, my second book, Waiting on the Sky, will be available! I wasn’t sure if putting out the second book would be as exciting as the first, but it is. I know a few things this time around that I didn’t know last time. This book, like the first, […]

Waiting on the Sky book

Sunday morning in Emporia

May 23rd, 2014 at 1:16 pm

I’ve been posting some of the poems I’ve written lately. Here’s one from Sunday morning. I wrote this while sitting on a bench on Commercial Street in downtown Emporia.   May 18 Sitting on a bench along the town’s main street, two Harleys pulse the air in front of me while church bells at the […]

E-town, life on the ground, Poetry & Haiku


May 12th, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    In honor of the rain (finally!), here’s one of my poems that was published in The Christian Science Monitor.   RAIN All day rain has held to the clouds, the sky turning from gray to purple to purple-blue and back to gray again. A soft wind, the breath of spring, pushes the yellow […]

Poetry & Haiku, seasons, weather

Bonita Garden

May 7th, 2014 at 8:06 pm

My friend Marcia Lawrence leans dangerously against the unexpectedly non-anchored peace pole in the brand new Bonita Garden of Grace. This community garden, for which Marcia wrote the grant, is a project of the Grace Methodist Church, which is right across South Ave. from the garden. Tonight they are having a picnic at the site.

E-town, life on the ground

A Flyover Farewell

April 29th, 2014 at 8:00 am

Today’s Flyover People column as seen in The Emporia Gazette: A FLYOVER FAREWELL For more than 11 years now, my dear readers, I have dragged you along with me on the gravel roads of Kansas. Willingly, I trust. Eleven years? Even I find that hard to believe somehow. My first column was published in The […]

columns, Flyover Book, life on the ground, nostalgia, traveling


April 23rd, 2014 at 6:52 pm

Just to let you know, my friends, yesterday’s Flyover People piece was my second-to-last column. Next week’s column will be my Farewell piece. I’ve written it for 11+ years, and it’s time for me to move on to other writing possibilities, without the pull of a weekly deadline. Deadlines are a mixed blessing, sometimes they […]



April 22nd, 2014 at 7:25 am

  Today’s Flyover People column as seen in The Emporia Gazette: CH-CH-CHANGES By the time you read this, I will have mowed the lawn for the first time this year. Redbuds, crabapples and Bradford pears turn Emporia into an April wonderland, trees flowering all at once. Spring, the most elusive season of all, has finally […]

columns, life on the ground, nostalgia, seasons

April 16

April 16th, 2014 at 11:10 am

April 16 Oh wind, you’re such a narcissist – on and on and on you blast, a tiresome soliloquy of run-on sentences, reckless words that set the prairie afire. Leave this scarred and wind-scraped land, take your empty chatter on up to Nebraska, you’re headed that way anyway. Slam the door if you must, just […]

Flyover Weather, Poetry & Haiku