Author Archive

Fred’s Derby

February 12th, 2015 at 3:05 pm

                            FRED’S DERBY   When I moved to this town, Fred’s Derby was the place for eggs and hash browns when the bars closed down at 3 a.m.   Fred’s had been there forever, a long, white building, windows on the highway […]

E-town, Poetry & Haiku


February 11th, 2015 at 7:20 pm

Today’s poem….   ABOVE US, ONLY SKY   On summer days kids point to clouds – fiery dragons and sleeping bears, perhaps a dog chasing a butterfly.   Far off, along the horizon, the sky sometimes makes jagged, purple clouds, mountain majesties, the only mountains we see in Kansas.   Then October’s long barrels of […]

Poetry & Haiku

Man Meets Planet

January 28th, 2015 at 8:18 am

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * My radio piece about Pluto aired this morning on Kansas Public Radio. Here it is: Man Meets Planet. * * * * * * * * * * […]

on the radio, sky

Sometimes We Cry

January 14th, 2015 at 7:50 pm

  SOMETIMES WE CRY   On the city’s main street, wind blows things up and out of the gutter, half litter, half leaves. It’s winter now, January. Sitting in the coffee shop I hear “Sometimes We Cry.” Van Morrison’s voice scrapes the inside of my skin as it always does. We have a past, he […]

Poetry & Haiku

Order Two Get One Free Nov. 16-17

November 16th, 2014 at 12:00 pm

My essay books about life in Kansas make great gifts! People buy them and send them to relatives and friends who have moved away from Kansas and dearly miss our long views and open skies. And – people who still live here love these books, too. I know you can think of two or three […]

Waiting on the Sky, Waiting on the Sky book

Beaver Tree

October 29th, 2014 at 11:22 am

Dave and I took a hike at Lyon County State Fishing Lake this weekend and we came across this tree that is about to fall, thanks to work of resident beavers.

landscape, nature

Paul Davis in Emporia

October 29th, 2014 at 11:21 am

With six days until the election, gubernatorial candidate Paul Davis, a Democrat, is touring the state one last time before voters go to the polls on Tuesday. He stopped at the Democratic headquarters in Emporia this morning. He said that 16 months ago when he started his campaign, people said, “Paul you’d be a good […]

Kansans, life on the ground

Harry Lewis at Halloween

October 20th, 2014 at 9:48 am

From Waiting on the Sky: More Flyover People Essays: “Under the shadows of cedars toward the cemetery’s north end lies Harry Lewis, a bachelor, retired from the U.S. Railway Postal Service. He kept to himself mostly, didn’t speak to kids, and he wore a city man’s hat. “One Halloween, my friends and I dared ourselves […]

life on the ground, Waiting on the Sky, Waiting on the Sky book

A Flyover Review

September 30th, 2014 at 7:00 pm

David Beeson, from way over the ocean in England, wrote a lovely review of my Flyover People book: In praise of praise for a place called home. However flat.   **** ***

Flyover Book, other people's stuff

Little Library

September 20th, 2014 at 2:52 pm

Found this cute Little Free Library in Strong City this morning, near the park/caboose. We also noticed that restoration work is being done on the Strong City Depot.

small towns

Gazette article

September 14th, 2014 at 9:47 am

So, this story about my new book, Waiting on the Sky, was in the Emporia Gazette prior to last Thursday’s reading at the Lyon County History Center.   ***

Waiting on the Sky book