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Our Midwestern Home

April 15th, 2014 at 11:50 am

Today’s Flyover People column as seen in The Emporia Gazette: Sunset, rural Dodge City OUR MIDWESTERN HOME When a national weather map shows up on TV, where do we look? At the center of the screen, of course. Map-wise, Kansas is the star of the show, sitting in the heart of the country. There are […]

columns, Kansans, landscape, life on the ground, nature, sky

A Flint Hills Meander

April 8th, 2014 at 10:00 am

  A FLINT HILLS MEANDER A March day without wind? Yes. It actually happened. The last Saturday of March was sunny and the breezes were shallow. One shouldn’t stay indoors on a nice day like that, so Dave and I ventured into the Flint Hills. The lack of wind made it an active day for […]

columns, Flint Hills, landscape, nature, seasons, traveling

Late Winter Road Trip

March 18th, 2014 at 10:00 am

Today’s Flyover People column as seen in The Emporia Gazette: LATE WINTER ROAD TRIP Just after Dave and I got on I-35 at Merchant Street, I glanced to my right to the ESU parking lot near the highway. What had once been huge mountains of snow were now molehills of black encrusted ice. Snow may […]

columns, out of state, seasons, traveling

Color Confusion

March 11th, 2014 at 10:02 am

Today’s Flyover People column as seen in The Emporia Gazette: COLOR CONFUSION On a recent weekend, snow fell overnight. Usually my first look at the world on any given morning is through our bathroom window. Through that window all I can see is the neighbor’s roof, the sky, and the tops of trees – and […]

columns, Flyover Weather, life on the ground, seasons

A Sense of Place

February 25th, 2014 at 10:09 am

Today’s Flyover People column as seen in The Emporia Gazette:   Hiking Trail, Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, Chase County, Kansas   A SENSE OF PLACE I love it when a writer, in her poem or short story, gives me the native’s tour of a small town. Maybe she takes me to her town’s only tavern […]

columns, life on the ground, places

The Trip

February 11th, 2014 at 10:26 am

Today’s Flyover People column as seen in The Emporia Gazette: THE TRIP In a recent email conversation, my friend Ed Durall described a lengthy move that his father’s family had made in the 1920s. Ed wrote, “In family lore, that was always known as ‘The Trip.’” First, I love the term family lore. And I […]

columns, life on the ground, nostalgia, out of state, traveling

Another Trail

February 4th, 2014 at 10:10 am

Today’s Flyover People column as seen in The Emporia Gazette: ANOTHER TRAIL ANOTHER TRAIL Blue-violet clouds ride the northern horizon. I am following Kansas Highway 99 toward Admire, Eskridge, and beyond. While the clouds toward the north appear flat, perhaps that’s just because of distance. Clouds in the foreground are bulkier, boxier, and are in […]

columns, Flint Hills, life on the ground, writing

Naming Names

January 28th, 2014 at 2:33 pm

Today’s Flyover People column as seen in The Emporia Gazette: NAMING NAMES Once upon a time in Kansas, there were towns called Milo, Mimosa and Moonlight. Those towns have faded into history now, but they are three of the 4,281 post offices established in Kansas between 1828 and 1961. In a book called “Kansas Post […]

cities, columns, history, small towns

Key to the Treasure

January 21st, 2014 at 3:47 pm

  Today’s Flyover People column as seen in The Emporia Gazette: THE OLD FAYETTEVILLE PLACE I hang onto books, especially my favorite ones. As a youngster I must have read “Ribsy” by Beverly Cleary and “Key to the Treasure” by Peggy Parish at least 30 times each. Last week, in my basement, I found those […]

columns, nostalgia, out of state

Maxwell Wildlife Refuge

January 14th, 2014 at 9:27 am

  Today’s Flyover People column as seen in The Emporia Gazette: MAXWELL WILDLIFE REFUGE A fragile white moon hung against a blue winter sky. Below that nearly-full moon a dozen bison grazed. Atop a nearby ridge, seven head of elk, “the bachelors,” looked on.  The elk and the winter grasses were the same shade of […]

columns, landscape, nature

Travelers to Tanzania

January 7th, 2014 at 9:24 am

Today’s Flyover People column as seen in The Emporia Gazette:  Lion in the wild, Tanzania – photo by Jim Griggs  TRAVELERS TO TANZANIA “We got charged by an elephant, but it was a false charge. A couple guys asked me, ‘How do you know it’s not a real charge?’ And I said, ‘Because the vehicle […]

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